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Aborigines seek licence to export native animals

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 10 January 2005

The North Queensland Land Council wants a licence to export native flora and fauna.

Council chairman Terry O'Shane says the body wants permission from the Federal Government to harvest animals and plants from land where it has native title rights.

He says allowing Aboriginal people to hunt and export fauna and flora would help stop the illegal trade.

Mr O'Shane says it would also create employment and conservation opportunities for Aboriginal people.

"It would develop an economy for us which would allow our people to stay on country for the whole of the year," he said.

"We would be able to go through and monitor the reptiles and birds and so forth and so on.

"We would monitor all that happening, the time of the season when they are going through their mating time [and] where they are nesting."

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