It's time to hunt NT crocs: Hanson
ONE Nation leader Pauline Hanson says southern politicians should get out of the way of crocodile hunting in the Northern Territory.
Ms Hanson who arrived at Darwin International airport on Wednesday, spoke exclusively to the NT News, saying One Nation supported controlled management of crocodiles in the Territory through tourism-based safari hunting.
Ms Hanson said discussions with the Territory's leading international crocodile scientist, Professor Grahame Webb, has convinced her that "if tourism-based crocodile hunting in the Top End is well managed, sustainable and generates revenue for indigenous landowners, it will help conservation."
"It's way beyond time southern politicians full of ignorance stopped interfering in the Territory and the proper science of crocodile management," she said. "Professor Webb is a renowned world expert in crocodile management and I would listen to his knowledge and recommendations ahead of someone living in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide whose decisions are based purely on ill-founded emotion rather than science.
"These are the sorts of people who say they want to help disadvantaged Aboriginal people and then stand in the way of them making a sustainable living. "I say to them 'Get out of the way'."
Prof Webb said there were no conservation concerns that would preclude allowing hunters to hunt for croc trophies across the Territory. "Crocodile trophy hunting would take small numbers of crocodiles and help our tourism industry," he said. "With the right Government approvals, hunting could legally start in the Territory tomorrow."
Crocodiles are protected nationally under federal legislation and internationally under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species.