[This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.]
These regulations re-enact with modifications the provisions of the Opossum Regulations (No 2) 1951.
Regulations 3 to 6 re-enact the existing provisions as to the taking, liberating, and keeping of opossums.
Regulations 7 to 11 are new, and provide for the licensing by the Internal Affairs Department of brokers to conduct public auction sales of opossum skins. No person may act as a broker for the sale by auction of opossum skins unless he is the holder of a licence.
Regulations 12 to 21 are new, and provide for the payment of a subsidy on all opossum skins offered for sale at an approved auction sale conducted by a licensed broker in order to assure to the seller a gross return of 2s. 9d. a skin. The regulations contain provisions for the inspection and marking of skins by authorized officers and provide that no subsidy is to be paid in respect of skins which come within the definition of disqualified skin in regulation 2.
Powers of entry and inspection are conferred on authorized officers by regulation 20, and regulation 21 authorizes the Court, in proceedings against any person for a breach of the regulations, to decree forfeiture to the Crown of any skins seized as a result of the breach.
Regulations 22 and 23 provide for the payment of a bounty of 2s. 6d. in respect of each token portion of opossum skin surrendered to the Secretary for Internal Affairs. The form of the token and the conditions of payment are to be fixed by the Secretary.