Serge Killingbeck, South Ballina
As the Game Council now takes on the role of a government agency determining, rather than advising on, policy it must have management independent of the amateur hunters it purports to oversee. It is no longer even an advisory committee; it is the managing agency in all but name.
Converting a lobby group to a government agency is problematic. The current membership of the Game Council is a model of conflict of interest. It has no real level of independence despite the very serious role it has in overseeing the use of lethal firearms in public areas by amateurs with limited proficiency requirements.
When someone is shot as a result of these policies the executive government will find itself not as a side dish at a lawyers picnic but as the main course at an all you can eat banquet.