Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Moratorium on Hunting and Game Council Inquiry Welcomed but it must be a public inquiry

“Premier O’Farrell’s decision to investigate the Game Council will no doubt reveal more dirt on the Game Council.  It is a public agency that confuses the administration of Government policy with political campaigning for hunting, including in our national parks,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.

“The nature of the investigation of the Game Council by a senior public servant from Department of Premier and Cabinet is yet to be spelt out, but it must be public inquiry.  We have heard many rumours of Game Council dealings, including funding of pro-hunting publicity and poor administrative practices”, said Mr Muir.

“All the evidence this inquiry discovers must also go on the public record”, said Mr Muir.

“It’s time to put sunlight on the Game Council’s strategies and plans. A proper public inquiry would find enough dirt of the Game Council put a stop to the pro-gun political agenda for good”, Mr Muir said. 

“We don’t need a gun lobby, via the Game Council, taking control of public land management in NSW and spreading its gun culture through our society”, he said.

“The moratorium on hunting in national parks announced by Premier O’Farrell today is warmly welcomed by the Colong Foundation.  The moratorium and a public inquiry would provide the NSW Government with the tools its needs to escape the horns of its political dilemma on hunting in National Parks,” Mr Muir said.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)