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Tuesday, 19 May 1970

Mr SNEDDENpresented from certain residents of the State 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 insufficient wardens in any State of the Commonwealth to detect or apprehend those who break the inadequate laws which exist. As a tourist attraction, the kangaroo is a permanent source of revenue to this country. It is an indisputable fact that no species can withstand hunting on such a scale, when no provision is being made for its future.

The petitioners pray that the export ol kangaroo products be banned immediately, and the Commonwealth Government take the necessary steps to have all wildlife in Australia brought under its' control. Only a complete cessation of killing for commercial purposes can save surviving kangaroos.

Petition received.

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