KAP candidate for Leichhardt pushes for croc culling
FEDERAL ELECTION 2019
One of the candidates for Leichhardt in next month’s federal election will push for regulations to cull crocodiles in the Far North, should he be elected.
In a statement, Daniel McCarthy for the Katter’s Australian Party (KAP), said the Labor and Liberal parties has failed Far North Queensland by not culling crocs.
“The major parties have rejected a sensible and balanced crocodile management plan. They are refusing to act and deal with the escalating problems now,” he said.
“They clearly do not care about kids having safe access to swimming holes and beaches.”
Mr McCarthy said he was disappointed the Queensland State Parliament rejected the Safer Waterways Bill.
KAP member and state parliamentarian for the state electorate of hill, Shane Knuth, proposed the bill on Thursday, 21 March 2018.
However, it failed to garner the necessary votes to pass on a second reading on Tuesday, 2 April 2019.
The bill’s main structure would see the establishment of a Queensland Crocodile Authority in Cairns.
Mr McCarthy said The Authority would take measures to minimise injuries and deaths caused by crocodiles in the State by:
- Authorising persons to farm crocodiles
- Decide the number of crocodile eggs that may be harvested each year
- Authorise persons to harvest crocodile eggs
- Decide the number of crocodiles that may be culled each year
- Authorise persons to carry out the culling of crocodiles
- Ensure the prompt management of rogue crocodiles by authorising persons to kill or relocate rogue crocodiles.
As part of his plan should he win the seat of Leichhardt, Mr McCarthy will introduce a similar bill at a federal level to force action on crocodiles.
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