Shooters party members Robert Borsak and Robert Brown want private hunting reserves to be permissable in NSW. Photo: Steven SiewertA bill to allow private hunting reserves – or game parks – in NSW will be debated in state parliament after the Shooters and Fishers Party succeeded in getting the issue on the agenda.
Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Brown said his bill would amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and other acts to repeal the current ban on private game reserves to hunt animals and trap shooting of birds.
The government says the bill will be considered by cabinet “in line with standard practice”.
But Mr Brown has rejected suggestions by the Greens that the move is part of a deal with the government after the Shooters and Fishers helped defeat a bill that would have banned coal seam gas in parts of the state.
“There is no deal”, he said.
Mr Brown said game parks are legal in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, but not the ACT.
The fact that NSW has had a ban in place since the late 1980s is anti-competitive, he said.
“It is a fairly valuable industry for rural areas,” Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown said he expected that if the ban was lifted the initial industry would be for game birds such as ducks, quail and pheasant because they were low cost and did not require modification to the property, such as fences.
Game reserves for the hunting of other animals such as deer, pigs and foxes would emerge “in time”.
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said the party was concerned the government had agreed to support the game parks bill “in return for their vote against the bill that would have established a moratorium on coal seam gas and bans in certain areas of NSW”.
The Greens bill was defeated 19 votes to 16 in the upper house on Thursday, with Shooters and Fishers Party support.
But Mr Brown, who won the right to have a private members’ bill considered following random draw in the upper house, said the decisions to vote against the CSG bill and put forward his game park bill were “coincidental”.
Greens MP David Shoebridge said: “The very idea of game parks, where well-armed hunters pay to kills animals that simply can’t get away is not only deeply sad, it’s offensive,”
A spokesman for Premier Mike Baird said cabinet and the joint party room “will approve a government position on this private member’s bill before it is considered by the Parliament.”
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