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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2284

Senator Mulvihill asked the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

Has any liaison been developed between the Department of Customs and Excise and the Papua New Guinea Government authorities to curb the illegal export of birds of paradise from that country to Australia.

Senator Murphy - The answer to the honourable senator's questions is as follows:

The plumage and skins of Birds of Paradise can only be legally imported into Australia for education or scientific purposes.

The detection of goods of all types being illegally imported into Australia is a formidable task for officers of the Department of Customs and Excise. To cope with the problem it is necessary that they establish the closest possible liaison with their counterparts in other countries.

Excellent liaison does exist between Customs officers in Australia and Papua New Guinea. This was reinforced earlier this year when a senior officer from the Department in Canberra went to Papua New Guinea for discussions on problems involving the policing of fauna imports and exports.

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