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Friday, 07 August 2015 05:53

Bad to worse

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The Hound reckons if you needed any more proof of how much the Greens loathe farming, look at the recent reshuffling of its portfolio responsibilities.

With the recent change in the party’s ‘co-leadership’ (how very Green) from Aussie communist Russel Norman to supposed ‘business-friendly’ wunderkid James Shaw, the party has decided on a portfolio reshuffle. But the change that truly caught your canine crusader’s attention was the move to shift the hapless and ineffective anti-GE campaigner Stefan Browning out of the primary industries role and replace him with former Forest & Bird tree-hugger and fervent anti-farming critic Eugenie Sage. Watch out for an all-out attack on the farming sector by the Green’s hypothetical primary industries spokesperson.

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