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Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Senator COTTON - The Minister for Customs and Excise has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The Department is aware that the smaller and more remote ports may be used for the illegal exportation of birds and other Australian Fauna. Departmental investigators visit such ports from time to time, mainly on specific inquiries based on suspected activities.

(2)   The Department is unable within its present resources, to maintain a constant patrol at all minor ports on the Australian coastline, or, in fact, over the large virtually unattended areas between ports. However, special emphasis is applied whenever suspicions are raised as to illicit activities in particular areas.

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