06-02-2014 05:27 AM | Australia

Australian farmers should not be treated like protected species

Watching rural Liberal backbencher Sharman Stone give the prime minister a free character assessment and troll colleagues over the SPC Ardmona decision, it’s hard to avoid the impression that jobs in agriculture are somehow more important than other jobs in Australia.

It’s not unusual for local members to think their constituents’ jobs are crucial to the economy: we certainly heard that when the government effectively hounded GM Holden’s manufacturing operations from our shores (and not coincidentally a number of Labor-held seats) late last year.

But there seems to be an additional edge of righteous indignation to voices of protest when farm jobs are threatened.
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