Safer alternatives

These include supporting and investing in research to understand shark behaviour, increased tagging and real-time monitoring of sharks combined with better beach alert systems, installation of shark nets where so practicable, and improved education processes to inform people about shark risks.

However, Colin Barnett does not appear to be listening to such people, preferring the quick-fix solution of bait, kill and dump sharks at sea.

Sharks are not killing machines. They are marine creatures with the ocean as their natural habitat. Human beings can be killing machines. Drink-drivers, king-hit aggressors and gangs of thugs contribute to deaths and disabling injuries to many others.

Perhaps Colin Barnett should focus more on those issues plaguing society rather than appeasing the minority who support shark culling simply to indulge their seaside activities.