One Na­tion se­na­tor on FNQ foray

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Do­minic Geiger

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL One Na­tion Se­na­tor Mal­colm Roberts will call for the re­moval of en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the Far North’s fish­ing in­dus­try when he vis­its Cairns this week.

Ar­riv­ing on Wed­nes­day, the trip will be the first time Mr Roberts has trav­elled to the Far North since the July elec­tion.

Af­ter meet­ing fish­ing in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Cairns, Mr Roberts will travel to Coen on Cape York, where he is ex­pected to hear con­cerns about how state and fed­eral fund­ing is be­ing spent on the Penin­sula De­vel­op­ment Road project.

The Cook elec­torate, which en­com­passes most of Cape York, has been iden­ti­fied as a key tar­get for One Na­tion at the next Queens­land Elec­tion.

But Mr Roberts said the Queens­land Elec­tion had noth­ing to do with his visit to the Trop­i­cal North.

“This is purely about lis­ten­ing,” he said.

“Fish­er­men want to talk about the ex­ag­ger­ated claims about the reef and they’re very con­cerned about the de­struc­tion of the fish­ing in­dus­try.

“We want to get Queens­land mov­ing again, just like it was un­der (for­mer Na­tional Party pre­mier) Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.”

Asked if he would be go­ing for a dive to in­spect some of the worst af­fected ar­eas in the Far North, Mr Roberts, who re­futes ev­i­dence link­ing global warm­ing to hu­man ac­tiv­ity, said there was no need.

“We have no doubt small parts of the reef are bleached,” he said.

“We know bleach­ing is a nor­mal part of any healthy reef cy­cle, we don’t need to be con­vinced bleach­ing is go­ing on.

“What we are con­cerned about is ex­ag­ger­a­tion.”

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