RECREATIONAL hunters let loose in NSW national parks will not have to pass eye tests and the Greens are raising concerns.
Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge said he was stunned that eye tests were not required for hunters to get firearms licences or permission to hunt on public land to prove they can identify targets they shoot at.
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Recreational hunters will be allowed into national parks following the O'Farrell Government's deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party last year to achieve the passage of its electricity privatisation laws.
The controversial move has raised concerns that visitors to parks risk being accidentally shot by hunters.
However, the government said strict safety controls will be in place.
Mr Shoebridge said Premier Barry O'Farrell was so keen to stitch up a deal with the gun lobby he and his ministers didn't check if the hunters they're proposing to license could see their targets.
"Surely as a basic minimum hunters must be able to tell a pig from a person or a furry blur before they are let loose in this state's national parks?
"If you can't distinguish between a pest and a person, you shouldn't be holding a loaded gun anywhere near the public, full stop," Mr Shoebridge said.
He said it was possible hunters may grievously wound animals or mistake a native animal for a feral species.
Mr Shoebridge is calling for the government to ditch its plan for hunting in national parks "before someone is shot and killed".
Mr O'Farrell yesterday defended the change as a way to deal with a big rise in the number of feral pests doing damage in parks.
"It doesn't involve metropolitan parks, it's 10 per cent of the state's national parks and it's absolutely necessary."