Opinion Pieces

Anti-wind farm rally APH, Canbera 18 June 2103

June 18, 2013

Senator Back's speech to the rally participants ...Ladies and gentlemen, there are a number of concerns. There are obviously the economic concerns; there’s equity and probity and honesty concerns; and there are also health concerns. As a rural Western Australian, as the only veterinarian in the Australian parliament, I want to say to you w... ... Read more »

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A letter from Chris regarding the health effects of wind turbines

June 14, 2013

4 June 2013 (Via email) Dear ………..,      Thank you for your email regarding wind turbines that contained links to theconversation.com I am aware of the work reported by Prof Chapman of Sydney University. I am concerned that this work has some serious omissions. I believe this is shared by the executi... ... Read more »

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Livex Council responds to Wilkie bill

May 17, 2013

Livex Council responds to Wilkie bill By Alison Penfold, chief executive officer, Australian Livestock Exporters Council17 May 2013 I am disappointed that Mr Wilkie remains ignorant to the true impact of a phase out or ban of the livestock export trade. People in industry and those who have opened their eyes to the consequences of such a ... ... Read more »

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Don’t know, don’t care – Labor’s attitude a concern for producers

Opinion piece: Face the facts on wildfires - or live with the consequences.

January 25, 2013

Senator Back was Chief Executive Officer of the Bush Fires Board of Western Australia and a member of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council.   We can’t prevent wildfires but we can manage their impact and the damage they cause. The conflagration we have just witnessed across three Australian states is not the effect of global wa... ... Read more »

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Opinion piece; State funds needed for agribusiness education

November 26, 2012

West Australian, Page: 18 By Ian Fairnie Monday, 26 November 2012 The WA Nationals launched their 2013 election campaign in Toodyay recently with leader Brendon Grylls stating that agriculture would be "the next investment boom in regional WA". Of course he meant investment by someone other than the State Government. Yet even as he ma... ... Read more »

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Opinion piece: The Pakistan sheep debacle: wanton, witless and wasteful.

November 15, 2012

Three key issues emerge from the Pakistan sheep debacle during September and October.    The horrific death of 21000 Australian sheep at the hands of thugs, the wanton waste of 500 tonnes of top quality sheep meat and the question of Australia’s relationship with Pakistan.    The culling of those sheep was never necess... ... Read more »

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Wheat export legislation: the road to deregulation by Senator Chris Back

October 17, 2012

   I will continue to support the deregulation of wheat export marketing in Australia, as I have pointed out in correspondence to State Councillors, the media, industry representatives and to my Parliamentary colleagues. Critical to this process is the conclusion of the industry led-development of a code of conduct to control port access.... ... Read more »

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Concern over the possible ban of fruit fly spray - Senator Back

October 17, 2012

Threats to ban the use of fenthion in WA orchards has caused an outcry -  Senator Chris Back. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is investigating whether to suspend and even ban the use of fenthion, the chemical used to control fruit fly in commercial and residential orchards around Australia. Und... ... Read more »

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