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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 1101

Senator DEVITT asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   Did Australia's representatives at 2 recent international conferences record different votes on a 10-year moratorium on the commercial killing of whales.

(2)   Did the Australian delegation to the Stockholm Conference on the Environment, led by the Minister, vote for the moratorium and, 3 weeks later, at the International Whaling Conference held in London, did the Australian delegation, which on that occasion did not include the Minister, abstain from voting on an identical question.

(3)   Was the vote in Stockholm contrary to the official brief given to the delegation and was the Minister in error; if so, howdid the discrepancy occur.

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I refer the honourable senator to the reply given by the Minister for Primary Industry to a similar question on 31st August 1972 (Hansard, page 1001).

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