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Senator Ian Campbell
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers for the Environment, Sport, Territories, and Local Government
8 July 1996
Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell said today that feral animal control was crucial to the rehabilitation of the environment.
Delivering the opening address at an international conference on wildlife management, Senator Campbell said that introduced species had become one of the greatest threats to Australian Native wildlife and flora.
Over 70 introduced vertebrate animals have become established since European settlement, including 26 species of wild mammals.
Introduced mammals now make up 10% of Australia's fauna.
Senator Campbell said that wild pigs, feral cats, buffaloes, rabbits, goats, foxes and brumbies were causing massive environmental and economic damage to native flora and fauna, to habitat and grazing land.
Senator Campbell said that discussion with delegates to the Fourth International Conference on Fertility Control for Wildlife Management in Queensland, had convinced him that significantly enhanced funding for research and on-the-ground programs to deal with feral animals was required.
The Federal government will provide $16 million for a National Feral Animal Control Strategy under the Telstra package.
Senator Campbell reminded delegates that the one third sale of Telstra was being delayed and threatened by the opposition parties in the Senate. He said these parties have an outdated ideological obsession arguing that government ownership of the means of production has some intrinsic merit.
Senator Campbell said there can be not doubt that Telstra needs to modernise its administration to compete as an Australian multi national company in the rapidly expanding global multi media environment. He said there is overwhelming evidence that the logic of the opposition parties is flawed environmentally and economically.
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