A shooting accident in South Australia has reignited calls for amateur hunting in New South Wales national parks to be abandoned.
The NSW Opposition says the program in South Australia has been suspended because a man was shot in the ankle during a supervised cull of feral goats earlier this month.
Amateur hunting in New South Wales is on hold until a review of the Game Council is finished.
Opposition environment spokesman Luke Foley says the accident in South Australia shows the program is not safe.
"This is further confirmation of the dangers of allowing amateur hunters in national parks," Mr Foley said.
"The fact is that amateur hunting in national parks cannot occur safely.
"The standards in South Australia are much higher than proposed in New South Wales, yet still a man was accidentally shot."
Groups opposed to hunting in NSW national parks say the shooting is evidence that bringing guns into the parks is dangerous.
Public Service Association representative Geo Papas says park rangers are opposed to the move.
"It should be a wake up call to the premier just to scrap this as a bad idea," Mr Papas said.
Mr Foley says the Government has incorrectly used South Australia's program to justify its introduction in NSW.
"In South Australia the safety requirements are much higher," he said.
"[In South Australia] a shooter must pass a competency test on a shooting range and must go into a park under supervision initially.
"The NSW Government has ruled out both of those safety measures."
But Premier Barry O'Farrell is not backing away from moves to allow hunting in national parks, and says pest eradication programs can be done safely.
"We're determined to try and bring those sorts of models to New South Wales," he said.
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