Opposition welcomes suspension of amateur hunting in National Parks

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The NSW Labor Opposition has today welcomed Barry O'Farrell's suspension of his amateur hunting in National Parks program - and urged the Premier to kill off the dangerous policy altogether.

This follows the Premier's announcement today that he will suspend his amateur hunting in national parks program until a review into the governance of the Game Council has concluded in May.

"The O'Farrell Government should be abandoning, not suspending, its dangerous amateur hunting in national parks program," Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said today.

"I've been warning of the dangers of this program for months, and released multiple versions of leaked government documents showing the very real risks to public safety, animal welfare and national parks generally.

“Legislation allowing amateur hunting in our national parks is dangerous, bad for our environment and must be reversed."

Mr Foley said the Premier had already broken his promise not to allow hunting in national parks, and could not be trusted to do the right thing by the people of NSW and abandon the plan.

"The Premier promised he wouldn’t allow hunting in our national parks, and then did a deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party to do exactly that," Mr Foley said.

"I'm not surprised Mr O'Farrell has now broken his commitment to the Shooters and Fishers Party today.

"Mr O'Farrell has shown himself to be someone who just cannot be trusted to keep his word."

Premier O'Farrell on the record:

"We have no intention of doing deals with the minor parties, to sell out those plans."

"There will not be a decision to turn our national parks into hunting reserves."

(Barry O'Farrell, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 2011)