Safety first

Why then blame him for something that is essential to the welfare of the community.

Perhaps the best way to test the public reaction would be to interview the relatives of shark-attack victims.

Would a grieving mother be consoled by knowing that her child was ‘trespassing’ in the shark’s domain?

Would the grief-stricken father feel better if informed that, while there are hundreds of car accidents, the number of shark attacks is very low or that the ecosystem is not a public swimming pool?

While Australians care for their environment, they have a high regard for human life.

We never had much trouble with sharks in the past, so why now?