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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

Media Release

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Australia Receives a 'D' for Animal Welfare

Cassy O'Connor MP - The announcement that Australia has scored a 'D' in the Animal Protection Index will dismay every Tasmanian who cares about the welfare of animals.



Question

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Duck Hunting Season

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Media Release

Thursday, 5 March 2020

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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’.



Speech

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading for the Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019, which introduces new provisions to assist with the detection of dogs responsible for attacks on sensitive wildlife and provide new penalties.



Speech

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

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



Media Release

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Bicheno Penguin Deaths Demand Government Action

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Media Release

Saturday, 7 September 2019

National Threatened Species Day

Rosalie Woodruff MP - National Threatened Species Day marks the day the last thylacine died in Tasmania. Under the Hodgman Government, much of our remaining native wildlife faces a similar fate.



Motion

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Urgency Motion - Wildlife Culling

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor moves an urgency motion on the mismanagement of wildlife following right to information documents revealing large crop protection permit culls.



Question

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Wildlife Protection - Government Funding

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over resourcing for the penguin taskforce.



Speech

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Adjournment - Native Animal Numbers and Culling

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the absence of proper population modelling to inform the crop protection permit regime.



Question

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Forester Kangaroos - Numbers and Culling

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister for Environment for contemporary Forester Kangaroo population numbers.



Question

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Culling of Native Wildlife - Crop Protection System

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Primary Industries over authorised killing of more than 21 000 black swans, 10 000 native hens, 5000 wombats, 44 000 sulphur-crested cockatoos and 50 000 forester kangaroos since 2014.



Speech

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Animal Welfare in Tasmania

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff discusses slaughter of over 8000 native black swans in Tasmania, legally authorised by the Government, in the Greens' Matter of Public Importance debate.



Speech

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Tasmania's Native Wildlife - Protection

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the process for issuing crop protection permits.



Media Release

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Wild Swan Slaughter Must End

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Environment Minister, Peter Gutwein, refused to take responsibility for Tasmania’s native swans, while the Primary Industries Minister dismissed the need to investigate their large-scale slaughter.



Question

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Native Swans - Culling Program

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister if he will cancel crop protection permits for native swans until an investigation into local population dynamics and welfare issues is undertaken.



Media Release

Friday, 26 July 2019

Wallaby Cruelty Must be Condemned

Rosalie Woodruff MP - There is no excuse for the abuse of animals. The actions of those individuals who maimed two defenceless wallabies, by shooting them with a bow and arrow, are despicable.



Media Release

Friday, 21 December 2018

Maria Island Pledge

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Liberals’ pledge to keep Maria Island ‘wild and pristine’, however, is hypocritical in the extreme. This is the same government who have put the National Park’s wildness and pristine state at risk by simultaneously increasing visitor numbers and starving Parks and Wildlife of resources.



Media Release

Friday, 12 October 2018

Courtney Must Act on Seal Cruelty

Cassy O'Connor MP - Under the Liberals, thousands of Australian fur seals are being shot by ‘beanbag’ bullets, shocked with underwater explosives, injured, blinded, deafened - and undoubtedly, killed in some cases.



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Cassy O'Connor MP - Primary Industries Minister, Sarah Courtney, has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from the deadly sarcoptic mange.  



Question

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wombats - Crop Protection Permits, follow-up

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister over the number of permits to shoot wombats and the Government's justification while localised extinctions of wombats are occuring at places such as narawntapu National Park.



Question

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wombats - Crop Protection Permits

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister over longer crop protection permits and the large-scale culling of wombats while populations are at risk from sarcoptic mange.



Media Release

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Courtney Dodges Question on Mass Salmon Escape and Seal Deaths

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Minister for Primary Industries, Sarah Courtney, dodged questions in Parliament on reports of mass salmon escapes and seal deaths resulting from last week's climate-induced extreme weather events across Storm Bay.



Media Release

Monday, 20 November 2017

Wombat Fire Deaths Must be Investigated

Andrea Dawkins - 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.



Media Release

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Greens Release Plan to Save Tasmania's Wombats

Andrea Dawkins - The severe outbreak of wombat mange in 2010 has led to a likely extinction of the wombat population in Narawntapu National Park. Since then, this problem has become far more widespread.



Question

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister for Primary Industries over how many of 2,000 relocated seals have died.



Question

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Salmon Industry - Seal Relocation

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister how long he will allow male seals to be locked up together before they are released into nearby waters, where they will just swim straight back with the possibility of being killed.



Motion

Thursday, 10 August 2017

TCT Roadkill Survey

Andrea Dawkins -

Andrea Dawkins MP to move -

That the House - 

1.     Acknowledge the recent release of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust survey and report regarding Roadkill in Tasmania entitled –

‘Roadkill: A survey of state road authorities and local government’.

2.     Notes the report surveyed major state road managers including Hydro Tasmania, State Growth, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania, as well as local councils.



Media Release

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wombat Culls Must Be Banned

Andrea Dawkins - The government’s announcement that three of the four current wombat cull permits are to be revoked comes after months of pressure from the community, in large part the Wombat Warriors, and support of the Greens in Parliament.



Estimate

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Estimates questions on Wombats to Minister Rockliff

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins asks the minister if he has reassessed his cull permit system, considering the outbreak of mange in the wombat population and the localised extinctions.



Estimate

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Estimates questions on Wombats to Minister Groom

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister over the issuing of culling permits for wombats while community members are treating them to combat sarcoptic mange.



Media Release

Monday, 13 March 2017

Wombat Mange Needs Real Government Action

Andrea Dawkins - The government's announcement of $100,000 is a positive step, but much more needs to be done to save the Tasmanian wombat population from the spread of sarcoptic mange.



Motion

Thursday, 15 September 2016

More Needs to Be Done to Protect Tasmania's Native Animals

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff tables a motion calling for the introduction of financial rewards to encourage the public to come forward with information to help solve criminal killing of endangered wildlife.



Motion

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Call for Liberal Government to Ban 1080

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff tables a motion calling on the government to ban 1080 poison.



Motion

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Call for Government to Roll Out Virtual Fencing to Reduce Wildlife Fatalities

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to develop a fiscal strategy to roll out virtual fencing around the State.



Media Release

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Minister Should End Duck Hunting

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The whimsical performance of Duck Lake by wildlife protesters on Moulting Lagoon was a courageous attempt to draw attention to the archaic and dishonourable practice of shooting native birds for sport.



Motion

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Consideration for Wildlife Needed During Burnoffs

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to consider the impact of burns and fires on native wildlife when undertaking any assessment of reduction burns and bushfire management.



Motion

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Wildlife Crossings Needed to Reduce Roadkill

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to undertake assessment of the impact of road deaths on Tasmania’s wildlife as well as a cost analysis of the construction of further fencing solutions and wildlife road crossings.