Up to 97 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef is in pristine condition – Independent Peter Campion

An independent candidate for the rural seat of Hill (SW Cairns) in October’s state election has harshly criticised a 2008 amendment to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act of 1975 that gives “wrongologists an escape clause for damage done to farmers by their questionable expertise and advice to government”.

Peter Campion of Tolga, a retired fireman, is a long-term climate change sceptic and energy realist who has been a regular contributor to the Cairns Post’s ‘Letters to the Editor’ column. Mr Campion is standing for Hill against the Katter Party’s Shane Knuth.

Peter Campion, is a repetitive letter writer published in North Queensland newspapers campaigning about the scientific foibles of climate change but is better known as Barnaby Joyce’s new father-in-law.

“The GPRMPA Act came about due to concerns for the Great Barrier Reef, which initially stemmed from early Reef tourism operators’ misunderstandings of natural reef systems and cycles – especially relating to the ‘gardeners of the Reef’, the Crown of Thorns starfish,” he said.

“The GBRMPA Act had been in operation for 33 years before Reef researchers felt the need to have an escape clause inserted.

“To me, that suggests that by 2008 they had realised there was a fair chance they were wrong.”

The amendment that has drawn Mr Campion’s scorn is in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2008, which inserts a “precautionary principle” clause.

“The amendment describes the precautionary principle as ‘… the principle that lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing a measure to prevent degradation of the environment where there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage.’”, Mr Campion said.

“On the basis of this blatantly ridiculous ‘precautionary principle’ all farms , industries, towns, sewage systems, and roads should be closed as they all represent a threat to the environment.

“A better precautionary principle would be the proper Popperian scientific method that automatically assumes all science is only correct until such time as it is proved that it is not – which happens far more often than you’d think.

“It is just horrific to think that these scientists, who completely failed to produce their proof to the recent federal Senate inquiry into the Palaszczuk government’s anti-farmer reef regulations, suspected 12 years ago that their work might not be reliable. Why else would they lobby for an escape clause to give cover for their own malfeasance?” he said.

The scientists at the focus of Mr Campion’s anger, Ian Chubb, Geoff Garrett, and Ove Hoegh-Gulberg, took to the far-left website The Guardian to attack the Senate inquiry as a form of defence of their research. Notably this is the research that Professor Peter Ridd was sacked from JCU for suggesting might be unreliable.

Mr Campion noted, “In their own article they still had to admit that ‘little more than 3% of the coral’ may be negatively affected by water quality issues. That means 97 per cent of the Reef is unaffected, but they still want to impose draconian controls on our food producers.

“This is an outrage. These individuals, and their institutions, are unworthy of any further support from taxpayers and the Palaszczuk government’s anti-farmer Reef regulations must be repealed immediately.”

Email: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority:  info@gbrmpa.gov.au

Queensland Premier:  premiers.master@premiers.qld.gov.au

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Posted on October 10, 2020, in Annastacia Palaszczuk, Climate Change, Climate Change Fiction, Climate Skeptics, CO2, Corporate policy, General and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Turnbull – where did the $444 million of taxpayers money he granted to The Great Barrier Reef Foundation of which his wife was patron go to?

    Vaccines are a touchy subject in Australia, where government officials aggressively push for total compliance with vaccination mandates by whatever means possible. There is even a “No Jab No Pay” law on the books that essentially bars citizens from receiving government welfare unless they and their children are fully vaccinated. And at the root of it all, as usual, is government collusion with big industry, including with Australia’s new prime minister — and more specifically, his wife.

    Let us hope that one day the Turnbulls will be held to account for their very suspect dealings involving:

    1. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation ($444M given to ?) with amazing similarities to the Clinton Foundation.

    2. Besides Mrs. Turnbull’s overt conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Turnbull is mired in his own financial conflicts via his vast array of financial investments. Mr. Turnbull made millions of dollars in the mid-1990s, for instance, by investing $500,000 in a company called OzEmail, which eventually turned into a hefty dividend of $60 million.

    Mr. Turnbull is also deeply tied to the tobacco industry, as well as tech giants Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google. In other words, the success of these industries and corporations means personal success for Mr. Turnbull, which in government-speak is the very definition of corporate fascism run amok. And yet Mr. Turnbull, despite his amassed wealth, has tried to downplay these holdings as being essentially meaningless, though they are anything but.



  2. Thank you, Mr Editor.

    We taxpayers have been abused most egregiously by the rent-seekers and troughsnouters of the reef wrongologist community.

    Should I be elected I can guarantee that I’ll be seeking the truth on this and many other matters.

    Now, I really like Knuthy, he’s a lovely bloke – but with the government’s jackboot on our throats what we need right now is a complete mongrel as a rep.

    I am one such mongrel.

    The electorate of Hill is where I’ve lived for the past 30 years. That means I must run against Shano.

    On the evenings of the 13th and 14th of October (last night and the night before as I write this) I participated in candidate forums at Mission Beach and at Tully.

    I was the only candidate there who could articulate how all the big-ticket infrastructure projects on everyone’s must-have list could be paid for given that Queensland is stony broke.

    It’s simple.

    1. Recognise that “dangerous man-made global warming” is a left-wing hoax and delete all projects related to it.

    2. End all subsidies for unreliable, unstable renewables, build new coal-fired power-plants, and return to cheap, reliable energy.

    3. Put the coronavirus panicdemic in perspective. “Covid” is just another Chinese flu and it’s only killing the people who would’ve died of whatever flu came over from China.

    4. Delete masses of red, green, black, blue (UN), and white (panicdemic) tape and massively reduce the “sovereign risk” the government represents to businesses.

    Only then will we be able to pay our way again.

    “Less government, less tax, get out of our wallets, get off our backs!”

    And yes, I know the truth hurts lefty feelings. I didn’t invent reality, I just reflect on it.

    Peter Campion


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