NSW wades into shark war with drum­line of­fer to WA

The Morning Bulletin - - NATION -

THE NSW Gov­ern­ment will wade into the shark war that has erupted be­tween the na­tion’s cap­i­tal and West­ern Aus­tralia by of­fer­ing to loan the WA Gov­ern­ment SMART drum­lines fol­low­ing a spate of at­tacks.

Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Niall Blair will to­day give the WA Gov­ern­ment the op­tion of bor­row­ing five non-lethal SMART drum­lines free of charge de­spite WA’s re­luc­tance to take up the cut­tingedge tech­nol­ogy.

It comes af­ter En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Josh Fry­den­berg ac- cused WA Fisheries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly of mis­lead­ing the pub­lic on the drum­lines by sug­gest­ing the de­vices did not im­prove safety.

Mr Blair said it was time to “quit the talk and just get on with look­ing at ways to pro­tect beach­go­ers”. “I just don’t un­der­stand how you can ar­gue against tri­alling some­thing new – it’s 2018 and the def­i­ni­tion of in­san­ity is do­ing the same thing over and over and ex­pect­ing a dif­fer­ent re­sult so maybe they don’t have the courage,” he said.

Last week, Mr Kelly said there were “dou­ble” the num­ber of shark at­tacks in NSW com­pared with WA over the past five years de­spite the use of SMART drum­lines – a claim the NSW Gov­ern­ment has re­futed.

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