Bob Brown Foundation has written to Premier Jeremy Rockliff urging him to sack Minister for Police Felix Ellis after he explicitly backed illegal off road vehicle users in the National Heritage Listed Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area.
Minister Ellis was responding to calls by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and Bob Brown Foundation for greater policing of illegal activity in the area after more illegal off road vehicle use in Aboriginal midden sites was recorded over the Easter long weekend.
“It is unacceptable that the Minister for Police is advocating for the illegal off road vehicle use in protected Aboriginal heritage sites. How can the public have any confidence in this Minister overseeing policing in this area?” asked Bob Brown Foundation takayna Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“Clearly this Minister would rather use inflammatory statements to appeal to a handful of redneck voters in his seat than perform his sworn duties as a Minister.”
“We are calling on the Premier to step up and sack this out-of-line Minister for Police. The Premier may also want to consider whether, given Minister Ellis’ disregard for Aboriginal heritage, there is a need for him in cabinet at all.”