Stop crying in the chardonnay, Becs, kill the weeds not the roos
Should we kill weeds rather than shoot kangaroos? It’s the chronicle that asks the big questions, it’s “Seven Days” with IAN MEIKLE.
MY dark sense of humor is still stung at this time of year watching the then environment minister navigate his way through weeks of public pillory over the annual kangaroo slaughter, sorry, slaughter .
It’s not the bricklayers in particular, it’s just the dark and imaginary image of the chief minister Andrew Barre laugh out loud as another Greens environment minister gets bullied for what we all know in their hearts that is to kill them ideologically, let alone the kangaroos.
In a bizarre comment, the current minister Rebecca Vassarotti told the ABC at the start of this year’s cull: “The Canberrans should be proud to have the most humane kangaroo management program in Australia.”
Yes, let’s proudly hold our heads up high as professional shooters cross the ridges and reserves every night, sending in another 1,650 kangaroos and joeys in the two months leading up to July 31.
I’ve scoured the news stories on back-to-back eliminations since 2009, when my fellow Green MP Shane Rattenbury pragmatically tried to explain it every year until the Labor Party raincoat Mick Gentleman took over the environment portfolio in 2016 to hand it over to Vassarotti after the 2020 elections.
Paul Costigan, he of the “Canberra Matters” columns, often despairs of the hypocrisy rather than the hope that the six Green MPs have brought to the current Assembly. He accuses the Greens of looking away when the ideological march thickens, captives he thinks of the advantages of parliamentary life (for example, Minister Vassarotti lets himself cry in his chardonnay on an annual salary of $ 291,592 ).
But hypocrisy is no better than the battle drive Julie Lindler, of Farrer, has been quietly raging for 17 years. His is a war on weeds.
She has written in vain to all the environment ministers since 2005 (this is Jon Stanhope, Simon Corbell, Gentleman and Vassarotti) and concludes that the ACT government is “dysfunctional and hypocritical”.
“On the one hand, they’re allocating $800,000 to continue culling eastern gray kangaroos, but doing next to nothing to control weeds,” she says.
“If the ACT government is serious about saving the endangered flora and fauna of the remaining ACT forests and grasslands, it should focus on suppressing the weed invasion.
“They claim kangaroos are the main threat to these grasslands, but have not provided any meaningful scientific data to back it up.
“The spread of invasive weeds poses a great threat to the biodiversity of grassland forests and reserves by severely affecting endangered plants, reptiles, insects and birds.
“For years many invasive weeds such as St. John’s Wort, Paterson’s Curse, African Love Grass, Tooth Tuft, Chilean Needle Weed and many other exotic herbs and herbaceous plants have been permitted to spread unchecked in most southern ACT reserves.
“There is a Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005 where certain plants are ‘must be removed’, ‘must be contained’, ‘banned’, but little effort is made to take action and very little funding is earmarked for weed control.
“Reserve managers don’t see the importance of looking at the whole ecosystem to ensure a healthy landscape. Instead, they take a one-dimensional approach and blame an abundance of kangaroos for the degradation and loss of species.
“Kangaroos do not harm their environment. Their soft feet do not compact the shallow soils our area is known for. They provide essential nutrients to support plants and trees. They help keep tall grass low during fire season. They allow the renewal of life by stimulating the growth of plants each spring, thus increasing biodiversity.
“What is the rationale for culling an additional 1650 kangaroos when there is an abundance of vegetation due to well above average rainfall in 2020, 2021 and so far in 2022?
“The spread of these weeds and the destruction of local flora and fauna is a direct result of this government’s utter neglect of its responsibility as stewards of the land.”
Is it the same next year, guys?
READER Geoff Rushmerof Macquarie, emailed Labor’s Chris Steel just before the schmozzle of multi-billion dollar contracts exploded in the face of the Minister of Skills, calling into question the core business of the CIT: training.
He was inspired to write after seeing an ABC TV report on the redevelopment of the new CIT campus in Woden involving Steel.
“Part of the video celebrated girls training in the trades and showed two using nail guns to nail down an internal wall frame – the problem was that one was about to shoot a nail into the frame with his gun pointing directly at each other’s face less than 300 millimeters away,” he wrote.
“Incredible and deadly. Obviously, CIT should not grow until they have trainers who are aware of decent work security! »
Needless to say, he heard nothing from the minister.
Ian Meikle is the editor of ‘CityNews’ and can be heard on the ‘CityNews Sunday Roast’ news and interview programme, 2CC, from 9am to noon. There are more of his columns on citynews.com.au
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