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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr CHIPPpresented from certain residents of Victoria a petition showing that because of uncontrolled shooting for commercial purposes, the population of kangaroos, particularly the big red species, is now so low that they may become extinct; there are not sufficient wardens in any State of Australia to detect or apprehend those who break the inadequate laws in existence; as a tourist attraction, the kangaroo is a permanent source of revenue to Australia; it is an indisputable fact that no species can withstand hunting on such a scale, when there is no provision being made for its future.

The petitioners pray that the export of kangaroo products be banned immediately, and the Commonwealth take the necessary steps to bring all wildlife throughout Australia under its jurisdiction; only a complete cessation of killing for commercial purposes can save surviving kangaroos.

Petition received.

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