Palaszczuk Labor winding back Queensland's shark control program

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LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has today called for a full parliamentary inquiry into Labor's administration of Queensland's shark control program.
Ms Frecklington said the inquiry is needed with figures showing the number of sharks being caught by the Palaszczuk Government has dramatically declined despite a surge in shark population numbers.
"Enough is enough, this is the third attack in just six weeks," Ms Frecklington said.
"My heart goes out to the family of this man and the government needs to be doing all it can to make our beaches and waterways safe.
"Drum lines and nets have been a feature of Queensland's shark control program for more than 50 years. We currently have more than 350 drum lines in our waters protecting Queenslanders but unbelievably none in the area where the three attacks have happened.
"We are worried that Labor is putting politics ahead of the protection of people. There has been a significant reduction in the number of sharks caught by the Palaszczuk government compared to the previous LNP Government.
"It's alarming the Palaszczuk Labor government isn't properly delivering Queensland's shark control program."
Ms Frecklington said the number of dangerous sharks removed by Labor keeps dropping*.
"It is why I will be calling for an immediate parliamentary inquiry into Labor's administration of the shark control program," she said.
"The last thing we want to see is the risk of a shark attacks increase because Labor has weakened the shark program.
"These attacks in the Whitsundays remind all of us of the real danger of sharks.
"Yet the data shows Labor is only removing halve the number of sharks over 2 metres from Mackay waters compared to the LNP.
"Our position couldn't be more clear – people before sharks.
"Queensland is also famous for our beaches and we need to protect our reputation as a safe tourism destination.
"Sharks are astounding creatures that play an important part in the ocean ecosystem, but the safety of Queenslanders must come first."

Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland :
PO Box 940, Spring Hill Qld 4004, Queensland Wide
07 3844 0666
Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland
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