Shooting, climate change, drought and more frequent El Ninos have reduced water bird numbers by 82% from 1983 to 2004. The 2007 survey shows water bird populations have dropped even further.
Polls have shown that 87% of Labor respondents, 83% of Liberal/National Party supporters and 98% of Greens voters want the recreational shooting of native water birds banned.
WA, NSW and QLD have now all banned the recreational shooting of native water birds. The decision to allow or disallow another gruesome shooting season in 2008 will have been made by the time this Potoroo hits the streets.