Deadly expectations deepen

Around 20 months ago a grazier in relatively harsh country, well outside Goyder’s Line, expressed his deep fear of the significance of government policies, both state and federal, toward rural industries. Nothing has occurred to suggest any error of perception on his part. Others, too, have remarked with great seriousness how government seems determined to destroy viable industries, not least horticulture. Now, the carbon tax, which has little if any public support, threatens the livelihoods of his cereal farmers.

Cattle breeders seem likely to fare little better. Surely one needs more reliable source than the ABC to make decisions regarding export industries. It may be that a number of Indonesian abattoirs are indeed extremely badly managed. But that an entire industry should shut down on the basis of one TV programme. Nonsense.

For Independents and Greens MPs and Senators publicity is all that matters for their own survival at the public trough. Ignorable. We shall see with what integrity the Minister and his department can investigate the matter. Hmm.



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