An economic analysis of a government hunt program that’s killing jobs and jobs-related revenue has been released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The agency released its latest quarterly update on the Hunters and Fishers Industry Survey (H&FIS), which it’s calling the nation’s most popular hunting job scavenger program.
It found that while the program is losing money, it’s saving the nation billions of dollars.
In the past year, H&FIs revenue from hunting programs has increased by more than $2.7 billion.
The H&Fs annual budget is around $2 billion, which means the program makes up about 4 per cent of the economy.
While the program’s success rate is low, it says it has made significant strides in recent years, particularly in improving job skills and creating more permanent jobs.
“Our findings show that the program has helped to support more than 300,000 people find permanent employment,” it said.
“H&Fs employment benefits and the tax benefit from hunting are worth nearly $1 billion in annual revenue for the Government.”
This is a good news story for the H&f’s proponents, who have said the program was a boon for the economy and its residents.
“In the last year, we have seen a huge surge in job growth,” the company said in a statement.
“The program has been a key part of our strategy to ensure a healthy Australian economy for the future and to support the rural economy.”
The industry has long said the job program is necessary to support hunting industry growth, which it believes has been hampered by the federal government’s “hunting moratorium”.
In March, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the moratorium on the hunting of animals under 16 would be lifted, allowing hunters to hunt under 16 years old.
“We need to be clear that hunting is an important part of the hunting industry,” the statement said.
The program was announced in June 2017, and was to last until the end of 2019.
“This is an economic benefit that we’ve seen to date and will continue to see to the end,” the HfS said.
In July, the HFG, the federal hunting lobby, said the government’s hunting ban had not changed the program for the better.
“As the number of hunters has continued to grow, the number that are participating in the HFF program has increased, with more than 635,000 hunters participating in 2017,” the association said in the statement.