The NSW Greens have called on premier Barry O’Farrell to condemn the use of public funds to distribute ‘pro-hunting propaganda to children’.
MLC David Shoebridge said the propaganda was contained on water bottles with a pro-hunting message that were distributed last week at Catherine McCauley Catholic Primary School in central western NSW by the NSW Game Council.
‘Mr O’Farrell is cutting jobs in education and health while using scarce public funds to push hunting to five years olds,’ Mr Shoebridge said.
‘We need to know if Barry O’Farrell approves of a publicly funded body promoting hunting to primary school students.
‘Pushing hunting on primary school children via drink bottles is clearly inappropriate. The premier needs to step in and put an end to it.
‘This is not the first time the pro-gun Game Council has pushed its pro-gun pro-hunting agenda on primary school children.
‘Last year pro-hunting materials were snuck into Neville Public School, without the approval of the Department of Education.
‘A push by the Game Council to have children as young as 12 hunting on public land unsupervised was overturned earlier this month after a campaign from the Greens, animal welfare groups and concerned members of the community.
‘While the Game Council is supposed to regulate recreational hunting in NSW, this confirms it is little more than a publically funded front for the Shooters Party.
‘Both Shooters Party MPs are former chairmen of the Game Council. There are clear links between this statutory authority and this far-right party pushing for an increased gun culture in NSW.
‘The Greens are calling for the Game Council to be abolished and for feral animal control to be returned to the hands of professionals in NSW,’ Mr Shoebridge said.