Alistair Raddon, 28, from Southampton and Danny Meggs, 22, from Plymouth were both attacked. Mr Raddon had his right foot amputated and Mr Meggs suffered bites to his right calf, with both remaining in hospital. Mr Katter, MP for Kennedy which covers almost a quarter of million square miles in northern Queensland, told The Times: “We have a right to live, we have a right to defend ourselves and more importantly our children, our loved ones, from some of the most terrible deaths that are perpetrated on human beings — being ripped to pieces by a shark or a crocodile.”
The two victims are believed to have been attacked by a bronzer whaler shark at the northern edge of the Hook Passage, which is outside of Queensland’s shark control programme.
Along parts of the Queensland coast, there are are drum lines which can often kill sharks.
In the neighbouring state of New South Wales and in Western Australia, authorities uses smart lines which see drum lines dropped daily with a baited hook to attract sharks.
Once hooked, a magnetic trigger alerts authorities.
A Great White Shark in South Africa (Image: GETTY)
Bob Katter has called for harsher shark control (Image: GETTY)
An anchored buoy keeps the shark in place until it can be moved.
Mr Katter is the leader of Katter’s Australian Party, named after himself, but was previously a member of the National Party and an independent.
The party had hoped to be called the Australian Party but the Australian Electoral Commission adjudged the name to be too generic and likely to casue confusion.
He insists he was committed to