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Tasmania's native wildlife is globally recognised as unique and remarkable. It is an essential responsibility of the state government to ensure the wild populations of these animals remain at healthy, sustainable levels.

The government is issuing licences and permits to kill native species without having up-to-date data about population numbers. Without complete and ongoing monitoring of all species’ populations it is impossible to know what impact Game Licences and Crop Protection Permits are having on the survival of our native animals and their welfare.

We need to ensure that up-to-date population data is regularly collected and informs all decisions that might impact our wildlife.

 

What Can I Do?

You can write to Minister for Primary Industries, Guy Barnett, and demand that crop protection permits not be issued until reliable population data exists.

 

In Parliament and the Media


Ocean Waves

Whale Deaths on the West Coast

It's just the grimmest thing and the sad truth that no matter how many you take back to deep water, they're always going to swim towards the clicks and squeals.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 24 September 2020


Ocean Waves

Whale Deaths on the West Coast

I rise today with a heavy heart to mark the deaths of more than 360 long-finned pilot whales.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 24 September 2020


Cat, Feral with Bird

Barnett Lets the Cats Out of the Bag

The Government had the opportunity to tackle one of the state’s biggest environmental issues, but they fell at the first hurdle.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 27 August 2020


Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Duck Hunting - Right to Information Request

In response to media reporting on a briefing minute released, the DPIPWE Secretary issued a statement claiming the Minister had never received the minute.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 19 August 2020


Chestnut Teal Ducks

Barnett’s Duck and Cover

Minister Barnett’s feeble attempt to duck scrutiny won’t work, he’s not fooling anyone.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 19 August 2020


Chickens, Battery Cages

Australia Receives a 'D' for Animal Welfare

The announcement that Australia has scored a 'D' in the Animal Protection Index will dismay every Tasmanian who cares about the welfare of animals.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 12 March 2020


Chestnut Teal Ducks

Duck Hunting Season

The opening of the annual duck shooting season starts this long weekend. Native ducks will be blasted out of the skies in the name of sport.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 5 March 2020


Chestnut Teal Ducks

Duck Shooting is Animal Cruelty, Not "Way of Life"

Gun shots will echo across Tasmania’s inland waterways this weekend, as native ducks are brutally blasted out of the skies in the name of ‘sport’.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 5 March 2020


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019

This is a bill that has been widely supported amongst people in the community we have spoken to.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 31 October 2019


Dogs, Happy, Poking Heads Through Gap in Fence

Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019

Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019, dealing with dog attacks on little penguin colonies.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 30 October 2019


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Bicheno Penguin Deaths Demand Government Action

Thirteen little penguins were today found dead near the Bicheno blowhole, with cause of death yet to be determined – but likely to be from dog attack.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Wallaby

National Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day marks the day the last thylacine died. Under this Government, much of our remaining native wildlife faces a similar fate.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 7 September 2019


Black Swan, Tasmania

Wildlife Culling

Cassy O'Connor moves an urgency motion on the mismanagement of wildlife following right to information documents revealing large crop protection permit culls.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 5 September 2019


Forester Kangaroo

Wildlife Protection - Government Funding

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over resourcing for the penguin taskforce.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 5 September 2019


Wallaby

Native Animal Numbers and Culling

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the absence of proper population modelling to inform the crop protection permit regime.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 4 September 2019


Forester Kangaroo

Forester Kangaroos - Numbers and Culling

Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister for Environment for contemporary Forester Kangaroo population numbers.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 4 September 2019


Forester Kangaroo

Culling of Native Wildlife - Crop Protection System

DPIPWE has authorised killing of more than 21 000 black swans, 5000 wombats, 44 000 sulphur-crested cockatoos and 50 000 forester kangaroos since 2014.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 3 September 2019


Wallaby

Animal Welfare in Tasmania

Yesterday in this House we asked questions about the slaughter of over 8000 native black swans in Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 1 August 2019


Wallaby

Tasmania's Native Wildlife - Protection

Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the process for issuing crop protection permits.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 31 July 2019


Black Swan, Tasmania

Wild Swan Slaughter Must End

Environment Minister, Peter Gutwein, refused to take responsibility for Tasmania’s native swans.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 31 July 2019


Black Swan, Tasmania

Native Swans - Culling Program

The ABC yesterday revealed the shocking number of native swans that have been slaughtered over the past four years.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 31 July 2019


Wallaby

Wallaby Cruelty Must be Condemned

The actions of those individuals who maimed two defenceless wallabies, by shooting them with a bow and arrow, are despicable.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 26 July 2019


Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Maria Island Pledge

The Liberals’ pledge to keep Maria Island ‘wild and pristine’ is hypocritical in the extreme.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 21 December 2018


Ocean Waves

Courtney Must Act on Seal Cruelty

Thousands of Australian fur seals are being shot by ‘beanbag’ bullets, underwater explosives, injured, blinded, deafened - and killed in some cases.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 12 October 2018


Wallaby

Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Minister Courtney has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from sarcoptic mange.  
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Wallaby

Wombats - Crop Protection Permits, follow-up

Community groups, wildlife carers and conservation organisations point to localised extinctions of wombats at places such as narawntapu National Park.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Wallaby

Wombats - Crop Protection Permits

The Government has caved into gun owners once again by allowing farmers to apply for crop protection permits every five years instead of annually.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Courtney Dodges Question on Mass Salmon Escape and Seal Deat...

The Minister for Primary Industries, Sarah Courtney, dodged questions in Parliament on reports of mass salmon escapes and seal deaths.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Wombat

Wombat Fire Deaths Must be Investigated

The wombat deaths in Kelso in Northern Tasmania, as a result of an intentionally-lit gorse fire, are a tragic loss for the local wildlife population.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 20 November 2017


Wallaby

Greens Release Plan to Save Tasmania's Wombats

The severe outbreak of wombat mange in 2010 has led to a likely extinction of the wombat population in Narawntapu National Park.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 7 October 2017


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister for Primary Industries over how many of 2,000 relocated seals have died.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Thursday, 21 September 2017


Fish Farm, Macquarie Harbor

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

The Minister has ruled out relocating seals to the north-west of Tasmania starting in December, but not relocations completely.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 21 September 2017


Echidnas

TCT Roadkill Survey

The report surveyed major state road managers including Hydro Tasmania, State Growth, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania, as well as local councils.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 10 August 2017


Wallaby

Wombat Culls Must Be Banned

A ban on crop protection permits being issued for wombats is the only way to prevent localised extinction and ensure survival of the species.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 15 June 2017


Wombat

Estimates questions on Wombats to Minister Rockliff

has the Minister reassessed his cull permit system, considering the outbreak of mange in the wombat population and the localised extinctions?
Andrea Dawkins  |  Estimates  |  Thursday, 8 June 2017


Wombat

Estimates questions on Wombats to Minister Groom

Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister over the issuing of culling permits for wombats while community members are treating them to combat sarcoptic mange.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Wombat

Wombat Mange Needs Real Government Action

The government's announcement of $100,000 is a positive step, but much more needs to be done to save the wombat population from the spread of sarcoptic mange.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 13 March 2017


Wombat

Save Tasmania's Wombats

Tasmania’s wombat population is being decimated by a deadly mite ‘Sarcoptic scabiei’ that causes mange.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 27 October 2016


Wedge-Tailed Eagle

More Needs to Be Done to Protect Tasmania's Native Anim...

it is of deep concern that there is a culture in parts of the Tasmanian community that still sees the killing of native animals as justifiable.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 15 September 2016


Echidnas

Call for Liberal Government to Ban 1080

Rosalie Woodruff tables a motion calling on the government to ban 1080 poison.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Tasmanian Devil

Call for Government to Roll Out Virtual Fencing to Reduce Wi...

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to develop a fiscal strategy to roll out virtual fencing around the State.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Echidnas

Consideration for Wildlife Needed During Burnoffs

The scale and frequency of fuel reduction burns have increased from the creation of a buffer zone to what is now broadscale incineration.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Tasmanian Devil

Wildlife Crossings Needed to Reduce Roadkill

Approximately 1 animal every 2 minutes is killed on Tasmanian roads, which equates to at least 300,000 animals annually, including 3,000 Tasmanian devils.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 27 August 2015