An open letter to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Primary Industry
You should be supporting the northern cattle industry, not threatening them.
The principles and persistence of northern cattle industry people have provided our democracy and parliament with a benchmark for Ministerial performance.
A reckless, destructive, knee-jerk Ministerial decision has been proven just that, after nine long years of expensive lawfare.
Despite the long record of vociferous criticism of the decision while in opposition and subsequently in office, the LNP government through the Attorney’s General department, afforded every assistance to the Minister in question to mount a defence of his actions.
To be clear, from the outset you and everyone else knew this was as bad a decision as a government could make.
Now, after a tortuous protracted process, the law agrees.
I am astounded that you are considering an appeal to protect the ability of Ministers to “make decisions”, while simultaneously saying you might pay compensation and court costs which seems to me to be “Guilty as charged your honour. I’ll give the money back but please don’t record a conviction.”
Just how bad does a decision need to be before it goes on the record?
You should be hailing this decision as a “Principle of Good Governance” to guide future Ministers, rather than running a protection racket for the under-performers of the political class at further expense to the people.
Tom Stockwell M.Agr.Sc.
Live Export Producer
NTCA President 2015-2018