Government needs to protect ducks with wetland closures

Protected freckled ducks, blue-billed ducks and blue-winged shovelers have been recorded at wetlands across Victoria, but only one week from opening weekend the government has failed to close wetlands.

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the government needs to close these wetlands immediately, to protect threatened duck species and allow shooters to make alternative arrangements for next weekend.

Recreational duck shooting is illegal in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, but is allowed in Victoria.

This government is allowing a full shooting season this year, despite duck numbers being recorded at record low levels.

“There are protected waterbirds on Victorian wetlands, yet the government has done nothing to protect these birds ahead of duck shooting season,” Greg Barber said.

“The minister needs to shut these wetlands down now, to avoid the chaotic last minute closures we saw last year.

“Shooting native ducks is cruel and has been banned in other states. Victoria should follow their lead and make this illegal, but in the meantime the minister needs to close wetlands where protected species are present,” he said.

Government needs to protect ducks with wetland closures

Protected freckled ducks, blue-billed ducks and blue-winged shovelers have been recorded at wetlands across Victoria, but only one week from opening weekend the government has failed to close wetlands.

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the government needs to close these wetlands immediately, to protect threatened duck species and allow shooters to make alternative arrangements for next weekend.

Recreational duck shooting is illegal in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, but is allowed in Victoria.

This government is allowing a full shooting season this year, despite duck numbers being recorded at record low levels.

“There are protected waterbirds on Victorian wetlands, yet the government has done nothing to protect these birds ahead of duck shooting season,” Greg Barber said.

“The minister needs to shut these wetlands down now, to avoid the chaotic last minute closures we saw last year.

“Shooting native ducks is cruel and has been banned in other states. Victoria should follow their lead and make this illegal, but in the meantime the minister needs to close wetlands where protected species are present,” he said.

Government needs to protect ducks with wetland closures

Protected freckled ducks, blue-billed ducks and blue-winged shovelers have been recorded at wetlands across Victoria, but only one week from opening weekend the government has failed to close wetlands.

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the government needs to close these wetlands immediately, to protect threatened duck species and allow shooters to make alternative arrangements for next weekend.

Recreational duck shooting is illegal in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, but is allowed in Victoria.

This government is allowing a full shooting season this year, despite duck numbers being recorded at record low levels.

“There are protected waterbirds on Victorian wetlands, yet the government has done nothing to protect these birds ahead of duck shooting season,” Greg Barber said.

“The minister needs to shut these wetlands down now, to avoid the chaotic last minute closures we saw last year.

“Shooting native ducks is cruel and has been banned in other states. Victoria should follow their lead and make this illegal, but in the meantime the minister needs to close wetlands where protected species are present,” he said.

Greens wish Kate Ellis well, gear up to campaign for seat of Adelaide

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has wished Labor MP Kate Ellis well after the Lower House MP announced she will not be re-contesting the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election.

“The race is on in Adelaide and we will be pulling out all the stops to turn Adelaide Green at the next election,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The people of Adelaide deserve a strong progressive voice in Canberra. They need someone who will stand up for job security, housing affordability, equality and the environment.

“Adelaide is, undoubtedly, the best city in Australia, but we can’t take that for granted anymore!

“Our state’s environment is being put at risk through proposals for nuclear waste dumps and companies trying to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Only the Greens will stand up for our environment and the tens of thousands of jobs that it supports.

“Kate has advocated strongly for Adelaide since her election in 2004 and I wish her all the very best.”

Media Contact: Amy Moran 0427 604 760

Greens wish Kate Ellis well, gear up to campaign for seat of Adelaide

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has wished Labor MP Kate Ellis well after the Lower House MP announced she will not be re-contesting the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election.

“The race is on in Adelaide and we will be pulling out all the stops to turn Adelaide Green at the next election,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The people of Adelaide deserve a strong progressive voice in Canberra. They need someone who will stand up for job security, housing affordability, equality and the environment.

“Adelaide is, undoubtedly, the best city in Australia, but we can’t take that for granted anymore!

“Our state’s environment is being put at risk through proposals for nuclear waste dumps and companies trying to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Only the Greens will stand up for our environment and the tens of thousands of jobs that it supports.

“Kate has advocated strongly for Adelaide since her election in 2004 and I wish her all the very best.”

Media Contact: Amy Moran 0427 604 760

Greens wish Kate Ellis well, gear up to campaign for seat of Adelaide

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has wished Labor MP Kate Ellis well after the Lower House MP announced she will not be re-contesting the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election.

“The race is on in Adelaide and we will be pulling out all the stops to turn Adelaide Green at the next election,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The people of Adelaide deserve a strong progressive voice in Canberra. They need someone who will stand up for job security, housing affordability, equality and the environment.

“Adelaide is, undoubtedly, the best city in Australia, but we can’t take that for granted anymore!

“Our state’s environment is being put at risk through proposals for nuclear waste dumps and companies trying to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Only the Greens will stand up for our environment and the tens of thousands of jobs that it supports.

“Kate has advocated strongly for Adelaide since her election in 2004 and I wish her all the very best.”

Media Contact: Amy Moran 0427 604 760

Greens wish Kate Ellis well, gear up to campaign for seat of Adelaide

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has wished Labor MP Kate Ellis well after the Lower House MP announced she will not be re-contesting the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election.

“The race is on in Adelaide and we will be pulling out all the stops to turn Adelaide Green at the next election,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The people of Adelaide deserve a strong progressive voice in Canberra. They need someone who will stand up for job security, housing affordability, equality and the environment.

“Adelaide is, undoubtedly, the best city in Australia, but we can’t take that for granted anymore!

“Our state’s environment is being put at risk through proposals for nuclear waste dumps and companies trying to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Only the Greens will stand up for our environment and the tens of thousands of jobs that it supports.

“Kate has advocated strongly for Adelaide since her election in 2004 and I wish her all the very best.”

Media Contact: Amy Moran 0427 604 760

Greens wish Kate Ellis well, gear up to campaign for seat of Adelaide

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has wished Labor MP Kate Ellis well after the Lower House MP announced she will not be re-contesting the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election.

“The race is on in Adelaide and we will be pulling out all the stops to turn Adelaide Green at the next election,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“The people of Adelaide deserve a strong progressive voice in Canberra. They need someone who will stand up for job security, housing affordability, equality and the environment.

“Adelaide is, undoubtedly, the best city in Australia, but we can’t take that for granted anymore!

“Our state’s environment is being put at risk through proposals for nuclear waste dumps and companies trying to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Only the Greens will stand up for our environment and the tens of thousands of jobs that it supports.

“Kate has advocated strongly for Adelaide since her election in 2004 and I wish her all the very best.”

Media Contact: Amy Moran 0427 604 760

Government using commission only private debt collectors for automated debt recovery program

The Senate inquiry into the Centrelink debt recovery process has revealed that the Government is paying private debt collectors commission only to rake back potentially incorrect automated debts from former Centrelink recipients.

“I have to ask why is the Government paying private debt collectors commission only to retrieve Centrelink debts? Do they think it will result in more money being raked back? This might go a long way to explain the accounts we’ve heard of overzealous private debt collectors in pursuing potentially incorrect debts.

“The Department refused to answer how much commission was being paid, claiming potential Commercial in Confidence. I will be investigating why the Department thinks this is the case – the public deserve to know how much is being paid to private debt collectors to collect so called debts from struggling Australians.

“The Australian Taxation Office are using a fee based approach with debt collectors when pursuing debts, you have to ask why the Department of Human Services thought it was appropriate to operate on commission only, the Committee has asked DHS the reason for the different approach.

“Ever since the Government leaked private details of a recipient who spoke out to media, many recipients who have been hurt by the automated debt recovery feel too intimidated to speak out. I fear this will stop us from hearing about the continued problems with the program.

“If recipients are too intimidated to talk to media, I urge them to instead make a submission to the senate inquiry into the program; they will be protected by parliamentary privilege. I have sought this assurance from the Senate Clerk.

“I will continue to raise the flaws in this program and what that means for people in the community struggling to get by. The Government needs to immediately end this desperate money grab that is hurting so many”.

Government using commission only private debt collectors for automated debt recovery program

The Senate inquiry into the Centrelink debt recovery process has revealed that the Government is paying private debt collectors commission only to rake back potentially incorrect automated debts from former Centrelink recipients.

“I have to ask why is the Government paying private debt collectors commission only to retrieve Centrelink debts? Do they think it will result in more money being raked back? This might go a long way to explain the accounts we’ve heard of overzealous private debt collectors in pursuing potentially incorrect debts.

“The Department refused to answer how much commission was being paid, claiming potential Commercial in Confidence. I will be investigating why the Department thinks this is the case – the public deserve to know how much is being paid to private debt collectors to collect so called debts from struggling Australians.

“The Australian Taxation Office are using a fee based approach with debt collectors when pursuing debts, you have to ask why the Department of Human Services thought it was appropriate to operate on commission only, the Committee has asked DHS the reason for the different approach.

“Ever since the Government leaked private details of a recipient who spoke out to media, many recipients who have been hurt by the automated debt recovery feel too intimidated to speak out. I fear this will stop us from hearing about the continued problems with the program.

“If recipients are too intimidated to talk to media, I urge them to instead make a submission to the senate inquiry into the program; they will be protected by parliamentary privilege. I have sought this assurance from the Senate Clerk.

“I will continue to raise the flaws in this program and what that means for people in the community struggling to get by. The Government needs to immediately end this desperate money grab that is hurting so many”.