Field & Game Australia CEO Dean O’Hara said the association was committed to partnering with the Victorian Government to deliver a duck season for the benefit of Victorian hunters, following a postponement of the Animal Justice Party’s Bill to ban duck hunting today.
The postponement appears to be a tactic by the AJP’s Andy Meddick, MLC, to draw further attention to his Bill, which was scheduled for a second reading this week.
“Instead of proceeding on the last few days of the sitting year, he now wants to bring his Bill forward in the first sitting weeks of Parliament next year,” Mr O’Hara said.
Mr O’Hara said the association remained focused on preparing its submission on the 2020 season which is due in on December 13.
“We understand the implications of the seasonal conditions and the pressure on both the Game Management Authority and government to consider a modified season,” he said.
“We are prepared, as always, to work constructively with the government to ensure that our members have an opportunity to enjoy their traditions in an appropriate way.”