Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Life and death in par­adise can be sud­den and dra­matic.

A golden morn­ing is un­fold­ing on Port Dou­glas’ fa­mous Four Mile Beach, a young cou­ple from Sydney set up camp for the day while their 4 year old son fos­sicks for shells on the wa­ters edge. It is a tran­quil Far North Queens­land scene of peace and har­mony, then all hell breaks looks.

The wa­ter erupts as a pre­his­toric mon­ster rears from the depths, seizes the child’s head in mas­sive jaws, and

drags it scream­ing and thrash­ing to a wa­tery grave. Un­think­able? Not at all, this scene is in­evitable if the DERM and the Qld Gov­ern­ment fail to act.

Croc­o­diles aren’t ag­gres­sive, they’re hun­gry.

The only way for hu­mans and croc­o­diles to co-ex­ist is if hu­mans sur­ren­der the wa­ter­ways and beaches. The mes­sage to lo­cals and tourists alike: Swim at your peril!

Car­los Robert­son, Newell Beach

ed­u­ca­tion bu­reau­crat, Jim Wat­ter­ston, on ABC ra­dio cast­ing doubt on the in­tegrity of the re­spected in­sti­tu­tion Good to Great Schools Aus­tralia (GGSSA) and its Co-Chair, Noel Pear­son.

Mr Wat­ter­ston is the head of the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment, tasked with ob­jec­tively and with­out agenda de­liv­er­ing ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices for the chil­dren of this State.

The school­ing of Indige­nous chil­dren is a chal­leng­ing and com­plex en­deav­our. Mr Pear­son has been brave in his at­tempts, since 2009, to de­liver an in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion model for Cape York Indige­nous chil­dren.

It is Mr Wat­ter­ston’s role to re­solve is­sues in the best in­ter­ests of the chil­dren who are sup­posed to be served by Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land.

I urge Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, Hon. Kate Jones, to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sues that led to this week’s with­drawal of Good to Great Schools Aus­tralia from the Au­rukun school.

The Min­is­ter also de­serves an ex­pla­na­tion from her most se­nior bu­reau­crat why he thought it nec­es­sary to make com­ments on air about GGSA, with whom his De­part­ment has long part­nered to de­liver ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices.

Billy Gor­don, MP for Cook

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