February 21st 2009


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CINEMA: The Wrestler grapples with life's big problems

CHINA: Chinese unrest in face of massive job losses

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Can Rudd save Australia from the global slump?

CULTURE: The other side of the ledger

OBITUARY: Fred Schwarz, Cold Warrior, friend of Ronald Reagan

UNITED STATES: Supreme Court contributed to global financial crisis

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Parenting not something to outsource / Diversity fanatics threaten charities

Anti-rural campaign (letter)

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Coalition differences over Rudd stimulus

Deregulation of wheat (letter)

LABOUR AND JUSTICE: The worker in Catholic social teaching, by Gavan Duffy

NATIONAL SECURITY: Secret Saudi funding of Australian institutions

ENERGY: How Australia can become fuel self-sufficient

TERRORISM: The two faces of Eve - nature, nurture or Islam?

EDUCATION: Non-government schools give parents better value

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Obstacles on the road to economic recovery

Bushfires blamed on global warming (letter)

BOOKS: BYE-BYE DOLLY GRAY, by Antony O'Brien

EDITORIAL: Bushfires: when will we ever learn?

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Anti-rural campaign (letter)


by Rowan Shann

News Weekly, February 21, 2009
Sir,

For 10 years, fruit-growers in the Darling Downs region of Queensland and further north have battled against almost continuous drought to produce healthy, home-grown fresh food for our people.

Now they are forbidden to shoot flying foxes, which do enormous damage and are in plague numbers at present. They are about to be forbidden to shoot destructive lorikeets - it's "inhumane".

No mention of inhumanity to people who spend their lives supplying the food we need.

We are threatened with the importation of apples from fireblight-afflicted New Zealand, and from China - with a multitude of disease risks.

Protocols are in place, managed by those whose vigilance failed to stop equine influenza, citrus canker and fire ants, to name just a few immediate examples.

Graziers with sheep have additional problems to cope with. It isn't just fruit-growers.

I see it as part of an insidious campaign to gradually destroy our rural industries. And I wonder whether the decision-making positions have fallen into the hands of anarchists or those sympathetic to anarchists.

I suppose their comfortable air-conditioned office view is that, in the long-run, we can always import milk from China...

(Mrs) Rowan Shann,
Warwick, Qld




























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