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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 91

(Question No. 487)


Senator Missen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 21 August 1985:

(1) What quotas have applied since 1975 to the slaughter of kangaroos annually: (a) in each State; and (b) on a species by species basis.

(2) How many kangaroos have been legally killed each year since 1975: (a) in each State; and (b) on a species by species basis.

(3) How many kangaroos have been processed each year since 1975: (a) in each State; and (b) on a species by species basis.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Table 1 gives the kangaroo quotas for each species and each State since 1975.

(2) and (3) Table 2 gives the information provided by State and Territory Wildlife Authorities on legal killing of kangaroos. Unless otherwise specified, the table is divided into separate categories which give available data on the commercial kill (animals processed) and the non-commercial kill. Addition of these two categories gives the total kill by species and State/Territory.

Table 1

KANGAROO QUOTAS BY STATE AND SPECIES FOR THE PERIOD 1975-1985

('000)

State/Species

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

(i) New South Wales

Macropus rufus...

50

110

150

150

300

300

333

550

550

399

190

M. giganteus/M. fuliginosus...

150

190

210

210

340

340

356.5

288

288

100

110

M. robustus...

5

-

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

1

1

Total...

205

300

365

365

645

645

694.5

843

843

500

301

(ii) Queensland

M. rufus...

600

800

800

800

1500

450

450

450

450

250

250

M. giganteus/M. fuliginosus...

900

900

900

900

500

720

M. robustus...

75

75

100

100

60

70

M. parryi...

75

75

50

50

35

40

Total...

600

800

800

800

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

845

1,080

(iii) South Australia

M. rufus...

64

64

56

55

78

148

197.5

328

239

115

117.4

M. fuliginosus...

12

12

12

24

25

50

44

64

58

22

9

M. robustus...

4

4

12

1

1

2

8.5

8

3

6

8.6

Total...

80

80

80

80

104

200

250

400

300

143

135

(iv) Western Australia

M. rufus...

142.25

167.19

168

152

180

180

160

160

140

140

160

M. fuliginosus...

-

-

-

30

50

88

70

50

50

50

M. robustus...

-

-

-

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

Total...

142.25

167.19

168

152

220

240

258

240

200

200

220

(v) Tasmania

M. rufogriseus...

-

70

70

150

200

175

175

175

175

175

140

Thylogale billardierii...

-

50

50

100

100

125

125

125

125

125

110

Total...

-

120

120

250

300

300

300

300

300

300

250

(vi) Victoria*

M. rufus...

-

0.3

M. fuliginosus/M. giganteus...

30

31.5

M. rufogriseus...

-

0.7

Wallabia bicolor...

-

0.5

Total...

30

33

*Quota operated for years 1981 and 1982.

Table 2

KANGAROOS KILLED BY STATE/TERRITORY AND SPECIES FOR THE PERIOD 1975-1985

(i) New South Wales

(a) Commercial Kill

Species

Year

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus rufus...

399,108

264,863

157,629

M. giganteus/M. fuliginosus...

263,168

134,900

63,754

M. robustus...

2,066

714

632

Total...

123,000*

96,700*

167,200*

220,000*

520,000*

619,023*

488,647*

664,342

400,477

222,015

* No species details provided

(b) No. Authorised to be killed on Section 121 permits in the non-commercial zone

(Complete species details unavailable, statistics held from 1980)

Kangaroos...

73,185

47,217

38,077

27,172

10,140

(ii) Victoria

(a) Total Number Authorised to be Killed

Species

Year

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus rufus...

0

0

0

0

5

0

5

25

0

0

M. fuliginosus...

990

1,599

1,965

2,370

1,610

3,220

3,050

6,523

1,764

1,142

M. giganteus...

6,595

5,398

5,201

5,756

11,276

22,005

18,817

22,983

13,868

6,423

M. fuliginosus/M. giganteus...

1,050

1,460

1,365

1,550

1,140

635

1,480

1,379

547

275

M. rufogriseus...

150

160

90

175

280

265

395

473

105

20

M. rufus/M. fuliginosus...

. .

. .

. .

110

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

Wallabia bicolor...

123

78

70

130

140

410

336

365

256

164

Total...

8,908

8,695

8,691

10,091

14,451

26,535

24,083

31,748

16,540

8,024

(b) Skins Sold/Processed/Carcasses Sold

M. giganteus/M. fuliginosus...

. .

8

33

M. giganteus...

96

142

220

M. fuliginosus...

67

. .

166

W. bicolor...

. .

. .

5

Total...

(Incomplete)

150

424

218*

825*

399*...

1000**

. .

. .

* No species details available. * Estimate only.

(iii) Queensland

(a) Commercial Harvest-Open Season Fauna

Species

Year

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus rufus...

95,225

106,971

110,254

152,455

342,622

237,282

220,216

352,117

268,904

226,212

M. giganteus/M. fuliginosus...

363,520

421,808

402,808

378,432

866,395

649,534

398,860

682,583

520,948

543,430

M. robustus...

6,026

31,949

27,201

23,372

34,054

22,005

27,937

67,191

66,149

77,595

M. parryi...

31,642

45,259

34,497

41,793

53,908

29,431

31,981

33,823

21,130

12,707

M. rufogriseus...

. .

. .

. .

1,774

9,714

2,337

241

197

9

M. dorsalis...

. .

. .

. .

. .

262

253

. .

238

19

M. rufogriseus/M. dorsalis

(combined)...

711

12,719

7,711

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

. .

726*

M. agilis...

. .

646

4,768

1,869

6,935

1,712

100

649

. .

Wallabia bicolor...

14

1,203

1,165

687

370

545

49

. .

109

Total...

497,138

620,555

588,404

600,382

1,314,260

943,099

679,384

1,136,798

877,350

860,670

*Combined total

(b) Non-Commercial estimate for 1984 only, 1380, no species details

(iv) Western Australia

(a) Commercial

Species

Year

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus rufus...

110,000

144,000

151,000

131 000

151,000

100,000

136,000

134,827

162,262

136,000

M. fuliginosus...

9,000

15,000

11,000

23,000

40,000

58,000

34,000

38,793

35,775

37,000

M. robustus...

3,000

3,000

4,000

3,500

4,500

4,930

5,000

3,916

4,365

5,500

Total...

122,000

162,000

166,000

157,500

195,500

162,930

175,000

177,536

202,402

178,500

(b) Non-commercial

Data not available, non commercial culling regarded as minimal

(v) South Australia

(a) Commercial

1974-

1975

1975-

1976

July

1977-

Dec

1978

1977-

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus rufus/M. robustus & M. fuliginosus

43,677

34,524

60,698

135,996

93,234

148,329

193,326

229,453

155,785

99,274*

*Separate records for 1984: M. rufus 83,469; M. fuliginosus 9,898; M. robustus 5,907

(b) Non-commercial data available from 1980

M. rufus...

. .

. .

. .

1,512

M. fuliginosus...

1,200

1,154

1,214

N/A

7,514

M. giganteus...

. .

. .

. .

162

M. rufus/M. fuliginosus/

M. giganteus

10,000

13,949

32,802

N/A

M. eugenii...

10,500

10,480

10,885

N/A

9,635

M. robustus...

. .

. .

. .

332

Total...

21,700

25,583

44,901

N/A

19,155

(N/A = Not Available)

(vi) Tasmania

(a) Commercial Kill

Species

Year

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus rufogriseus...

77,000

49,000

64,000

71,000

Thylogale billardierii...

31,000

28,000

46,000

47,000

Total...

6,601*

21,426*

45,471*

100,803*

244,918*

220,226*

108,000

77,000

110,000

118,000

(*No species details held)

Note: data for years 1975 to 1980 from royalties paid, 1981 to 1984 from licence returns

(b) Non-commercial kill; available from 1979

M. rufogriseus...

389,000

353,000

271,000

407,000

369,000

426,000

T. billardierii...

304,000

246,000

263,000

254,000

411,000

380,000

Total...

693,000

599,000

534,000

661,000

780,000

806,000

(vii) Northern Territory

There is no commercial killing of kangaroos in the Northern Territory.

The Agile wallaby is unprotected over part of its range in the top end of the Northern Territory and no statistics are available on the take.

(a) Non-commercial Kill (on permits)

Species

Year

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus rufus...

. .

2,000

. .

. .

. .

. .

5,726

18

. .

. .

(viii) Australian Capital Territory/Jervis Bay Territory

No Commercial culling. Some kangaroos have been taken non-commercially for habitat management of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve since 1980; details below.

(a) Non-commercial

Species

Year

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Macropus giganteus...

782

144

180

286

426