South Western Times
Crow squawking up wrong tree
Billy Kerr's criticism of the Federal Government for what he describes as a “quite poor” vaccination rate is misplaced (Times, 22/4).
The European Union has withheld vaccines from Australia, while India has been forced to withhold some chemicals destined for vaccine manufacturers in Europe, both of which are totally reasonable reactions to high virus infections in Europe and India. As well, some States have stored quantities of vaccines, while many members of the public have chosen not to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab because of concerns over possible side effects.
Christian Chanovre’s claim that logging will see a critical collapse in numbers of black cockatoos is not correct (Times, 22/4).
State and Federal environmental agencies do not list native forest logging as a threatening process, with clearing for housing and farming causing serious biodiversity losses around Australia. For more than 20 years, forest management plans in the South West have required the retention of habitat trees, many of which have hollows used by cockatoos and other wildlife.