A purebred dingo, increasingly rare on the mainland, but surviving on Fraser Island.
A purebred dingo, increasingly rare on the mainland, but surviving on Fraser Island. Chris Ison

Minister replies on dingo report

SUSTAINABILITY Minister Kate Jones has dismissed an Opposition report recommending a “humane approach” to dingo management on Fraser Island.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Sustainabilty Glen Elmes says autopsy reports on Fraser Island dingoes show they have died from starvation, poisoning and being run-over.

Ms Jones said Mr Elmes' report to Parliament was a non-policy.

“A compilation of other people's ideas is not a policy,” she said.

Mr Elmes, who is also State MP for Noosa, said the report was the result of a discussion paper opened for public comment earlier this year.

He claimed information used to make up the final report came from many sources including 22 formal submissions, a community forum at Hervey Bay, several inspection trips to Fraser Island to speak with locals and many one-on-one and telephone conversations.

Mr Elmes told parliament he had seen “nearly all” of the autopsy reports on dingo deaths on the island where, he claimed, causes of death included starvation, being run over, and poison.

“One autopsy lists under probable cause of death – ‘rifleitis' while another states ‘half an ounce of hot lead',” he said.

“I have come to understand that this state department, the administrator of the island, is at best incompetent and at worst, duplicitous in overseeing the systematic destruction of our native dog.”

Ms Jones rejected the Elmes report, saying it showed how out of touch the LNP was.

“After 12 months, Mr Elmes has failed to deliver anything new but is repeating his call for people to feed dingoes.”

She said the Government was trying to make “real improvements”.

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