Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the state government needs to close wetlands to hunters where endangered water birds have been sighted, ahead of duck shooting season commencing on 15 March.
"Last year, we saw a massacre of more than one hundred Freckled Ducks and other protected species at Box Flat on the opening morning. Despite hundreds of hunters being there, no one has been charged or convicted of anything.
"Clearly the shooters can't police themselves, the government isn't willing or able to, so the solution is to close all wetlands where rare or threatened species are present."
"I'm calling on bird watchers report any sighting of Freckled Ducks, which we will put on our website. But really, it's the government who should be doing this job."
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs, Colleen Hartland, launched the ‘Rescue TAFE in the West’ Report today. The Greens used the report to call on the Napthine Government to reinstate the funding cuts to TAFE Institutes in Melbourne's western suburbs to provide re-skilling opportunities to the thousands of Western Suburbs manufacturing workers set to lose their jobs.
"With the loss of many manufacturing jobs in the Western Suburbs, we need our public TAFEs to provide re-skilling opportunities more than ever," said Colleen Hartland.
"It is heartless and wrong-headed to cut $40 million per annum from Victoria University when there is such great need for quality re-skilling opportunities in the West. This is the equal highest cut to any TAFE in Victoria."
Yesterday 92,000 Victorians cleaned up more than 3,000 tonne of rubbish from our creeks, streets, parks and beaches on Clean Up Australia Day. The Greens say we can prevent most of this litter hitting the ground with a Cash for Containers scheme.
"Drink containers are now the largest proportion of littler collected on Clean Up Australia day. We could stop this litter before it hits the ground with a 10 cent refund on bottle and cans," said Victorian Greens spokesperson on waste and recycling, Colleen Hartland.
"A Cash for Containers scheme is supported by 85 per cent of Victorians* as well as the Premier."