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This story by Mary Goode comes from the ABC.

The Federal Government has introduced a regulation under national law that overrides the Victorian Government on Alpine cattle grazing.

Environment Minister Tony Burke today annunced that the new regulation under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodverisity Act means that the Gillard Labor Government now has power to stop the Baillieu Liberal Government from introducing cattle into Victoria’s Alpine National Park without proper scrutiny.

“The Baillieu Government was wrong to reintroduce cattle to the Alpine National Park and has set a dangerous precedent for the management of national parks across Australia,” Mr Burke said.

“This whole debacle has been another reminder that when the Liberals win, the environment loses.”

Mr Burke says he is also consulting with state and territory governments on a proposed new regulation which would give extra protection to national parks across Australia.