Landowners (from left) Rodney Hannant, Robbie Carkeet, Peter Brady and Kerry Waldon last year received maps showing them areas of their land they had to take out of production.
Landowners (from left) Rodney Hannant, Robbie Carkeet, Peter Brady and Kerry Waldon last year received maps showing them areas of their land they had to take out of production.

Landowner says follow protester

KEVIN Rudd’s dismissal of Shannon Flat farmer Peter Spencer’s hunger strike protest shows he is a white shoe Prime Minister, Bracewell landowner Peter Brady said yesterday.

“He is only interested in the 70 per cent of the electors that live in the larger centres, not rural people like us,” he said.

Mr Brady said Mr Spencer, who has been sitting on a pole near the Snowy Mountains for 52 days as a protest against the government’s land ownership and land clearing laws, was making a statement that all landholders should be making.

“I have been following Mr Spencer’s campaign very closely,” he said. “Australian landowners should all lean in and support his campaign.”

In April last year Mr Brady and his neighbours received maps of their area which showed large tracts of land on their properties that must be taken out of production to allow regrowth of natural vegetation.

“I have zebra stripes across my land telling me that I can’t use a quarter of my land,” he said.

Mr Rudd dismissed Mr Spencer’s protest by saying that his government did not give in to terrorists.

Mr Brady said Mr Spencer’s hunger strike was a sign of the desperation of rural people.

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