Sub­sidise rock fish­ers

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

I would like to know why Mr McGowan’s Gov­ern­ment has favoured one group of West Aus­tralians over an­other.

Sadly, there have been 15 fa­tal shark at­tacks in WA since 2000. That prompted the La­bor Gov­ern­ment to sub­sidise shark shields for surfers to the value of $200 each.

How­ever, since 2002 there have been 26 rock-fish­ing drown­ings.

But there is no sub­sidy for rock fish­er­men when buy­ing life­jack­ets and rock-hop­per boots.

I am aware that rock an­chors and life rings have been in­stalled around the coast. They were in­stalled by vol­un­teers and the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment.

My re­quest is for a sub­sidy for per­sonal safety equip­ment. Come on Mr McGowan, treat all us West Aus­tralians equally. Ray Walker, Bus­sel­ton

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