Minister Chooses Blindfold Over Waterbird Shooting Galleries

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Minister chooses blindfold over waterbird shooting galleries

A move by the Victorian Minister for Environment, Gavin Jennings, to promote a recreational

shooting scheme on farm land has been condemned as irresponsible by ALP Members

Opposed to Duck Shooting, an internal lobby group of the party.

Minister Jennings has endorsed a Department of Sustainability and Environment communiqué

initiating a Property Based Game Management Project which offers farmers monetary or in-kind

payment for providing access to hunters to shoot game species on their land, including native


The ALP Members Opposed to Duck Shooting had only recently presented the Minister’s Office

with a statement endorsed by 135 national conservation, animal welfare and political groups.  It

calls on the Federal and Victorian governments to forge an agreement to ban duck shooting, in

line with NSW, WA and Queensland where the activity has been banned. 

Trevor Poulton, spokesperson for the group said:  “We are calling on Minister Jennings to

abandon the project. Minister Jennings said in Parliament, less than a couple of weeks ago, that

his imminent decision on whether to authorise a duck shooting season for 2009 will be based on

science. Minister Jennings had said to Parliament, ‘… I am happy to rely on what the science

says, because the science will actually be determining where my decision lies in relation to this


“In fact, Minister Jennings has chosen to pre-empt the science. His statement to Parliament is

inconsistent with his conduct, having approved the project before receiving Professor

Kingsford’s aerial bird survey count which is currently being undertaken across Australia and

due for completion in early December. The report is to provide critical information to the Minister

for developing strategies for future native waterbird conservation, and may well increase

pressure on the state government for a permanent ban. 

“With a Morgan Poll indicating that 87% of Victorians oppose duck shooting because it leaves

one in four birds wounded and with bird numbers having decreased by 82% across eastern

Australia in the past 25 years, it appears that Minister Jennings has chosen to wear an ethical

and conservation blindfold.” 

Trevor Poulton said:  “Gavin Jennings was given a parliamentary seat by the Socialist Left

faction of the ALP and he ought to have at least shown respect for the faction’s strong anti-duck

shooting policy by consulting with its members and also the community at large before

endorsing the project.”


Trevor Poulton - ALP Members Opposed to Duck Shooting (ALP MoDS)  

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