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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
12 October 2005
Kim Beazley and his Labor Party have declared themselves against country Victoria by dismissing alpine cattle graziers and turning their back on a practical solution to protect the environment and preserve Australia’s heritage.
Yesterday I announced a $15 million plan to create a Greater Alpine National Park in Victoria, NSW and the ACT to protect the unique natural environmental values of this vast area, while preserving the 170-year-old tradition of cattle grazing in Victoria’s high country (available at www.deh.gov.au).
I urged all Labor Senators and MPs to consider the plan and ask the Victorian Minister for the Environment, John Thwaites, to help preserve the heritage of the alpine region and plan for the future.
It is disappointing to discover that Kim Beazley and Federal Labor have simply dismissed the plan and the hopes of country Victoria.
Labor’s environment spokesperson, Anthony Albanese, has applauded Premier Bracks’ decision to reject the compromise plan:
"It (the Bracks Government) has not accepted Ian Campbell’s dodgy deals to allow cattle grazing in environmentally sensitive areas."
(Anthony Albanese media release, 11 October 2005)
I will continue to talk directly with John Thwaites about this plan which offers a way to preserve this rich cultural heritage without damaging the alpine environment.
Federal Labor is still following the Latham legacy of being only interested in Green preferences – not in practical environmental outcomes.
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434