I must say I have had a gutsfull of these farmers who reckon they
have a divine right to rape and pillage the land kill millions of animals in
the process and cause all sorts of problems to salinity and water quality.
These guys think they have a god given right to farm and carry on in the old
ways with no thought as to how anyone else will be affected.
Sure the terms of trade for farmers are not good but if they can't
make a living from the land without totally destroying it then they should
just leave it. Globalisation is tough and I certainly didn't vote for it
but we are all stuck with it like it or not. Most urban people have had to
do it tough too with restructuring, redundencies, failed businesses etc. but
we've had to pick ourselves up and move on. I suggest some farmers should
accept the inevitable and leave the land rather than destroying it.
Other countries find it incomprehensible that land clearing is
happening on such a grand scale here and to think we used to look down on
countries that were destroying the forests in the Amazon and south east Asia
and now we are surpassing them!
I have made my feelings clear on this to the politicians but
rather than wait for that mob of gutless wonders to act I have decided that
henceforth I SHALL BOYCOT T ALL AUSTRALIAN BEEF . I call on anyone
who feels the same way to do likewise .
>They CHOOSE to farm. When I have children, I will teach them very early on
>that other people aren't going to wipe their backside for them.
>There are plenty of solutions to land clearing, but it requires upsetting
>peoples' comfort zones.
>Problem is that alot of farmers manipulate the Government via their own
>union, the National Party.
>Uroo, Nigel Sterpin
>From: Jill Dening <>
>To: <>; Birding-aus
>Date: Wednesday, 24 November 1999 17:10
>Subject: Re: birding-aus Land Clearing QLD
>>> Hi All,
>>>I watched with much disdain and utter disgust, 60 Minutes on Sunday night
>>>rapid and extensive land clearance in QLD. It becomes abundantly obvious
>>>to me that getting through to farmers and bureaucrats is to some extent
>>On this subject, I was speechless recently when I was having a phone
>>conversation with a friend on the land, and mentioned a newspaper article
>>on the subject of current clearing rates in Qld. She rapidly went into
>>defence mode, and replied, "What are we expected to do, we're all broke,
>>need the land, and besides, we're only clearing regrowth."
>>I claim no expertise on this subject, but, like many of us, I am upset
>>about the rate of tree clearing in our state of Queensland. The unspoken
>>question on the tip of my tongue was, "Regrowth of what, exactly?"
>>Apparently regrowth has no status or value. Or future.
>>But it seems as though if they keep up all this clearing, they will all
>>stay broke, because the land will eventually fail them.
>>My heart goes out to the farmers, who are in siege mentality. We sit at
>>cosy computers and criticise them from our positions of financial
>>I don't think that is really helpful. There must be a better way.
>>Sunshine Coast, Qld
>>26º 51' 152º 56'
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