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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Ducks in firing line as Shooters bully O'Farrell

Media Release - 26 October 2012

The fringe right wing Shooters Party is again holding the O'Farrell government to ransom, refusing to support privatisation legislation unless the government agrees to their demands for duck hunting.

See Daily Telegraph: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/barry-ofarrell-cant-duck-the-shooters/story-e6freuy9-1226503478631

Greens NSW MP and Firearms spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

"Once again the O'Farrell government is being held to ransom by its commitment to continue to deal with the far right Shooters party.

"Having given in to the Shooters on hunting in National Parks to get electricity privatisation, O'Farrell has set himself up to be blackmailed again, this time over the ports privatisation.

"NSW will be doubly damned if O'Farrell again gives in to the Shooters, with our ports privatised and our native animals pumped with pellets.

"Duck hunting can be an extremely cruel practice with the ducks often maimed and dying agonising deaths.

"The former Labor government opened the door to duck hunting in NSW via the Orwellian-named "Game Bird Mitigation Program".

"Farmers and land holders are already able to use licensed hunters to shoot native ducks on their own land and there is no case to extend this cruel program to public land.

"These pro-gun extremists have proved time and again that they will try and shut down any government who will not bend to their demands.

"Labor and the Coalition in government both have a 'whatever it takes' attitude to the Shooters Party in NSW, which is seeing an emerging U.S. style culture of guns and hunting," Mr Shoebridge said.

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