LNP dips toe in croc debate, with watered-down policy


KAP Queensland MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth are warning people not to be fooled by the LNP’s newly released croc policy.

 KAP has for months been calling for a croc cull to protect human lives, and the LNP announced a similar, heavily watered-down, policy over the weekend.

Based on its extensive consultation, KAP maintains a proactive cull is required to keep people safe. “A reactive policy where we wait for crocs to attack people just isn’t good enough,” Robbie said.

 “KAP has done all the heavy lifting on this issue. Everyone is happy to jump on board now the water’s safe and the public is on board. We’ve been consulting with locals on the ground right across North Queensland for months and as a result, have developed a bill which will be introduced into Parliament soon. We’re fighting for this because people are being eaten alive,” Robbie said.

 “What’s most important is that there is a strong policy implemented to save lives. The LNP’s position doesn’t go anywhere near far enough to address this problem, but at least now we know we’ve got the major parties on the move. It’s important the public keeps the pressure on them to tell them exactly what is needed so we can deliver a meaningful outcome for North Queensland,” he said.

 Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth, said he had briefed the LNP on Thursday on KAP’s bill, which includes egg harvesting and culling. “These are two policies which they’ve now adopted watered-down versions of,” Shane said.

 Robbie and Shane have consulted with locals in Burketown, Normanton, Mornington Island, Innisfail, Mareeba and Port Douglas about their policy. They also have written support from seven Indigenous communities.

 “We’ve secured a meeting with Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg in Canberra to discuss the issue,” Shane said. “And the Queensland LNP now think this is a good idea. If the LNP is serious about addressing this problem, they’ll support our bill in the Parliament.”

 Shane will be in Cairns tomorrow with Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, for a community consultation meeting on KAP’s croc legislation. All are welcome to attend: Cazalys, 344 Mulgrave Road, Westcourt, Cairns. From 5 pm.

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