The "editor" is one Julian Tomlinson - who's only
So Tomlinson this week goes on the warpath against the regulation of the offshore fishing - despite the fact that these reasonable regulations have been supported by ALP, LNP, and Green parties in various forms.
In fact fishing take in North Queensland is not much different than 20 years ago. Fewer fishing boats to be sure, but the industry was not sustainable with all the small boats that existed then. Changes to the fishing rules have meant better, sustainable businesses for the lesser number of fishos.
One of the biggest changes that Tomlinson ignores is the decision by many Australian fishers to export the live catch to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and China. This live fish export business didn't exist 20 years ago and the fishos can command far higher prices from these markets then they can sell to us.
The local fish have disappeared from the markets because we won't pay that much. If a Trumpian solution were imposed (taxing the fishos 30% on the export of Australian fish), we'd see them back in the shops quick smart.
In the Tomlinson telling of the story however, he tells
It's a fucking lie. A real journalist would know he couldn't slip this one past the goalie.
It's true, Thailand exports vast amounts of seafood. FARMED seafood. For the Thais, you see, have actually made INVESTMENTS in this primary industry, in order to feed their people and, yes, brain-dead Australians. WE let our fishos get fat and greedy by exporting our wild caught fish, and we all get to buy "frozen and defrosted" farmed fish - usually by Thailand - at prices we're apparently prepared to pay. Even the Jonsson's Farm Market is filled with farmed and imported seafood.
Who's the stupid ones here? Get a mirror - it's us.
In fact, the live export of OUR fish to ELSEWHERE has Fishpac, a Victorian company, supplies the cargo flights on Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, and Qantas that is killing the fresh seafood business for Australian families. Note the Fishpac brochure is available in English, and conveniently, in Chinese. Wonder why?
Exporting raw materials is one thing. Exporting our high-quality FOOD so that WE are only offered much lower quality food to replace it, is just wrong.
The fishos have long used the Minister for Blogs, Warren Entsch, to protect the lucrative live fish export business for a few unAustralian fishos. With big money to be pocketed, Entsch has supported the cutback in fishing boats while making sure lucrative "get out of the business" compensation is paid to his friends. What has Entsch done to protect the average Cairns battler from the insurance gouge, the petrol gouge, the deteriorating road network, the investment in infrastructure so vital to Cairns' growth?
Nothing. You can't make this shit up!
The Tomlinson editorial smacks of local LNP protection of the Crooked Entsch. Tax incentives and some government startup funds could see Australia establish "world-class" sustainable fish farming. A 30% or 40% tax on live fish exports would put a stop to a few fishos getting rich on the backs of the Australian consumer.
What will Crooked Warren do? What he always does - NOT A DAMN THING!