One Nation senator on FNQ foray
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.”