Redman hits at PGA chief
Lands Minister Terry Redman has vented his frustration over failed efforts to rewrite laws covering economic activity on millions of hectares of the State in a leaked letter to Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook.
The letter is set to inflame the increasingly personal war of words between Mr Redman and Mr Seabrook over shelved changes to the Land Administration Act.
In the letter, Mr Redman accuses Mr Seabrook of failing his members and misrepresenting the powers of the Pastoral Lands Board, a statutory body that would have been scrapped under his proposed reforms.
“Your misrepresentation of the PLB as a representative body with the power to protect individual pastoralists has been the hallmark of PGA’s lobbying and media commentary,” he said.
“By ensuring the PLB is retained, you have failed in your stated purpose of protecting pastoralists from an unsympathetic minister (in the future). Pastoralists now remain vulnerable to a minister who can appoint members of the PLB with no pastoral experience and who can do his or her bidding without reference to industry.”
Mr Redman alleges Mr Seabrook made public comments at odds with what he said in their private meetings on the issue.
“You have told me personally that if I retained the PLB the reform would be suitable to the PGA. This is in contrast to your public statements to the media that the Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016 is ‘a dangerous and badly formed piece of legislation’,” he said.
Mr Seabrook said there was a “small element of truth” in the claim but it related to negotiations that took place before Mr Redman added layers of complexity that turned his proposals into a potential disaster for the industry.
Mr Redman has conceded that he could not get his reform package on the Cabinet agenda.