War on toads ramps up
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