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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2271

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for Customs and Excise who might also be called the minister for kangaroos. I refer to the report of the ministerial working party on kangaroo conservation which he tabled recently, I think at my request, and to the accompanying statement by the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, Dr Cass, which was also tabled. I refer to the following section of it which stated:

The Department of Fisheries and Fauna of Western Australia has submitted management programs for the species of kangaroos which are commercially harvested in that State. These programs are, in my view, deficient in terms of the requirement set out in the report.

In what respect are the Western Australian management programs deficient, as mentioned in the terms of the report? Has the Western Australian Department of Fisheries and Fauna been advised of the nature of the deficiencies?

Senator MURPHY - For a start, I understand that in Western Australia kangaroos are still classed as vermin. In everybody's interest there should be precision about this matter. I will get a precise answer for the honourable senator. This is a topic not without some interest. I understand that there has been a good deal of discussion between the various Australian governmental officials and officials of Western Australia. I will obtain for the honourable senator the exact details of the way in which it is suggested that there has not been complete conformity in the arrangements proposed by Western Australia.

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