Category Archives: agriculture

Massive class action needed against state governments for bush fire deaths and property losses

NSW fire bill expected to top $1billion

More than 476 homes across NSW have been lost to wildfire, and at least four landowners burnt to death leaving the gate open for a massive class action against the State of NSW for negligence at common law.

By adhering to the United Nations Agenda 21 environmental policy since 1992, when the state signed on, NSW has experienced massive losses to bush fires.

At least four innocent NSW landowners have been burnt to death by uncontrollable bush fires many of which emanated from national parks or other state controlled land.

NSW landowners should mount a massive class action against the state government for negligence for loss of homes and infrastructure due to wildfires

Their policies under ‘sustainable development’ which are actually designed to hinder any development as a part of the UN depopulation program, has caused untold grief and suffering to nearly 100,000 rural and rural residential dwellers.

Cut down a tree on your rural residential estate and find out how effective these UN laws can be.

The fire bill to date is estimated to be more than $250 million to replace homes, without adding any other infrastructure losses.

The Insurance Council of Australia should begin a class action against the state government, for that matter against all state governments where there have been deaths and property losses due to bush fires. Insurers have estimated a damage bill of over $1billion in NSW.

Furthermore as the states now claim ownership of rainwater after it falls onto your land, they should be sued for flood damages as well.

Typically the NSW Government has its priorities all wrong handing out tens of millions to Muslim schools and other Islamic interests yet they have allowed only $220, 000 to replace rural fencing destroyed by their dangerous policies.

A $220,000 package will go to BlazeAid, the volunteer organisation that helps rural families rebuild buildings and fences.

The NSW Government said $100,000 of that would be used to directly purchase fencing materials and tools, and $120,000 would go towards local councils to help BlazeAid with its work.

A typical cattle fence of four barbed wires and steel posts costs nearly $4000 per klm in material alone plus the cost of clearing old lines and erection.

Sheep and goat fencing is much more expensive. Based on the cost of materials only a handful of farms will get any fences replaced.

Rural fire insurance premiums are expected to go through the roof leaving many landowners unable to insure against bush fires.

Why do New South Welshmen put up with such mediocre, mendacious governments?

Saltbush Club calls for Water Minister Littleproud’s resignation

Letter to the Editor

The Minister for Wasting Water, DAVID LITTLEPROUD, must resign

The Saltbush Club today called for the immediate resignation of Mr. David Littleproud from his position as Minister for Water on the grounds of incompetence in his management of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

The call was made by Mr Ron Pike, the Saltbush Club Water Adviser with a lifetime of experience and information on Murray Darling Basin water supply, storage and use.

Minister for Wasting Water, David Littleproud should resign, says the Saltbush Club

“Under Mr. Littleproud’s stewardship this Authority has grown to be a law unto itself and is repeatedly lying to both the people and the Government. As an example; ‘we had to drain Menindee Lakes, or the water would have been lost to evaporation.’

“We now have the wicked and unjust situation where this out of control Authority is denying available water to desperate end users by claiming that they are compelled by law to release this fresh water to the sea, while farmers and Municipalities are left without water.

“In a worsening drought no one in their right mind would condone wasting fresh water to the sea, while denying the people the water they desperately need. But Mr. Littleproud is.

“This is not only unjust it is a crime against the people perpetrated by a Federal Minister.

“Given that Mr. Littleproud has several advisors, he should have been aware that the MDBA were fabricating stories, just as they now are about releases from Wyangala Dam.

“Not only are the actions of the MDBA leaving the Government with little credibility they are exposing the Government to billions of dollars in compensation for lost businesses, especially the death of permanent plantings; something that has never happened since we built the dams on our western rivers.

“David Littleproud is responsible for a Government Authority that is denying the people their most basic of rights; that is access to water.  Mr. Littleproud has broken his oath of office “To well and truly serve the people of Australia.”

“David Littleproud you have broken that vow and the people no longer trust you.

You must resign now”.

Ron Pike.

Some Reading on Mismanagement of Water in Australia:
https://saltbushclub.com/category/watch-lists/water-watch/

 

Muslims, Pacific Islands and Indonesia gifted hundreds of millions from Liberals, but desperate farmers have to borrow to survive

Letter to the Editor

Dear Liberal Party friends

(1) sorry to say that this email below is worse than pathetic – –  losing votes.

(2) Bridget Mackenzie, Agriculture Minister, on 2GB this morning was painfully inadequate to answering Alan Jones’s reasonable questions and facts.

Alan Jones (rightly in my view) demolished the stupidity of the proposed two-year interest-free loans to farmers that then roll over into loans at 3.1% after two years on money that the Govt can get from the Reserve Bank at 0.75%, thus making a profit from struggling farmers!

(3) LET ME SUM UP THIS ScoMo GOVT

  • extra $1,000 million recently announced to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – this is both unnecessary and crazy – the recent Aust Energy Market Operator report predicts blackouts for NSW and Victoria this summer – but there are NO PROPOSALS for reliable baseload nuclear or coal power stations!
  • Our Foreign Affairs Minister gave $70million to Rohinga Moslems
  • ScoMo promised $500 million to Pacific Islands to help them fight the mythical  monster of climate change
  • This federal Govt gives Islamic Indonesia $1million per day as a gift, of which how much ends up in Swiss Bank accounts of officials?!
  • While it is a good thing to release some Murray-Darling Basin water to assist in growing fodder, may I point out that that will take TIME!
  • BUT we don’t have time — it won’t help to stop Farmers’ cattle and sheep dying of starvation or being shot or sold tomorrow and next week.
  • The claim of 21 water infrastructure projects is false and deceptive — no major dam has been built since 1983 – and NONE IS NOW BEING BUILT – of course there are various proposals and feasibility studies BUT NO ACTUAL DIGGING!!  ZILCH.  NIL ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION HAPPENING.
    NSW water Minister Melinda Pavey recently admitted in a fit of frankness that the best we can hope for is to start digging in 3 years from now!

from Lex Stewart

Coffs Harbour

Europe will starve first, losing 1000 farms a day due to climate regulations

from Armstrong Economics

The new EU Agriculture Commissioner has publicly stated that Europe loses 1,000 farms per day. He acknowledged that the EU is losing 400,000 farms per year. However, crop and livestock production in Europe is projected to decline and maybe completely abandoned Europe’s southern and Mediterranean regions due to the increased negative impacts of climate change, according to a European Environment Agency study.

Climate Change confirmed: all about starvation and depopulation and depopulation. Paris Climate Accord reveals a transfer of wealth to third world countries.

The study says that adapting to climate change must be made a top priority for the European Union’s agriculture sector if it is to improve resilience to extreme events like droughts, heatwaves, and floods. But the obsession with Climate Change in Europe which is destroying its economy and now its ability to even grow food many are concerned will lead to starvation once again as was the case in Ireland because of the British Corn Laws which prohibited the importation of grain from America.

The nonsense of Climate Change seems to be poised to accomplish what it is designed to do – reduce the population. The question that needs to be answered is: Whose grandchildren are we trying to prevent from being born? Those who do not believe in Climate Change created by Humans? Certainly not the promoters or politicians. So it must be the rest of us they want to starve.

It certainly appears that perhaps this is the backdrop as to why we may see a rise in agricultural prices into 2025 and our computer is showing this should be a cost-push inflationary wave.

Categories: Agriculture, European Union

 

 

New Zealand government trying to close down farming with draconian fresh water and environmental regulations

Letter to the Editor

Agenda 21/30 strikes NZ

Biggest ever farm protests in European history last week hidden by Australian media, and they are running a nation-wide campaign for government transparency?

Your advert and info of new book about Port Arthur which someone has just emailed to me. Google a book titled, CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE: SATANISM & JOHN PODESTA posted on “Genuine Christianity” website in USA.

Netherlands farmers protest in style leaving placid Australian farmers for dead, in case they upset the inept National Party. Who knows one day Aussie farmers might grow a brain alongside their insecticide-filled cauliflowers.

Also, although a different subject, which may be of interest to you, right now the NZ Government in collaboration with the Netherlands Government is trying to URGENTLY close down all pastoral farming with new draconian ‘Climate Change’ fresh water and environmental regulations (under UN Agenda 21 which they never mention) which will put most farmers out of business.

The Dutch farmers are awake to the seriousness of these UN Green fascist proposals and have been holding the biggest farming protests in Europe’s history the past two weeks, but the news of this has been totally censored by the mainstream media in NZ, hence our farmers still are doing virtually nothing to oppose the proposals. You know the apathetic old story down under, “She’ll be right mate!” Google “YouTube – Netherlands farmers protest 16 October, 2019.” Another massive protest is planned for next week. Appreciate your work. Jack N.Z.

National Farmers Federation, which doesn’t represent family farmers, wants them to make way for China

National Farmers Federation solution is to get rid of the farmers

Farming is an essential service

Barnaby Joyce joins in the chorus to throw farmers off the land

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has today slammed the National Farmers Federation (NFF) after they appeared on national television and announced they were lobbying the government to provide financial incentives to drought-affected farmers to leave their land; a campaign which is being echoed by the National Party.

A livid Mr Katter said, “Your solution is to get rid of the farmers. It is in the back of the mind of every intelligent Australian ‘why do you want these people out?’ So your big corporate masters, Chinese investors, prominent amongst them can buy them out and we can have corporate farmers.  The city suits and foreign nations will be our farmers and we peasants will be out there working for nothing in little towns that are vanishing. That is the solution by National Farmers Federation.”

The NFF, a farming lobby group, proposed six measures to the Government last week, one of which was an incentive payment to leave the land. Other measures in the proposal were rate relief to help pay local government charges, payments that are the equivalent to Newstart allowance, $2,000 top-up of the Assistance for Isolated Children allowance, two-year interest free government loans and a plan to work with state and territory governments to eradicate feral pigs.

Senator Barnaby Joyce

Former Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce has joined into the NFF chorus to get rid of family farmers saying if they can’t make a profit they should get out. Liberal policies for decades have ensured farming is the most over-regulated industry in the nation and almost impossible to show a satisfactory return. There are no Nationals left, just Liberals wearing Akubras. Lost is recognition by political parties that Australia will starve if we lose any more family farms. With less than 120,000 remaining farms, we have reached the point of no return. The Liberals and ALP will allow China to take over economically distressed farms.

While the NFF has been critical of the ad-hoc response to drought by the Government, Mr Katter believes that exit packages are not the answer.

“The KAP, the political party I belong to, says Reconstruction Bank. It’s just so simple that you’ve got to be curious why they won’t do it.

“The Reconstruction Bank, through the Government, can borrow at, probably, a bit below 2% so it can lend at 1.9%. Where aa farmer now owes an average $1 million, he has to find $54,000 a year to pay to the bank. Under the Reconstruction Bank he’ll now be paying $16,000 to the bank.

“The Reconstruction Bank buys bad ‘in danger’ debts at a discount. The farmer will then owe the Reconstruction Bank not the full $1 million he owed the bank but only $850,000 giving him leeway to buy fodder.”

Mr Katter also took aim at the Government’s sorry attempts at financial assistance for primary producers, “The Federal Government claiming they have done something with the farm and financial assistance grants, that one is one huge whopper. Hungry Jacks would love that one, that’s the biggest whopper of all.

“It was the Rural Action Council of Far North Qld, secured at Wayne Swan and Kevin Rudd’s Drought Summit that gave us that concession. The tragedy is when Rural Action was screaming against former Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson’s, dreadful comment that “we don’t need 240,000 farmers in Australia we only need 120,000”, well the National Party has achieved its objective, we now have less than 120,000 farmers and of those farmers around one in 10 have been on welfare payments, the Family Assistance Grants, given to us, not by our traditional party, the National Party, but by our traditional enemies the ALP.”

“If the KAP gets a commanding position in the Parliament, as Knuth, Katter and Dametto have said again and again, they will immediately reintroduce the reconstruction bank which was successfully run for over 100 years in Queensland.

“We have already lost half of our farmers in the last 20 years. Clearly it is the intention of the NFF, and their political wing, the National Party, to get rid of another half. The farmers are doing it tough? Their solution: get rid of the farmers.”

Week long power outage in California a part of UN Agenda 21/30

Australia signatory to Agenda 21 since 1992

No power for 2 million California residents

In NSW, 23,500 customers had power cut off last year, unable to pay bills

by Alex Bruce

It’s funny how so many topics once deemed to be “Tinfoil Hat conspiracy theories” keep getting proven to be worthy of serious attention. Agenda 21, the United Nations’ 1992 plan for Sustainable Development is an example.

Rosa Koire has been doing an excellent job of raising awareness about Agenda 21 for many years. She describes how it is being rolled-out – never by name. This is carefully avoided. Hence, we’re propagandized about Climate Change and the Green New Deal. She says Agenda 21 programs can be identified by their so-called “communitarian” ethos that is imposed from without by NGOs, circumventing the will of communities and the individuals within.

Useless and epensive wind turbines litter the US in the tens of thousands. Australia is next

Agenda 21 has been getting pushed hard lately in the agitprop of Greta Thunberg and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Among its unrealistic goals, the Green New Deal aims to restructure the entire global energy economy within 10 years by completely “transitioning” the US out of fossil fuels and nuclear energy and into renewables, like wind and solar power.

What none of its proponents will admit is that this plan requires genocide. As shown by the collapse of Rome and demonstrated repeatedly by successive societies, the halving of energy consumption leads directly to the collapse of human populations.

As a Bay Area forensic commercial real estate appraiser and expert witness, Rosa Koire observed how property owners in Northern California have been barred from using their own properties, thus making these cheap when the Government wants to acquire them for Eminent Domain.

While investigating this, Koire ran into Agenda 21 – or as she calls it, “The biggest public relations scam in the history of the world,” and how this global plan aims to break down economies and to depopulate areas considered to be rural or suburban, concentrating populations into larger cities.

“This is the plan. It’s the loss of our industry, our agriculture, our food independence. Ultimately, it’s the loss of our sovereignty, as a free nation…It’s social engineering…it’s the acceptance of what I call the ‘new poverty’.”

Over two million people in California were left without power this week and several hundred thousand remain without power during a preventive blackout by PG&E lasting several days. The energy company’s promise to make a massive outage like this the new normal will likely drive many people away from the rural areas and thus fulfill the plan of Agenda 21.

Hughenden irrigation project, first leg of the iconic Bradfield scheme to water inland Queensland

THREE levels of Government congregated at Riverside Station outside of Hughenden today to unveil the foundation stone representing the future site of the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme, a federally funded project which will irrigate over 10,000 hectares of farmland.

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter was flanked by State counterpart Robbie Katter, Assistant Minister for Roads Scott Buchholz, as well as economic mastermind Sir Leo Hielscher as they spoke to media and project stakeholders beside 100 hectares of irrigated pasture, a visual demonstration of what’s possible with the Hughenden Irrigation Project Corporation (HIPCo) on a bigger scale.

Bob Katter(right) helps unveil the long-awaited Hughenden irrigation project which will water 25,000 acres of rich black soil downs country

Mr Katter praised the HIPCo Board in his speech and said that the irrigation scheme will turn-around Hughenden and other western towns.

“This is a board that is made up of businessmen. They are doing the work themselves, they are owner operators and the worker operators as well. They are ordinary blokes doing something to ensure their survival.

“We will divide this area of 10,000 hectares up into 100 or so farms for people to graze and fatten cattle year-round and instead of running 7-8 ox to a hectare we run 20-30 to a hectare.

“Process is what bogs these projects down. If you can’t make a decision on a simple matter like a dam at Hughenden then you are not the Government of Australia.

“I don’t want to assume that the state government is hostile to these projects but if they get in our way then I will kick ‘em to death.

“In every single federal case where the government intervened in the past, the Franklin Dam case, in the Fraser Island case, in the case of Mabo, in all those cases the Federal Government won so it can be done.

“If you’re living in the mid-west towns, start making your preparations now because the water is coming. It is coming.”

Retired Sir Leo Hielscher AC who was Chairman of the Treasury Corporation for 22 years and is considered to be an “architect of the modern Queensland economy” flew from Brisbane attended the event and spoke of its importance to the Queensland region.

“Really I haven’t been out of retirement, I haven’t started that yet. But I have for many, many years had the old Bradfield Scheme modified in my sights. During my career I had a lot of things like that and I seemed to achieve most of them except this one and I see what we have seen today as the model for the big scheme that we are talking about.”

Robbie Katter said that having the likes of Sir Leo out to an event such as this lifts the spirits of the people and gives a great deal of credibility to the public.

“As a public servant, he is the one with the runs on the board and he has every right to be listened to by everyone else that has followed him.

“It is a great moment for the mid-weest. This is the tipping point now for opening up irrigation development and fight off drought and the floods and iron out the bumps in the cattle grazing industry.”

Robbie Katter said he would continue to advocate in the state government to manage any road blocks.

“We are the custodians of the land up here, he said.

“We set to look after and manage this land. We can do it better than anyone else in and I hope they appreciate that in helping us go forward” he said.

LNP deserts industry and farmers by switching off the lights with green power

Economic oblivion is on the horizon for Queensland with the LNP appearing to have joined Labor in their ideological journey on energy policy, State KAP Leader and Traeger Robbie Katter has warned.

 Mr Katter said in an unanticipated, but perhaps unsurprising, development the Queensland LNP had gone all in on the ideological energy debate.

 He said it was clear in their submission made to the Federal Senate Enquiry into the “prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia”, that the Queensland LNP party were more interested in ideology than looking at all options, both short and long-term, for delivering the cheapest and most reliable energy for Queensland households and businesses.

Robbie Katter warns the LNP has gone soft on peak load power for industry and jumped onto unreliable green power with the Labor Party and Greens.

 The Traeger MP said although the LNP was entitled to whatever opinion it wanted, it appeared the party was now “playing it safe” on energy and was prepared to go all in on renewables.

 “I’m disappointed, but not really surprised, that the LNP are taking such a narrow view on energy,” Mr Katter said.

 “I think the most important thing for delivering good energy policy is being willing to look at, and accept, any option that delivers the cheapest and most reliable power.

 “It looks as though the LNP have lost their mettle and caved into the irrational ideological fear that now drives our energy debate.”

 Mr Katter said the energy system was complex and having an uncompromising position on particular sources of generation was a waste of time and money.

 “The electricity system is incredibly complex and it is stupid to think that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ renewable or coal position will bring down electricity prices,” he said.

 “We need to look at all options for dealing with the short and long-term problems in the electricity system and nothing should be off the table.

 “In some circumstances thermal generation is going to be the best option and in other circumstances renewables are going to be the best option, and if there is long term opportunity to use nuclear then that shouldn’t be off the table.

 “The KAP is only focussed on ensuring prices are as low as possible and we will back any solution that delivers that outcome.

 “For the North, that’s building CopperString to unlock the cheap renewable resources around Hughenden and connect the existing gas-fired generation in Mount Isa to the east coast grid.

 “In central and south west Queensland the solution may be to commit to extending the life of existing coal-fired power stations, which will send the right market signals and give energy-intensive businesses the confidence to make longterm investments.”

 Mr Katter said the KAP’s policy on energy was simply to ensure prices were as low as possible which included the removal of the regulatory asset pricing model approach that artificially inflates customer costs.

This will effectively take power bills back towards cost, removing the large tax that the government takes out of each bill.

GMO crops bill will finish the farming industry as we know it

Letter to the Editor

Dear Farmer

A bill has been presented to Parliament that is trying to deregulate some new genetic modification (GM) techniques and the genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) that are produced as a result, by classifying them as non-GMOs.

Do you know what that could mean for you?

Deregulation means that there is no requirement to tell you that the crop you are planting contains one of these new GMOs.

The genetic sequences developed using these techniques will be patented. This means that wherever these sequences land, they can be covered by patent rights.

GM canola. Canola oil suitable only to put into air compressor motors. It is toxic to humans.

One of these new genetic sequences, called dsRNA, can be sprayed. The patent can extend to the crop and the grain produced by the crop. Spray drift from your neighbour could result in your produce being affected by patent rights. If fruit trees or vines are sprayed with patented dsRNA, the patent could extend to the fruit or grapes produced, for the life of the plant.

The patent-holder can enforce their patent rights. In the USA and Canada, this has resulted in farmers who were contaminated with past versions of GM crops, being sued for growing GM crops without a licence.

The situation in Australia could be worse. Under our existing end-point royalty system, a positive test of the patented material in a farmer’s product gives the patent-holder the legal right to deduct their user fee from the farmer’s produce payments. Even a presence of as low as 0.01% could result in a positive test, and any subsequent action against the farmer is entirely at the patent-holder’s discretion. Farmers that object to this fee being deducted from their payments will need to take legal action against the patent-holder to try to recover their money.

If a GMO spreads to the fields of an organic farm, the farm could also lose its organic status.

If Australia deregulates these GM techniques, it does not mean that importing countries have also deregulated them. In many countries, these products will still be considered as either approved or unapproved GMOs.

If a contaminated export from Australia arrives at a country that has not approved that GMO, the import can be refused. There were 200 cases of trade disruption due to unapproved GMOs between 2002 and 2012, resulting in serious consequences for some exporting countries, including the permanent loss of export markets. Losses have been in the billions of dollars.

If the export is contaminated with a GMO that is actually allowed into the food supply of the importing country, most food will be required to be labelled as GM in that country and subject to major consumer and market rejection.

Take GM wheat as an example. Although varieties of GM wheat have been available for years, it has never been commercially grown anywhere in the world, due to massive market rejection. Any escapes of GM wheat varieties from old trial sites are quickly eradicated, but have still caused markets to cease trading with areas where contamination was found. Any introduction of GM wheat into Australia therefore risks losing an industry that is worth $7.1 billion per year (5-year average).

GMOs are living organisms. Once a GMO is released into Australia on a commercial scale, it will spread and it cannot be recalled. It will be like trying to recall cane toads, blackberries, lantana or rabbits. Therefore, any impact could be permanent.

How is it then possible to recall a GMO if it causes economic loss? Who will be liable for any losses? Will the Federal Government indemnify you against any losses, immediate and on-going?

How will your industry manage these new GM varieties, when they are not considered as GMOs in Australia, but will be considered either as approved or unapproved GMOs in countries that Australia exports to?

Given there have been numerous cases of GM wheat trials in America causing contamination and immediate cancellation of all wheat orders from the area concerned, who will be liable for any economic loss to Australia’s $7.1 billion per year wheat industry if it is contaminated with deregulated GM wheat varieties?

More information can be found in the attached scientific briefing paper, written in everyday English.

If you are concerned, please send an email to the following people expressing your concern and asking “for Gene Technology Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019;12 to be blocked, by, for example, withdrawing the legislation, voting against the legislation, or disallowing it”. Tell them that you want these new GMOs to be regulated. Tell them that you want them to be identified as GMOs through the supply chain so that you have a choice about whether to use them or not. Tell them how you and your industry could be impacted if they are deregulated.

Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Senator.birmingham@aph.gov.au

Hon. Mark Colton, Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment.  Mark.Colton.mp@aph.gov.au

Hon. Madeleine King, MP, Shadow Minister for Trade. Madeleine.King.MP@aph.gov.au

Senator Rex Patrick, Spokesperson for Environment, Trade and Investment, Centre Alliance Party.

Senator.patrick@aph.gov.au

Senator Jordan Steele-John, Spokesperson for Trade, the Greens.  Senator.steele-john@aph.gov.au

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Agriculture, and Leader of the Nationals in the Senate.   Senator.mckenzie@aph.gov.au

Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources. Joel.fitzgibbon.mp@aph.gov.au

Hon. Rebekha Sharkie, Spokesperson for Agriculture, Centre Alliance Party. Rebekha.sharkie@aph.gov.au

Senator Janet Rice, Spokesperson for Agriculture, the Greens. Senator.rice@aph.gov.au

Please also feel free to look up your local member of Federal Parliament and any Senators from your State to send them a similar email. A list of Federal Government politicians can be found here:

https://www.aph.gov.au/~/media/03%20Senators%20and%20Members/32%20Members/Lists/MemList.pdf?la=en

Please feel free to send this email and the attached scientific document to other farmers.

Yours sincerely

Dr Judy Carman

Dr Judy Carman BSc (Hons) PhD MPH MPHAA

Epidemiologist and Biochemist

Director

Institute of Health and Environmental Research

PO Box 155

Kensington Park, South Australia, 5068

 

Prickly acacia thickening overtakes valuable grazing lands after record floods

State KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has labelled the State Government and the Queensland Greens hypocrites for posing as environmental champions while at the same time chronically ignoring of the wave of prickly acacia engulfing the state.

 Mr Katter said it was outrageous that Labor, and the Greens who have so far been silent on the issue, were sitting idle and refusing to make more funds available while the African weed was destroying the north and mid-west plains.

 The Traeger MP said he was at a loss to understand why the Palaszczuk State Government had refused to adhere to a supposed ‘agreement’ made with the Federal Government in March that would see a $10 million ‘war chest’ unlocked to fight the highly-invasive weed.

This introduced prickly tree is fast taking over north western Queensland downs country after record floods deposited seeds over millions of hectares of black soil grazing country affecting the carrying capacity of properties.

 The funds were due to see action on the ground from last month, but the Palaszczuk Government has denied it agreed to provide the money.

 It has made clear it will not allocate the $5 million share that a joint media release circulated by the two governments had promised it would.

 Mr Katter said the anticipated $10 million in State and Federal funding was welcomed, but at the end of the day it was grossly insufficient to deal with the weeds crisis.

 He said Queensland landholders desperately needed support in controlling prickly acacia on their properties, and there were many ways the State Government could assist with this.

 This could include providing land rent rebates to those who proved they were successfully controlling the weed on their properties, Mr Katter said.

 “The most current estimates we have say that prickly acacia is costing our agricultural industries more than $4 billion dollars a year in costs and lost productivity, with the most affected area the Mitchell Grass Downs region in central Queensland,” he said.

 “You may not be able to see the problem from the cities, but believe me a large portion of our environment is in an unnatural and unhealthy state because of this weed.

 “The problem is thrown into the laps of our graziers every year, and they fork our millions of dollars trying to contain prickly acacia with little assistance from government.

 “Prickly acacia infestation has increased from around 6.6 million hectares 20 years ago to around 33 million hectares today – it’s a cancer in the bush.

 “It is important also that we focus on the weed control activity in the Gulf where the problem is the worst.

 “I have great concerns that the former Federal Minister for Agriculture wanted to pork barrel all the federal funds into just his electorate in the central west when the majority of the problem is in the Southern Gulf.

 “Regardless, no one is interested in the particulars of what deal may or may not have been struck by the government, and this is not an issue that should be politicised by either levels of Government.”

 Mr Katter said the north and mid-west was desperate to see some genuine leadership from the State Government on prickly acacia.

 The Palaszczuk Government has only spent $2.7 million on dealing with the weed since it gained government in 2014.

 In comparison, Labor has given $3.5 billion to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation for reef protection and preservation activities in the same amount of time.

 Prickly acacia is a highly-invasive, thorny African weed that was brought to Australia as a shade and fodder tree.

 It strips land productivity by causing erosion, decreasing pasture and out-competing other native vegetation for water, and is hugely problematic in that it can transform natural grasslands into desolate thorny scrub.

 

Closure of Emerald and Longreach agricultural colleges raises the ire of industries

by staff writers

In its generational, ideological war against agriculture the Queensland Labor Party has delivered a final blow to the farming and livestock industries by closing down the state’s two iconic agricultural and pastoral colleges.

Amid a loud hue and cry from farmers and former staff, the state government has removed or stacked boards of management to ensure a fait accompli.

Several weeks ago sources revealed the prized Central Queensland Emerald Agricultural College irrigation farm was leased to a former director of the college’s board of management.

This valuable 360ha (900 acre) farm, which is attached to the college, two kilometres from the Emerald CBD has trained several thousand students over 40 years in the irrigated production of fibre and grain crops ensuring the state can prosper and generate billions of dollars in farm production.

In the federal election KAP senate candidates visited Longreach Pastoral College gathering information in an effort to stop its closure

Recently prized horses from Longreach college were offered for sale on Auction Plus.

Former students, now successful farmers have gone on to run their own farms or manage others bringing the latest technology to agriculture and cattle production.

State Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter said the closure of these iconic institutions was a national tragedy, considering their decades-long contribution to the economy by training younger famers to stay on the land to produce food and fibre.

Mr Katter said he is preparing to move against the planned disposal of the two multi-million dollar facilities and with the help of the LNP, force the state government to keep funding them.

Longreach Pastoral College has an international reputation for research and development of rangelands management producing cattle, wool and sheep meat in a semi-arid environment.

The horse production and horsemanship course is managed by Chief Instructor John Arnold whose acclaimed international reputation has drawn students from across the world.

The state government claimed low student numbers this year proved the colleges were no longer relevant to industry, but the seven year drought across much of the state prevented potential students from leaving their family grazing properties to study.

Or did parents have the financial resources to pay for tuition.

The vast Longreach training establishment showcased its 50th anniversary last year when many hundreds of former students converged on the college for a reunion.

At a time when sheep, wool and cattle have broken all previous market indicators the state government should allow and in fact support these institutions for the next generation of farming, instead of portraying farmers as environmental vandals.

The colleges could have paid their way instead the state government siphoned off most of the hundreds of millions of dollars revenue from decades of produce sales into consolidated revenue according to a retired senior manager.

The former manager of student services at Longreach Mr Bill Angus said he had devoted a lifetime steering students into running their own sheep and cattle properties across Australia and without the knowledge imparted by the colleges the ‘brain drain’ from agriculture would have had a serious impact on continued food production.

“Now I fear for agriculture,” Mr Angus lamented.ends

Longreach Pastoral College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smUDaQ7_pFc

Emerald Agricultural College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxAFYLmqc6c