Category Archives: Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland burns while Minister is drying out?

by Robert J Lee

While Queensland burns, the Labor Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Comrade Craig Crawford is nowhere to be seen. What has happened to the Minister?

The Premier, Comrade Annastacia Palaszczuk has been standing in for the Minister at media conferences issuing dire warnings for landowners to desert their properties, leaving homes to burn in the face of wildfires fuelled by Labor’s decades-long policies of no graders, dozers, firebreaks or fuel reduction burning in national parks and state-owned land.

Minister Craig Crawford’s office has refused to answer a query from Cairns News if he could confirm or deny he is undergoing alcohol rehabilitation somewhere in a facility unknown.

Wildfire destroyed this Yeppoon, Central Qld, home last week while the Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford is missing in action, believed to undergoing alcohol rehabilitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Following the United Nations agreement Agenda 21, which was eagerly signed in 1992 by then Labor Attorney General Rod Welford, the ALP has, like good Fabians, stealthily enacted these draconian UN environmental policies ever since.

Now the pigeons have come home to roost. Fires have destroyed 17 homes and 67 have been damaged. And this tally is only for 2019. Remember the devastating wildfires north of Bundaberg last year?

These homeowners, albeit they chose to live in fire prone areas among the eucalyptus trees, should have a legitimate claim against the state government.

There has been almost no hazard reduction burning in state-owned land for decades-machinery is banned-no firebreaks and bugger the poor neighbours.

The build-up of detritus on the forest floor is up to half a metre in national parks. This happened after cattle grazing was removed and properties locked up. Not so in most forestry controlled old growth and plantation areas. The Forestry department, with what is left of the old brigade, religiously burn their areas of responsibility and stock grazing is allowed in some areas.

Chop down a tree on freehold land and the dreaded tree police will pounce and drag you off to a Queensland court, mostly filled with a Labor judiciary.

How will the stormtrooper tree police know you cut down a tree to save a house? They have been watching your every move by satellite and drones. The DNR know immediately if you have acted in self-defence against wildfire.

The numerous good officers of the overpopulated Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, at media conferences have never mentioned the lack of machinery or firebreaks and excessive forest floor fuel loads might be the predisposing cause of private property losses.

Resplendent in their UN designed black uniforms, with collar badges resembling a Gestapo SS symbol, these urbanites prattle on about ‘climate change’ or global warming starting fires and every other bit of nonsense imaginable.

It is far past the time to drain the Queensland swamp of the burgeoning bureaucracy costing an extra one billion dollars a year to tell voters bullshit.

 

Green/ALP environmental policies killing eastern Australia

If you want to live among the trees then expect the worst

by Robert J Lee in Sydney

A succession of Green/ALP state governments in Queensland, NSW and Victoria has ensured the worst bush fires ever seen since the first settlement in 1788.

Blackfellas would not have allowed such high concentrations of forest detritus or would they have allowed open plains and sparsely timbered country to carry excess bodies of natural grasses.

Smart blackfellas burnt grasslands and forest whenever it would carry a fire.

If they didn’t they would have starved. Quite simple.

Forest burning on mid-coast of NSW due to Greens/ALP/LNP environmental policies of no machinery, no  firebreaks or no back burning. Pics -ABC

But the generational, socialist UN policies driving the major parties have allowed our once pristine rural land to become a tinder box due to lack of fuel reduction burning over decades.

In NSW more than 150 homes have been razed, nearly 900,000 hectares (2,250 million acres) have been devastated by wildfire and three people burnt to death because of Greens/ALP/LNP environmental nonsense.

Landowners under NSW and Queensland policies will end up in jail if they cut down a tree. There is no more problem with this stupidity now – there are no trees left.

NSW Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency, describing the crisis as “some of the most devastating bushfires we have ever seen”.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) confirmed the extent of the damage to date, ahead of a warning about “catastrophic” conditions facing Greater Sydney and the Greater Hunter areas on Tuesday.

Water bombing catastrophic fires ineffective and a waste of money

And the nonsense still continues in the face of a declared fire emergency; no graders or bulldozers to build fire breaks can be seen at most of these fires. Queensland is no different.

Instead the urban methods of water-bombing with aircraft is next to useless, but puts a lot of money into a few hands.

The NSW fire bill is expected to exceed $1 billion. Insurance companies are hiding under rocks. Great management by state governments!

Then came the UN Agenda 21 (which has morphed into Agenda 30) in 1992 which then Queensland ALP Attorney General, Rod Welford, an avowed socialist among other things, couldn’t wait to sign. On whose authority did he sign such a terrible agreement?

The we have the outgoing Queensland ALP Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk  and Deputy Premier Comrade Jackie Trad promising to sack 11,000 rural fire service volunteers if they don’t apply for a working with children blue card or telephone some ‘official’ from a raging fire ground for permission if they want to back burn.

Today Comrade Premier Palaszczuk issued a state of emergency forbidding any open fires, welding, grinding or acetylene cutting, warning landowners they will commandeer whatever equipment or water needed to fight a fire.

Maybe the desk-jockey morons of the ALP government have discovered they will need machinery to build fire breaks?

Far too little far too late. Get rid of these Trotskyites and replace them with One Nation, Katter and other independents at the next election.

Then form a new state of North Queensland and we can leave the Labor communists and their supporters to wallow in the denuded dustbowl of South East Queensland which no dams and no hazard reduction burning policies has created.

Petition to reinstate $13m slashed from Qld Rural Fire brigade budget

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to you seeking  your support for the volunteers of the Queensland Rural Fire Brigades.

The State Government has slashed 13 million dollars from the Rural Fire budget for this financial year.

More than 11,000 Queensland rural fire fighter volunteers have rejected the takeover of the RFS by urban brigades. They are asking for the $13m taken out of their budget to be returned.

I have lodged an e-petition to the Parliament requesting the Government increase support for our Rural Fire volunteers by providing more equipment and resources to our Rural brigades, to counter the predicted increase in bushfires.

If you could log onto the Parliamentary e-petition web site

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=3230.

and add your name to the petition, it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, Please forward this message to all your friends and relatives, the safety of our volunteers and rural communities depend on the Government getting our message

Thank you.

Terry Gordon. Secretary Gordonbrook Rural Fire Brigade.

The Qld ALP state government in spite of the nonsense spruiked by the Premier on every recent TV bulletin about ‘unprecedented’ bushfires and how good is the RFS, does not like the RFS as witnessed by the urban brigades’ takeover. It has stalled because Annastacia is set to sack more than 11,000 RFS volunteers for refusing to apply for a working with children blue card. She does not have the lawful authority, according to the best legal advice, to enforce anything upon volunteers. There are no contractual agreements between the ‘State Government’ and individual volunteers.

-Jim O’Toole, Editor

 

State ALP Government about to sack 18,000 Rural Fire Services volunteers for refusing to apply for a ‘blue card’

Takeover of independent, volunteer rural brigades by megalomaniacs of the urban fire services is imminent

Unrelated or not the State Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford, a former ambulance driver from Victoria who is overseeing the impending dismissal of more than 18,000 RFS volunteers from regional areas of Queensland, just lost the support of his Barron River electorate branch of the ALP

The Rural Fire Service Association of volunteers has ignored demands from Crawford and Commissioners Mark Roche, Mike Wassing and Doug Smith to apply for ‘blue cards’ issued by the Health Department as a requirement for working with children.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford , a former Victorian ambulance driver, has lost the support of his Barron River electorate branch of the ALP. His seat will be challenged at the next election by the LNP, KAP, One Nation, Greens and an independent ensuring his demise. “If you have a cocktail party, free of course, I’ll be there,” says Crawford

Consequently in a tit-for-tat retaliation Crawford ordered the department to refuse issues of new Personal Protective Equipment to volunteers until they apply for a blue card.

The RFS says its volunteers are fire fighters not health department employees and with an average age of nearly 60, its membership has refused to jump through Labor hoops, similar to public service entry requirements.

Come December 1 they will be sacked, if that is a lawful action, for not applying for a blue card.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service administration has all but gutted the Rural Fire Service, destroying morale, forcing volunteer fire ground firefighters to ring a superior officer in Brisbane to get permission to backburn in the face of a fire.

Such stupidity comes directly from a script in the UK television comedy, ‘Yes Minister’.

Much of rural Queensland where fires are fought, does not have any mobile phone coverage and the RFS radio network is unwieldy and incapable of performing to this standard in bush fire emergencies.

Former Fire Commissioner Katarina Caroll, centre, (now Police Commissioner), flanked by Assistant Commissioners Roche and Gallant. All can be thanked for the mess and mass dismissals created by the Marxists of the Labor Party

Crawford has presented a bill, before the Parliament now, which if passed will in effect force the sacking of nearly 70 per cent of volunteers across the state smack in the middle of the fire season.

It is expected the fire emergency control centre, Firecom, situated in most cities to direct resources, will have to ask urban brigades to attend bush fires, leaving towns and cities unmanned.

When simultaneous fire or motor accident emergencies occur in the bush or cities, taxpayers and their properties will be left unprotected.

Some sectors of rural brigades are considering returning to their original, privately formed groups usually of farmers and rural-residential dwellers which will not be ‘owned’ or directed by state government.

Much of the original, privately-owned appliances and equipment, bought with proceeds of public fund raising and from council rates levies will be retained by the re-established, unincorporated private brigades.

This ALP Government, which has been cited by Opposition parties and sections of the media as the worst in living memory, even worse than the administrations of Beattie and Bligh, will go down at the next election for being the most ineffectual, immoral, Green, socialist-left, Marxist mob of carpetbaggers ever to occupy George Street.

Comment from a reader:

If this is the official excuse for implementing this blue card bullshit,

“Put simply, as a member of the Rural Fire Service, you are likely to come into contact with children while performing your role, so are required to have a blue card. It is the law, and one QFES takes seriously.”
John Bolger AFSM
Acting Deputy Commissioner
Emergency Management, Volunteerism and Community Resilience

Then, we can expect volunteers involved in all public events ( local shows, festivals, week-end markets school fates, etc.) will also be required to have a blue card.

How about the local supermarket or church on Sunday? We all come in contact with children while doing the weekly grocery shopping and attending church services. Will we need to have a blue card to enter the local supermarket or our local church?

The lunatics have definitely taken control of the George Street nuthouse.

Terry Gordon.

Below is the edict issued by the QFES administration:

CLICK HERE to see the whole document

Qld Government buys Seaswift, Australia’s largest privately owned shipping company

Two of Queensland’s slipperiest politicians, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Deputy Premier, Comrade Jackie Trad are the proud new owners of the Cairns-based sea freight company Seaswift, the largest privately owned shipping company in Australia.

Industry sources said QIC paid an unconfirmed $300 million for the freight company which services much of Northern Australia including the Torres Strait and Gulf of Carpentaria.

The government-owned company, Queensland Investment Corporation lists shareholders as the Premier and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad who has just scraped through an investigation over insider trading in property.

MV Trinity Bay, one of the Seaswift fleet bought buy the Qld Government owned Queensland Investment Corporation

Seaswift CEO Fred White said he would remain as manager of the company.

He stressed the (already exorbitant) freight rates would not increase but he did not say if there would be any decrease in charges for thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who struggle to buy high priced groceries and fuel at $2 a litre or more across the north.

Nearly all commodities on Cape York Peninsular and Island communities arrive by Seaswift.

Seaswift (Holdings) Pty Ltd recorded $144.6m revenue in the 2018 financial year.

QIC reported a pre-tax profit of $101.3m in 2017-2018 financial year from revenue of $410.6m.

The investment company owned $86.1 billion assets under management as of June 30, 2018 across a wide range of operations including global investments in real estate and private capital.

It would be of great interest to discover just how much money QIC has invested in private capital ventures in Queensland. –from our Townsville bureau

Chinese turn up heat on the Tip of Cape York

The Queensland Labor Government is believed to have transferred three valuable and strategically placed perpetual leases at the Tip of Cape York to an Aboriginal corporation which has stated it will transfer the leases to Chinese nationals.

Today Cairns News received a report of a Chinese delegation wearing suits seen in the main street of Bamaga, walking away from the local council HQ towards the Bamaga Resort.

Tourists do not wear suits on Cape York Peninsula.

The iconic and strategic Tip of Cape York Peninsula, soon to controlled by Chinese nationals?

The opposition to Chinese ownership of any more Australian land is overwhelmingly evident from countless comments on Cairns News over  past years. Furthermore private emails received by Cairnsnews from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders certainly reflect widespread opposition to any foreign, never mind Chinese ownership or control.

It is now up to governments to prevent the Chinese nationals from getting the final foothold in its ‘string of pearls’, Northern Australia.

Communications from military ships, Border Force vessels and aircraft patrolling the Torres Straits could easily be intercepted from such a strategic position.

Tell your politicians to act now.

 

 

South East Qld wildfires caused by decades of dangerous Labor Party policies

If you want to live among the trees then expect more destruction

Thousands of hectares of wallum scrub and once open forest in the Sunshine and Gold Coast hinterlands and seaside suburbs were razed this week in what was a preventable inferno.

Many homes and the historic Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland were lost to wildfire. Where were the fire breaks? Where was the back burning in the days or weeks before?

Historic Binna Burra lodge destroyed by wild fire in Gold Coast hinterland. Urban dwellers are unable to understand or cope with a state experiencing severe drought conditions, caused by on ongoing cyclic solar activities. They should switch of their televisions, stop listening to Greens propaganda  Pics-ABC

The Labor state government’s poor management record of forest and national park reserves across the state will see more of these dangerous conflagrations especially during long periods of dry weather.

The Deputy Premier, comrade Jackie Trad, a Green tragic, was quick to blame ‘climate change’ but she is bereft of any intelligence to know the widespread hot ember storm was caused by her UN-inspired polices of no firebreaks, no heavy machinery, no hazard reduction burning and no cattle grazing on any land.

These fires simply are a repeat of the widespread destructive wildfires which burnt out nearly half a million hectares north of Bundaberg in 2018.

Until this state is rid of urban politicians who have no understanding of the garden bed next door let alone the vast uninhabited areas of Queensland we will continue to witness devastating environmental damage never before seen in the history of the ‘sunshine state.’

In the ample dramatic ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good story’ footage, televisions across the nation flashed bulletins of wildfires and ember storms which caused spot fires some 300 or more metres distant.

Water bombing by a 737, an extreme waste of taxpayers money in most circumstances. Fire prevention costs almost nothing and a change of Labor’s devastating UN-inspired policies would prevent wildfires destroying property.

Climate change is the culprit, say the hopeless Greens, but the climate changes every day so this stupidity carries no water. The state is in drought, a continuous cycle of weather patterns caused by differing solar activity.

Wet sclerophyll or rainforest encroaches on open forest, and a succession of wet years followed by a drought can allow so-called rain forest to burn if sufficient detritus is on the forest floor.

Witness the wanton waste of taxpayer money near Lockhart River Aboriginal community in the electorate of the state member of parliament Cynthia Lui from Yam Island.

A fire, presumably lit by Aborigines, which got into the Iron Range ‘rain forest’ is being water bombed by aircraft.  This area of Cape York Peninsula has an annual rainfall during the wet season of more than a metre and a half.

Meanwhile bushfire-fighting practices in the south east corner under the direction of the urban fire department were doomed to fail before they began.

Where were the experienced incident control officers from northern Rural Fire Services?

Thee urban brigades with well-paid staff won’t allow battle toughened rural firies near the control base. They want unpaid volunteers at the fire front.

Urbane firefighters generally have little concept of fighting large bushfires. These firemen are virtually ‘pissing into the wind.’ It is obvious these flames cannot be doused but the fire has already been halted by the concrete carpark wall, so why waste water and endanger lives? Where are the fire breaks, back-burning and what happened to hazard reduction burning?

 

 

More importantly nowhere in urbanised TV bulletins was a bulldozer or grader to be seen or were any worthwhile fire breaks.

In hinterland grazing country, when composted, dry kikuyu pastures and cow pats burn the fire can only be contained by graded firebreaks.

Reports of nearly metre-high piles of dry litter on forest floors interwoven with a lantana jungle are a result of an absence of hazard reduction burning over many years.

Because the national park service and the Labor state government generally won’t allow firebreaks to be constructed in its millions of hectares of wasteful parks estates, then without hazard reduction burns we have just experienced the result.

The Liberal Party fares little better having lost its way decades ago.

Time to take back the reins people(sheeple?).

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

 

Aborigines are not the only indigenous Australians

Letter to the Editor

My wife and I were both born in Australia, as were two children and four grandchildren. Our parents were born in Australia as were all of their parents. And some ancestors go back much further in this land.


I feel rage every time I have to sit through another patronising “welcome to country” charade, designed to make me feel an intruder in my own land. Indigenous history on this continent is the same as our family story – it just goes back a bit further.

The first aboriginals probably walked here over a land bridge and Europeans came later in sailing clippers. All caused displacement of prior inhabitants. They brought dingos which are now “protected” – we brought cattle, sheep, horses and ploughs which are increasingly condemned. They mined ochre, quartzite and basalt, which are now heritage sites – but our coal mines are widely condemned. They brought spears and boomerangs – we brought guns and swords.


Racial referenda, indigenous “Welcomes”, talk of Treaties and special land rights for some Australians just create and maintain division. How long before we are one people with the same rights and responsibilities?


Two centuries is surely time enough?

 Viv Forbes

Washpool   Qld       4306        Australia

Editor:

That’s correct Viv, but wait until you have to sit through a phony ‘smoking ceremony.’ Our northern blackfellas shudder every time they see one. It’s only for tourists and has no traditional basis but the silly Prime Minister allowed hours of it at Parliament House  for the opening ceremony. What a laugh!

Socialist Republik of Queensland forcing farmers off their land

Queensland Treasury Corporation on its knees – trading insolvent

Unable to offer freight subsidies ALP drives in last nail for primary producers

The Queensland corporate Government has again proven its disdain for the bush, ripping vital water, fodder and livestock freight subsidies from the hands of drought-stricken producers, State KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has said.

 Mr Katter said it was telling that the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development, Comrade Mark Furner, had revoked the subsidies only months after the North West cattle industry was decimated by almost 10 years of drought followed by extreme torrential rain.

Queensland’s three commissars, Comrade Premier Palaszczuk; Comrade Agriculture Minister Furner; Comrade Jacquie Trad ensuring cattle and sheep producers can never survive the next drought. They intend to hand back all once-viable grazing and farming properties to blackfellas after the farmers have been forced off.

 The Minister announced on Friday that the subsidies would end due to the “poor management decisions” of those farmers who accessed the scheme.

 Minister Furner said producers who already live in drought-declared areas — around 65 per cent of the state — would not immediately be affected by the changes, but they will when their drought declarations are lifted.

 Mr Katter said the recent partial revocation of drought declarations in the Flinders Shire and Charters Towers Regional Council areas meant producers in these parts would never receive the subsidies again.

 “If you’re going to take away something then what is the alternative to try stabilise a critical rural industry through prolonged drought?” Mr Katter said.

 “This doesn’t just hit the producers themselves, but all of the contractors built around that industry as well – this is an industry-crippling decision targeting people who are already on their knees.

 “I mean no disrespect, but the fact is that this has been signed off by a Minister who lives in Brisbane, has always live in Brisbane, and would find it very difficult to understand how these natural events can rip through otherwise well-performing battlers in the industry that we need to retain in the future.

 “I almost choked on my cup of tea when I heard the Premier refer to Minister Furner as the ‘Farmer’s Friend’ in Parliament a few weeks ago; we are all being taken for a ride here.

 “I am unsure as to how bad things need to get before our governments realise the actual value of our food production industries.

 “We’ll likely be spooning processed foreign meat out of tin by then, because it is getting near on impossible to achieve sustainability in our food production industries in this state.

 “My recommendation, and the recommendation of many, has long been the establishment of a government-owned and run Rural Reconstruction Board.

 “This would mean the government could utilise its advantageous borrowing rates to provide new credit to the well-performing primary producers who are struggling on their balance sheets.

 “This is not about propping up inefficient business, but about increasing self-sufficiency and negating the need for government subsidies and handouts altogether.

 “Overall it would save the state money, but I note this is something neither Labor nor the LNP has given the time of day.”

 

Flood victims unable to access flood disaster grants in NW Qld

Natural disaster funding a ‘con’

by Jim O’Toole Townsville bureau

The Federal Government’s aid package for grazing property owners is a terrible confidence trick still being played on survivors of the horrendous floods in North Western Queensland.

More than 600,000 head of cattle were estimated to have been lost in the February, 2019 deluge.

Shane Stone was chosen by the Federal Government to sell its dodgy flood compensation scheme. The Federal Government is playing a terrible trick on NW Qld flood victims where more than 600,000 cattle perished in February floods

Prior to the federal election held on May 18, 2019 the government appointed former Northern Territory Chief Minister Shane Stone to sell their Clayton’s recovery package which involves a so-called $400,000 grant.

This week the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority has placed advertisements in regional newspapers offering these grants of $400,000 for restocking lost livestock, replanting lost or damaged crops repairing or replacing damaged or lost on-farm infrastructure.

A meeting of affected landowners held in Winton in April was told the $400,000 federal grant was available to individual graziers who had matching funds.

In other words if a family farmer had $400,000 in his bank account, the grant was available.

It was pointed out at the meeting by a flood victim that the entire North Western region had been in a seven year drought before the ‘Great Flood’ event.

“How would any of us have $400,000 in the bank after feeding stock for so long?” the grazier asked.

Mr Stone was at great pains to explain the ‘grant’ was just that; no repayments were required provided there were matching funds.

The lasting legacy of the flood has already seen an exodus of generational farmers from the area with predictions of more to leave.

They are unable to continue on their properties, some held for more than 100 years, because they simply have given up hope.

The national cattle herd numbers are seriously depleted due to ongoing drought in all eastern states.

Suitable replacement cattle are not available for restocking.

Governments have deployed counsellors and financial advisors to the area trying to stem widespread bouts of personal depression and giving financial advice to stressed farmers in an effort to extract them from this economic maelstrom.