Courts have a natural inclination to increase their jurisdiction.
So it’s a little sad but no surprise to hear from TAMS that the anti-cull nutbags have won the right to be heard:
A hearing was held this afternoon at the ACT Administrative Appeals Tribunal (ACAT) regarding an application from Animal Liberation ACT and Australian Society for Kangaroos regarding the Conservator of Flora and Fauna’s decision to issue licences to Territory and Municipal Services for the purposes of undertaking a conservation cull of 1455 eastern grey kangaroos at seven reserves.
ACAT determined that both groups need to submit additional supporting evidence at a hearing to be held on Wednesday 12 June 2013.
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“It is important to understand that the outcome today is not about the science that supports the conservation cull but is in fact about the right for these organisations to challenge the decision to grant a licence under the Nature Conservation Act 1980,” said Daniel Iglesias, Director, ACT Parks and Conservation.
“At this stage it is not an injunction or postponing of the cull, it is simply a procedural process to give the tribunal time to determine whether or not they will hear the case. We will comply with the tribunal’s instructions to not commence the conservation cull until at least Wednesday’s proceedings are heard.