An open letter to Barry O’Farrell
When you became premier of NSW you promised that shooting in national parks would not be allowed yet you have decided to renege on that promise. Your promise therefore was an outright lie. The Liberal Party, and you in particular, have made a great noise about the carbon tax and the supposed ‘lie’ the PM made regarding this issue, knowing full well that a carbon reduction scheme was ALP policy.
Having misled the nation about the carbon tax you went on to mislead the people of NSW about allowing shooters into national parks. Even as recently as 8 November 2011 the environment minister, Robyn Parker, stated in parliament:
The policy of the NSW government is clear: hunting in national parks is not permitted. I say that very slowly for the slow learner on the opposition backbench. Parks receive more than 35 million visits per year and we provide, among other things, facilities for visitors to our state, and I advise the member opposite that shooting is not compatible with visitations to our national parks.
Your decision now puts people’s lives in danger, will degrade world heritage values in those parks so far named and those going through the ‘qualifying process’ and shows that when it comes to environmental issues you and your government cannot be trusted.
It seems that you have shown that the Liberal Party of NSW is beholden to the Shooters and Fishers Party, a noisy minority who have shown time and again that they have an agenda to wind back every environmental safeguard and law passed in NSW in the last twenty years. This is shameful; you are shameless.