@ Charlie Carter, Posted November 11, 2015 at 11:41am: The …

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@ Charlie Carter, Posted November 11, 2015 at 11:41am: The camel cull as carried out from helicopter gunships was wasteful of a national resource, an example of lazy bureaucratic thinking, and just plain wrong.

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Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
@ Bob: Not so much mustering as monitoring and nudging. The wild ones will come in over time, and as needed for the food industry. Or they would if shown the way. Water is the key here.
But I think it’s time to knock this dialogue on the head.
I’ll leave Charlie with his overwhelming stats, Jimmy with his burgers and his talks, and acknowledge that we will deploy the gunships to remove tons of food from the human foodchain.
And we will do that because we are the lucky country, and because we can.

Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
@ Charlie: Not should, but could. And a bit of energetic thinking could probably find a line in DFAT’s budget to fund it.
As to the issues, and the cull as it is now practiced benefits no one.
Yes, some feral animals are removed from some of the remotest parts of the Centre. Yeah! And to farm them would not be easy. It would mean playing a long game.
But to cull them the shooters are already finding them. Use the same choppers to start bringing them in to where there is access and infrastructure.
The shooters would still have their fun. In any wild mob, there are always those wanting culling. For the others, fresh frozen for some and the bulk into jerky.
To say that this possibility is all too hard while man is clearing the Amazon to grow GM soy to feed the 8 billion of us (and counting) shows a narrow and selfish focus.
We could be looking out and at least trying to do some good for others as well as for us. Is that concept really beyond your grasp?
The other issue is the enterprise that is the core of this story. Meaningful work in some of the most impoverished and marginalised communities in Australia deserves more support than a mere pat on the back accompanied be the patronising observation that the effort is all little more than pissing in the wind.

Indigenous business shows way to camel profits
Charlie and Jimmy: Farm them for much needed protein in the world’s food chain. Don’t just shoot them, and then leave them to rot in the sandhills.
If Australia can spend a billion dollars this year keeping off-shore detention centres going, is it asking too much to spend a fraction of that farming feral camel meat in the Outback?
It used to be cruelly said that the early European settlers had a saying something like if you can’t shoot it, chop it down. And how did that work out for us?
It is a bit of a shame seeing that practice carry through into the 21st century.

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It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
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