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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1642

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister for Customs and Excise. In the face of certain United States comments about Australian kangaroo product exports, can the Minister indicate the present state of negotiations with the various State Ministers responsible for wildlife conservation?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - There was a meeting of the fauna conservation Ministers- that is, the State Ministers concerned and also a number of Federal Ministers- earlier this year, and it was agreed that a working party be established to see whether a program could be drawn up for coordinated management and conservation in order to ensure the preservation of the species. A working party made a report which contained recommendations. That report was put to the States. My understanding is that at the moment a number of States have not agreed to implement the recommendations of the working party. The States which have not agreed to implement fully the recommendations are, I think, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. The honourable senator, being very interested in this topic, along with a large number of other Australians, will recall that I stated that as Minister for Customs and Excise I would not agree to waive the ban on exports, which was imposed, I think, in 1923, until the co-ordinated program for management and conservation had been implemented.

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