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Island dingo story anger

Controversial photographer Jennifer Parkhurst will share her side of the dingo feeding debate on ABC TV.
Controversial photographer Jennifer Parkhurst will share her side of the dingo feeding debate on ABC TV. File

AUSTRALIANS have reacted with concern to national TV exposure this week of the Fraser Island dingo controversy.

Environment Minister Kate Jones said her Fraser Island dingo policies, criticised for threatening the animals with extinction, were based on “sound science and research” and said the ABC’s Australian Story broadcast had highlighted the need for island visitors to stick to the rules.

The program, which will be repeated over the weekend, featured Rainbow Beach photographer Jennifer Parkhurst, who was heavily fined, with suspended jail, for feeding dingoes she claims were starving as a result of government policies.

The program generated more than 100 internet responses to the ABC, all but two backing Ms Parkhurst, who also received hundreds of messages of support. Opposition representatives said the government’s dingo policies had failed, with the dingo facing extinction. Shadow Minister Jack Dempsey, island MP Ted Sorensen and Gympie MP David Gibson all said government policies were endangering the dingoes’ survival.

Gympie Times

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