Croc trad­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE voices adding to the call for a culling of the croc­o­diles are grow­ing.

It was in­ter­est­ing last week to see Cook MP Billy Gor­don add his sup­port to the Kat­ter’s Aus­tralia Party stance on the croc­o­dile is­sue, which is for a “con­trolled” cull, what­ever that means.

Billy was asked about his change of mind on the mat­ter on ra­dio and he said he had been par­tic­u­larly swayed by what par­ents had to say at the Surf Life Sav­ing club’s nippers sign on day in Port Dou­glas. He said they were rather wor­ried about the croc is­sue on Four Mile Beach and this had fi­nally per­suaded him to adopt some­thing more like the KAP’s plan.

(I went down to the surf club to talk to par­ents, on sign-on day, and there were quite a few there late in the morn­ing still sign­ing up kids, which in it­self was a fairly con­fi­dent sign. No one ex­pressed to me any over­rid­ing con­cern about crocs – though of course I didn’t see the ones who stayed away be­cause of that.).

Then Rob Pyne, the mav­er­ick MP in Cairns, did some­thing quite Pyne-ish, in my view. He in­vented croc trad­ing. He said he would join the other cross bench MPs in call­ing for a cull so long as they helped with a list of things he wanted to ob­tain for his own elec­torate.

So far most of those urg­ing tougher mea­sures on croc num­bers had done so out of a view for pub­lic safety. It is sim­ply the right thing to do in it­self, they be­lieve. But Pyne ac­tu­ally linked it up to a wish­list of stuff which had noth­ing to do with crocs.

The Kat­ters may well be won­der­ing where this could all go. But the more I think about it per­haps the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of such a deal are worth con­sid­er­ing.

Per­haps Billy could get us those school cross­ing guards we’ve been plead­ing for (po­ten­tially sav­ing even more lives) or some state help with the MOSS­MAN BOTANIC GAR­DENS (why does this project have to be only a fed­eral mat­ter?).

Croc trad­ing. Get in now, of­fer may end soon.

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