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May 22, 2022

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Further to my correspondence to Clive Palmer about his contributing to the care of just some of the wildlife being injured by bulldozers raping their environment, it has been announced that he is now a ‘National Treasure’.

We cannot keep up with the amount of koalas and kangaroos being hit by cars while trying to escape machinery knocking their homes down. To witness a mother koala’s body unrecognisable on a highway, with her little baby 300 metres away with arms missing, is something one cannot erase from their mind. To have to call police to shoot a 92kg male roo who would have been the proud leader of his mob, after his tail and leg have been crushed by cars that didn’t stop is not something we want to experience.

Unfortunately, we are the ones that are witness to some of the worst traits of human beings with the precious animals that do survive being cared for around the clock at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (80+ koalas at any given time).

Billionaire Palmer is currently enjoying his prime time media spots as our ‘National Treasure’; meanwhile we are trying not to lose all hope for our wildlife after he publicly announces his excitement in turning the Sunshine Coast into the next Gold Coast to encourage Asian tourists. His refusal to throw some money our way is an indictment of the attitude of mainstream society and government today in that animals just don’t matter. Money is god and society has become whores to this all powerful Jah.

Our ‘National Treasure’ Steve Irwin would be looking down shaking his head in disgust and shame.

Jaylene Musgrave, Sunshine Coast

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