Red Goshawks caught and netted during nesting season

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Subject: Red Goshawks caught and netted during nesting season
From: Greg Roberts <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:17:03 +1000
A moment to respond to some comments about this thread relating to this story:

Angus says I am wrong to claim that the Queensland Government has handed over responsibility for the project to Rio Tinto. He might wish to explain this Queensland Environment and Science Department comment to me: "...this project is funded and led by Rio Tinto. All questions can be directed to them."

Yes, the results of research need not be immediately available, but basic information should reasonably be expected to be made public. For instance, how many birds have been caught or will be caught, or have died or are missing?  The Department of Environment and Science won't say. Rio Tinto won't say. 

As for animal ethics approval, it seems this is freely granted. It was given, for instance, for the netting and tagging of a Night Parrot in Western Australia last year; that critically endangered bird and its mate promptly disappeared.  

David says there are more important issues to be concerned about. Indeed. Like the fact that Rio Tinto is strip-mining tens of thousands of hectares of potential Red Goshawk habitat on Cape York.

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