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Friday, June 10, 2005

Cattle and the High Country

The way this story is being reported shows (a) conservative parties concerned with the individual rights while (b) the Government taking the action seems ham-fisted and only concerned about legislative authority.

I don't know whether closing the Alpine high country National Park to grazing is a good thing or not. But if it is doing damage, claiming a heritage right to graze cattle is no justification. It just says "we have been damaging highland pasture for a long time and we have a right to continue".

Whatever the outcome, the cattlemen from the high country know how to make a point.

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