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Today, the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Bill to amend the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 passed both Houses of Parliament.

The Bill will significantly increase the penalties for those who deliberately kill threatened species in Tasmania.

The shooting of three threatened eagles since May last year sparked community outrage, and these changes will bring penalties more in line with community expectations.

The amendments will increase the penalties to a fine of up to $102,527 and/or a maximum custodial sentence of up to 12 months' imprisonment.

The Hodgman Liberal Government takes very seriously our responsibility for the protection of threatened species and these amendments send a strong message that the deliberate killing of threatened species will not be tolerated.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment