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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.

Attend Possum and Glider Citizen Science Workshop ( Wednesday, 11 December 2019 - 5:30pm at The Village Triabunna, 20 Melbourne Street, Triabunna, Tasmania 7190 )

Attend Possum and Glider Citizen Science Workshop ( Tuesday, 10 December 2019 - 5:30pm at New Sydney Hotel, 87 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 )

Read our Wildlife Protection and Management Petition petition or Sign the Petition Here ( closing date - Thursday, 19 March 2020 - 11:00pm )



In Parliament and the Media

Thursday, 31 October 2019
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.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019, dealing with dog attacks on little penguin colonies.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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.
Saturday, 7 September 2019
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.
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Cassy O'Connor moves an urgency motion on the mismanagement of wildlife following right to information documents revealing large crop protection permit culls.
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister over resourcing for the penguin taskforce.
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the absence of proper population modelling to inform the crop protection permit regime.
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Rosalie Woodruff asks the Minister for Environment for contemporary Forester Kangaroo population numbers.
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
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.
Thursday, 1 August 2019

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Deputy Speaker, let us talk about the situation of animal welfare in Tasmania under the Liberals. No wonder they would like to get up and spin the situation, because it is going very badly for them.

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


Friday, 26 July 2019
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.
Friday, 21 December 2018
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.
Friday, 12 October 2018
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.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
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.  
Wednesday, 22 August 2018



Wednesday, 22 August 2018



Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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.
Monday, 20 November 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.  Reports suggest 13 wombats have perished as a result their burrows being burnt and buried from the gorse-clearing exercise on privately owned land.  

It’s a huge blow for the species, and the local community members, who were treating a number of them for Sarcoptic Mange now widespread in the adjoining Narawntapu National Park.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

Wombats are one of Tasmania’s most treasured native animals, but they need our help. 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.

Thursday, 21 September 2017


Thursday, 21 September 2017


[10.15 a.m.]

You ruled out relocating seals to the north-west of Tasmania starting in December, after the height of the seal breeding season, but not to relocations completely.  This sounds like an election protection policy for your members in Braddon, where Mr Brooks apparently only woke up to the issue a short time after putting up his last billboard.

Members interjecting.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

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.

While the revocation is welcome, it falls far short of a real ban.  

A ban on crop protection permits being issued for wombats is the only way to prevent localised extinction and ensure survival of the species.

Thursday, 8 June 2017
Ms  DAWKINS  - Have you reassessed your cull permit system, considering the outbreak of mange in the wombat population and the localised extinctions?
Mr ROCKLIFF - The cull permit system was recently reassessed by the Minister for Environment and Parks.  I am now responsible for wombats as a result of the changes we made recently.  Mr Groom announced funding of around $105 000, divided into three main categories concerning wombat mange.  It is a parasite that burrows into the skin, a mite.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Ms  DAWKINS  - I know you are aware of the group in Kelso called the Wombat Warriors who are trying desperately to save wombats in that area.  We believe there is localised extinction in Narawntapu now and the concern is that extinction is going to travel south.  I know they are using Cydectin now, something Mr Rockliff enabled.
Monday, 13 March 2017

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Terrestrial Environment spokesperson

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.

The spread of wombat mange across the State is a symptom of the desperate underfunding of the Parks and Wildlife Service.  While the government is providing some funds for research and volunteers, they are starving Parks of the funds it needs to save the wombat.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokesperson

Twenty community and environment groups are organising a public meeting on Tuesday in Hobart Town Hall, because of their significant concerns about changes to planning in the State. 

These groups have a wide cross-section of interests, and have united to protect the values that make Tasmania what we know and love.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Thursday 15 September 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)          Notes that:—

(a)          in late August 2016 an endangered wedge-tailed eagle was discovered to have died after being shot with a high-calibre rifle in the leg, and that the bird was likely to have died a slow and painful death; and

(b)          a Tawny Frogmouth owl was shot four times in the head on Saturday 10 September 2016 with an air rifle from below as it sat on a tree limb.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that two years after the ban to prevent wildlife killing from 1080 poison was instituted and then reversed by this Liberal Government, approvals for its use by farmers have spiked.

(2)           Understands that research has showed tens of thousands of browsing animals and non-targeted species, such as quolls and bettongs, could have been killed by the 1.33kg of 1080 that has been approved for use since July 2015.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that a high-tech alarm system known as ‘virtual fencing’ has been shown to reduce roadkill by up to 82 per cent.

(2)           Notes that the virtual fencing system has been praised by organisations such as Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, as well as local governments, and that both Latrobe and Kentish Councils have moved to advocate for a statewide trial.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -

hat this House notes:

1.      That the scale and frequency of fuel reduction burns have increased from the creation of a buffer zone around certain homes or areas to what is now broadscale incineration involving aerial incendiaries setting fire to regions of forest and bushland;

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Andrea Dawkins MP on tomorrow to move -

That this House notes:

1.      That 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;

2.      That many of these animals are not killed instantly, but critically injured, limping away to die slowly and painfully;


Draft Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019

Tasmanian Greens submission to the draft Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019.


Protecting Tasmania's Wombats

The Tasmanian Greens want to ensure that adequate protections and recovery plans are in place for wombat mange outbreaks.