O’Connor falls foul of farm folk over border rules – maybe he will find favour with new pugging rules

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Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, the subject of critical headlines in the rural press after saying no special accommodation will be made for overseas agriculture contractor workers to help fill critical jobs, perhaps will be regarded kindlier today.  Perhaps.

He has announced that Cabinet this week agreed to make some adjustments to regulations within the new National Environmental Standards for Freshwater to make them clearer.

“It became apparent that some of the regulations within the Freshwater standards – including ones around winter grazing – need to be adjusted, so we’ve done that,” Damien O’Connor said.

The regulations in question – governing pugging depths around fixed water troughs and gateways – weren’t practical, he acknowledges.

“So we have made some adjustments to make them more realistic”.

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