the north face kids Is a person torn to pieces by a crocodile every three months in north Queensland
Long term figures from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection show a rate of one fatal crocodile attack every three years from 1985 to now.
These figures accord with data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which is only available to 2016.
The department’s data shows fatal crocodile attacks in Queensland have increased in recent years, but not to the rate Mr Katter claims.
In the past 10 years there were six deaths, a rate of one every 20 months. There was one death per year in the past three years.
And even if Mr Katter was only considering very recent deaths in making his claim, the two most recent fatal attacks occurred in March and October of this year, seven months apart.
Crocodiles in AustraliaFact Check considers the phrase “torn to pieces” to mean a person has died.
Australia is home to two species of crocodile the freshwater crocodile and the saltwater crocodile, also known as the estuarine crocodile.
Management of human crocodile conflict has largely been focused on education and awareness programs such as Crocwise, which is implemented across the north of Australia.
In a statement sent to Fact Check, a spokesperson for the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said freshwater crocodiles posed considerably less risk to humans than estuarine crocodiles.
“There is no known case in Queensland of any person being killed by a freshwater crocodile,” the spokesperson said.
Accordingly, Fact Check has assessed Mr Katter’s claim in relation to attacks on humans by estuarine crocodiles.
Mr Katter’s party, the Katter’s Australian Party, supports greater controls over crocodiles, and introduced legislation into the Queensland Parliament in May 2017.
The then member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth, said the Safer Waterways Bill aimed “to eliminate from our waterways all crocodiles that pose a threat to human life while protecting crocodiles from becoming endangered as a species”.
Mr Katter’s recent claim means he has revised a in Federal Parliament that crocodiles in north Queensland were killing almost one person a year.
We asked what you thought of Mr Katter’s claim that a person is “torn to pieces” every three months by a crocodile in north Queensland.
Dying from a crocodile attackAdam Britton, a senior research associate at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, told Fact Check there were certain circumstances where the cause of death in a suspected crocodile attack may be ambiguous.
“Sometimes you can’t be certain about how a person has died, and it’s necessary to make assumptions,” Dr Britton said.
“There are certain things a coroner can look for, like the amount of tearing of the skin or whether the water in a person’s lungs is clear and from the surface of the water, or murky and from the bottom, which would imply they have been dragged down.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Queensland Coroner’s Court told Fact Check a death by crocodile attack would be categorised as “violent or unnatural” a category which includes drowning and water related deaths.
The spokesperson also specified that a medical cause of death includes two parts the disease or condition leading directly to death, and then any other significant conditions which contribute to the fatal outcome.
In the case of a crocodile attack, the first part of a medical cause of death may be drowning, while the second part may include crocodile attack.
The basis for the claimWhen asked to provide evidence supporting his claim, Mr Katter’s office sent Fact Check a list of recent crocodile attacks in Australia.
The list was derived from an article from AAP, which did not include sources for its data. On the list supplied to Fact Check, one recent attack appears to have been added by Mr Katter’s staff.