Twelve concerned farmers from Southern Tasmania have banded together to start fighting back against the government’s attacks on their property rights. One of the group’s members, Lindsay Wright, was recently interviewed on ABC Rural:
Sally Dakis: And what are your concerns? And I guess that’s a very big question, but number one?
Lindsay Wright: Number one is probably that our property title rights have been eroded over the years – probably the last 20-30 years – to such an extent that everything we try and do now on our farms – we have to fill in forms, we have to get authority from someone in town who’s done a university degree that really has no idea how we run our farms and we are quite upset by all this. The fact that we are just farmers and we’ve run our farms for generations and we’ve run them well, and in the last 20 or 30 years, particularly the environmental movement has become so strong, and they’ve got the high moral ground, and we’ve decided that enough is enough and we want to get some of this ground back.
Wright is spot on. Successive governments have been chipping away at farmers’ property rights over a long period of time. Controlled burning and native vegetation policies are paternalistic and ignore the fact that the best conservationists will always be the landowners themselves.
The IPA has previously called for an end to native vegetation laws.