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Wednesday, 14 October 1970

Dr J F Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) ns asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Will he, in the hope that it will guide action to ensure preservation of all species of kangaroos in Australia and of pastures at the same time, arrange for discussions with State Ministers and his own Ministers particularly those who have presented petitions asking for protection for kangaroos and prohibition of export of kangaroo meat and skins, to see if a cease fire in the killing of kangaroos hi Australia can be decided upon and enforced until the report of the Select Committee on Wildlife Conservation becomes available.

Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As the honourable member will be aware, the direct responsibility for the conservation of wildlife lies with the States except in respect of those

Territories administered by the Commonwealth. The shooting of kangaroos is either forbidden or controlled in the Commonwealth Territories.

The Australian Fauna Authorities Conference, which mct in Darwin last May, discussed the widespread public concern that the kangaroo was in danger of extinction and expressed its confidence that there was no such threat. In the light of this view, further discussions with the Slates would appear unnecessary at this juncture.

Nevertheless the position will be kept under review. The Government's desire to ensure the preservation of all species of kangaroos and other wildlife has been clearly demonstrated through the establishment of the House of Representatives Select Committee to enquire into these matters. The matter will be given further consideration in the light of that Committee's report.

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