'Falsehood in review'

THE Queensland Government appears to have been caught out once again misleading would-be participants in its Tin Can Bay dolphin feeding review.

Environment Minister Vicky Darling denied the review was biased against the famous Bay attraction and guaranteed feeding arrangements would continue despite a long-term anti-feeding stance by her Department of Environment and Resource Management, which is conducting the review.

She also has not commented on the fact that those arrangements include provision for feeding to cease immediately upon the disappearance of the individual dolphins now involved. Dolphin feeding advocates say the review contains seriously inaccurate information apparently aimed at discrediting feeding.

Ms Darling had not yesterday responded to questions emailed to her office on Friday, seeking an explanation of false claims in review documents that feeding at the Bay is "unmanaged".

The claims are in a background paper linked to the government's whale and dolphin conservation plan.

Despite being reviewed in 2007, the government conservation plan ignores strict management conditions imposed under a Beattie Government agreement the previous year.

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