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Birdlife Oz calls for submissions today! Urgent legal crisis wildlife law!

This is urgent. A rushed Senate inquiry will ignore the recommendations of an independent review and devolve our national nature laws to the states instead. We need you to speak up.

Our nature laws should work to protect nature, not facilitate its destruction. Professor Samuels’ interim report agreed. He recommended a package of reform including strong, binding national standards and an independent ‘cop on the beat’.

But instead of waiting for the final report and developing a new reform package to save our species, the Morrison government re-heated an old Bill from 2014 that will make the extinction crisis worse. This tick-a-box Senate inquiry will hand off federal powers to state governments, with even lower standards.

Importantly, this is a missed opportunity for the federal government to work cooperatively with the business sector, environment movement and scientists on a durable reform package that protects nature and jobs. So no legacy, no leadership; just ideological lunacy. I’m so disappointed.

Can you help stop this legislation passing by providing a submission to the inquiry?

The inquiry Senate Committee are only receiving public submissions until tomorrow - Wednesday 18 November.

Can you send the Committee a submission today urging the Government to release the full review, and to come back with legislation that addresses our biodiversity crisis – a durable reform package with strong standards and independent regulation?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Sullivan, CEO


To Open Space Officer, Lane Cove Council or to whom it may concern,

I am very disturbed to hear of the intention of the council to harm nesting magpies in the Lane Cove area. This action could become a terrible precedent and warrants reconsideration.

Whilst it is most undesirable that birds harm humans I feel that, as an intelligent species we can, through education co-exist with these amazing birds and our lives can be enriched. There must be a wealth of expertise within the staff of the Lane Cove Council together with Parks New South Wales that could be employed to address this problem during spring in a constructive way. As our cities grow and nature diminishes, wildlife habitat disappears. A community is extremely lucky if any wildlife can find a place to live amongst us. If we are to co-exist then pubic education is needed to increase empathy and to increase our alertness generally in the environment and other life around us. The "go to" solution should not be to exterminate.

I am very concerned that if the "guilty" magpies are killed, the dependent babies will not survive.

If further assistance is needed in mounting a public education campaign in order to live with magpies on a long term basis in built up areas, I suggest enlisting the help of Birdlife Australia or PETA

Although magpies are very intelligent , we cannot educate them but we can educate ourselves and our children. Please give this a try. I know you already have but please extend this rather than going in for the kill.

Sincerely ,
(details supplied)

I work as a road traffic controller, and was on site in Hastings on 16/9 when subject to magpies attention.

I was on a double lane road with tall eucalypts set back in nearby paddocks and about four magpies came to like me.

It was interesting when realising the birds were starting to target me with swooping, and I was able to gauge there incoming flights, observing them lining me up and seeming to restrain their swooping until after I had just been distracted from watching them with road traffic flow.

The birds were sourcing food from the paddocks in their flying about, probably for nearby nestings, and would perch in branches across the road from me before swooping, usually about head height and I was able to view them coming at me for about 30 metres, quiet amazing to see their incoming projectory sweep.

I was able to simply move my traffic stop bat at the last moment to cover my face/head when the maggies were about two metres away, and they would swing off. Sometimes their unobservable return swoop from my rear would allow them to swipe my hard hat with a light clink.

The swooping went on intermittently for most of the day and was enjoyable in appreciating an aspect of bird life and nature.

Wearing the hard hat isolated any likely concerns.

Leave the maggies alone!


I have received an email today saying that "unfortunately the Animal Justice Party have just released a post saying that the culling will go ahead." (See AJP Face Book Page)
"Killing" would be an appropriate word rather than "culling".

There is something extraordinarily human about the wild life of the bush,
and the lonely camp-dweller and lover of the wild can easily understand
the translation of bird and animal into the legends and traditions of the
aborigines. Like the natives themselves, birds are far keener observers
of the white man than he is of them, and have a much greater intelligence
than the most observing of us credits them with.

Whenever I pitch my camp I become at once an object of scrutiny to the
bird life surrounding the spot I have chosen. Each bird has its own
method of observation, some peer stealthily, watching my movements from
some hidden spot, others are openly curious and perch anywhere round
where they can get a good view of the intruder, others come mocking or
uttering unfriendly warning, or even contemptuous notes. Every species of
bird has its own personality, so to speak, and in the native bird legends
their personality is always taken into account. Daisy Bates 1938