Miscommunication in Canberra

So the government has decided to do something about feral cats – but I think Greg Hunt has gotten himself confused.

Not those cats, but rather these Cats are the real problem this government faces.

It’s not mammals on the endangered species list but linos.

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47 Responses to Miscommunication in Canberra

  1. Molly Molloy

    What has linoleum ever done to Greg Hunt?

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    Lineoum was made by Scottish racists who foisted theories like Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and the enlightenment in general on the working classes! White people are also over-represented in Scotland.

  3. candy

    I disagree again.

    Me too, the government is obliged to listen to constituents’ concerns and react/redo policy.

    Gorgeous kitty pic. But feral cats are a terrible problem. People dump their cats whey they grow up a bit and not cute anymore. So cruel to dump pets, what kind of monster does that.

  4. Grigory M

    Well – I’m calling bullshit on that article’s photo. That clean, well groomed, well fed cat is domestic – definitely not a feral.

  5. Molly Molloy

    Mmm Looks like a cross-dressing Garfield.

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    Grigory

    I’ve shot at and in our hunting party killed a feral cat that went apeshit before it was finished off, how many .22 slugs it took after an initial hit with a 12 gague shotgun was alarming (the whole clip – five in all, four in the torso when it was still running around like mad in the dark trying to bite us and the last one in the head) and the size of the thing was astounding. The area we killed it on was where we also used to bag a lot of rabbits so I’d hazard a guess it was feeding itself better than the average feral cat.

  7. johno

    The taxpayer funded CSIRO is claiming that feral cats are killing 75 million animal per night!!!!!

    That’s 27 billion per year!!!!!!!

    That is just pure and utter B******T.

    Greg Hunt is too stupid to see BS or to gutless to call it.

    No wonder he is a warmerist.

  8. Percy

    Linos endangered?
    Their freakin everywhere.

  9. MemoryVault

    Some people never learn.
    Get rid of the feral cats and in ten years there won’t be any birds in Australia.
    And as for cats killing five animals a night – yeah, right.

  10. jupes

    Not those cats, but rather these Cats are the real problem this government faces.

    Yeah nah. I think it’s highly unlikely that any member of the government reads this blog and even if they do it’s obvious they couldn’t care less about the views of the people here.

    Being called rascist scares them a lot more than anything they get called here.

  11. jupes

    Get rid of the feral cats and in ten years there won’t be any birds in Australia.

    Que?

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    jupes
    #1330222, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm
    Not those cats, but rather these Cats are the real problem this government faces.

    Yeah nah. I think it’s highly unlikely that any member of the government reads this blog and even if they do it’s obvious they couldn’t care less about the views of the people here.

    Being called rascist scares them a lot more than anything they get called here.

    No. We know that they read the blog.

    Tough shit.

  13. Mmm Looks like a cross-dressing Garfield.

    Ra-ther.

    Our cat won’t wear clothes, thank God. The best we’ve ever done is to balance the little Mexican hat off the top of the tequila bottle on his dear old head for about 2 seconds, before he threw it off.

  14. Tel

    No. We know that they read the blog.

    And they know no one else does.

  15. Gab

    Do these feral cats attack possums becuase I got a few of them I’d like to get rid of.

  16. H B Bear

    Greg Hunt
    Greg Hunt
    Just another useless Liberal …

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    Tel
    #1330234, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm
    No. We know that they read the blog.

    And they know no one else does.

    …have you seen the blog stats? I guess not.

  18. Infidel Tiger

    I’d be very surprised if any members of the Liberal Party read the Cat. Of greater concern is that they have shunned Friedman, Hayek, Smith et al in favour of Fairfax and Keynes.

  19. Sinclair Davidson

    Do these feral cats attack possums because I got a few of them I’d like to get rid of.

    Yes. Today I got a rude letter from the local council because my dog licence hadn’t been renewed. They were carrying on about unlicensed animals and so on and checking up etc. Yet they have done absolutely nothing about the possum problem.

  20. Infidel Tiger

    If the possums had owners they could fine…

  21. Megan

    Do these feral cats attack possums becuase I got a few of them I’d like to get rid of.

    Sadly, we have both here on the Green Wedge Rim, and one does not prey on the other. Hard to pick which of them I detest more. At least we are Cane Toad free.

  22. Grigory M

    Yet they have done absolutely nothing about the possum problem.

    Could be worse, Sinc – you could be in New Zealand where they are less than happy about the possums introduced there from Australia a long, long time ago. Last I heard they were claiming the possums are killing off all their native trees.

  23. tomix

    Foxes keep the feral cat population down. The most they leave is the tail.

  24. MemoryVault

    Get rid of the feral cats and in ten years there won’t be any birds in Australia.
    Que?

    The reason we have cats in Australia is that they followed the rats off the ships.
    Your average domestic cat might – just might kill half a dozen birds in its lifetime.
    Domestic cats are lazy, and birds are hard to catch.
    Feral cats are even less likely to kill many birds, since the cats are almost exclusively nocturnal, and the birds which might be prey are nearly all daytime creatures.

    Not so with rats.
    A rat will happily climb a big tree and work its way through a hundred nests, breaking open each and every egg, and taking a sip or two out of each one. In this way a big rat can wipe out the entire breeding season of all the birds within a kilometre, in a week or two. I have no idea why they do this, but they do.

    The only true predator of feral European rats in Australia, are cats, especially feral cats.
    Even dingoes and snakes tend to give them a wide birth.

    Birds will actually fight over nesting spots around a farm house with cats.

  25. JC

    Yet they have done absolutely nothing about the possum problem.

    Rat poison. Works a treat.

  26. Sinclair Davidson

    Grigory M – indeed. They’re killing Mrs D’s plants too. The difference is that in New Zealand the locals can kill the possums. Here we can’t. As it turns out people have suggested various ways of actually killing the possums – but these ‘home-made’ techniques are cruel and I don’t want to do that.

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    Sodioum fluoroacetate (1080)

  28. Leo G

    Being called rascist scares them a lot more than anything they get called here.

    Even f’real Cats might make a meal of rascist- I hear- in the Bouillabaisse.

  29. Grigory M

    Sodioum fluoroacetate (1080)

    FFS, Dot – 1080 will kill off every kind of wildlife wherever you set it as bait. It’s used all over Australia for fox baiting – but, it has to be buried 10-12 inches in the ground to avoid killing the animals that you want to protect. The foxes will dig it up at that depth – the other animals won’t. And you won’t kill many cats with it anyway – they like their food fresh (preferably self killed) and, unless they are really desperately hungry, will mostly turn their noses up at already dead meat, baited or not.

  30. AP

    You aren’t even allowed to “re-home” possums. Nor are you allowed to cut down the tree they love to fornicate, shit and piss in, even if it overhangs your kitchen and your mealtimes are filled with the stench of stale possum piss.

    I finally ended up nailing these things everywhere (with limited success)

    http://www.pestawayaust.com.au/polycarb-spikes.html

    Thank christ it was a rented place.

  31. MT Isa Miner

    Grigory M

    #1330618, posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Sodioum fluoroacetate (1080)

    FFS, Dot – 1080 will kill off every kind of wildlife wherever you set it as bait. It’s used all over Australia for fox baiting – but, it has to be buried 10-12 inches in the ground to avoid killing the animals that you want to protect. The foxes will dig it up at that depth – the other animals won’t. And you won’t kill many cats with it anyway – they like their food fresh (preferably self killed) and, unless they are really desperately hungry, will mostly turn their noses up at already dead meat, baited or not.

    But I LIKE 1080, Grigory! And since Morrison stopped the boats my illegal supplies of DDT are getting low.

  32. CSIRO estimates there are 15 million feral cats in Australia, with each killing an average five animals a night.

    These numbers are hard to believe.
    Can any rural residents please confirm that there’s a plague of cats across the nation, laying waste to the other wildlife? Because I haven’t seen any evidence of this plague other than in CSIRO reports.

  33. john constantine

    dunno about a cat killing virus, too hard to sell the public, and keeping a vaccinated domestic population quarantined from a feral virus reservoir [with virus evolving to survive control measures] is problematic.

    going spotlighting for foxes during lambing season shows up disturbing numbers of cats reflective eyes per traversed mile.

    best strategy is indeed area denial through 1080 poison baits, the difference in feral cats seen per spotlight mile before and after a 1080 bait program is undeniable.

    add area denial through baiting [who can object to wise management of national/state parks/] to ending recruitment of feral populations by neutering the domestic breeding population, and problem hits its choke point.

    incentivise domestic owners to neuter their feline companions [mine neutered] , and enable livestock producers to make up their own cost effective 1080 baits, and the taxpayer has to do little of the lifting for this one.

    [and 1080 being an australian compound, has a far higher impact on introduced species than natives].

  34. Percy

    Can any rural residents please confirm that there’s a plague of cats across the nation, laying waste to the other wildlife?

    Foxes are a bigger problem by far around here (Central NSW). In fact. I’d go as far as saying that feral cat numbers have decreased over the last few years.

  35. Habib

    Fraidy cats are the biggest problem this country faces.

  36. Rabz

    CSIRO estimates there are 15 million feral cats in Australia, with each killing an average five animals a night.

    Yes, that’s a mere 82,125,000,000 animals per annum.

    And people wonder why I advocate that the CSIRO be shut down.

  37. Rabz

    Yes, that’s a mere 82,125,000,000 animals per annum.

    Oops!

    That’s only 27,375,000,000 animals per annum. :oops:

    The CSIRO must have its funding massively increased.

  38. Leo G

    CSIRO estimates there are 15 million feral cats in Australia, with each killing an average five animals a night.
    Yes, that’s a mere 82,125,000,000 animals per annum.
    And people wonder why I advocate that the CSIRO be shut down.

    I’ve seen many feral cats in remote areas over the years and they probably impact on the numbers of other smaller animals, particularly reptiles. But 15 million? The Corner Country Area supports feral cat territory of areas of about 10 square km per cat. Arnhem Land can apparently support territories as small as 6 square km per cat.

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    Grigory

    How many animals other than possums and rodents get in your “crawl space”?

  40. john constantine

    abc victoria rural radio country hour is warning that controlling fox numbers will lead to a plague of hares.

    the greens will never stop pushing for australia to reintroduce dingos, the way they push to reintroduce wolves in america.

  41. Senile Old Guy

    the greens will never stop pushing for australia to reintroduce dingos, the way they push to reintroduce wolves in america.

    WTF? Why would you need to reintroduce an animal that is still here?

  42. Percy

    warning that controlling fox numbers will lead to a plague of hares.

    FMD

  43. Percy

    Why would you need to reintroduce an animal that is still here?

    I’ve a feeling they’re a little confused as to whether dingos are actually native or not.

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