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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3247


Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 29 April 1 980:

(1)   Will the Government lodge a protest against the slaughter of dolphins by Japanese fishermen in Japanese waters during the course of its negotiations with Japanese authorities over access to Australia 's 200 mile fishing zone.

(2)   Will the Government seek assurances that no action of this kind will be taken by (a) foreign or (b) Australian fishermen in waters controlled by Australia.


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

(1)   The Government has already approached the Japanese Government on this matter- see answer to question without notice asked in the Senate and recorded on page 1798 of the Senate Hansard of 23 April 1980.

(2)   The Whale Protection Bill introduced into the Parliament on 23 April 1980 applies to all persons in the 200 mile Australian fishing zone and to Australians, Australian boats and Australian aircraft in all marine waters beyond that zone. The legislation provides for a prohibition on the killing of cetaceans which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises within the Australian fishing zone.







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