Gordon resists croc cull call
MP for Cook Billy Gordon still hasn’t made up his mind whether will stand for reelection, but has his money on an October election.
“I’ve still got a bit of time to make a decision on standing,” he told ABC Far North radio yesterday.
He also said Environment Minister Stephen Miles would visit the Far North next week to discuss the crocodile management issue with local authorities.
However, the minister’s office told the that it was only an idea at this stage and no firm plans were in place.
Mr Gordon chided his fellow cross bench colleagues, Katter’s Australia Party, for coming into his electorate without inviting him to their meeting in Mareeba and Port Douglas to discuss crocodiles.
He distanced himself from their initial assertion that he would back their plan to block support for the state budget until they saw meaningful action on reducing the crocodile hazard in the Far North.
“I am very supportive of an adequate response to this troubling issue of an increase in crocodile numbers on our northern beaches and, particularly disturbing, in our waterways in and around Mareeba,” Mr Gordon said.
He didn’t see culling as a solution, though he added that he saw merit in the KAP’s safari hunting proposition.
He thinks relocation is a key part of a “robust” management solution to the problem.
He would certainly not aim to block the budget over a demand for the culling of crocodiles to be instated.
But he would support KAP’s Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter at budget time if it appeared that the Far North was going to miss out on funding and resources, particularly as there was a risk that those things would flow to more southern areas affected by Cyclone Debbie, with politicians tempted to “porkbarrel” various electorates.
Mr Gordon said there was a perception “out there” that he was not very active in doing his job, but said his offices were in fact flat out dealing with electorate matters all over the seat of Cook.
Billy Gordon in Mossman recently for a meeting to discuss local anti-social behaviour issues