CARR GOVERNMENT SECRECY OVER FIREARMS

Firearms Secrecy

CARR GOVERNMENT SECRECY OVER FIREARMS

9th July 1999

Thomas George, Member for Lismore has supported the NSW National Party Leader, George Souris, call on the Upper House Independents to support a National Party motion to force the Carr Government to establish a Joint Select Parliamentary Committee to conduct the Review of the Firearms Act

"It is vital a Joint Select Parliamentary Committee is established to review the Act because that is the only way a comprehensive and thorough examination can be achieved and witnesses can be provided with the protection of parliamentary privilege.

The Review should look at the issues in appropriate detail and take wide public comment so the problems with the Act can be pinpointed and rectified.

Our motion will also force the Government to empower the Committee to hold public hearings, to take both written and oral submissions, to undertake scientific research, and to make any recommendations to improve the operation of the Firearms Act 1996.

Recent newspaper advertisements reveal that the Government's idea of conducting a review into the firearms legislation is to call only for written submissions to a Departmental Director-General - a bureaucrat in Sydney with little understanding of rural and regional New South Wales.

The National Party believes that written submissions will not provide the necessary public discussion on the matter and will not result in adequate consideration of the problems with the Act.

Quite clearly, the Carr Government is trying to keep the Review of the Firearms Act out of the public eye and as secret as possible.

The firearms legislation is a matter of enormous importance for tens of thousands of people across the State and it should be given the attention it deserves.

That is why the National Party will be moving this motion in the Upper House so a proper review of the Firearms Act can be undertaken" Mr Souris said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577