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Major parties baulk at national gun reform, fail to condemn shooting in NSW national parks

 In the shadow of legislation passed in the NSW Upper House which allows recreational hunters to shoot feral animals in designated national parks and reserves, Labor and the Coalition parties today voted against a Greens Senate motion condemning this move and calling on the Attorney General to strengthen national gun laws.

The motion below was moved by Greens Senators Penny Wright and Lee Rhiannon.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said strengthening uniform gun laws would help increase public safety.

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Federal firearm reform needed to reign in NSW gun culture: Greens

The Australian Greens will today call on Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to get on with the job that former Prime Minister John Howard started and tighten uniform national gun laws, in response to the O'Farrell government's deal making with the Shooters Party and today's ongoing debate of legislation allowing recreational hunters into 79 national parks and reserves.

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Fix budget failure for 'Bsafe' domestic violence program

The Gillard government continues to baulk at funding the continuation and expansion of the highly successful Victorian Bsafe domestic violence pilot which provides personal safety alarms to women and children at risk of domestic violence. A motion by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon was agreed to by the Senate today, however Labor Senators voiced opposition to it in the chamber (full motion below).

Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon said:

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Motion: Domestic Violence and Bsafe

Motions, Thursday 10 May 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:13): I move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   25 November 2011 commemorates the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women -White Ribbon Day,

      (ii)   domestic violence occurs in every geographic area and in all socio-economic and cultural groups in Australia, in particular in regional and rural Australia and Indigenous communities,

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