Crocodiles on the agenda at LNP State Convention
INDEPENDENT Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan says he "won't hold his breath” over a bid to remove saltwater crocodiles from the Queensland endangered species list.
Hinchinbrook State Electorate Council has put forward the motion to be considered at this weekend's LNP State Convention.
Mr Costigan, who has been a staunch supporter of crocodile culling in North Queensland, said his previous calls for the LNP to firm up a position on the issue as a matter of urgency had gone "in one ear and out the other”.
"If I were an LNP member in the electorate of Hinchinbrook or anywhere else in North Queensland, I wouldn't be holding by breath,” he said.
"We have seen south-east Queensland Liberals pretending there are no problems with crocs in North Queensland.
"I never wanted to wipe out the species, all I wanted to do was thin out the numbers and put public safety at the top of the list of priorities.”
Mr Costigan repeated the calls in May, warning there would be "blood on our beaches” unless action was taken after two crocodiles were spotted at beaches in the Mackay region.
He said he was "gobsmacked” after a crocodile was spotted beyond the waves at Bucasia Beach and again when a three-metre long crocodile slithered onto the sand at Mackay Harbour Beach the next day.
Mr Costigan called on Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch to introduce sustainable culling of crocodiles in northern waterways.
But Ms Enoch said calls for a cull were a misguided attempt to gain attention, while spreading fear about the region's natural environment.
She also defended Queensland's crocodile management plan, saying it "maintains public safety as the highest priority”.
"A cull is not a solution to the risks posed by crocodiles - it would give the public a false sense of safety, leading to complacency and an increased risk of attacks,” she said.
"It does not matter how many crocodiles are removed, no waterway in crocodile country can ever be considered to be crocodile free.”
The motion is one of more than 100 to go before the weekend's LNP State Convention.
OTHER MOTIONS SUBMITTED:
MOBILE PHONE BAN
That an LNP State Government moves to implement a ban on mobile phones in all primary and secondary schools. Submitted by Southern Downs.
PROTECTION OF EARLY-TERM BABIES
A call for a LNP State Government to legislate that babies born alive during a late (post-20 week) abortion be given the same protection under the law as any other newborn child. Submitted by Metro South Region.
The introduction of an industry-funded, fully-automated firearms register with instant cradle to grave tracking of firearms. Submitted by Policy Standing Committee.
DRUG HARM MINIMISATION
That the LNP calls on incoming LNP State Government to conduct a review into harm minimisation strategies, including pill testing, to counter drug-related deaths. Submitted by Moggill State Electorate Council.
That this Convention of the LNP calls on the Federal Coalition Government to end taxpayer funded gender reassignment operations for public servants and members of the Australian Defence Forces. Submitted by Northern Region.
PROHIBITION OF FACE-COVERINGS IN PUBLIC
For a LNP State Government to legislate that face-coverings which have the purpose of concealing the identity of an individual in all public places are prohibited. Submitted by Nicklin State Electorate Council.
A call for the LNP to support the legislated protection of January 26 as Australia Day. Submitted by Oodgeroo State Electorate Council.
A call to bring in harsher penalties for offences that cause harm when the offender is affected by illegal drugs. Submitted by Lockyer State Electorate Council.
CONVICTED CHILD SEX OFFENDERS REGISTER
A publicly searchable register of convicted child sex offenders implemented by a LNP State Government. Submitted by Oodgeroo State Electorate Council.
MORE FUNDING FOR CORONERS COURT
An increase in funding to the Coroners Court in order to deliver justice to grieving families in Queensland in a timely manner. Submitted by LNPW.
FRESH WATER GRID
The construction of a strategic fresh water grid to satisfy the entire nation's agricultural, industrial and urban requirements while meeting legislated environmental and ecological standards. Submitted by Pumicestone State Electorate Council.
TROPICAL GRASS BREEDING PROGRAM
The funding of a tropical grass breeding program to improve the competitiveness, efficiency and profitability of the Queensland dairy industry. Submitted by Nicklin State Electorate Council.
DROUGHT RESILIENCE FUTURE FUND
That this Convention of the LNP calls on the Federal Coalition Government to establish a Drought Resilience Future Fund to provide financial aid and support to farmers suffering from drought. Submitted by YLNP.
PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT AREAS
A move to give local authorities control of land locked up in Priority Development Areas, allowing for all development within local government areas to be subject to the same assessment process. Submitted by YLNP.
RURAL FIRE SERVICES FUNDING
That this Convention of the LNP calls on the LNP State Opposition to make every effort to ensure changes to the management and funding of the Rural Fire Services do not adversely affect Queenslanders. Submitted by South West Region.
A call for the Federal Government to provide people with diabetes access to free needles or EPI pens if their use is part of their treatment. Submitted by Southern Downs.
INCENTIVES FOR ANTENATAL STAFF
An investigation into incentives for antenatal medical staff to work in regional areas, similar to those incentives used in the education model. Submitted by LNPW.
CAP ON UNIVERSITY PLACES
That the LNP calls on the Federal Coalition Government to introduce an industry demand cap on university places. Submitted by YLNP.
AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The reintroduction of agricultural school programs by a LNP State Government. Submitted by Southern Downs State Electorate Council.
SUPPORT FOR BLACK LUNG VICTIMS
A call for a LNP State Government to introduce a levy on all coal extracted from Queensland or another mechanism to support Black Lung victims. Submitted by Dawson Federal Divisional Council.
BUSH FIRE INQUIRY
That the LNP State Opposition highlights the need for a full inquiry into the Central Queensland bushfires of 2018-2019. Submitted by YLNP.
STATE OWNED FORESTRY INDUSTRY
The re-establishment of a State-owned and operated forestry industry throughout Queensland. Submitted by Mirani State Electorate Council.
RED TAPE REDUCTION ON MINING PROPOSALS
That the Convention of the LNP calls on an incoming LNP State Government to streamline the reduction of regulatory red tape and the time taken for the approval of mining projects. Submitted by Nicklin State Electorate Council.
GLENCORE COAL MINING LEASE
A request that a "use it or lose it” policy be established in relation to the Glencore Coal Mining Lease at Wandoan. Submitted by Callide State Electorate Council.
TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR CHILD CARE EXPENSES
Call on the Federal Coalition Government to allow for 100 per cent of childcare expenses to be claimed as a tax deduction with no maximum claim limit. Submitted by YLNP.
UNITED NATIONS PROBE
Call for the Federal Coalition Government to initiate an investigation into the scope and role of the United Nations. Submitted by Kurwongbah State Electorate Council.
To support a ban on expanded polystyrene for singleuse applications, such as food and drink containers and food and electronic goods packaging. Submitted by Bulimba State Electorate Council.
Call on the Federal Coalition Government and an incoming LNP State Government to remove or extend the expiration of Departmental Budgets that requires them to be spent within a financial year, or have the money returned to Treasury and allow departments to manage their spending in accordance with their needs rather than be limited to the date on the calendar. Submitted by Stretton State Electorate Council.
AMENDMENT TO CHARITABLE & NON-PROFIT GAMING ACT
Call on an incoming LNP State Government to amend legislation ensuring that the game of "Jokers Wild”, also known as "Jag the Joker”, be considered as a promotional game and as a game of chance. Submitted by Callide State Electorate Council.
24 HOUR LIBRARIES
Support for a call on the Brisbane City Council to trial 24 hour libraries. Submitted by YLNP.
INCREASED RESOURCES TO NATIONAL PARKS
For a State LNP Government to provide, in consultation with local communities, increased resourcing and support for the management of Queensland national parks, state forests and other Crown lands, with respect to fuel load reduction, fire access trails, fire brakes, common boundary fencing, and pest species containment, control and eradication. Submitted by Southern Downs State Electorate Council.
PROSTITUTION LAW CHANGES
The development of policies to provide support for social change for sex industry workers. Submitted by Metro South Region.
RURAL SPEED LIMITS
Call for a LNP State Government to enforce the 85th percentile rule as the default method of determining rural speed limits. Submitted by Nicklin State Electorate Council.
MINIMUM MANDATORY SENTENCING
Call on a LNP State Government to provide for minimum mandatory sentencing as a must-have measure to crack down on crime. Submitted by Stretton.
CLASSIFICATION OF LEICHHARDT HIGHWAY
For the Federal Coalition Government to reclassify the Leichhardt Highway from Goondiwindi to the Capricorn Highway as a Federal National Highway. Submitted by Callide State Electorate Council.
Call on the Federal Coalition Government to sell and relocate ABC studio facilities away from expensive inner city areas with any profits to provide increased funding to the ABC. Submitted by Policy Steering Committee.
TRIGGER MAPPING POLICY
Call for an investigation into the legality of the provisions of the "Nature Conservation Act 1992” that have enabled the State Government to impose an updated trigger map impacting landholders' ability to manage their land. Submitted by Warrego State Electorate Council.