Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

THE World Surf League has waved good­bye to the Mar­garet River Pro be­cause the risk to com­peti­tors from shark at­tack has “crossed the threshold for what is ac­cept­able”.

Be­fud­dled and beached by green-logic, Mark Mc­Gowan has for too long re­lied on flawed ar­gu­ments based on spu­ri­ous sta­tis­tics to jus­tify his asi­nine pol­icy of not tak­ing steps to mit­i­gate the pri­mary cause of ‘death-by-shark’.

He has cho­sen to evade the root cause of the prob­lem by put­ting the onus on vic­tims to pro­tect them­selves from the risk of suf­fer­ing this death when­ever they en­ter the “shark's do­main”.

Go­ing a lit­tle green may feel like a good idea to the man in the street, and may even be po­lit­i­cally ex­pe­di­ent, but no good idea re­mains a good idea if taken to the nth de­gree.

In a civilised so­ci­ety, preser­va­tion of hu­man life is paramount, and an ef­fec­tive leader of a ra­tio­nal gov­ern­ment will not al­low patho­log­i­cal po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness to dis­tract him or her from tak­ing all rea­son­able steps to en­sure this moral obli­ga­tion is sat­is­fied.

It's time the pub­lic put the bite on the Pre­mier. MARK DYER, Rock­ing­ham

It's ad­ja­cent to a very busy round­about but only has a fence at the rear side. You can't take your eyes away from the chil­dren for a mo­ment lest they wan­der to­ward the road.

I have been with them at other parks in north­ern sub­urbs where the en­tire play­ground is fenced in much qui­eter streets and have child­proof gates.

I have writ­ten to Rock­ing­ham Coun­cil but they don't seem con­cerned or alert to the dan­ger.

This play­ground has an in­creas­ing num­ber of chil­dren us­ing it, as more fam­i­lies visit the beach. I think some at­ten­tion needs to be paid to our chil­dren's safety.

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