Night Parrot Killed by Feral Cat

To: Greg Roberts <>
Subject: Night Parrot Killed by Feral Cat
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:30:31 +1100

There will be the usual Government process, where there will be hand wringing 
and a series of procrastinatory investigations, in the hope that the Night 
Parrot will become extinct, and so nothing more can be done.

Unfortunately there are not many votes to lost or gained from the Night Parrot, 
no money to be made from it, so it is doubtful that there will be any useful 
action by Governments, State or Federal. Much more important things to deal 
with, such as attracting mining or similar industries.

Carl Clifford

> On 18 Feb 2015, at 8:28 am, Greg Roberts <> wrote:
> News of this incident has been picked up by the wider media:
> I make the point in this article that the issue at hand is more
> immediate than the wider issue of the need to control feral cat
> populations. We do not know if this species is more widespread than is
> presently known or if John Young's south-west Queensland population is
> tiny, remnant and isolated. John undoubtedly has the interests of the
> parrots at heart and is working hard to protect the birds. It is time,
> however, for the Queensland Government, possibly with assistance from
> Canberra, to intervene and take charge of the situation. The parrots
> belong to no individual. We know that feral cats are killing Night
> Parrots in what could be a threatened remnant population. It is simply
> not good enough that the problem is left in the hands of individuals
> and private companies to deal with.  Government authorities have
> legal responsibilities to act and they need to do so, now.
> Greg Roberts
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