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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3030

Dr J F Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) -I ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that in North America there is legislation protecting whales as endangered species and that whale oil exported from Australia was thereby prevented from being imported into North America labelled fish oil. Will he say whether in his view, these events embarrass Australia in international relations and will he discuss with his colleagues who are directly responsible for this matter ways of introducing legislation in Australia to protect whales as endangered species and at the same time to provide alternative employment for those few people in Albany in Western Australia who are employed in this industry?

Mr PEACOCK -Australia conducts only minimal whaling activities compared with Russia and Japan. I recall that we were participants in the International Whaling Commission meeting which was held in Canberra during this year. I was overseas at the time of the meeting. It is my firm recollection that we comply with the conservation policies of the Commission. In regard to specific elements that the honourable member has raised I will be pleased to take them up with those of my colleagues who are also associated with the matter-for example, the Minister for Primary Industry- and I will reply to him further.

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