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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2024

Senator MULVIHILL -I ask the Minister for Customs and Excise: When all the States, including New South Wales, share in the $9m Australian Government grant for the acquisition of extra wild life reserves, will such land enable the increased kangaroo population to be absorbed and thereby completely demolish the alarmist outburst of Sir Charles Cutler of New South Wales?

Senator MURPHY - It may well prove to be helpful in enabling the kangaroos to exist peacefully. The statements made by Sir Charles Cutler about poisoning great numbers of kangaroos reminds me of the statement made, I think a year ago, in Western Australia that that would be done. It was not done. I do not think that Sir Charles Cutler, by his comments, is adding anything useful to the consideration of this problem. Extreme statements such as those made by Sir Charles Cutler do not go unnoticed in the rest of the world. Perhaps I should tell honourable senators that when I was in the Hague the Australian Ambassador told me that there had been demonstrations at the Embassy against what the Australians were doing in regard to the kangaroo. Petitions had been signed by school children all around the world. I think it was in Switzerland that hundreds of thousands of children protested about the kangaroos. May I say that in the light of actions taken by the Australian Government some of those fears of people around the world are unfounded? It certainly does not assist Australia if persons such as Sir Charles Cutler make these extreme statements about poisoning kangaroos and those statements are immediately spread around the world to the detriment of Australia's world standing in conservation.

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