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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1981

Question No. 515

Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 14 September 1983:

(1) Which States will be co-operating with the Commonwealth in the proposed kangaroo monitoring scheme.

(2) What refined survey techniques will be introduced.

(3) Will export quotas be directly tied to the results of the census on a State by State basis.

(4) What proposals will the Commonwealth be putting to the States to reduce the illegal shooting of kangaroos.

Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) It is hoped that all Australian States and Territories will co-operate with the Commonwealth in the establishment of a National kangaroo monitoring unit.

(2) Appropriate survey techniques will be considered by the monitoring unit when established, however continuing use and refinement of aerial surveys is expected.

(3) Harvesting quotas will continue to be set on a State by State basis using all relevant information, including the most recent results of population surveys.

(4) While control of harvesting operations is primarily a State responsibility, the question of illegal shooting will be of concern to the monitoring unit. Through the passage of the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1983, the Commonwealth will be providing a strong deterrent to persons contemplating the illegal taking of kangaroos for export. Further, the Council of Nature Conservation Ministers has announced the distribution for comment of a draft code of practice for kangaroo harvesting which is aimed at reducing the incidence of illegal or unacceptable harvesting practices.