Greens NSW MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has condemned the Liberal-National Government for pushing the destructive Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Bill 2018 through NSW Parliament.
Dr Faruqi said:
“This Government simply cannot be trusted to do anything good for the environment, but now their destructive agenda knows no bounds. They’ve legislated the destruction of the Kosciusko National Park and undermined the integrity of the National Parks and Wildlife Act which has the mandate to protect the environment.
“The Liberals are no friends of the environment but it’s clear the Nationals are leading the regressive anti-environment agenda of the government.
“There was no dearth of scientists that came out strongly against this disgraceful bill because of serious concerns of damage to the pristine and fragile environment of the Kosciusko National Park, yet scientific expertise and experience has been locked out from the process.
“The Greens moved a number of amendments to inject some much needed sanity and science into the rotten bill, but this shameless Government voted them all down.
“I moved amendments to ensure the Kosciusko National Park plan of management, the National Parks and Wildlife Act and National Park Management Principles prevail over any wild horse management plan without which we are destined for an ever worse outcome, but the Government voted them all down.
“Protecting the alpine regions of our country has been an ongoing battle, but the bizarre bill will only make it worse,” she concluded.