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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 799


Senator BELL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the Government has finally released its response to the report entitled Kangaroos by the Senate Select Committee on Animal Welfare, 5 years after the report was completed in 1988,

    (ii)the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has stated, in its newsletter entitled Environment: Australia's International Agenda, of April 1993, that `the Commonwealth is directly responsible for kangaroo management through the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982', and

    (iii)the official Government response bears little resemblance to this statement by repeatedly declaring that action is dependent on State agreement or that implementation of a recommendation is a matter for State action;

  (b)condemns the Government for the length of time taken to respond to the report and for the lack of Commonwealth leadership in this issue; and

  (c)urges the Government to hasten the development of a national kangaroo management strategy.