A zero risk policy
BUSINESS people in Port Douglas are still digesting the admission by EHP at the crocodile forum that in their view tourism operators should not advise their guests to swim at Four Mile Beach.
Among everything else taking up the airwaves at the forum, it took a particularly patient and adroit bit of questioning by one participant well into the proceedings to get it to the point where the EHP bloke made a stunning statement that revealed the default position of the department — it’s crocodiles before people.
The EHP’s emphasis on “education” and signage exposes their position that the crocs, basically, will be left alone and it’s up to humans to stay out of their way. If there is any risk, then people should not be in or near the water.
Educating people about crocodiles is one thing, but it can only do so much. It does nothing to enable access to swimming beaches that tourists quite rightly perceive as part of the deal when they buy a holiday in Port Douglas.
HATS off to the state government for legislating against people writing lewd and obscene signage on vehicles. It’s a response to the apparent refusal by the operators of the Wicked hire van company to change their ways, in what had been until now a supposedly selfregulating advertising code. The government took umbrage at the often sexist signage, saying it was denigratory of females and that should not stand. Fair enough, but it’s more than that. The crackdown should be in the name of protecting the public commons, which should not be trashed by anyone who simply feels like it.
SOMETHING about the US presidential result yesterday brought to mind the first line of a poem by William S Burroughs: “The pure products of America go crazy.” It’s been such an American journey to yesterday’s result.