Liberal, Labor, the Murdoch media, their mates the banks and foreign mining companies should be banned from Australia. Withdraw your savings(if you have any) and place your money in credit unions. Never again vote for the ALP or LNP. Do not buy News Ltd newspapers.

Australia I urge you to share this letter written by Dr David Pascoe, which has over a million hits so far. Public outcry is the only way to make the Federal Government act on the massive rural debt issue that is about to bring down the agricultural industry in Australia. We need to stop the foreclosures now! We need to introduce an Australian Reconstruction and Development Board to take over and re-finance farmers’ debt. Otherwise we face a grim future where we will have no Australian farmers left.


Bob Katter



Charlie Phillott (left) The Australian December 2014 – Florence Owens Thompson (Dorthea Lange) March 1936 (originally photographed in b&w and retouched)

Dear Men and Women of Australia,

There are two photographs on this page, and while they might look like father and daughter, they are separated by two nations, one ocean and some seventy years.

Yet incredibly, they are both part of the same tragedy, the kind that leaves deep and irreparable scars on a nation and its people for a lifetime.

The young woman who was born in 1907. The elderly man who was born twenty years later in 1927.

The photograph of the woman was taken in the Great Depression of 1936 when the man was still only 9 years old.

Her name was Florence Owens Thompson and she was a 32 year old mother of seven who was photographed sitting homeless in a tent. The image was published across the newspapers of America and it managed to enrage the nation, because people could not believe that Americans could be treated in such a way.

It forced President Roosevelt to act, to step up and become a leader for his times: he launched soup kitchens, work gangs, programs for the homeless, dams and roads and railways were built – and he gave his people hope.

John Steinbeck later wrote a book called The Grapes of Wrath which became an American literary Icon. It was about a drought that made the farmers penniless – and how the banks had forced them off their land so they could sell it on to the big powerful corporations. What happened to the farmers of Oklahoma ultimately carved a deep and shameful scar across the American identity that was felt throughout the Twentieth Century.

The second photograph on this page is of Charlie Phillott, now 87, an elderly farmer from the ruggedly beautiful Carisbrooke Station at Winton. He has owned his station since 1960, nurtured it and loved it like a part of his own flesh. He is a grand old gentleman, one of the much loved and honoured fathers of his community.

ANZNot so long ago, the ANZ bank came and drove him off his beloved station because the drought had devalued his land and they told him he was considered an unviable risk-  Yet –  “Charlie Phillott has never once missed a single mortgage payment”.

Today this dignified Grand Old Man of the West is living like some hunted down refugee in Winton, shocked and humiliated and penniless. And most of all, Charlie Phillott is ashamed, because as a member of the Great Generation – those fine and decent and ethical men and women who built this country – he believes that what happened to him was somehow his own fault. And the ANZ Bank certainly wanted to make sure they made him feel like that.

Last Friday my wife Heather and I flew up with Alan Jones to attend the Farmers Last Stand drought and debt meeting in Winton. And after what I saw being done to our own people, I have never been more ashamed to be Australian in my life.

What is happening out there is little more than corporate terrorism: our own Australian people are being bullied, threatened and abused by both banks and mining companies until they are forced off their own land.

So we must ask: “is this simply to move the people off their land and free up it up for mining by foreign mining companies or make suddenly newly empty farms available for purchase by Chinese buyers? As outrageous as it might seem, all the evidence flooding in seems to suggest that this is exactly what is going on”.

  • What is the role of Government in all of this?
  • Why have both the State and Federal Government stood back and allowed such a dreadful travesty to happen to our own people?
  • Where was Campbell Newman on this issue? Where was Prime Minister Abbott?

The answerThey are nowhere to be seen.

For the last few months, the Prime Minister has warned us against the threats of terrorism to our nation. We have been alerted to ISIS and its clear and present danger to the Australian people.

Abbott has despatched Australian military forces into the Middle East in an effort to destroy this threat to our own safety and security. This mobilization of our military forces has come at a massive and unbudgeted expense to the average Australian taxpayer which the Prime Minister estimates to be around half a billion dollars each year.

We are told that terrorism is dangerous not only because of the threat to human life but also because it displaces populations and creates the massive human cost of refugees.

Yet not one single newspaper or politician in this land has exposed the fact that the worst form of terrorism that is happening right now is going on inside the very heartland of our own nation as banks and foreign mining companies are deliberately and cruelly forcing our own Australian farmers off the land.

What we saw in the main hall of the Winton Shire Council on Friday simply defied all description: a room filled with hundreds of broken and battered refuges from our own country. It was a scene more tragic and traumatic than a dozen desperate funerals all laced onto the one stage.

Right now, all over the inland of both Queensland and NSW, there is nothing but social and financial carnage on a scale that has never before been witnessed in this nation.

It was 41 degrees when we touched down at the Winton airport, and when you fly in low over this landscape it is simply Apocalyptic: there has not been a drop of rain in Winton for two years and there is not a sheep, a cow, a kangaroo, an emu or a bird in sight. Even the trees in the very belly of the creeks are dying.

There is little doubt that this is a natural disaster of incredible magnitude – and yet nobody – neither state nor the federal government – is willing to declare it as such.

The suicide rate has now reached such epic proportions right across the inland: not just the farmer who takes the walk “ up the paddock” and does away with himself but also their children and their wives. Once again, it has barely been covered by the media, a dreadful masquerade that has assisted by the reticence and shame of honourable farming families caught in these tragic situations.

My wife is one of the toughest women I know. Her family went into North West of Queensland as pioneers one hundred years ago: this is her blood country and these are her people . Yet when she stood up to speak to this crowd on Friday she suddenly broke down: she told me later that when she looked into the eyes of her own people, what she saw was enough to break her heart

And yet not one of us knew it was this bad, this much of a national tragedy. The truth is that these days, the Australian media basically doesn’t give a damn. They have been muzzled and shut down by governments and foreign mining companies to the extent that they are no longer willing to write the real story. So the responsibility is now left to people like us, to social media – and you, the Australian people.

And so the banks have been free to play their games and completely terrorise these people at their leisure. The drought has devalued the land and the banks have seen their opportunity to strike. It was exactly the excuse that they needed to clean up and make a fortune, because once the rains come – as they always do – this land will be worth four to ten times the price.

In fact, when farmers have asked for the payout figures, the banks have been either deeply reluctant or not capable of providing the mortgage trail because they have on-sold the mortgage – just like sub-prime agriculture.

This problem isn’t simply happening in Winton, but rather right across the entire inland across Queensland and NSW. The banks have been bringing in the police to evict Australian famers and their families from their farms, many of them multigenerational. One farmer matter of factly told us it took “oh, about 7 police” to evict him from his first farm and “maybe about twelve” to evict him from his second farm which had been in his family for many generations. You think they are kidding you. Then you see the expression in their eyes.

And there was something far worse in the room on Friday: the fear of speaking out against the banks: when we asked people to tell us who had done this to them, they would immediately start to shake and cry and look away: They have been silenced to protect the good corporate image of their tormentors called the banks. What in God’s name have the bastard banks been allowed to do to our people?

This is a travesty against the rights and the human dignity

of every Australian

So it’s only fair that we start to name a few of major banks involved: The ANZ is a major culprit (they made $7 billion profit last year). Then there is Rabo – which is an international agricultural bank – the NAB, Bank West and Westpac (who paid CEO Gail Kelly a yearly salary of some $12 million). They are all equally guilty. For any that we have missed, rest assured they will be publicly exposed as well

But here’s the thing: when these people are forced off their farms, they have nowhere to go. There are no refugee services waiting, such is the case for those who attempt to enter the sovereign borders of this nation. The farmers simply drive to the nearest town – that’s if the banks haven’t stripped their cars off them as well – and they try and find somewhere to sleep. Some are sleeping on the backs of trucks in swags. There is basically no home or accommodation made available to take them. They camp out, shocked and broken and penniless – and they are living on weet bix and noodles. If there is someone that can lend a family enough money to buy food, they will: otherwise they are left completely alone.

And consider this: not one of them has asked for help. Not one. They just do the best they can, ashamed and broken and brainwashed by the banks to believe that everything that has happened is completely their own fault

There is not one single word of this from a politicians lips, with the exception of the incredibly courageous father and son team of Bob and Robbie Katter, who organised the Farmers Last Stand meeting. The Katter family have been in the North since the 1890’s, and nobody who sat in that hall last Friday could question their love and commitment to their own people.

There is barely a mention of any of this as well in the newspapers, with the exception of a brief splash of publicity that followed our visit.

The Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce attended the meeting in a bitter blue-funk kind of mood that saw him mostly hunched over and staring at the floor. He had given $100 million of financial assistance in a lousy deal where the Government will borrow at 2.75% and loan it back at 3.21%.

The last thing these people need is another loan: they need a Redevelopment Bank to refinance their own loans: issuing a loan to pay off a loan is nothing more than financial suicide.

The reality is that Joyce cannot get support from what he calls “the shits in Cabinet” to create a desperately needed Redevelopment Bank so that these farmers can get cheap loans to tide them through to the end of the drought.

Our sources suggest that those “shits in Cabinet” include:

Malcolm Turnbull – Minister for Communications and the uber-cool trendy city-centric Liberal in the black leather jacket.

Andrew Robb – Minster for Trade and Investment and the man behind the free trade deal, the man who suddenly acquired three trendy Sydney restaurants almost overnight, the man who seems to suddenly desperate to sell off our farms to China.

Greg Hunt, Environment Minister and the man who is instantly approving almost every single mining project that is put in front of him.


At the conclusion of the meeting, we stood and met some of the people in the crowd. My wife talked to women who would hug her for dear life, and when they walked away people would suddenly murmur “oh, she was forced off last week” or “they are being forced off tomorrow” . Not one of them mentioned it to us. They had too much pride.

The Australian people need to be both informed and desperately outraged about what is being done to our own people. This is about every right that was once held dear to us: human rights, property rights, civil rights. And most all, our right to freedom of speech. All of that has been taken away from these people – and the rest of us need to understand that we are probably next.

In the last four weeks the Newman Government has removed all farmers rights to protest to a mine and given mining companies the rights to take all the water they want from the Great Artesian Basin – and at no cost to them at all.

And all of this has happened under the watch of both Premier Newman and Prime Minister Abbott.

Until Friday, we used to think of Winton as the home of Waltzing Matilda: it was written at a local station and first performed in the North Gregory Hotel. I think it was Don McLean who wrote, “something touched me deep inside…the day the music died”… in his song American Pie, and for us, last Friday was the day music died.

We will never be able to sing Waltzing Matilda again until we see some justice for these people, and all the farmers of the inland.

This is no longer the Australia we once knew: no longer our country, no longer our people, no longer the decent caring leaders we once remembered.

Right now, the banks, the mining mates, the corrupt politicians and all the ‘mongrels in suits’ have won – and the Australian people don’t have a clue what has been done to them.

Like the American Depression and the iconic photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, there is a terrible, gaping wound that has been carved across the heartland of this nation.

We need to fully grasp that, and to understand that our people – dignified, decent and honourable old men like Charlie Phillott – have been deliberately terrorized, brutalised – and sold out.

In one sense, Charlie Phillott has become the symbol overnight of every decent Australian: the simple right to live out our lives on the land we love – and the land we are still free to call our own. At least until some dangerously persuaded corrupted trendy liberal theorist decided to strip all that away.

The truth is, no Australian was ever consulted about whether or not they wanted to see their land mined into oblivion or see our precious water poisoned and given away for free, whether they wanted to be driven off their land by the greed of banking executives who saw the chance to make a profit by wiping out the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us.

No Australian was ever consulted about whether or not we wanted to see our beloved homeland sold on the cheap to greedy faceless foreigners just because some slimy two-faced minister managed to convince a weakened prime minster to meekly carry out his bidding.

Nobody has asked, “We the People” – Not once.

So if we are ever going to do something, then we’d better realise that its now only two minutes to midnight – so we’d better move fast.



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Posted on December 11, 2014, in agenda21, corruption, Farmers, Farming, Federal Politics, Katters Australia Party, Labor Party, Liberal Party of Australia, People Control, Police, Politics, Queensland Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. The Banks don’t care, they will make their profits by stealing and selling our land off to the Chinese and any other overseas purchaser. OUR LAND sold into the hands of some foreign company, to become sovereign land owned by that country not us . We are selling our Country never to be owned by us again. What our politicians are doing is TREASON against the Australian People. Look how much of the Northern Territory has already been sold to Chinese and Indonesian interests . Oh and Darwin Port leased to a Chinese company which I believe is owned by the Chinese Government. and for 99 years.WHAT A BLOODY JOKE !!!!

  2. This is where our people need to be looked after first INSTEAD of housing & paying for all the refugees!!!!!!!!!
    This is a total disgrace! ALSO the UN has a massive part in this & WE the people need to rid our country of the UN completely!!

    Did you know that the COUNCIL of NEWCASTLE was signed over to the control of the UN? YEP look it up on google! This was all done UNDER THE COVERS all out of anyone’s knowledge NOR any approval NO feedback or consultation from the PEOPLE of Newcastle!

    No vote no consultation no referendum NOTHING ZIP NADA ZERO! So who gave these people the rights & the Authorisation to go right ahead & put this agreement sign sealed & delivered with the UN?!

    We have many corrupt councillors & politicians right across ALL LIB but mainly in ALP & GREENS!

    Nothing but TRAITORS to our people our rights our freedom our constitution!
    WAKE up people they are selling us all out one by one town by town council by council farm by farm!

    LEARN TO VOTE correctly everyone & I urge you to ignore the MEDIA & what the politicians in power are spewing you as its all rubbish & lies!
    GO TO GOOGLE & do your own research!

    VOTE for the minor parties who’s main concerns & values are those of the people & our rights.

    VOTE for those who abide by our constitution & laws & stand for us by heart & soul & not for the vote or the money!

    There is the Katter Party
    Australian Liberty Alliance
    & any other minior YET TRUE Australian parties

  3. I have a picture which is a PURE example of the manipulation of the MEDIA & GOVERNMENT
    There is a very well know picture that has been used to gain sympathy of the stupid who dont do their research & rely on the mainstream rubbish..
    Its a picture of about 40 refugees all in life jackets that the media make out they are clinging to life
    THE FACT IS the picture has been cut to remove a man who was caught in the picture standing up & the water actually only up to his hips!
    Once you remove him out of the picture the actual picture looks like they are all in desperate need of help when in fact they are all looking NOT STRESSED at all & they are all actually all floating COMPLETE SET UP picture!
    I cant post it here as it doesnt allow for pictures but im more than happy to send this to anyone wishing to see it

  4. Dear Aussie patriot please send the picture to

  5. Cameron McCurley

    The one factor missing from this “Open Letter” is the impact of Climate Change on farming areas that have long been considered marginal at best. Most Aussie farmers in LNP electorates have bought the old National Party line that man made Climate change is a furphy so have in fact contributed to their own demise. If farmers can no longer rely on the rains to eventually save their bacon, then they need to consider other ways to drought proof their farms. You know what I mean, piping water from the North (Ord River,etc). Its been talked about for decades but it’ll never happen under our Fed/State Governments……unless the Chinese buy up all of our drought stricken farmland and pay for such infrastructure (I can see it happening). I feel for the Farmers and their communities but change won’t happen unless people vote for alternative political parties or like minded Independents.

  6. We tried to warn the people in the bush that supporting John Howard, the nationals etc… would lead to their demise… we tried so much to tell you guys that trade negotiations would lead to a sell out…. but no one listened to us because the media demonised us. It’s time to learn your lesson rural australia. It’s time to be more responsible. This situation will only get worst. You have to teach your children well for prosperity in future generations. Stop letting the idiots get a voice.

  7. Australians all let us rejoice : how can we if the political puppets are in bed with the banks . The word rejoice in the Australian anthem should now be replaced by ” be wary ” . Dispicable treatment of the sloggers of this country.

  8. There can be no doubt that there needs to be a movement to resolve this problem. One cannot look to government (with all their open door policies) to help resolve this issue as they won’t.

    Understanding this point, the onus then falls on us but, sadly, we as a people waste as much or more than does the government (i.e. all tarred with the one brush), 20 billion dollars on gambling alone, another 40 billion on Christmas celebrations (nearly 500 million in interest in January alone). we could mention the tens of millions spent on fireworks displays around the country through the year. Then we have the billions spent on sporting facilities and events.

    Come on Australia, lets pull our socks up and invest in our own country or, we will lose it all and, deservedly so.

  9. Well done Alan thanks for your support.

  10. We need a reform to help our aussie farmers. Instead of banks taking there farms. And letting china buy all our agricultural land. When r people going to wake up once china has bought up our land they will only feed there own. Australia will no longer we self sufficient.

  11. I find it strange that a politician that thinks climate change is crap (quote: Just a theory like gravity) wants the government to assist farmers until the drought breaks when it’s only going to get worse because climate change that is been caused by man made activities is real, thinks the earth is flat also!

  12. Retinal identification

  13. SHAME deep deep shame to the ANZ and the pollies. This so obviously a ploy to bring on the big mining magnates.

  14. My father in law lost his country town business that he had run for 30 years and never missed a payment employing about 10 people, because the bank for no apparent reason withdrew his overdraft. The banks are self interested and don’t care about us onlymoney. We’d all be better off getting out of them.

  15. Maggie Mullinger

    When I read this article it reduced me to floods of tears. Its absolutely disgusting that hard working people who have owned and farmed their land for generation after generation are being forced off their farms and land without any fund’s. Its just totally unbelievable to imagine what they must be feeling and going through and no one appears to be doing anything about it. Are there no farming association’s in place stop this kind of thing happening. This 2016 not the
    1920,s. Something needs to be done immediately. Name and shame quickly the whole thing is disgusting in this day and age. Those poor people. I’ve never been to Australia but I have friends who have moved there who although they are not born and bred Australians feel their pain and want to do something to help.

  16. The LNP are sucking the life out of Australia and her people,they promised a million jobs but it turns out they are for fly in foreign labour to replace Australian workers shame ,shame,shame

  17. As long you have politics and banks the murdochs and packers running this country you will never get justice because they can not lie straight in bed never mind tell the truth to the people

  18. It’s a sad situation and I feel there are a few points that need to be considered.
    1. Predatory behaviour by the banks may be against the national interest – can Barnaby explain the issues he’s having with Cabinet?
    2. Farming using water inefficient crops &/or animals on marginal land has been noted as a problem in Austraia for decades – is this a root cause? Sad as it is, perhaps this land has reached a tipping point?
    3. Land rights/’My land’. The cries of ‘My family has been here for generations’ sounds a lot like those of the aboriginals who were displaced from it in the 1800’s. It’s heartbreaking (in both cases) and perhaps provides some incentive to generate real solutions to both problems?

  19. Disgraceful . . Enough is enough, how much will people have to suffer before AUSSIES TAKE AUSSIE BACK…

  20. Enough is enough. Please! please! Australia, don’t let this continue.These fellow Australians are the backbone of our country and have worked and toiled in order to make this “The Lucky Country”. But for who? The blood sucking dole bludgers who line up with eleven children and receive $120000 a year while these hard working Australians are shafted by the government, the banks and international corporations that make billions of dollars in profit each year, because our government is either corrupt or pussies and won’t change the tax laws that allow these multi-nationals to pay zero tax, while the taxation department will chase an Aussie down for an extra $100 in tax that you may have overlooked. What a bloody joke our government is. If the Chinese and mining companies are allowed free water for their enterprises why the hell do our farmers have to beg for theirs? Stand up and be counted and do your best for a better and fairer Australia for every Australian.

  21. Ms. S. Haddrick

    I Never Buy A Murdoch Paper intentionally.
    I seem to remember the disastrous Labour exclusive Gang of Four:Rudd, Gillard, Swan & last one escapes me, and read about their enclavic activities in W.E. Australian magazine.
    It seems we now have a Liberal Gang of Five: Turnbull, Robb, Hunt, Neuman & The Big Banks, forming yet another destructive exclusively enclavic group, set to destroy Australia.
    Thanks Bob Katter for pointing out the bleeding obvious to us. Just trying to make sense of this dangerous Gang of Five situation: maybe W.E. Australian can do an article in their magazine! Apart from Facebook exposure, your case Bob Katter needs to go more widely!
    Gang of Five haven’t Australia ‘s best interests at heart, sadly! Very Sadly!!!!

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