On 10 August 2005,
the former Premier of Queensland, Peter
Beattie, in announcing a permanent ban on duck shooting in Queensland,
"Community concern, combined with declining bird numbers,
wetlands and the effects of the drought means it’s time to act – and
have been seriously diminished by drought and climate change and native
numbers have plummeted by 82% across eastern Australia.
Combined with community concern over the ethics of duck shooting and
inconsistent policies of the state/territory governments on duck
(noting that these birds are nomadic and fly across state borders),
the nation believe that the time is now ripe for the Prime Minister
and Environment Minister Peter Garrett to also act on this issue.
ALP MoDS and the
Coalition Against Duck Shooting are currently
finalizing endorsement by numerous NGOs across the States and the
a Common Position Statement. The endorsing
organisations are calling on
the Federal government to:
and implement a national policy to permanently ban the recreational
the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity
1999 (Subdivision B – Wetlands of international importance) to provide
specific ban on recreational hunting of native ducks on RAMSAR Sites*
in co-operation with States and the Northern Territory to reach an
intergovernmental agreement for all
governments to legislate for a permanent ban on the recreational
* RAMSAR Treaty (The
Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as
Commonwealth is a signatory to the international RAMSAR Treaty giving
management and responsibility for significant areas of Australia’s
known as RAMSAR Sites, being ‘Wetlands
International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat’.
Under the RAMSAR Treaty the Commonwealth is obligated to work in
with State, Territory and local governments to:
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wetlands through the promotion of their ecological, cultural, economic
social values; and
scientific basis for the conservation and ecologically sustainable
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MoDS DUCK RESCUE
Members Opposed to Duck Shooting (MoDS) looks forward to support of ALP
Members for our internal party campaign for a ban on recreational
shooting of native waterbirds. 22 ALP Branches have passed motions
calling for a ban.
the Bracks government continues to ignore the fact that duck shooting
is barbaric and has been banned in NSW, QLD & WA, it maintains
it is allowing seasons to proceed on scientific and environmental
sustainability grounds. In fact, with drought, climate change and
annual slaughters the number of native waterbirds is down to its lowest
levels. The science used by the Bracks state government is
‘environmental quackery' and based purely on a ‘marginal seats policy'
– Labor is killing its native wildlife for fear of losing a few votes.
Ironically, an ACNeilson Poll shows that 70% of Victorians want duck
shooting banned. Now is the time!
View Dr Kingsford's Report
View DSE summary of Dr Kingford's Report
Note: Total game duck numbers
was the fifth lowest on record and
Members of ALP MoDS at Essendon Airport preparing to buzz
wetlands in South-West Victoria prior to 2004 Duck Season opening. A
plane will be departing from Essendon Airport on 13 March 2005 to once
again buzz the wetlands.
(Below) Some Members of ALP MoDS at Hird Swamp,
Kerang at the opening of the Duck Shooting Season 2004 with Laurie
(Below) ALP MoDS at Hird Swamp, Kerang 2004.
(Below) ALP MoDS Members next to on-site Vet
Clinic at Kerang 2004.