Commercial fisherman have completely rejected claims made by ALP Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton.
Commercial fisherman have completely rejected claims made by ALP Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton. Warren Lynam

Fishermen condemn Labor candidate’s claims

LETTER TO THE EDITOR RE LUCY STANTON ALLEGATIONS ABOUT COMMERICAL FISHERMEN:

AS COMMERCIAL fishermen you expect some challenges, bad weather, fluctuating fish prices, bad seasons, but you do not expect to be falsely accused of a serious crime which has no basis and is totally untrue.

We are concerned about the motives of Lucy Stanton given that she is a candidate for the Labor Party for the forthcoming election.

As commercial fishermen we take pride in our product that we catch and get it to the market in the best possible condition.

We also pay thousands of dollars in licence fees each year so as to keep operating. In addition to the licence fees we have an initial outlay of what can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We are not about to risk our livelihood by doing something as stupid as firing weapons in a public place at night time as alleged. This is just totally untrue.

Another aspect of her article which was really unfounded and lacking any basis at all is the suggestion that we as fishermen camp illegally whilst we are fishing.

This again is totally untrue and had she bothered to do any proper research or to speak to the appropriate authorities she would have ascertained that we have an agreement with Parks and Wildlife that allows us to stay where we are fishing and only whilst we are fishing.

These arrangements have been in for a long time and we are deeply disappointed that she would make such statements purely for her own benefit and gain at the risk of the fishermen who are just trying to operate their business and earn a living.

If this is the way that Lucy Stanton conducts herself one wonders what sort of politician she will be if she does not do adequate research because had she have done any research she would have most certainly have found that her story was simply baseless.

Mark Jason Alexander,

Commercial fisherman.

Gympie Times


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