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Farmers in fury over 'proof' rule

Collis, B. (1981) Farmers in fury over 'proof' rule. The Western Mail, 21 September 1981. p. 12 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Farmers are furious over new legislation forcing magistrates to accept aerial photographs as evidence in land clearing prosecutions under the Country Areas Water Supply Act. There is doubt over the proof required to show the photographs are authentic of accurate - two reasons they have been thrown out of court in two cases so far. It shifts the burden of proof from the Public Works Department to the prosecuted farmer, who is then required to disprove the authenticity and accuracy of the photographs. This legislation amendment is the latest in a series of controversies since the land clearing bans were imposed.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1981 Western Mail
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56940
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