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The Maligned Squatter SIR: The evil squatters still get a lot of blame for everything. John O’Connor (Letters, April 2013) is wrong to suggest that in Ned Kelly’s day Victoria was “substantially in thrall” to the squatter interest. By the end of the 1870s, when the Kelly gang was at large, the selectors had emerged victorious and had taken up huge swathes of land for farming at the expense of leasehold graziers, many whom left for the outback Riverina or Queensland to lease new grazing land. The squatters never had much political muscle. The Victorian Legislative Assembly was democratically elected,…

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