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Extensions of export approval for skins & products of Tasmanian wallaby



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PRESS RELEASE

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE ACTING MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT,

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND THE MINISTER FOR

BUSINESS AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

The Acting Minister for Environment, Housing and Community

Development, Mr Newman, and the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs,

Mr Howard, announced that the Commonwealth Government has agreed to the

extension of export approval from 8 June, 1976 for skins and products

of two species of Tasmanian wallaby.

The Ministers said that export would now be allowed of skins and

other products of two species of wallaby taken in accordance with approved

conservation management programmes in Tasmania. These programmes, together

with those from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western

Australia now comply fully with the.recommendations of a Ministerial

Working Party on Kangaroo Conservation which was created to offer scientific

and policy advice on kangaroo management and conservation.

Mr Newman said that only two of the five species of the kangaroo

family were commercially harvested in Tasmania, these being the Bennett's

Wallaby and the Pademelon. The other three species occuring in Tasmania,

the Grey Forester, the Potoroo and the Bettong are completely protected.

The acceptance of the conservation and management programmes

for Tasmania, and the relaxation of the export ban, now completed the .

introduction of sound, nationally co-ordinated conservation planning and

development programmes in the States. .

2 JULY 1976

CANBERRA