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Published Tue 09 Jul 2024

Call to action: Have your say on the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2024

Field & Game Australia (FGA) is calling on all members to take action and provide their feedback on the proposed Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2024. This is your chance to make your voice heard and ensure that the perspectives of responsible, law-abiding hunters are represented. The process is open to all members, and your participation is crucial in countering the anti-hunting ideologists who seek to undermine our hunting traditions.

How to participate

The consultation process offers two ways to respond:

  1. Complete a short survey: This survey summarizes your position on key points of the regulation re-write and takes only 5-10 minutes. It’s a quick and easy way to have your say. You can do it here
  2. Submit a written response: For those willing to provide more detailed feedback, you can submit a comprehensive written response via email to gamepolicy@djpr.vic.gov.au  More details about how to do this can be found below.

FGA branches are encouraged to participate, and assistance is available from the FGA national office if needed. Submissions close at 11:59 pm on Monday, 29 July 2024.

Guide for creating a response document to a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)

Creating a well-structured response document is crucial. Here’s a guide to help you:

  1. Understand the RIS: Read the Regulatory Impact Statement and the proposed Regulations thoroughly.
  2. Structure your document:
    • Point-by-point response: Address each regulation or issue separately.
    • Evidence and examples: Support your arguments with evidence, examples, and data where possible.
    • Title: Response to the Regulatory Impact Statement on [Specific Issue]
    • Introduction: Briefly introduce yourself and your connection to the issue.
    • Executive summary: Summarize your main points and position on the RIS.
    • Body: Provide detailed responses to each relevant issue or regulation.
    • Conclusion: Summarize your key points and restate your position.
    • Appendices: Include any additional supporting documents or data.
  3. Be clear and concise: Use clear and simple language to ensure your points are easily understood.
  4. Support your arguments: Use evidence, expert opinions, and relevant personal or organizational experiences.
  5. Address potential counter-arguments: Anticipate and address potential counterarguments.
  6. Be professional and respectful: Maintain a professional and respectful tone.
  7. Follow submission guidelines:
    • Format: Adhere to any specific formatting or submission guidelines provided in the RIS.
    • Deadline: Ensure your response is submitted by the stated deadline.

Example submission outline:

Title: Response to the Regulatory Impact Statement on [Specific Issue]

Introduction: I am [Name], a member of Field & Game Australia. I am writing to provide my feedback on the proposed regulations outlined in the RIS.

Executive summary: This document outlines my position on the RIS, highlighting the potential impacts on conservation and hunting activities in Australia.

Body:

  1. Issue/Regulation 1
    • Position: Support/Oppose
    • Reasoning: Explanation supported by evidence and examples.
  2. Issue/Regulation 2
    • Position: Support/Oppose
    • Reasoning: Explanation supported by evidence and examples. [...]

Conclusion: In conclusion, I believe that [summarize your position]. I urge the regulators to consider the points raised in this response.

Appendices:

  • Supporting Document 1
  • Supporting Document 2 [...] 

Recommendations and personal impact:

Keep your statements short and to the point. Make them applicable to the impact on you personally. For example:

·      Lead shot ban: An immediate ban on lead shot poses significant challenges. As a dedicated quail hunter, I have accumulated a substantial amount of lead shot specifically for this purpose. The immediate ban raises critical questions: What do I do with the lead shot I already own? These shot sizes may not be suitable for other types of hunting, leading to financial loss and waste of perfectly good ammunition.

·      Increased cost of licences: As a law-abiding, compliant hunter, it is unfair to be burdened with the increased costs of licences. These additional expenses are a direct result of compliance actions made necessary by activists acting illegally. Why should responsible hunters be penalized for the actions of a few who do not follow the rules?

·      Hunter training: With over 40 years of hunting experience, I seek assurances that I will not be required to sit through a course designed and delivered by a bureaucrat aimed at appeasing anti-hunting rhetoric. Hunter training should be practical, relevant, and respectful of the extensive experience many of us already possess.

Final tips:

  • Review and edit: Proofread your document to correct any errors and improve clarity.
  • Seek feedback: Consider asking a colleague or expert to review your document before submission.

By following this guide, FGA members can create well-structured and effective response documents that clearly communicate their positions on regulatory issues.

Your voice matters!

FGA will be submitting on behalf of members, but we strongly encourage all members to also have their say personally. The battle to save hunting is not over by a long shot. We can’t be complacent! Take a few minutes out of your day to respond and ensure that the hunting community’s voice is heard loud and clear.

Together, we can protect our hunting heritage and ensure sustainable and fair regulations for future generations. Let’s make sure our voices are heard!

Submit your feedback now!

 


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