War on toads ramps up

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DANIEL BATE­MAN PETER CAR­RUTHERS PO­LICE kept a watch­ful eye on Far North­ern school stu­dents draw­ing anti-mine mes­sages on the foot­path out­side MP War­ren Entsch’s of­fice on Mul­grave Rd yes­ter­day.

Tak­ing part in the na­tional School Strike 4 Cli­mate Ac­tion stu­dents skipped school in protest of the pol­icy on car­bon emis­sions and new coal mine ap­provals. Mother Deanna Hen­der­son said the stu­dents were sign­ing a pe­ti­tion.

“They ob­vi­ously want the kids to be in school but they un­der­stand kids need to take a stand be­cause the gov­ern­ment is not do­ing enough,” she said.

Mr Entsch said he was dis­turbed so see chil­dren be­ing used as po­lit­i­cal pawns.

“I think it’s fan­tas­tic that the kids have an aware­ness about the prob­lem but what I am find­ing is they are fed one side of the story,” he said.

“There is still some ben­e­fit to be had to look for the most ef­fi­cient tech­niques, for sure.”

She said there needed to be stronger sci­ence in­volved to help con­cen­trate ef­forts on the war against the am­phib­ians.

“The war’s not over yet, es­pe­cially when you talk about ef­fi­ciency,” she said.

“It’s ob­vi­ously not a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to have peo­ple out with golf clubs and so on.”

Sub­mis­sions to the in­quiry are open un­til Thurs­day, Jan­uary 31, 2019.

CLASS AC­TION: Cairns State High School stu­dents Zoe Bin­ions, 15, Jaymie Hout­man, 16, and Chloe Gib­son, 16, out­side MP War­ren Entsch's of­fice. Pic­ture: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

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