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Tony Abbott supports shark cull in NSW

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott supports a shark cull in northern NSW.

It follows the mauling of a teen surfer at Ballina on Monday morning.

Mr Abbott, a surfer himself, told Neil Mitchell he didn’t understand why more wasn’t being done to protect people in the water.

‘Beaches in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, since the 1940s, have been protected by mesh,’ he explained on 3AW Mornings.

‘If it’s good enough for Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong – for the life of me I don’t know why it’s not good enough for the north coast of NSW.

‘I don’t know why we don’t haven’t got a commercial shark fishery up there.

‘Because, frankly, if it’s a choice between people and animals – I’m on the side of the people every time.’

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