Colin Bettles (the national political writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media) reported on the speech:
RETIRING veteran Queensland Nationals Senator Ron Boswell says he’s proud to have given big environmental groups a “bloody nose” more than once during his lengthy political career.
Senator Boswell steps down from the federal Senate on June 30, having served exactly 31 years and 118 days.Senators were joined by House of Representative members for the speech:
Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined Nationals leader Warren Truss and other senior Coalition figures in the Senate chamber to witness Senator Boswell’s farewell address.Boswell detailed some of his political career and then turned to the recent campaign against fast food giant McDonald’s sourcing “sustainable beef.”
There was also strong representation from all political parties, especially the Nationals.
Senator Boswell said he was proud to have helped keep the beef industry “out of the clutches of the WWF and other environmental activists”.
“Don’t have any doubt: WWF wants to ultimately control how seafood, timber, beef and every other primary product is marketed in Australia and round the world,” he said.
“I have always opposed the destructive behaviour of powerful, well-funded local and international environmental activists.
“They make their living by frightening people into believing the environment is being threatened one way or another by the activities of our farmers, fishermen, miners or even Aboriginal communities.
“I am proud to say I have given the ‘Big Environment’ groups a bloody nose on more than one occasion.”For the Hansard transcript of Boswell speech, see Australian Politics.