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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1649

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate in his capacity as Minister for Customs and Excise. I refer to a question asked earlier today by Senator Mulvihill about the conservation of kangaroos. I understood from the Minister's answer that a report of a working party- I do not know whether that is the right term- concerning the conservation measures of the various States has been prepared and apparently has been studied by the Minister. Will the Minister make that report available by tabling it or by publishing it in some other way? Further, does the fact that the Western Australian Government has not accepted the recommendations mean that the repeated statements which the Minister has made, to the effect that he approves of the Western Australian methods of conservation are not accepted by the working party and that some further measures are recommended for Western Australia?

Senator MURPHY - There was a working party and it made a report. I will see whether the report can be tabled. At the moment I cannot see any reason why it should not be tabled; but I will look into that. As for the remarks about Western Australia, if I recall my statements correctly, I was a little cautious in my endorsement of what was being done in Western Australia. I think I said that what was being done by the Western Australian Government was welcomed and that it was trying more than the governments of some other States to engage in wise conservation. However, I am speaking only from memory of what I said earlier in the year. I am pretty sure that I did not give wholehearted endorsement. I do not claim to be an expert in these matters. One relies upon the advice that one is given. But, my recollection of what I said is that certainly Western Australia had been attempting to do something. But my information is that Western Australia has not accepted all the recommendations of the working party. I think it has accepted some and is putting into effect some but not all of the recommendations.

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