Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth has joined with KAP State Leader Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter to call for urgent action from both sides of parliament to support the KAP Safer Waterways Bill.
The call comes following a suspected, fatal crocodile attack in a creek near Port Douglas this week.
“The tragedy should be a wake-up call for both sides of parliament to stop playing politics and make the safety of Queenslanders their priority.”
“If the two parties can vote together on a pointless reclassification of a firearm, as they did earlier this week, surely they can work together to push through legislation that will save people’s lives.”
Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, who introduced the Safer Waterways Bill and earlier this year sought leave from the house to urgently bring forward the debate, said the issue shouldn’t be left in the ‘too hard’ basket.
“Earlier this year we sought leave from the house to bring forward the committee report and start debate on the Safer Waterways Bill.”
“Unfortunately, the urgency motion was defeated with the major parties working together to vote against it and debate on the bill is now not due to begin until the middle of 2018.”
“This is about making our waterways safe. Putting up more crocodile signs and performing more counts are pathetic efforts which will do nothing to save lives.”
“We are calling for swifter action by the government to progress the bill as a matter of priority.
“How many more people will have to die before the government takes a proactive stance on the exploding crocodile numbers in Queensland.’