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TAS Country : February 24th 2011
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 25, 2011 YOUR SAY firstname.lastname@example.org Feed the people not corporations CONGRATULATIONS Jan Davis for your excellent article (TFGA Matters, Feb 18) and for writing it with the passion it deserves. The points you raise should make us all angry and you were right to openly criticise Saul Eslake. The economic rationalist agenda has its roots in an idea that is showing it to be downright inhuman and bellies common sense. Once the people's ability to feed themselves is destroyed by the tactics Jan describes (and there are many others), the outcome, in the event of the ships/planes being unable to bring in the food, will be immense suffering and possible starvation. We have to demand that our government stops serving the non- human entities that are the corporations, and returns to serving real living humans. If the State Government is powerless to do this because of federal treaties signed with global organisations, then we need to be told so that we ourselves can work out what we need to do to ensure our families can survive a crisis. Corporations are able to exercise the power and influence over governments because legislation has given them the same rights as a living human being (except to get married!), but with none of the responsibilities. Their only mandate under commercial law is to make a profit. Social, environmental and human issues are not their concern. Neither is the fact that millions of people are starving due to their pursuit of profit. This is a fight none of us started, but by golly we owe it to ourselves and future generations to make sure that we finish it in a manner that preserves our ability to feed ourselves. Failure to do this will mean the end of civilization as we know it. SUSAN CROWLEY Sunnyside Time to tackle vicious dog attacks It is incumbent on all affected farmers and concerned ratepayers to provide input into the review process' I APPLAUD the initiative shown by Councillor Alex Green to invite public submissions regarding the Southern Midlands Council's dog management policy. Although a review was not due until 2014, scrutiny of an existing core policy not to prosecute dog owners unless the victim requests the council to do so, is clearly a convenient, soft opt out option. Questions that ensue include: Is it appropriate for the victim to address the offending by private civil action? What is the effect of no prosecutions on compensation and reparation? What is the impact of the council's ''no prosecutions policy'' on ratepayer confidence in its elected members? The cycle of violence and malicious dog attacks including two incidents on Coal River properties, as reported in Tasmanian Country (August 19, 2010) and The Sunday Tasmanian (Novem- ber 21, 2010), continues unabated. Since June 2010, the deaths and maimed sheep tally is more than 100. I am sure that many readers across Tasmania would have their own hor- ror story to tell. Allowing non-elected dog owners and their dangerous dogs to continue dictating policy in rural areas, to traumatise stock and farmers, is just not democratic. It's untenable, as many graziers, during many years, have been put out of business. Is the current policy of no pros- ecutions consistent with your expec- tations and that of the wider munici- pality? Let your elected councillors know about your losses. Make council- lors face up to and understand the trauma that these malicious dog at- tacks have had on you and your family. Yes, it is incumbent on all affected farmers and concerned ratepayers to provide input into the review process on delivering affective dog control enforcement, improved safety, deter- rence and lasting outcomes. If you would like further information please contact the Coal River Action Group on 0488 604 222 or email danby- email@example.com. MICHAEL B BENDOR Danby, Tasmania Forests in very best of hands CONGRATULATIONS on your Farm Forestry Feature (18/02/2011). I was pleased to see that, contrary to the doom and gloom publicly portrayed as pervading the forest industry, native forests on private land are sustainably managed and opportunities exist for landholders to integrate plantations into farms. The O'Connor family manages their native forests for the benefit of their family and the community. We all share in the biodiversity and environmental benefits and often em- ployment is created. I was privileged to attend the public field day conducted by SFM Forest Products to see how selective harvesting, burning and re- generation is essential to maintain the environmental integrity and pro- ductive capacity of these forests. There is no doubt that these forest are in good hands. ARTHUR LYONS Ministers mix the message on foxes IN June 2002, the then primary indus- tries minister David Llewellyn told Tasmanians foxes were in the state after a plot was uncovered to import several litters of fox cubs and secretly rear them then have them released at Campania, Oatlands, St Helens and Longford (Mercury June 5, 2002). On September 1, 2010, a new primary industries minister, David O'Byrne, wrote to Dr Clive Marks (a fox ecol- ogist) that that particular line of inquiry had not been the basis for his department's belief that foxes are pres- ent in Tasmania, nor had his depart- ment formed any conclusions about how any or all of the foxes currently known (and unknown) to be present in the state, got here. Mr O'Byrne told Dr Marks there was a documented history of foxes being introduced into Tasmania going back to the 19th century -- by hunters, zoos and other groups. It is common sense to assume that there were numerous cases of foxes being brought to Tasmania during the past 100-plus years about which we know nothing. As recently as January 14, 2011, the general manager in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment responsible for Tas- mania's fox program said Tasmania still has a low-density fox population. According to the Fox Eradication Program's DNA tests on carnivore faeces collected in Tasmania, foxes are at large from Boat Harbour to Glad- stone and from Burnie to Bruny Island. DAVID OBENDORF West Hobart Weather puts income at risk THE Tasmanian Liberals welcome the TFGA's decision last week to back our call to offer a deferred-payment model to farmers affected by the severe weather and flooding, a call that has been met by deaf ears from Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green. With final payments on a number of irrigation schemes due within the next six months, if the Government fails to deliver again, it is likely that farmers will have no choice but to default on payments. The Government must look at a deferred-payment model, staggered payment or even assistance in the form of loans to allow farmers to meet their payments. Bryan Green needs to realise some farmers' livelihoods are on the line. 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