The decision by park rangers, with the support of their union the NSW Public Service Association (PSA), to commence industrial action in response to the O'Farrell government's plan to expand amateur hunting into NSW National Parks is further evidence of the community anger at the deal struck between Mr O'Farrell and the NSW gun lobby.
NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge welcomed the industrial action by the NSW Public Service Association and said:
"This is yet more evidence of the widespread community disgust at this dangerous deal being stitched up by the O'Farrell government and the fringe Shooters Party.
"No one voted in Barry O'Farrell to relax our gun laws and promote amateur hunting in this State's National Parks.
"For too long governments in this State have actively courted the vote of the Shooters Party by relaxing firearm laws, encouraging gun ownership and promoting hunting on public land.
"Park rangers are standing up for the commonsense idea that no one should be forced to work with the fear that an amateur shooter will be stalking prey in the middle of their workplace.
"Park rangers are the experts in understanding how to control and manage feral animals on public land and they know that it is not done with a bunch of weekend cowboys out to enjoy the kill.
"Feral animal control is a serious business, not a blood sport, and must be done by licensed professionals who stick to scientifically proven feral animal control programs," Mr Shoebridge said.
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