Greens MP Jamie Parker has welcomed the announcement of the suspension of hunting in national parks however said it does not go far enough.
"We want a definitive end to shooting in national parks, not just a bureaucratic review,” Mr Parker said.
"In a deal with the gun lobby, the former Labor government opened up state forests for amateur recreational hunting and now the Liberal government is going even further.
"The government’s own risk assessment says that hunting in national parks brings significant risk of injury and death to park visitors and rangers.
"Amateur recreational hunting is not an effective or humane way to control feral pests. The millions of dollars wasted on these programs should be spent on professional control strategies backed by science.
“The government has buckled to community pressure and committed to a review of the governance of the Game Council but it needs to go further.
“The campaign against shooting in national parks is clearly having an impact and we need to keep up the pressure.
“I encourage everyone who is concerned about this appalling plan to sign my petition and tell the Liberal government to end plans for shooting in national parks,” Mr Parker said.
Mr Parker has started a petition to end the government’s plans for hunting on public land:
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March 01, 2013 at 12pm