Meet John …John Auer.
John is a farmer from Tubbut in Vic, near the NSW border. We can’t show you John’s face …oh hang on a sec we can.
When John’s not busy farming he’s plotting to kill Australia’s native wildlife, especially eagles.
You see John is the “mastermind” behind the deaths of at least 406 Wedge-tailed eagles over the period 2016-18. John, coached his farm hand, Murray Silvester, on how to poison the majestic raptors.
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Before John was plotting a species extinction on and around his farm he was also a long time director and part owner of a company called Jam Land.
You may have heard of it.
He left the company in July 2016, and his directorship was assumed by Richard Taylor (Angus’ brother).
The Auers shareholding was bought by the respective family companies of Angus Taylor, Richard Taylor, Duncan Taylor and Charlie Taylor and Tony Reid on 18 May 2017.
Of course Jam Land have been accused of poisoning of a different kind, spraying protected native temperate grasslands. That case is ongoing and ongoing …and ongoing.
It begs the question of how well the Taylors knew Auer?
It turns out Auer and Richard Taylor go back to at least 2008 with their involvement in Monaro Farming Systems (MFS)
Ironically, the grant was for implementing new and innovative tools and farm practices.
And of course they have a Minister who is a part-owner and sought to intervene in the matter.
The reasons for the Auers getting out of Jam Land are unclear.
What is clear, however, is that the farming practices of this bunch of quiet Australians, could not be deemed best practice.
It’s a pity that Wendy Craik, who headed up a review, into the matter proffered
So on a day when the the Guardian announces the Bird of the Year …spare a thought for the Wedge-tailed Eagle which finished sixth.
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Article by Jommy Tee – electric HiLux owner