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Capricornia MP cops bucket over recreational fishing tackle

Young angler Daniel Cure, 6, gets a hand from Keith Reynolds to bait his hook and learn the rules of fishing at the Quay Street public wharf in Rockhampton. Daniel caught his first fish, a sooty grunter, which wasn’t big enough to keep but was enough to keep Daniel interested in fishing a bit longer.
Young angler Daniel Cure, 6, gets a hand from Keith Reynolds to bait his hook and learn the rules of fishing at the Quay Street public wharf in Rockhampton. Daniel caught his first fish, a sooty grunter, which wasn’t big enough to keep but was enough to keep Daniel interested in fishing a bit longer. Megan Lewis

THE tirade that the Federal Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore, gave the LNP on Monday over their proposed cuts to fishing should come as no surprise.

But at no stage did she offer up any solutions or what the Labor Party would do.

You have to ask yourself, when they were in power for the past 20 years, what did they do?

The politics from both sides of the House is just as rotten as any dead fish.

And what recreational fishermen want is answers - not more "tit for tat" from both political parties each blaming the other for their shortcomings.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, who was in parliamentary sittings all week and unavailable to the Bulletin for comment, through his media staff said he would answer questions fishermen had next week once Parliament rose.

According to the LNP's candidate for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, Ms Livermore's rant in parliament was "a disgusting, hypocritical attempt to deflect attention away from her own government's waste, neglect, and political self-interest".

And passionate local fisherman Kim Martin, who has been throwing in a line for the past 30 years, said the LNP's cuts would impact heavily on everyone involved in the recreational fishing industry.

"If they are making these cuts to bring down the state's debt, it's peanuts compared to the debt and so why pick on families, in the most part, who enjoy their weekends out in their boats or just fishing wherever they can," Mr Martin said.

" The Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd, blasted Ms Livermore's attack on the LNP and said: "The motion highlights the Federal Government is completely out of touch with the Australian people. They are clearly in no position to be critical of the Queensland State Government given the lock-up of vast areas of our fishing based on a whim."

And Member for Dawson, George Christensen, offered a stinging rebuke to Ms Livermore in Federal Parliament yesterday, highlighting the hypocrisy of her criticisms of the State Government.

"Kirsten Livermore and the Labor Party are not the fisherman's friend they would like us to believe," he said.

"You only have to look at how they themselves have slashed funding to fishing and only two weeks ago locked recreational fishermen out of more than a million square kilometres of Australian waters for nothing more than political gain."

Topics:  australian labor party capricornia kirsten livermore liberal national party michelle landry recreational fishing


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