After four years of blissful ignorance the Queensland Liberal Party spokesman for the Environment David Crisafulli has finally woken up to the crocodile menace in North Queensland.
He obviously has been listening to Katters Australian Party Member for Hill Shane Knuth who has championed human rights over animal rights by wanting to eradicate dangerous saurians across the north.
God help us, crocodiles could also provide economic benefits for indigenous people of the forgotten north.
Crisafulli told the ABC in Cairns today he now believes something should be done about the explosion of crocodiles in the north.
Perhaps the Townsville floods which saw dozens of large salties roaming along roads, under houses and in backyards terrifying flood victims and their rescuers gave him and the hopeless Liberals a pang of conscience.
He says there should be no safari hunting or “nonsense like that” which might give “a few people a nice warm and fuzzy feeling.”
Tell that to the several thousand people who live in communities on Cape York Mr Crisafulli who are threatened by monster crocs on a daily basis.
These languishing people would be most grateful for an industry of any kind.
Mr Crisafulli has no idea that traditional hunting rights allow indigenous people to take crocodiles for meat and skins and there is not a thing his urbane political party can do about it.
If community members conducted guided hunting of large crocs a new and viable tourist industry would emerge from the economic doldrums of Cape York.
Unfortunately the Liberal Party, like Labor has its head stuck up its South East rear end and can’t see the forest for the trees, of which there are many millions on Cape York.
Is it any wonder the Queensland Liberal Party will never again rule the state in its own right.