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The Queensland State Government’s push to depopulate the regions has taken another turn for the worse as farmers in the Paradise Dam irrigation area in the South Burnett face water allocations of just 14 per cent, down from a usual 80 per cent.
Because of a farcical lowering of the dam wall by the state government owned entity Sunwater, allegedly due to engineering faults, farmers will suffer.
Irrigators say it will be the end of the line for many of them.
Then the socialist state government plans to allow the corrupt Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to rewrite the animal cruelty act which is akin to placing Dracula in charge of the blood bank.
Farmers will be decimated by new and harsh animal cruelty laws which will make livestock ownership impractical and nonviable by stopping the castrating, fire branding and dehorning of male cattle– thus driving more farmers from the regions.
The Nationals, once the farmers’ friend has dumped its core support base in the bush and now is cosying up to the Liberals and the inner-city latte set.
Three Katters Australian Party state members assisted by a lone One Nation member have been representing rural Queensland in the absence of the LNP for the past two terms of parliament.
With the livestock industry at its most buoyant in recent history and cattle numbers at an all time low the Labor Party can see another opportunity to push people from the bush to make them re-settle in the cities where they can be controlled under the providential Covid regime hoax.
The depopulation agenda which will ultimately result in a loss of production as family farms falter, has also got a hand up from another prong of the Labor attack.
Pastoralists on Cape York Peninsula, the last bastion of cheap cow breeder country in Australia have been active on the front line for a decade or more defending their Pastoral Holdings from the ongoing Labor and Greens assault.
Aboriginal encroachment of their properties is steady and continuous as graziers are forced to negotiate Indigenous Land Use Agreements with Aboriginal Prescribed Body Corporations before any change of land use such as building stock water dams or clearing fence lines.
Then along ride the cowboy cops from Cairns in deference to local police operations hammering white pastoralists along property roads and insignificant tracks sometimes on private property enforcing unworkable traffic and gun policies, issuing huge fines for unregistered farm vehicles or for carrying a firearm in a vehicle without it being locked up.
As one white cattle worker said: “I was fined by a Cairns copper for driving an unregistered four wheel drive car along a private road running through our property and this is not the first time they have struck on the Cape. They check the cars for road- worthiness. It is going on all the time.
“They are trying to drive us out and give the land back to the blacks to do nothing with and let it go to wasteland like all the other cattle properties they have seized.”
Road worthy certificates are not required in Cook Shire which covers all of Cape York.
Another grazier was apprehended on a road through his property for carrying a firearm in his vehicle, about to shoot a wild dog he saw menacing his sheep, goats and calves. The errant and hopeless cowboy cop from Cairns grabbed his gun, immediately checked the chamber of the bolt action rifle and in doing so unknowingly chambered a round from the magazine. He waved the rifle about uncontrollably causing the occupants of the car to duck fearing they would be shot. The officer did not know how to operate a simple bolt action rifle. Remember he carries a semi-auto .40 cal Glock lead pelter.
Then along came Wyatt Earp, the sharpest aerial shooter in the north. Contracted by the national parks service, helicopter culling of cattle, horses and pigs has been quietly going on for several years. Valuable branded and unbranded cattle belonging to white pastoralists straying into any state or Aboriginal owned land have been shot from the air often leaving wounded animals suffering for days on the ground.
One white pastoralist was left fuming when a horse was shot from the air at a salt lick trough and left to die while its foal was running in circles around its helpless mother.
Leaving a mare to die and rot at a crucial salt trough kept the traumatised cattle away until the manager turned up a week or more later to replenish the salt which the cattle had not touched.
The pastoralist said the foal lived and now runs with the cattle.
These atrocious government-sanctioned activities are an almost daily event on Cape York according to those who live there which they say are part and parcel of the campaign to drive them off their properties.
Another attempt to surreptitiously shoot valuable cattle north east of Weipa two weeks ago was thwarted when an alert property owner spotted several drums of Avgas aviation fuel at a remote airstrip.
Inquiries discovered the national parks service was about to start aerial shooting cattle, the property of indigenous and white property owners.
A call from Member for Traeger Robbie Katter to the Environment Minister’s office was all it took to shake them down.
The Minister’s office denied any cattle were to be shot and that the helicopter was being used to show traditional owners their property boundaries.
Subsequent calls by property owners to the local TO’s revealed no knowledge of any helicopter flights for them to inspect property.
Such are the day-to-day events being hosted across Cape York Peninsula by a deceitful state Labor Party hell-bent on turning the once prosperous Peninsula into a world heritage park at the request of its mortgagees, Rothschild Bank.
Voter fraud keeps these socialists in power.
by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau
The RSPCA, in cahoots with the Labor Party is doubling up its rural culture busting efforts by calling for a tightening of animal cruelty policies.
They are coming after steel traps, pig dogs, 1080 poison and the alleged mistreatment of farm animals. The fact that there are more than one million feral pigs between the Tablelands and the Tip of Cape York eating their way through thousands of eggs laid by cassowaries, scrub turkeys, turtles and crocodiles, is not as important as a dog chewing on a pig’s ear.
Maybe some of the more colourful pig hunters could be more careful should their dogs latch onto the handful of worrisome RSPCA dopes if they trespass on private property so these city-centric idiots understand just how pig hunting works.
This official rural terrorism falls into line with the present Labor disarmament of gun owners and harassment of gun shop proprietors. Last week Covid cops visited gun shops ensuring counter staff were wearing useless and dangerous masks, another facet of the war on freedom of choice.
Note the word policies (above) because Labor Premier Peter Beattie in 2001 removed the Crown from all Queensland legal procedures and the Parliament, without referendum, following the Goss and Blight campaign to destroy freehold land titles and land ownership when all parchment deeds were shredded in the 90’s.
The Emperor has no clothes and according to two Constitutional law analysts’, ‘legislation’ churned out by the State Parliament is only applicable to members of political parties and the Public Service who sign employment contracts with the party controlling the Parliament.
Members of the public lawfully, are bound only by Common Law.
The RSPCA’s Royal patronage was called into question several years ago when LNP Senator Bridgette McKenzie wrote to the Queen asking her to remove her patronage from the gamin animal protection society after the group tried to kill off family farming in NSW and Victoria.
RSPCA solicitor and spokeswoman Tracey Jackson of Animals Australia, announced today the offensive against farmers and pig hunters would be taken up a few more notches in the policy review.
Jackson told ABC Radio her left lily-pad mob would be coming after livestock producers claiming they were not in step with the “public perception” of alleged, cruel animal husbandry practices.
Such drivel about the ‘public perception’ when the vast majority of the public, other than a few scruffy, Gaia Greens and ambulance chasers like Jackson, couldn’t care less how livestock are being farmed just as long as the butcher has a stock of nice T bones.
The alleged ‘public perception’ emanates from a few Animals Australia agitators and the Labor Left which has been trying to close down the bush for decades.
RSPCA survives by public subscription and we suggest pig hunters and farmers step up their Facebook exposure of this motley mob of con artists.
Farmers cannot expect much help from their respective primary producer bodies as they have been purchased by the Labor Party.
Some time ago the Victorian RSPCA was caught out lying about farm animal numbers and how these animals were being mistreated by farmers.
This article was published in Cairns New six years ago:
RSPCA CEO Heather Neil
RSPCA CEO Heather Neil said the group “will not turn our backs on any group of animals including those used in farming where there are more than 850 million animals that need a voice.”
A Mallee farmer, Mr Dick Worthington said Mrs Neil and PETA were “suffering from a terrible delusion, that animals are more important than humans.
“These poor misguided ‘feminatzis’ are taking public subscriptions under false pretences and there should be no taxpayer funds given to these anti-social groups whatsoever,” he said.
“There are only 22 million cattle, 75.5 million sheep, about 1.2 million horses and 4 million goats nationally, so the misinformation continues to harm the farming industry.
“There are about 102.7 million farm animals in the country so Mrs Neil’s 850 million animals, unless she counted cane toads and rabbits, is just like most of their propaganda, deliberate lies.”
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by R J Lee
It’s now official. Agforce once Queensland’s agricultural and pastoral representative body supposedly created to protect farming from megalomaniacal governments has again rolled over this time supporting the totally discredited theory of Al Gore’s climate change.
Ever since Agforce accepted government funding about 15 years ago the once representative farmer’s lobby group has become a puppet of the socialist Queensland Labor Party.
Agforce’s membership has dwindled to just over 5000 over the past decade largely because of its dalliance with the socialist policies of the Labor Party and ineffectiveness in negotiations to keep the Marxists out of food production.
Agforce simply toes the National Farmers Federation/Liberal Party nexus line with major issues such as so-called climate change, a part of the UN sponsored attack on farming world-wide based on the Agenda 21 now 30 environmental depopulation agreement signed in Rio by all governments in 1992.
Now Agforce CEO Michael Guerin says agriculture doesn’t want a free pass from its responsibility to the planet.
Mr Guerin is not intelligent enough to understand that agriculture’s primary responsibility to the planet is to feed it without the Albatross of United Nations depopulation plots aided and abetted by ‘governments’ such as the LNP and the ALP.
By 2050 if the zero emission target is met, plant life will cease to exist because it needs carbon dioxide and lots of it. A farmer would have to be delirious to aim for any reduction of CO2 at today’s levels let alone in 30 years time. Smart farmers should be making CO2 generators so they and their crops can survive, especially in a place like Australia with almost zero emissions now.
He says AgForce wants agriculture to lead Australia’s charge towards net zero emissions by 2050, not be exempt from it, and be recognised for the positive contribution it makes.
“Agriculture is a strong part of the climate change solution and is ready to take part in the conversation with Australia’s science community and political leaders to ensure an evidence-based approach was implemented to achieving our targets,” Mr Guerin said.
“It will be incredibly difficult for Australia to achieve its climate change targets if agriculture is excluded from our nation’s goal to reach zero emissions.”
There it is Agforce members and to the remaining majority of the farming network. If you believe this hocus pocus you should not be involved in farming.
The only climate change the world is suffering is a deliberate man-made one that is being used as a weapon of war by Russia and China with the yanks coming a poor third.
We have been in an unofficial war with parts of the world for years and since at least Biden, using massive, proven beyond any doubt voter fraud, stole the US election in November.
The first rule of war is to know that you’re in one. The second rule of war is to delineate who is a friend and who is a foe and that, of course, in a covert area is very difficult to do.
It’s not just information warfare, it’s really 5th Generation Unrestricted Warfare.
We have lived the past several years being unrelentingly strafed by Unrestricted Warfare. The most challenging part of this is getting your head around it and achieving situational awareness, especially because very often, the enemy is not only domestic but it has also parked itself inside your head or inside the heads of your loved ones via unceasing propaganda (ABC), such that perhaps your friends and family have been conquered by the enemy and they are acting on behalf of the enemy and they don’t even know it.
This is a global, covert World War IV in 5th Generational Warfare. The primary means of it are informational, cyber and psychological, which means that most of the terrain is human, not physical…There is some physicality but most of it is human terrain.
Under the Agforce strategy and a dubious LNP federal government, farmers are facing a bleak future and woe betide the population should they be stupid enough to support the NWO Labor Party.
Zero emission nonsense will plough farmers and pastoralists six inches under. Until the agricultural sector wakes up that the UN is driving these depopulation policies under the guise of the Agenda 21/30 Treaty then they should pack up and live on a beach.
“War is when your government tells you who the enemy is. Revolution is when you figure it out.”
from ABC Rural
International travel restrictions are not only costing Queensland’s horticulture industry millions, they are also impacting the mental health of fruit and vegetable growers, a new report has revealed.
- Crop losses from labour shortages have more than doubled in the last month, costing farmers more than $43 million
- Nearly 25 per cent of growers report a decline in mental health and physical health
- Two-thirds of growers report financial stress and some are at risk of foreclosure
Crop losses from the labour shortage have more than doubled in the last month, now totalling more than $43 million, according to the National Farmer’s Federation’s Lost Crop register.
Now, a new analysis by peak body Growcom has found 25 per cent of growers are reporting an associated decline in mental health, with 75 per cent experiencing financial stress.
On Queensland’s Scenic Rim, vegetable grower Mitch Brimblecombe knows the situation well. Still dealing with drought, he now faces another challenge.
“We were about to walk into a field, and I rang my labour contractor and said, ‘Right we need a few extra people,’ and he said, ‘Oh, I’ve got no one.'”
With international borders shut, the backpacker workforce that Australia’s fruit and vegetable industry rely on to pick their produce has disappeared.
So too has millions of dollars in income for farmers.
“There’s a lot of growers who haven’t registered or thought about their crop losses because they don’t want to think about it,” Mr Brimblecombe said.
“But that $43 million — [it] could be double that to be honest.”
Growcom have been processing the other information reported by growers on the Lost Crop Register.
“In many cases farmers are harvesting crops themselves, all through the night in some instances, it’s taking a toll on their physical health,” said Growcom’s Richard Shannon.
The Growcom analysis also found a number of growers reporting they were at risk of foreclosure.
“Watching their produce go to waste, that in many cases they’ve been looking after for 12 months or more — it’s their livelihoods that are at stake here,” Mr Shannon said.
Mr Brimblecombe said that the COVID-induced worker shortage was having a compounding effect.
“Certainly having all those factors come into it,” he said.
“You’ve got drought, bad prices, no labour to harvest your crop — it all takes a toll.”
The ‘quarantine bottleneck’
Industry advocates say they want federal and state governments to increase incentives and expand quarantine.
“The Federal Government will tell us that there is 20,000 or so Pacific Islanders with a job offer and visa to enter Australia and do this work, but the bottleneck is quarantine,” Mr Shannon said.
A spokesman for the Queensland government said that it continues to offer $1,500 payments to people who take up jobs in agriculture, that’s on top of up to $6,000 the Federal Government is offering to help with relocation costs.
But as of this week, just 93 people had applied for the Queensland scheme.
Mr Shannon acknowledges that the pandemic has highlighted the over-reliance on backpacker labour.
He said now was an opportunity to look at long-term labour supply.
One idea being floated is an industry-specific visa that would allow people to come and work during harvest, then return home.
“That’s an idea and a program that’s worked really well with Pacific Island nations,” Mr Shannon said.
More people seeking help
Dr Kirsten Hunter has been practising as a clinical psychologist in regional Queensland for 20 years, based in Toowoomba.
“There can be a culture in the agricultural world of not reaching out for psychological support,” Dr Hunter said.
“Of course the suicide risk amongst the male rural population is a bit scary, very scary.”
Letter to the Editor
July 20, 2020
Hi Charlie, I am contacting you from the depths of Cape York Peninsula where quads reign supreme. Horses are now seldom used. Helicopters are sometimes used but are no longer cost effective on the Peninsula. Bull catchers are another feature for mustering. Drones in North Queensland are not an option and never will be.
On the dusty plains of Nyngan NSW a drone could be used for mustering quiet European cattle or coastal dairy cows or perhaps even sheep provided the pilot was capable and possessed stock mustering experience and the drone had at least 4 to 5 hours endurance..
But in spite of the best efforts of the NFF, Agforce, LNP and Farmsafe you will never rid us of quad bikes. No matter that new Chinese bikes will have dangerous roll bars fitted they are easy to remove with an angle grinder. The tragedy of it all is that popular Honda, Suzuki and Polaris recognise that ROPS of any design make their bikes unsafe and consequently will stop selling their bikes in Australia.
OK for Nyngan where its too dry for trees to grow but on Cape York after a decade or two of communist Labor rule the lack of hot fires has allowed unprecedented vegetation thickening making stock grazing difficult.
Trying to navigate this scrub that used to be open plains with a dangerous vertical protrusion on a bike and getting hooked up on trees will cause accidents of unprecedented proportions.
Yeah as you said there could be logs in the long grass, but they don’t worry us because we burn the country before we muster or catch bulls then we can see any logs, or ant beds, or washouts, or holes, or stumps, or rocks or blackfellas with spears, which are far more dangerous than a quad bike without ROPS.
What we could do is bring a few of our quads with bullbars to NSW and Victoria open country and teach all your men how to ride one.
That would save a lot of accidents.