Legless legislation

Striped legless lizard. Photo: Brett Howland

The plants and animals of Australia may consider themselves lucky, as they are legally protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. But as I have found out, sometimes triggering this Act does little more than generate paper work.

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Should we manage kangaroo numbers in the ACT?

Eastern grey kangaroo. Photo: Brett Howland

“To compare it to any European animal would be impossible” Joseph Banks describing a kangaroo in 1788.

Much allure and myth exist about one of the worlds most unique animals, the kangaroo. There is not one, but 47 different species of kangaroo ranging from the size of a small dog, to the massive 85kg red kangaroo. In the Australia Capital Territory, four species of kangaroo and wallaby exist, the swamp wallaby, the red-neck wallaby, the common wallaroo and the eastern grey kangaroo. The eastern grey kangaroo is by far the most numerous and attracts a significant amount of attention and controversy over its management.

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What’s the point of science if no one listens?

Photo by David Cook

A while ago one of my colleagues raised the question whether we should be ‘outcome’ or ‘output’ driven in our research. I took these comments as referring to our focus on publishing articles, over research leading to changes in management. This got me thinking about a situation two years ago.

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