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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1190

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   What were the names and addresses of people prosecuted for bird smuggling in and out of Australia, and what were the amounts of the fines imposed for this offence during the years 1970, 1971 and the first half of 1972.

(2)   Have all the fines been collected; if not, what action has been taken against the defaulters.

(3)   Has any action been taken in conjunction with Interpol to prosecute the overseas agents associated with the smugglers referred to in (1).

Senator COTTON-The Minister for Customs and Excise has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:


(a)   Release under Section 19b Crimes Act. $100 good behaviour bond.



(2)   No. In 2 cases action for recovery of the outstanding debts is proceeding. In a third case the current whereabouts of the person concerned are unknown and efforts are being made to locate him.

(3)   No. The practical difficulty in this area is that concerted action by overseas Governments and police is possible only if the country concerned has legislation prohibiting the import of Australian fauna or the export of indigenous species.

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