Cull diversion

TO add to the ongoing shark kill debate, why do Premier Barnett and his Government ignore the opinions of most of the WA population?

It could be argued that the unpopular policy of drums with baited hooks is a smokescreen to divert attention from all the other badly thought-out decisions and money-wasting ideas.

Why didn’t the Liberals and their advisers make a proper study of previous attempts to reduce attacks?

Couldn’t they have at least taken note of the expensive Hawaiian shark control program of the 1960s and 1970s, which culled more than 4000 sharks, but failed to decrease shark bite incidents?

There is also the ecosystem to consider. Surely, any widespread slaughter will have an adverse effect on other marine life.

Many people, apolitical or not, may well wonder what it will finally take to dethrone this profligate and out-of-touch “Emperor”.

DAVID RUDMAN, Rockingham