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Motion: Gun Control

Senator RHIANNON  (New South Wales) (12:35): I move: 

That the Senate— 

(a) notes that: 

   (i) a video in circulation violently threatens a high-profile gun control advocate, 

   (ii) the individuals in the video have previously been referred to the New South Wales Police for posting violent videos aimed at racial and religious minorities and the Greens, and 

   (iii) former Prime Minister John Howard performed a courageous act in 1996 by pursuing national gun law reform; and 

(b) calls on the Federal Government to: 

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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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