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.