The Herald Sun today reports that a heartless and cruel senior Victorian Socialist Left minister has disrespected and ignored primary school students who’ve been campaigning to save some outer suburban kangaroos.
Gavin Jennings has ben condemned by the newspaper and the kids as the “Mean Minister” for ignoring dozens of letters from the class, no doubt whipped into an excitable anti-development frenzy by a young lefty teacher who could herself possibly one day join the ALP, join Gavin’s faction and replace him. Or perhaps join the Greens Party and replace Greg Barber MBA.
Jen Kelly’s excellent story isn’t online so we’ll reproduce it here:
PEEVED Grade 2 primary school pupils have dubbed Gavin Jennings the “Mean Minister” for failing to save a mob of kangaroos trapped by urban sprawl.
Meadowglen Primary School students are hopping mad that the Environment Minister has ignored their pleas to relocate the rapidly dwindling numbers of distressed animals.
The students’ letters, spelling out their distress at the plight of the animals, have so far gone unanswered.
The Grade 2 class of mostly eight-year-olds continues to be confronted almost daily by the sight of dead or dying kangaroos hit by cars or mauled by dogs.
The once-large mob has become effectively hemmed in at its long-standing home range by rapidly encroaching development around Epping in Melbourne’s north.
Teacher Karin Geradts said her pupils had had enough and wanted ministerial action.
“The kids are upset, distressed and angry,” Ms Geradts said.
“They are distressed about the plight of the roos and they are angry and indignant both Environment Minister Jennings and the City of Whittlesea have refused to respond to their letters sent more than six weeks ago.”
They put pen to paper again this week, angry their original missives were ignored.
Grade 2 pupil Chloe Jordan, 8, is the face of the kids’ kangaroo campaign.
She wrote to Mr Jennings: “I beleve (sic) that you havent (sic) got back to me about the kangaroos . . .
“The kangaroos are still stranded! Imagine if you were stranded. They are going to DIE. Catch them carefully and tack (sic) them to a safer place please.”
Ms Geradts said most locals were sympathetic to the animals’ plight.
“The most obvious option is to relocate them to a safer place. Leaving them there is leaving them to be run over and mauled by dogs or until they run out of feed.”
With wildlife volunteers thin on the ground, local police have increasingly been called to euthanise injured roos.
Ms Geradts said a letter from Whittlesea Council claimed to have attempted to relocate the animals unsuccessfully.
“But it was a very poor attempt and that’s why it failed,” she said.
“They moved a few roos a kilometre away and naturally, as part of their large home range, they simply returned.
“Now they have said they’ll leave them in situ and help them by reducing local speed limits.
“But in the not too distant future, the last tract of land left for the animals is going to be developed as a cinema. They will have no future but almost certain death.”