Barnett dodging bullets on national parks

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Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam
Greens Spokesperson for Environment Larissa Waters
Media release
March 25, 2014

The Australian Greens will move in the federal Parliament ban recreational shooting in national parks, following threats from the Western Australian state government to allow hunting in national parks.

"From the state government that brought you the shark cull and shale fracking in the Kimberley, now we have threats to allow shooting in national parks," said WA Senator for WA Scott Ludlam.

"Western Australians love their national parks and they want to enjoy them without dodging bullets by hunters shooting firearms.

"Tony Abbott is so anti-environment that he is in the process of handing off federal environmental responsibilities entirely to his state cronies, despite their appalling track record on national parks, shark culling and shale fracking.

"So now Barnett is outsourcing unregulated pest control measures to recreational shooters, when does it end?"

Greens spokesperson for Environment Larissa Waters said national parks make up less than 10 per cent of the country - they are too precious to lose to Tony Abbott's agenda of allowing hunting, logging, grazing and mining in national parks.

"This is what you get from Liberal governments on the environment and comes after Tony Abbott's claims that we have too many national parks," she said.

"The Greens will stand up for national parks in the federal Parliament so they can be enjoyed by Western Australians well into the future, without the environmental and safety impacts of hunting."

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