Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT vic­to­ria. nu­gent@ news. com. au

HUN­DREDS of thou­sands of home loan cus­tomers will be pushed to the brink if in­ter­est rates rise and won’t cope with larger re­pay­ments, alarm­ing re­search has re­vealed.

Fi­nan­cial ser­vices firm Canstar quizzed more than 700 Aus­tralian bor­row­ers and found about one in five ex­ist­ing mort­gage cus­tomers ( 17 per cent) would not be able to af­ford one rate rise of 25 ba­sis points when it hap­pens.

This would add about $ 45 a month to re­pay­ments on a stan­dard $ 300,000 30- year home loan. Based on Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics data, this means about 485,000 house­holds would be strug­gling to make ends meet if they were hit by an in­ter­est rate hike.

The re­search found of those who say they will be able to cope, 51 per cent say they can only af­ford an in­crease of between 25 ba­sis points and one per­cent­age point. A WO­MAN used bolt cut­ters to break into an an­i­mal pound and bust out a billy goat.

Ce­celia May Lid­den, 53, wanted to re­turn the miss­ing pet to her menagerie. She pleaded guilty in Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day to en­ter premises and steal a goat.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Julie Mars­den said Lid­den en­tered the Rock­hamp­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s fa­cil­ity early on Septem­ber 5 us­ing bolt cut­ters.

“The goat had been miss­ing for a cou­ple of days,” she said.

De­fence lawyer Pierre Lam­mers­dorf said Lid­den had looked for the billy goat at the pound but could not lo­cate it.

He said the an­i­mal lover, who owns three pigs, two horses, a pony, the billy goat, a fe­male goat and two baby goats, had re­turned to the pound later and found the goat.

Mag­is­trate Jeff Clark or­dered Lid­den to pay a $ 350 fine and no con­vic­tion be recorded. KATTER’S Aus­tralian Party says the case of a wo­man feared taken by a croc­o­dile near Port Dou­glas adds weight to their push for croc culling.

The party’s Safer Water- ways Bill is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by Queens­land Par­lia­ment’s Agri­cul­ture and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee.

The Bill deals with is­sues re­lat­ing to croc­o­dile culling and egg har­vest­ing.

It comes as po­lice fear, af­ter a two- day search, that a croc­o­dile is re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing miss­ing 79- year- old Anne Cameron. Re­mains and per­sonal items were found yes­ter­day at a Craiglie creek, near Port Dou­glas, with foren­sic test­ing to be car­ried out on the “bi­o­log­i­cal mat­ter”.

KAP Mount Isa MP Rob­bie Katter said the in­ci­dent re­newed the party’s vigour to try to pre­vent sim­i­lar in­ci­dents oc­cur­ring again.

“It be­hoves the Govern­ment now to recog­nise that th­ese are real threats faced up there, real things that hap­pen to peo­ple be­cause of lack of ac­tion here and through th­ese most tragic cir­cum­stances we need to recog­nise our re­spon­si­bil­ity here in govern­ment to re­spond,” Mr Katter said yes­ter­day.

“We can shoot kan­ga­roos, we can shoot pigs, we can shoot wild dogs, we can shoot koalas in this coun­try but we can’t shoot croc­o­diles.

“That seems to be un­palat­able to politi­cians and un­for­tu­nately up in North Queens­land we face the risks and some­times the ul­ti­mate price be­cause our gov­ern­ments are weak on this is­sue.”

Mr Katter said North Queens­lan­ders were not will­ing to wait three years for the


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