Media Release - 14 June 2012
The deal is in between the O'Farrell government and the radical Shooters Party in the NSW Parliament with the Shooters presenting their legislative amendments to Parliament allowing amateur hunting in National Parks and moving for the first time to outlaw anti-hunting
protests. This week the NSW Greens referred the deal to ICAC to
investigate for corruption.
Greens MP and Environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said:
"The bill tabled today only excludes 28 of our national parks and other types of reserves. This will leave 771 open to recreational hunters at this point in time. It's disgraceful that Barry O'Farrell has sold off public safety, the environment, animal welfare and native wildlife to the extreme demands of the Shooters Party.
"When is the truth about this shambolic deal going to come out? This
bill is contrary to the promise from last week that only 79 parks and
reserves would be open.
"National parks are iconic and hold a special place for most
Australians. It is just astounding that Mr O'Farrell thinks he can sell
them out for a dirty political deal with the Shooters party.
"What makes this deal even worse is that recreational ground shooting
is recognised by feral species experts as completely ineffective at
eradicating species," Ms Faehrmann said.
Greens MP and Firearms spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
"Shamefully this proposed law protects hunters while it criminalises
protestors. It is hard to imagine a more aggressive attack on both our
environment and our right to protest.
"This week the NSW Greens referred the entire political deal, where the
Shooters get access to National Parks in return for the unprincipled
sell-off of the electricity generators to ICAC.
"The conduct of the Premier has smeared politics in this State and is
arguably corruption with the deal impeding the ability of the Shooters
MPs to assess the privatisation legislation on its merits.
"The deal also means that many Coalition MPs will be bound to vote for
shooting in National Parks, not because it is right, but in order to
firm up the privatisation deal with the Shooters.
The ICAC referral can be downloaded here:
Peter Stahel for Cate Faehrmann – 0433 005 727
Mark Riboldi for David Shoebridge – 0433 753 376
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