National parks in NSW will be opened up to recreational hunters as part of a deal between the Shooters and Fishers Party and the government to ensure passage of its electricity privatisation bill.
The decision, announced by the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, this morning, represents a significant backdown by the Premier, who has repeatedly ruled out allowing shooting in national parks.
The government's electricity privatisation bill has been stalled in the NSW upper house because of a lack of support from Shooters and Fisher's Party MPs, who share the balance of power.
It needs the support of at least one of the MPs to pass legislation opposed by Labor and the Greens.
The government announced today that the Game and Feral Animal Control Act will be amended to allow shooting of feral animals in "a limited number of areas under strict conditions" but not near metropolitan areas or wilderness or world heritage areas.
Mr O'Farrell said the power sale would deliver about $3 billion.
He said the government met the Shooters and Fishers MPs last night to hammer out the deal.
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