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THIS PROTEST IS NOT ONLY ABOUT THE SHARKS. IT IS A PROTEST AIMED SQUARELY AT PREMIER COLIN BARNETT AND HIS GOVERNMENT FOR OTHER REASONS. THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING MANY DISGRUNTLED LIBERAL SUPPORTERS, ARE ABSOLUTELY FED UP WITH THE PREMIER'S ARROGANT STYLE OF GOVERNMENT, THE BROKEN ELECTION PROMISES AND THE ONGOING MISMANAGEMENT OF SPENDING PRIORITIES. THE PREMIERS ARROGANT KNEE JERK REACTION WITH HIS RIDICULOUS PLAN TO STOP THE SHARKS HAS, WITH STIRRING PUBLICITY, PROVIDED A CONVENIENT PLOY FOR THE RENTACROWDS AND OTHERS WITH MORE THAN THE SHARK ON THEIR MINDS TO TAKE A HIT AT THE PREMIER. THE MEDIA ARE OBVIOUSLY DELIGHTED TO BE STIRRING AND REPORTING THE DAILY INCIDENTS TO KEEP THE PROTEST BUBBLING ALONG. SOME MAY ARGUE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO TAKE SOME ACTION TO PREVENT FURTER SHARK ATTACKS AND I TEND TO AGREE WITH THAT. I PERSONALLY CONSIDER WE SHOULD DO NO MORE THAN TAKE THE GWS OFF THE ENDANGERED LIST FOR A PERIOD OF SAY TWELVE TO TWENTY FOUR MONTHS SO THAT THE GWS NUMBERS MIGHT BE CONTAINED WITH INCREASED FISHING TAKEOUT. AT THE END OF THAT PERIOD OR AT INTERVALS THAT PROGRAM CAN BE REVIEWED. MORE RESEARCH IS DEFINITELY NEEDED AND OTHER MEANS OF CONTROL AND SAFETY MEASURES NEED TO BE CONSIDERED IF WE ARE TO ACT AT ALL. WE SHOULD KEEP INTERFERENCE WITH NATURE TO A MINIMUM. THERE IS A NATURAL ORDER FOR EXISTENCE IN THE OCEAN. THE GWS IS AS MUCH A PART OF THAT ORDER AS IS THE PLANKTON. SO LEAVE THE SHARKS ALONE BUT FORGET ABOUT JOINING THE PROTEST WHERE THE AGENDA REALLY ISNT ALL ABOUT THE SHARK.