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THIS week on our Face­book page, we shared an ar­ti­cle about a cattle farmer’s des­per­ate plea to the Supreme Court af­ter he was or­dered to pay $112,468 in fines for feed­ing his cattle.

Here’s what you had to say: SAN­DRA DEE: Law is law ev­ery­one has to abide or pay the con­se­quences even though I be­lieve peo­ple should be able to do what they want to with their land.

LINDY RANDLE: This is a dis­grace on the gov­ern­ment or coun­cil do­ing this to a strug­gling farmer and his fam­ily. He is only try­ing to look out for his cattle which are starv­ing.

SHAUN DOR­NEY: Un­be­liev­able bu­reau­cracy. Push­ing mulga has been a main­stay of re­new­able farms for cen­turies. KARAN HIBBS: Al­ways beats me how it’s okay to clear land for res­i­den­tial ar­eas, in­dus­trial es­tates and new roads but farm­ers can’t do with their land what it is meant for – to put food on our ta­bles. When will they learn that farm­ers/ gra­ziers don’t want to wreck their land ei­ther – they use pro­cesses to man­age the land. They’re not the rea­son we’re in drought but they’re try­ing to feed a coun­try de­spite a drought.

JOHN NI­CHOL­SON: Th­ese de­ci­sion-mak­ers must hang their heads in shame. The stupid jus­tice sys­tem is not worth a cracker if it can do this to a hard-work­ing gra­zier who is bat­tling drought and also ar­ro­gant politi­cians and their cronies. Shame on all of them.

This week, we also shared an opin­ion piece by jour­nal­ist James Liveris on preda­tors and drug deal­ers get­ting less time than a bat­tling gra­zier.


Charlevill­e gra­zier Dan Mc­Don­ald (right) with Fed­eral Mem­ber for Kennedy Bob Kat­ter, out­side the District Court in Brisbane. Mr Mc­Don­ald tried to over­turn his crim­i­nal con­vic­tion for cut­ting down trees on his drought-hit prop­erty so he could feed starv­ing cattle.

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