Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

THE staff of the Mil­i­tary and Mem­o­ra­bilia Mu­seum in Ashby Ln, Childers, would like to give a huge thank you to Ms Adams and the Year 11 class, who put on such a wel­com­ing morn­ing tea for the vol­un­teers of the Isis Dis­trict High School on Oc­to­ber 30. The stu­dents were cour­te­ous and hos­pitable, mak­ing ev­ery­one feel at ease. They were a credit to them­selves, Ms Adams and the school. Well done to each and ev­ery one of you for the high stan­dard and va­ri­ety of food and for the pro­fes­sional ser­vice pro­vided. Al­lan Baker (OAM) and Ali­son Ran­dall, Childers

RE­GARD­ING the seizure of kan­ga­roos from a prop­erty in ACT, what a colos­sal waste of tax­payer dol­lars this sorry ex­er­cise rep­re­sents. Gov­ern­ments treat­ing na­tive fauna as a per­sonal fief­dom has had no ben­e­fi­cial re­sults for the an­i­mals con­cerned, with Aus­tralia hav­ing the world’s worst record on mam­mal ex­tinc­tions. Con­sider the fol­low­ing ex­am­ples of gov­ern­ment in­ep­ti­tude. The Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ment leg­is­lated pro­tec­tion for the Tassie tiger the same year the last known spec­i­men died in Ho­bart zoo. The South Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment al­lowed the keep­ing of na­tive an­i­mals out­side zoos about 40 years ago, but only after the state lost most of its small na­tive mam­mals to foxes and cats. I be­lieve Vic­to­ria has re­cently fol­lowed suit, again after the wildlife has en­dured a holo­caust of our mak­ing. Again, read­ing your ar­ti­cle, I could not be­lieve the ridicu­lous scope of the fine ap­pli­ca­ble. Most states have one or more stupid laws on their books. Smart ones qui­etly ig­nore them. The only con­straint should be that the an­i­mals have a qual­ity of life and noth­ing in your ar­ti­cle sug­gested they didn’t. How many mil­lions of dol­lars must we pay for gov­ern­ments to man­age our wildlife into ex­tinc­tion? There are times when Queens­land’s rep­u­ta­tion for back­ward­ness is richly de­served. Peter Wil­liams, Ap­ple Tree Creek

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