Respected scientist supporting cattle grazing in national parks

: IN SUPPORT: Scientist David Packham has thrown his support behind cattle grazing, declaring the government has set “a dangerous precedent”. Pictured are cattlemen Graeme Stoney and John Lovick.

RESPECTED scientist David Packham has come out in support of cattle grazing following the release of an opinion piece last week.

Having worked for 50 years in bushfire research in CSIRO, at the Monash University, the Australian Emergency Management Institute and in fire weather policy at the Bureau of Meteorology, Mr Packham has implored the Andrews Government to rethink their planned legislation that will see all cattle grazing end in the national parks.

“This sets a dangerous precedent and speaking as a scientist, the principle of moving legislation to cut off options for any form of future scientific research causes me great concern,” Mr Packham said.

“On the subject of grazing and fuel reduction, adequate scientific work just does not exist in any credible form – it is a falsehood to pretend that it does so.”

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