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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 473


Senator CARRICK - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts. It is supplementary to the question asked by Senator Mulvihill concerning the competitive rights of seals and fishermen to catch and eat fish off the Victorian coast. Is the Minister aware that the United States Government has taken action recently to prevent the killing of all marine mammals in its territorial waters? Will the Government investigate the possibility of applying similar protective measures in Australia?


Senator GREENWOOD - I am not aware of the particular fact to which the honourable senator referred as to the action of the United States Government nor am I sure whether the Minister for Health is aware of it. Nevertheless, I shall bring the matter to his attention. 1 he question, of course, is related to uV. earlier question asked by Senator Mulvihill. Pre-eminently it is a matter for Victoria. The present controls for the protection of marine animals in Australia generally are considered adequate. But the position will be kept under review and I imagine that the request that has been made in Victoria is one of those matters which prompt a review.







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