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TAS Country : December 9th 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 YOUR SAY email@example.com Birds die in baiting program RISKY BUSINESS: Observers have noted the poisoning program deaths of 883 birds on Macquarie Island. From last week's Tasmanian Country. To date observers have noted the deaths of 883 resident birds including giant petrels, skuas, black ducks, kelp gulls and other resident bird species.' THE article ''Conspiracy theories on the nose'' (Tasmanian Country Decem- ber 2 page 24) contains factual errors and needs to be corrected. Firstly, Mr Byard suggested that only a few birds have been poisoned on Macquarie Island as a result of a poisoning program. Totally incorrect. To date observers have noted the deaths of 883 resident birds including giant petrels, skuas, black ducks, kelp gulls and other resident bird species. The poison used on Macquarie Island was actually Brodifacoum, not 1080. The baiting program was put on hold after only 8 per cent of the bait had been deployed. Imagine the catastrophic results if the full 300 tonnes of Brodifacoum had been deployed. In the main article Mr Byard sug- gests a Tasmanian devil would have to digup10baitsina24hourstobe affected. Once again, totally incorrect. The Tasmanian devil has a LD 50 (lethal dose) of 4.24 milligrams of 1080 per kilogram of body weight. Tasman- ian fox baits are 3mg of 1080. So, Mr Byard you are saying the average devil requires 30mg of 1080 to obtain a lethal dose. Absolute nonsense and simply untrue. More vulnerable however is the tiger quoll, which has an LD 50 of only 1.85mg of 1080 per kilogram of body weight. There actually have been three reviews into the fox in Tasmania. None of them has been independent. Firstly the Kinnear review was done by Jack Kinnear from WA. Mr Kinnear is head of 1080 poisoning operations for C.A.L.M in WA. The second independent review was done by CRC Invasive Animals in Canberra. The people doing all the scat testing and forensics are The Institute for Applied Ecology, a member of the CRC Invasive Animals. In one year, the scat testing cost the taxpayer $520,000. Another member of the CRC Invas- ive Animals is Animal Control Techno- logies, which manufactures the 1080 Foxoff baits used in Tasmania. Millions and millions of taxpayers dollars have been spent on 1080 baits, without one single fox being recovered here from any 1080 baiting program. Actually, the Fox Eradication Program has not shot, trapped, recovered from baiting or even photographed a single Tasmanian fox of its own in nine years of operations in Tasmania, instead rely- ing on fox evidence, which in pathology terms, is considered easily transport- able evidence. Incidentally, in tests conducted by the CSIRO at Werribee in Victoria, Foxoff was found to be the least palatable to foxes of all baits tested. So, why are we using them in Tasmania? This biscuit type Foxoff bait has been found to be quite palatable to bettongs, possums and wallabies. The third fox review was done by Landcare NZ the largest user of 1080 in NZ and also industry partners of CRC Invasive animals. Another point worth noting is that of the 56 DNA fox-positive scats allegedly recovered in Tasmania not two scats have DNA matched from the same fox. As foxes defecate about eight to 10 times a day, this seems very odd. IAN RIST Friends of Tasmanian Birds Wynyard Electricity bills push farmers to edge I WRITE regarding John Rich's article in relation to the effects of power price increases on the state's farmers. The Tasmanian Liberals strongly acknowledge the challenges facing the state's farmers, and have been lobbying the Government to ensure that one of the state's most important industries is not left for dead. Under the watch of the Labor-Green Government, power prices have sky- rocketed. Between July 2009 and De- cember 2010 and under Aurora's pro- posed tariff structure released on November 22 2010; residential tariffs will rise by 15.3 per cent while irri- gation tariffs will rise by 17.5 per cent. In fact between 2008 and 2013, under the Office of the Tasmanian Electricity Regulator's price determination made in November this year, charges on the irrigation tariff could increase by nearly 60 per cent. As the TGFA have previously point- ed out, farmers are price takers, and an almost 17 per cent rise in the cost of electricity this year alone may push some to the edge. Cost-saving technologies like smart metering and time-of-use tariffs have been available in Tasmania since 2009, but not one of our dairy farmers or irrigators has been able to access as yet time-of-use tariffs. How can we expect our state's primary producers to continue to survive when they are being driven off their farms by electricity bills they simply cannot afford to pay? The Tasmanian Liberals will en- sure the above points are firmly on the table during the Expert Energy Panel review to commence shortly, and will continue to ensure that the Labor-Green Government is held to account on such an important busi- ness input. Jeremy Rockliff MP Opposition spokesman for primary industries and water Receive FREE FREIGHT on all orders over $100 up until Christmas. Orders despatched in 24Hrs. Starts 29/11/10. Entries close at 4pm AEDST on 12/12/10 (online, phone, in store and fax entries) and last mail received on 10/12/10 (mail entries). Draw at L7/574 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004 on 13/12/10 at 2pm. Prizes: 5 x $1,000 RB Sellars gift vouchers. Winners published in The Australian on 20/12/10. Promoter: Propel Group Pty Ltd (ABN 27 073 129 996) of 92-94 Cambridge St, Collingwood, Victoria, 3066. See www.rbsellars.com.au for full terms and conditions. Competition open to customers from within Australia only. 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