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Gun-toting kids should hunt pesky cane toads, says maverick Aussie politician

Queensland MP Bob Katter wants children to become cane toad bounty hunters, armed with low-powered air rifles in the hunt for pocket money.

Under Mr Katter's $A2 million plan, young people would collect 40 cents for every toad they kill in a bid to save the environment from the introduced pest.

"It'll give a bit of fun for our kids and a bit of pocket money for them as well," the crossbench MP told reporters in Townsville on Thursday.

Asked whether it was appropriate for children to be using air rifles, Mr Katter stressed the weapons would be low power before breaking out in laughter.

"Some of my friends have tried to hurt people but that's not going to happen - they're pretty harmless," he said.

He believes his solution will teach young people the value of earning money by improving the environment.

"Up close it's just squeeze the trigger - end of story," Mr Katter said.

"That's simple instead of running around with golf clubs and spades, plastic bags and suffocating and pouring stuff on them - it's just not working."

Mr Katter has significantly upped the ante on Pauline Hanson's call for a 10c toad bounty, a day after the One Nation leader revealed her three-month plan to punish pests.

But the Queensland politicians' competing cash-for-cane-toad schemes could struggle to get off the ground with state and federal governments unlikely to hop on board.

Cane toads have had a huge impact on native animals since being introduced from Hawaii in 1935 in a failed bid to eradicate beetles infesting sugar cane and spreading across most of northern Australia.

SYDNEY, NSW - AUGUST 09:  A Cane Toad is exhibited at Taronga Zoo August 9, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. The Cane Toad, which is poisonous, is reportedly being blamed for the deaths of a number of Australia's most dangerous predator, the Salt Water Crocodile. A three-metre long crocodile was found dead by a local crocodile tour operator last week in the Adelaide River, with the tourism operator suspecting the reptile had been poisoned after eating a toad. The director of Wildlife Management International, Graeme Webb, says he suspects that up to "20 to 30 per cent" of fresh water crocodiles will be lost to cane toads in this way.    (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
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