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14 January 2013

WIDE-RANGING INVESTIGATION BY AFP, QUEENSLAND POLICE, AND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT FIND DUGONG AND TURTLE MEAT SMUGGLING STORIES FALSE, A "BEAT-UP"

"Dugongman" Colin Riddell claims to be a former ALP member who defected to the LNP due to their "better environmental record".

We'll wait while you laugh over that one.

While Riddell's campaign to "save turtles and dugongs" looked to start with meritorious intent, Riddell's penchant for the limelight and desire to be "the next Steve Irwin" have seen him making more and more unsustainable charges.

The grossest of which was his assertion that a "huge black market" in dugong and turtle meat exists, with airlines and taxicabs among the conspirators.  Riddell fed this information to the LNP, and saw it repeated by then Shadow Minister Glenn Elmes along with Sydney DJ Derryn Hinch.  These included claims that "a 5PM flight from Horn Island" arrives jammed with packaged dugong meat.

These claims by Riddell look to be false, with Torres Strait Regional Authority chair Joseph Elu calling them "little more than a beatup by ill-informed persons".

One Colinwhocares Riddell.

Over 11 days the AFP, QPS, and Department of Environment checked luggage arriving from the Cape for any dugong or turtle meat.  NONE was found.  Even on Riddell's suggested 5PM "Dugong Express".  Roadside checks on the Peninsula Development Road did find some turtle and dugong meat, but clearly for personal use - not in any "commercial" quantities.  

WELCOME TO TOBA-BURGER.  WHERE THE MASCOT
AND FEATURED BURGER IS YOU-KNOW-WHAT. . 
JCU Professor Helene Marsh, one of Australia's top dugong experts, agrees that the scale of problem has been exaggerated, and that the dugong population is reasonably stable.  She points to commercial projects as being the most endangering to these animals.  Indeed, while the LNP government enacted a "humane kill" law that was just a sop to Riddell and Bob Irwin, the approval of the Etty Bay development, pending big dredging projects in Cairns and Townsville, and the refusal to hire more indigenous community rangers shows the LNP has even less interest in dugong and turtle protection than the previous ALP government.

Exposing the fallacy in the Riddell claims of commercial meat smuggling pretty much puts an end to the "Colinwhocares" media campaign.


13 comments:

Jethro said...

Colin Who Cares succeeded in his goals. He's proud to say he helped get rid of Jim Turnour, the man who got us our Cancer and Radiotherapy Centre (the Liz Plummer Centre) when his much admired good mate "Wazza" did nothing about it. Yeah, so much for is claims of ever being a good "Labor" man. He never was.

Anonymous said...

alegend in his own mind

Anon No.4 said...

But the ABC adored him and ran beat-up after beat-up on radio far north and nationally.

If nothing else, the Riddell-Stench campaign showed what a cruel parody of an independent, objective, public-interest news organisation radio far north is.

Smithfield Sam said...

Riddell on the Macca hour claimed that the AFP only did "interviews". The Cairns Post and Torres Strait leadership both confirm that Esky checks were done on everyone with an Esky.

More lies eh, Colin? Can't handle the truth, eh, mate?

ruby said...

While we're on the subject, how about we continue to cut down on using plastic bags, and ban balloons. So much of our wildlife and sea animals end up dying cruel deaths because of ingested plastics.

Anonymous said...

riddall has as much credibility as wanking which we all know is SFA

Anonymous said...

Got it in one Ruby. All that noxious stuff floating out there does more damage than any indigenous hunting. And removing it from our lifestyles is simply a no-brainer. Would still support a total ban on any turtle and dugong hunting though.

Anonymous said...

Colwhocares has no credibility whatsoever and it still baffles and amazes me that anyone ever listened to him. I once saw him rather vilely verbally abuse Julia Leu at a public event. He's nothing but a bully. I bet his mum is proud of him....

Anonymous said...

Most the LNP are bully boys in this town Anon 09:34 so does not surprise me. They are pathetic little fools. The day will come when Liberal/LNP will have to decide if it is the stupid boys club or a party committed to democratic values remembers where the centre is.

Meanwhile anyone with a computer would have been able to ascertain that the main risk to dugong and turtle populations has been from western commercial and recreational activities. It was the usual cheap race card being played by the far right.

Anonymous said...

Did I see correctly in the paper yesterday that even with all the resources of DJARRAGUN COLLEGE only 3 out of 65 students finishing year 12 received a high school certificate. Surely not.

Miss Chief said...

King is afraid of the likes of Colin Riddell and Bryan Law. He would pee his pants if ever he was in confrontation with either of them. It is pretty funny that Riddell reckons the LNP is better at environmental policy. Just goes to show how delusional the man is. Law and Riddell have sewn themselves into a corner and are stuck with the LNP (and vice versa). They both turn a blind eye to LNP policies that they have both spoken out against in the past. Why? Too damn lazy I suppose. There is a saying 'when you lay down with dogs, you get fleas'.

Destiny Prophet said...

Was it Colinwhocares who followed Yodie Batzke round, dressed as a speared dugong, when she stood for public office, purely because she was indigenous?


Anonymous said...



Bryan Law and others are extremists, the line blurs between left/right when they hover round the lunatic fringes.