hunting in national parks, NSW and Qld

To: John Wright <>
Subject: hunting in national parks, NSW and Qld
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:15:34 +1000
We only have to look at the behaviour of some duck hunters (especially on
opening morning) to know that there will always be some who do not abide by
any rules and do not really care what they shoot!

On 21 July 2012 13:05, John Wright <> wrote:

> Sounds good. Although there would be a large number of hunters who
> would operate professionally and with low-impact, there unfortunately
> will probably also be a significant percentage of "ferals with guns"
> who could pose a danger to the general public (and to themselves) if
> allowed to hunt unrestricted in the parks. I also think that the
> knowledge of unregulated, unsupervised hunters being active in a
> national park would deter families, overseas tourists, etc. from
> wanting to visit it. Additionally, national parks are supposed to be
> places where people can relax and enjoy the tranquility of unspoiled
> and unpolluted natural beauty; the last thing I would want or expect
> when visiting the solitude of a national park is to hear gunshots
> ringing out all the time. Your point about hunting dogs potentially
> being used is also well made - you also wouldn't want to come across a
> pack of those while hiking, especially if their owner was several
> minutes behind them (mind you, you could shoot them yourself and get
> some bounty money!)
> As I said in a previous response, I think penalties for any violations
> of the law need to carry special mandatory criminal sentences more
> severe than normal if they occur within a national park. The burden of
> proof should also be put on the defendant rather than the prosecution,
> so that the hunter is automatically assumed guilty unless he or she
> can prove that they weren't the culprit. Perhaps the gun club that the
> person belongs to should also be held jointly liable for any
> violations by their members. Each hunter should also be required to
> have the minimum 10 million dollars of public liability cover that
> commercial users of the national parks need to have before allowed
> access. These provisions would be necessary to try to ensure that if
> the hunting within national parks gets the green light, at least the
> hunters would be aware that what they got was a special privilege, not
> some kind of right.
> John
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