Evidence revealed in Senate Estimates yesterday has caught out Barnaby Joyce telling whoppers on carp.
On 2 May 2016 Barnaby Joyce made a spectacle of himself in the House of Representatives in response to a Dorothy Dixer by the Member for Page.
We now know that the $15 million he announced will be used to determine if the virus is practical, feasible and cost-effective to actually control the carp population not to get rid of the carp completely.
We also know that the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) will be provided the $15 million to develop the National Carp Control Plan, expected to be completed at the end of 2018.
An article published in the FRDC Fish Magazine detailed that the next step is to “evaluate whether the virus will effectively deliver a significant reduction in carp impacts and achieve a 95 percent reduction in carp by 2045, at an acceptable cost.”
Once again Barnaby Joyce has been caught out misleading Australians for his own political grandstanding.
Barnaby Joyce claimed that he was going to get rid of carp with his $15 million announcement. Stating that:
“It was great to be able to announce the $15 million that we will put towards the eradication of carp (Whopper). We know that it is incredibly important. We are afflicted with these disgusting, mud-sucking creatures—bottom-dwelling, mud-sucking creatures. The only form of control is a version of herpes; it is the only thing that will get rid of these disgusting, mud-sucking creatures. We will move forward on this because we believe that we should be getting rid of these disgusting, mud-sucking creatures in order to support some of the better animals of our waterways—the silver perch, the yellowbelly, the Murray cod, the Eastern cod and the catfish. We do not want to deal with carp; we have to get rid of the carp. When we have dealt with this virus, we are going to have between 500,000 and two million tonnes of carp (Whopper). We often bury the carp, put it in the paddocks or put it underground—it will probably take the place of horse manure (Whopper). It is really important that we have a healthy nation and a strong economy. You have to go to some extreme measures at times to make sure that we keep our economy and our environment healthy—even if it requires a version of a venereal disease to deal with the carp (Whopper). If that is what is required, then that is what is required (Whopper). We are looking forward to keeping the Peel a very healthy river. We want the Balonne—it is a shame to see the member for Moreton is no longer here—to be a healthy river. We want the Hunter to be a very healthy river; we want the Clarence to be a healthy river; and we would love the Fitzroy to be a healthy river. We want the Murray and the Murrumbidgee to be healthy rivers. We in the coalition are going to make sure that we have healthy rivers and a healthy economy, because we are going to get rid of the carp (Whopper).”