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Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal, Friday 30 March 1934, page 2

THE RABBIT MENACE

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DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE'S AID TO BE SOUGHT

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The rabbit menace engaged the earnest attention of the delegates to the conference of the Institute of Stock Inspectors in Sydney, when a motion urging a survey of the existing machinery of control was carried unanimously. It was moved by Mr. F. F. Forster (Goulburn), who emphasised that owing to favorable conditions throughout the State the rabbit pest was becoming more dangerous to stockowners, The depredation of pastures by rabbits would undermine all the good work that scientists were doing.

Mr. F. T. Yeomans (Narrandera) advocated that the work of rabbit destruction should lie placed under one responsible department, preferably the Department of Agriculture. It was well known that members of Pastures Protection Boards had been "outed" because of their insistence upon faithfully doing their job in the matter of rabbit destruction. "We stock inspectors might be rabbit in spectors, but only in name," added Mr. Yeomans.

In moving that the Department of Agriculture be asked to take a more active interest in the work of rabbit destruction, the president (Mr. C. J. Woollett, Lismore) said that where the P.P. Boards were falling down on their jobs—as was obvious in some districts—the department should take action to prevent Iirreparable damage to the pastures. The motion was carried unanimously.

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"Yes," the fond mamma said to her visitor, as the daughter of the house finished her pianoforte solo. "She does very well, doesn't she? And never had a piano lesson In her life." "H'm," the musical visitor replied. "It's most considerate of her not to put the blame on anybody, I must say."

The wedding present difficulty had resolved itself into the usual silver butter-dish. "What shall I put on the card?" she asked. "It's not as though we knew them very well." "Oh," he grunted, without looking up from his paper, "put on it 'For butter—or worse.'"

 


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