First crocs, now sharks are eating us

The Katters Australian Party says there needs to be serious legislative reform to ensure people are safe in North Queensland waters and our tourism industry continues to thrive.

Queensland politicians who do not support responsible culling and other control measures of sharks and crocodiles in North Queensland prior to this summer run the risk of having blood on their hands and this week’s shark attacks off the Whitsundays serve as a warning.

While the Labor and Liberal Parties combine to allow crocodile attacks, sharks have started eating people. Two savage shark attacks in the Whitsunday Islands North Qld this week have left a young girl and a woman fighting for their lives.

 Robbie Katter, State Leader of the KAP and Member for Traeger says North Queenslanders are demanding action from their politicians because they know firsthand that a shark or crocodile attack or fatality is a fact of life.

As Queenslanders head into summer, Mr Katter wants the Government to place the same importance on crocodile fatalities as it does on shark attacks.

 “I hope that this week’s tragic shark attacks reinforce the risks posed by uncontrolled populations of large predators particularly sharks and crocodiles.

“Based on the latest figures a total of 35% of crocodile attacks have proven fatal while 8% of shark attacks are fatal.  In the past three years in Queensland, there have been nine recorded croc attacks in North Queensland, with three fatalities.

 Shane Knuth of the KAP has re-introduced the Safer Waterways Bill into the Queensland Parliament to try and legislate for responsible culling of crocodiles and create new industries in North Queensland, particularly for Indigenous communities.

Robbie Katter says the major parties have worked together in the past to block the passage of the important reforms.

 “In 2017 Labor and the LNP blocked debate on the Bill.

“Any politician who doesn’t support the changes is not only putting people’s lives at risk, they are putting the boot into our tourism industry,” Mr Katter said today.

North Queensland tourism lives up to its motto: “Tropical bliss, safe one day, get eaten the next”

“Every day we hear stories from North Queenslanders about close encounters with sharks and crocs and the more this happens the worse it is for our tourism industry.

“Only a sensible cull will help solve the problem.”

 The Bill seeks to establish a Queensland Crocodile Authority to oversee responsible culling of crocodiles and to grow a crocodile industry in the North, worth potentially tens of millions of dollars.

 “We want this new Authority to unleash the potential of the crocodile industry and turn it into something that Queensland can be proud of.

“Meat and skin production and tourism can all benefit from the establishment of a Queensland Crocodile Authority whilst at the same time, ensuring that wild crocodile numbers are kept in check and rogue crocs are either killed or relocated.”

 Mr Katter said that livestock and farm animal crocodile kills were on the increase in the North. Under the Safer Waterways Bill, farmers would have the right to introduce crocodile management schemes on their own land.

 “As we head into summer, surf life savers, water ski enthusiasts, divers, rowers and the public in general in North Queensland are very concerned about shark and croc numbers venturing into our waterways.

“We have a responsibility – just like we do with shark numbers – to protect the public.  As someone said in my electorate, we want to cull the crocs to stop them culling us.”

 

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One of the few patriots left who understand the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head this year.

Posted on September 21, 2018, in Agenda 2030, ALP, Safer Waterways bill, Tropical North Queensland and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Here we go again. Katters are off there heads. Seriously…I mean why has Robbie got any say in the matter, he lives in Mount Isa…

  2. Don’t over dramatize the situation you just make your self look like an idiot

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    • Hi Peter how about you move to Cairns for 12 months and get a dose of reality. Crocs have already seiously damaged our tourist industry and the SE corner does not care one bit. Cattle producers across the north are losing many hundreds of thousands of dollars to crocodiles every year.Ed

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