re: killing of rare parrots

To: "Alastair Smith" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: re: killing of rare parrots
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 16:24:59 +1000
 wrote on Friday, 8 June 2007 3:47 PM:

> A further update from my father on the regent parrot court case .

> Hi Al - The last on Regent Parrots till after 17th July. Greg
> Rohde, the Victorian Dept of Sustainability & Environment
> officer who has the supervision of this matter, explained to
> me this morning that they had problems with the correct
> charges. Regents are "vulnerable" but the offences in the Act
> are only for Protected, Notable and Endangered so it had to
> be the lowest of the 3 types - Protected - as Notable isn't
> the same as Vulnerable. .

I don't understand all this stuff.  Is this a bureaucratic mix up? Where
is it that Regents are listed as "vulnerable"?  Is that the correct
listing?  Should the Act be changed to include "vulnerable"?

> They were hoping to get a prosecution up under the EBCA (Cth)
> but some other . bureaucrat listed the Western Regent not the
> Eastern race so that now looks unlikely to go ahead.

Is this also a mistake?  Should the Eastern Race be listed?

If these things are indeed mistakes then unless they're fixed, the next
time this happens they'll get off lightly again.  Is it automatic that
when this kind of thing is discovered someone starts fixing it? Or do we
have to lobby to get them fixed?

If the latter, then, um, who do we lobby?  And should we be going
through the whole list, wherever that list might be, and making sure all
the other species are listed correctly?

Peter Shute

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