Hervey Bay Independent : 23rd October 2014
OurView Journalist Lauren Smit Something fishy In light of recent events, I thought it timely to take a quick look at the Queensland Shark Control Program (QSCP) which is responsible for the placement and maintenance of baited drum lines and shark nets along Queensland’s stunning coastline. After all, they’ve managed to ensnare eight whales since the start of this migration season and I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking something smells a bit fi shy here. So, let’s examine the facts. For more than half a century, the Queensland Government has persecuted sharks and the death toll is now in the tens of thousands. The QSCP started along Gold Coast beaches in 1962 following two fatal shark attacks in 1961 at Noosa and Mackay. Between 1962 and 1984 the program was extended northwards to include popular beaches from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns. The program uses baited drum lines and nets rigged with large fi shhooks to lure and snag sharks, condemning the animals to a slow and painful death. If they don’t drown or suffocate to death, the bleeding and exhausted animals are fi shed out by authorities and ‘humanely’ euthanized. A staggering 21,550 sharks were killed between 1985 and 2012 − of these, 45 per cent were under two metres in length and 66 per cent are now classifi ed as endangered, vulnerable or near-threatened species. In that time, 14 fatal shark attacks occurred in Queensland waters. There is no substantiated scientifi c evidence to suggest that baited drum lines and shark nets actually reduce the likelihood of shark attacks on humans. None. Zilch. Zero. So why does the government continue to slaughter these animals in the masses? To give residents ‘peace of mind’. Whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs are just a few examples of common ‘by catch’ from the QSCP. Every year this program is allowed to continue is another year of shame for us all. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #qldsharkcull /herveybayindy @HB_Indy Journalist Lee Gailer nalist Jade Martin YOURSAY Good Samaritans to the rescue I would like to dearly thank all involved in helping me on the 15th October when I was having trouble with my scooter. To the stranger who rang for help, to the security man, to the two police women and also the two police men, especially the one who pushed my scooter home for me... I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and please accept this as my personal thanks. Genowefa Everett, Scarness Lightbulb moment raises questions No wonder we have accidents with electric power. Have you ever noticed that to turn a light on in your house you simply push the switch to the DOWN or ON position? Of course you have. But, explain this, why do you do EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE when confronting your main switch board where in true bureaucratic fashion the switch is OFF if you turn it down as in your house? This system could only have been developed by a government arm chair dreamer, think about it. West Hill Kawungan NRL vs AFL in television ratings war In response to Craig Bowden’s letter on Oct 9 regarding the footy codes - can I say he has made some valid observations. The night time NRL Grand Final was, and is, a superior television spectacle compared to the very dated and ho hum afternoon AFL coverage. The record breaking TV ratings supports that. Even in its prime time viewing slot up against hugely popular shows like Modern Family and X Factor it outrated the AFL fi nal easily which just goes to show that Australians love their Rugby League. As for the always contentious pre-game entertainment, that “has-been” Tom Jones singing his “violence against women is okay” anthem, Delilah, and his much younger offsider looked and sounded like a couple of bingo hall buskers. At least Slash at the NRL Grand Final was brief but psyched! And yes, regrettably I agree Victorians still do suffer from the whole “anti-Sydney inferiority complex”, but it’s beginning to even out a bit - now they’ve got a chip on both shoulders. As for the footy, the great fairytale that was the South Sydney Rabbitohs was fantastic and gripping theatre - a promoters dream that earned the NRL a lot of new converts. In contrast the AFL Grand Final was all about “Buddy, Buddy, Buddy” and, as it happened, turned out to be a fi zzer. Struth, does Bruce McAvaney get paid by the word? Give me Rabs Warren any day - best “mic” man in the business! Anyway, now that the NRL has a TV broadcast rights deal equal to that of the AFL it will only go from strength to strength and become even bigger nationally. Yes, the AFL have teams in fi ve states at present, but so too do the NRL have franchises in fi ve jurisdictions: NSW, QLD, VIC, CT, and NZ. In a couple of years they will probably add two more teams, one of which will be in WA. So whatever code you follow enjoy your footy. Keith Trestrail Urangan Dictating to public service workers Police, fi re fi ghters and some others take an oath of offi ce, and now Premier Campbell wants to bring the teachers into the swearing-in-fold. The Premier has suggested, and is serious about, having teachers take an oath to be the best teacher they can be. Many might think this is a good idea. The Premier seems to think that teachers will meekly accept this latest idea from the hallowed halls of government. I wonder if the Premier knows that one is a slave to whom they obey. Police, have since the beginning, sworn allegiance to the god-state to enforce the “laws” of the State, no matter what they are. A policeman has to forgo any pangs of conscience in whatever they are ordered to do. What will the Premier next suggest? Perhaps he would like all government employees to swear personal allegiance to him. It is sad to see Queensland moving in this direction. We will have to see what the teachers will do, and whether or not they will meekly submit to this latest brain snap of the Premier’s. Jay Nauss Glen Aplin Thank you rural fi refi ghters Now that we are in the bushfi re season it is paramount to recognise the thousands of Rural Fire Service Queensland members who take time away from their work, family and friends to protect life and property from bushfi re. October 14 was Yellow Ribbon Day and is used to celebrate the contributions of Rural Firefi ghters across Queensland. Rural fi re brigade members are everyday people - plumbers, teachers, farmers, miners, mums and dads. It’s these everyday people who do extraordinary things and dedicate themselves to front-line services. 35,000 rural fi refi ghters who service 93 per cent of Queensland work day in and day out to ensure that their communities and families are safe. On behalf of the residents of the Fraser Coast, I wish to say thank you to each one of them for their work. As Member for the Maryborough electorate, I would like to sincerely thank those individuals who are committed to the safety of Queenslanders. The Government is committed to revitalising frontline services, and these volunteers work is invaluable in that process. Please donate to a brigade, or become a fi refi ghter today. We need you. We acknowledge your effort and commitment. You are special Queenslanders. Anne Maddern MP Maryborough electorate Treat others with respect Australia has a long relationship with people of a Muslim identity and Islamic faith. In precolonial times there were exchanges between Muslim fi shermen in southern Indonesia and Indigenous Australians in the far northern regions of Australia. During the colonial period the exploration and settlement of Australia was aided by Afghan and Indian cameleers, as well as people who come from many cultures and countries seeking their fortune and a better life during the gold rush period. The descendants of these early settlers have been contributing to Australian society for well over a century. 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