Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Native Fauna Culling under Shooters Party Bill Is 'Strictly Controlled'

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Native Fauna Culling under Shooters Party Bill Is 'Strictly Controlled'

Article excerpt

REGARDING Mel McMillan's article 'Shooters Party hit list' (NS, 27/6), with comments from Ms Pearse and Mr Korn: This report was not balanced and contained a number of inaccuracies.

Firstly, nowhere in the bill does it state that hunters can just roll up to a National Park and start hunting. This is false.

The bill simply removes the exclusion of National Parks from the definition of public land, i.e., it only allows the opportunity for hunters to hunt in National Parks.

To actually permit hunting would require additional government approval.

Secondly, the article gives the impression of unrestricted hunting of native fauna in National Parks.

Again, this is false.

The bill allows, at the discretion of the Director of National Parks, the use of properly trained and insured volunteer hunters to participate/assist in culling activities within National Parks.

These culling activities are strictly controlled and are only conducted after much research has been undertaken. …

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