Responsibility for Night Parrot conservation

To: 'Graeme Chapman' <>, "" <>
Subject: Responsibility for Night Parrot conservation
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:02:56 +1100
The debate here seems to be about who is the best party to research these birds 
- John or the government. Why does releasing information to the government 
preclude John from continuing his work? They can both be working on it, and the 
government, at worst (hopefully), would do nothing and the birds wouldn't be 
any worse off.

Or, if the private sector is the best to work on this, release the information 
to others in the private sector. If the location is to be kept secret, just 
release recordings of the call so others can try to locate more populations.

Peter Shute 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Graeme Chapman  
> Sent: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:22 PM
> To: 
> Cc: 
> Subject: Responsibility for Night Parrot conservation
> Hello Shirley,
> From your comments it's clear where you stand on this issue.
> I'd just like to comment on your last paragraph.
> "The conservation of the Night Parrot is, in the present 
> case, the responsibility of the Queensland Wildlife 
> authorities ...."     - agreed, however it's your "for better 
> or worse" that worries me, particularly the "worse"'.  Just 
> "allow them to get on with it" is not good enough. Would they?
> First of all do Qld National Parks and Wildlife currently 
> employ anyone who knows anything about Night Parrots? I doubt 
> it, but perhaps someone from Moggil might care to comment, 
> that is if there is actually anybody left there.
> Would they actually employ people, not just a leader but a 
> proper research group? No! Because they haven't got the 
> money. It would cost millions. Could they even find anyone of 
> the calibre, dedication and field expertise of John? I doubt it.
> In recent years governments of all persuasions ( except 
> perhaps in W.A.) are bashing the environment, because they can.
> As far as the lawyers and accountants that run this world are 
> concerned the Night Parrot might just as well be another 
> "jumped-up Corella"!
> Maybe we should all put our money where our mouth is and 
> support private enterprise - like AWC and Bush Heritage - 
> Governments are all too busy with the increase in human 
> population and funding the necessary infrastructure such as 
> boring tunnels under our major cities.
> And you wonder where all the money goes these days.
> Yours 
> A disillusioned senior citizen.
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