Canberra Liberals ask to eradicate native species

Released 14/02/2014


Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, is calling on Canberra Liberals environment spokesperson, Nicole Lawder, to declare which native species she wants to wipe-out next after she requested the government exterminate a native bird species.

In a letter to Mr Corbell in December, Ms Lawder asked for the Government to outline its plan to "manage, or eradicate" a bird species she described as " an imported pest", the Common Koel.

The Common Koel is in fact a native bird species that is a summer migrant to  suburban Canberra but was rarely seen before the 1980s.  The species is particularly vocal during its breeding season but much less vocal outside of that time and usually departs Southern Australia after March.

"What other species of native bird would Ms Lawder like to eradicate next? Possibly the Black Cockatoo or the Gang Gang?" Mr Corbell said.

"I am shocked that the person who wants to be the environment minister would want to eradicate a native species..

"Is this the type of practical, direct action on the environment that Ms Lawder will be advocating for on behalf of the Liberal opposition?

"Even if her knowledge of native Australian species is limited, I would have expected, as Liberal environment spokesperson, that Ms Lawder would at least check to see if the bird species in question was native or imported before requesting its eradication."

As a native species the Common Koel is protected under the ACT Nature Conservation Act 1980. 

"I can absolutely confirm the ACT Government has no plans to manage or eradicate this native bird species," Mr Corbell concluded.

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