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Disappointing duck decision all about politics

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has slammed the Andrews Labor Government for its political decision to drastically reduce this year’s duck season.

The Government announced over the weekend that the duck season would be limited to 20 days and just two birds per day.

Mr O’Brien said this flies in the face of evidence right around South Eastern Australia that indicates no particular threat to the duck population.

“We all know 2020 has been wet and much more favourable for ducks and their breeding cycle than previous years, so at the very least we should have the same duck season as last year,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Indeed, there is strong evidence that our Victorian wetlands and rivers are mostly full and duck numbers are good.

“It’s clear that the Government is hiding behind the Game Management Authority and it’s time Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas fronted the public and explained the reasoning behind this appalling decision.”

Mr O’Brien said it was the latest in a serious of policy decisions taken by the Labor Government that failed to recognise the rights of regional and rural Victorians and the local economy.

“Whether it’s timber jobs, power generation jobs or legitimate and legal activities like duck season, it seems they will always come second to the political whims of the Andrews Government.

“We are sick of being taken for granted and having our jobs and past-times sacrificed by a Government in the thrall of radical activists.

“Many Gippslanders and visitors alike enjoy harvesting wild game for the table and in doing so they bring significant economic benefits to our region.

“We will be pursuing this matter in State Parliament and I call on the Minister to explain why she’s made this decision.”


8 February 2021

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