Erwin, the dust cloud picture does not have a date. When …

Comment on SA Government mum on cattle deals in APY Lands by Charlie Carter.

Erwin, the dust cloud picture does not have a date.
When was it ?
It was not mentioned in the story, but the subliminal message is “overgrazing leads to dust storm”.
I doubt very much that this is the case.
In fact I would guess that the dust cloud dates from years ago in the big dry of the 90s.
Cattlemen would not be paying for agistment if the land was bare.
Please identify the date for the picture.
[ED – Hi Charlie, I don’t have the date. I chose the picture as a metaphor for the latest controversy in the APY lands.]

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