A self-serving exercise?

LETTER

She’s off on another crusade.

A few months ago it was Manus Island . . . Over to Oz! To advise Malcolm Turnbull on handling the crisis. Her interference of hospitality was quickly forgotten here when the consequences of boatloads of uninvited folk arriving from across the seas became apparent.

Now our PM is taking another unselfish stance — to see through to the end the control of Mycoplasma bovis through eradication . . . something no other country has been able to achieve. So we have the slaughter of thousands of unaffected cattle in pursuit of this idea. As the virus does not contaminate the milk or meat or have trading implications, what is the purpose of this slaughter? Or is it a self-serving exercise?

The implications of ripping the guts out of the country’s prime source of overseas revenue is bad enough, but the unnecessary pain and suffering of people and communities directly or indirectly affected by this ruthless decision has obviously not been considered by those in control. As they admit — it may not be successful in the end.

Denis A. Irwin

She’s off on another crusade.

A few months ago it was Manus Island . . . Over to Oz! To advise Malcolm Turnbull on handling the crisis. Her interference of hospitality was quickly forgotten here when the consequences of boatloads of uninvited folk arriving from across the seas became apparent.

Now our PM is taking another unselfish stance — to see through to the end the control of Mycoplasma bovis through eradication . . . something no other country has been able to achieve. So we have the slaughter of thousands of unaffected cattle in pursuit of this idea. As the virus does not contaminate the milk or meat or have trading implications, what is the purpose of this slaughter? Or is it a self-serving exercise?

The implications of ripping the guts out of the country’s prime source of overseas revenue is bad enough, but the unnecessary pain and suffering of people and communities directly or indirectly affected by this ruthless decision has obviously not been considered by those in control. As they admit — it may not be successful in the end.

Denis A. Irwin

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