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Australia’s environment minister orders investigation into export of hundreds of endangered parrots

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Sussan Ley announces audit after Guardian Australia revealed her department allowed the birds to be exported to Germany

The environment minister, Sussan Ley, has appointed an auditor to investigate her own department over the export of hundreds of native and endangered parrots to Germany over a three-year period.

Guardian Australia revealed in 2018 that the Australian government permitted the export of hundreds of birds to a German organisation despite concerns they were being offered for sale rather than exhibited.

Related: Australia gave endangered birds to secretive German ‘zoo’, ignoring warnings

Related: ‘A legitimate zoo?’ How an obscure German group cornered global trade in endangered parrots

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