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Tuesday, 29 April 1969

Senator WRIGHT - lt is, I think, the prevailing view that the crown of thorns starfish is a predator of the coral, although on my visit to Townsville over the weekend 1 was informed of other- quite significant opinion. I noticed this morning a viewpoint put forward which I thought deserved consideration. lt was that if there were a prohibition on the sale of the triton shell and if a reward were given for- the collection of the crown of thorns starfish ' these measures would relieve the coral of 'this agent. As to the measures that I am taking, these relate to the development of a policy which is under the Government's immediate consideration. I am sure my, colleague would not think it appropriate to detail them at question time. This would take a far greater length of time than would be appropriate to use in answering a question.

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