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five-year moratorium on establishing national parks in Victoria’s Central Highlands

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Background

The Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee handed down the final report for the Inquiry into the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 today.

Among 18 recommendations and one finding were:

  • that consultation with relevant stakeholders in regard to this Bill was inadequate and that it should be withdrawn by the Government
  • a stakeholder group of industry, municipal and community representatives should be established to draft the new Bill
  • the State Government should provide further funding to local government to enforce current legislation
  • that the Government abandon limiting breeders to 10 fertile females

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh

This is a damning report that exposes a deeply flawed piece of legislation put up by Daniel Andrews’ Government.

Daniel Andrews must withdraw this flawed bill immediately, consult properly with breeders and local government and come back with proposed laws that are based on evidence and science.