Anti-rural campaign (letter)by Rowan ShannNews Weekly
, February 21, 2009
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,