The end of Peter Spencer's hunger strike which lasted 52 days is most welcome news. Mr Spencer's plight has attracted the attention of many Australians who have felt similarly betrayed by environmental legislation and government decisions.
The Agmates community has taken that discussion to a wider forum and he has received the support of many more people than those directly affected. That support will obviously continue as the availability of agricultural land is of great importance to our nation if we are going to feed ourselves and earn export income by feeding others.
There are many farmers who suffer in silence and we must not forget them and their families as they also fight for justice.
Mr Spencer's actions were extreme and this is what can happen when people are pushed. Today's outcome is the one everybody wanted.
Too right. The man's stoicism and sense of justice must not be forgotten just because he has come down from that tower. Now is the time the media, with their goldfish memory, will be tempted to forget the very reason he went up in the first place-this must not be allowed to happen.
Reports have suggested one Aussie farmer takes his/her own life every week. How many more must we lose just because the powers that be don't appreciate the massive contribution these men and women make to the country? How long must they continue to bear unfair treatment and disdain by government, lobby groups and a disinterested media-the very same groups which keep the general public misinformed and ignorant about the trials suffered by the very people who put food on our tables?
Peter put just one issue forward, the attention is there. It's now up to the rest of us to educate the wider community of the threats to regional Australia.