North Qld MP’s Put the Bite on The Budget

Shane Knuth and Robbie KatterKAP MP’s Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter say they’ll block the Queensland government’s budget if it does not agree to support culling crocodiles.

Katter’s Australian Party is drafting legislation that will introduce culling, safari hunting, crocodile removal and egg collection initiatives.

The Bill is expected to be introduced into the House for consideration before the end of May.

Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth says the Bill will be introduced to Parliament before the end of May.

He says crocodile numbers had at least quadrupled over the past 30 years and culling was needed to bring back the balance.

The bill proposes a “hunters and tourists” approach with croc hunters encouraged to travel to north Queensland to shoot crocodiles in tours which could be run by Indigenous people.

Such tours would not be held in dense urban areas.

Mr Katter says relocating crocodiles has not worked because they could move “hundreds of kilometres” and another croc would just move into the territory.