O'Farrell pandering to Shooters and Fishers Party – NSW forests open for hunting

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Shadow Environment Minister Luke Foley today accused Barry O'Farrell of pandering to the Shooters and Fishers Party with his plans to allow hunting in 142 state forests for ten years – to help pass his wages bill in the Legislative Council.

"The O'Farrell Government is trying to buy votes from the Shooters and Fishers Party with their plans to open 142 state forests to hunters for the next ten years," Mr Foley said.

"The Government is pandering to the Shooters and Fishers to help pass their wages bill, which will effectively freeze the pay packets of police, teachers, nurses and other public sector workers.

"First the Government abolished the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water – now they are doubling the amount of time our forests are open for hunting.

"This just demonstrates the O'Farrell Government's contempt for NSW state forests and the environment." Previously, NSW state forests were gazetted open for hunting for a period of five years.

"It's no wonder Barry O'Farrell has to resort to buying votes to help pass his outrageous wages bill," Mr Foley said.

"The only way for police to secure a fair wage increase under Barry O'Farrell's new plan, is to consent to cutbacks that could compromise community safety.

"The O'Farrell bill will also strip the powers of the Industrial Relations Commission to conciliate and arbitrate disputes for public sector workers.

"The O'Farrell Government has shown its true colours – opening up our forests for hunting to sell a bill that attacks the frontline workers of NSW."