Carp eradication plan -Science not ego

The departure of the National Carp Control Plan Coordinator has further brought into question the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government’s management of the significant taxpayer investment in the plan.

European Carp are the scourge of our waterways and their eradication remains a worthy objective.  But the future of the plan must be guided by the science, not politics or ego.

Originally a Labor Government initiative, the $15 million plan was never a short-term strategy.  When Barnaby Joyce decided to make himself the champion of the plan the science was still a work in progress.

Having raised expectations the plan would produce near-term outcomes back in 2016, Barnaby Joyce has recently demanded the herpes virus be immediately released contrary to the advice of the experts.

Minister Littleproud must provide assurance the Government will properly assess the plan’s future and be guided only by the science when making future decisions.

Barnaby Joyce is gone but many continue to clean up the mess he left. 

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  • Cameron Burns
    commented 2018-11-24 10:23:56 +1100
    Independent scientists have done the work, but they need you to take a stand against the virus, please take a leadership position on this issue, not simply point out how biased the Lib/Nats are on this. Here is the science, put a stop to the virus, there are alternatives.
  • Cameron Burns
    commented 2018-11-24 01:38:41 +1100
    The science has been clear for a long time, we need integrated management, habitat and flow restoration, genetic controls in the long term, a virus and the rotting aftermath will be devastating to our environment yet not deliver any long term reduction in carp. Will Labor commit to rescoping this project to allow non-viral biocontrol alternatives as the current scope is essentially limiting the NCCP to a virus or nothing.