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Tuesday, 4 March 1980
Page: 538

Senator Mulvihill asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 20 February 1980:

(   1 ) Has the Minister received any reports of slaughter of the Siberian snipe which utilises the Eden-Mallacoota area for breeding purposes.

(2)   Will ratification of the Migratory Bird Treaty provide protection to avoid a repetition of such slaughter.

Senator Chaney - The Minister for Science and the Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) The only species of snipe known to breed in Australia is the resident Painted Snipe, which is not covered by the Australia-Japan Migratory Birds Agreement. I know of no reports that this species has been killed in numbers in the Eden-Mallacoota area.

(2)   The Japanese Snipe, which breeds only in Japan, and the Pin-tailed Snipe, which breeds only in central Siberia and northern Asia, are covered by the Australia-Japan Migratory Birds Agreement, but only the former has been recorded from the Eden-Mallacoota area. Under the terms of the Agreement hunting seasons for these migratory species must take into account the maintenance of normal annual reproduction of the birds.

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