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South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad’s attack on a bill designed to protect the use of traditional, gender-based language in Queensland is the mind-boggling epitome of extremist “woke” culture, Katter’s Australian Party Leader Robbie Katter has said.
Speaking on Mr Katter’s “He Said, She Said” bill last night, the former Deputy Premier and Treasurer described the KAP’s legislation as disrespectful, divisive, damaging, and akin to the “weaponization of language”.
Mr Katter said while he was not surprised by Labor’s attack on the traditional values held by the vast majority of Queenslanders, it was still confronting to hear that terms like “boy” and “girl” could be considered “weapons”.
The Anti-Discrimination (Right to use gender-specific language) Amendment Bill was first introduced in 2018 – at the time the KAP hoped it would mark a turning point in “the battle for common sense”.
The bill’s intent is two-fold: 1) “To protect an individual’s right to use traditional gender based language” and 2) “To protect businesses and other organisations from disadvantage in the provision of facilities and services that exclusively recognise gender as either male or female”.
The bill is not designed to legalise hate speech, as outlined in a clause in the amendment that disallows the use of gendered-language that is used with the intention of “offending, humiliating or intimidating another person”.
Mr Katter said the bill was about providing protection for people who use gender-specific terms such as ‘he’ or ‘she’ and face punishment from their workplace, school or university.
“This bill is not about allowing people to intentionally attack each other, it’s about protecting those of us – who I would suggest are in vast majority – from being set upon and socially ostracised for simply using the language conventions humans have used for thousands of years,” Mr Katter said.
“We exist in an increasingly intolerant and hostile social environment whereby mis-gendering an individual, or otherwise offending someone by the use of normal language, is enough to see an individual treated as a social outcast.
“I do not believe this is what the vast majority of Queenslanders agree with, and so we have spoken for them through this legislation.
“You cannot fight discrimination by discriminating in the reverse and we cannot sit by while radical ideologists suggest otherwise.”
The debate on the “He Said, She Said” bill is due to resume at the next Queensland Parliament sitting, before going to a vote.
The Labor Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui has spent months of her time putting together legislation to enshrine Torres Strait Islander adoption tradition into law while motorists are being killed on the neglected streets of the largest town in her electorate.
Lui, from Yam Island in the Torres Strait, controversially moved her office from Mareeba, out of the electorate to Cairns earlier this year, leaving the lower half of Cook without representation.
She said constituents from the Torres Strait found it hard to contact her in Mareeba, one hour’s drive from Cairns.
She relocated the office to the Commonwealth Centre in Cairns to enable a handful of Torres Strait constituents to meet with her after arriving on subsidised flights from Horn Island.
Ms Lui has dumped the 22,000 residents of Mareeba and Douglas Shires leaving them without state representation.
A spokesman for the largest traditional owner group in the Torres Strait told Cairnsnews the child-rearing practices bill introduced by Ms Lui on Thursday into State Parliament was actually related to an Aboriginal custom and not that of Torres Strait Islanders.
Ms Lui has had an electorate office on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait ever since she was elected.
Meanwhile a female motorcyclist was killed in an accident on congested Byrnes Street in Mareeba on Tuesday when a four wheel drive vehicle drove into the rear of her stationary motorcycle while trying to turn into a service station.
Mareeba has been suffering extreme traffic congestion as thousands of tourist vehicles converged on the arterial main street bottleneck this week, heading north after Covid restrictions were lifted.
The Tablelands’ first set of traffic lights, recently erected at a major intersection in the CBD have caused chaos with local traffic forming long queues during peak hours.
Successive State Governments have refused to construct a heavy vehicle, main street bypass, gazetted for 35 years, to divert hundreds of large trucks driving through the CBD each week while parked cars and converging traffic play Russian roulette with smelly semi-trailers full of Cairns rubbish or others carrying dangerous goods.
A heavy vehicle bypass would have enabled The Main Roads Department to leave the large roundabout intact. The Labor government took the soft option of installing lights for $3.5 million instead of building a more expensive bypass.
Federal Member Bob Katter last week opened an office in Mareeba. He says his staff will help to fill the electoral void left by Ms Lui.
Mr Katter said he was “moving heaven and earth” to get funding for the construction of a heavy vehicle bypass, stipulating the work should go only to local contractors.
China has been given access to the entire Queensland electoral roll by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
The Queensland Government has been accused of exposing voters to a massive security breach by allowing Chinese-based coders to write critical software for the Queensland Electoral Commission.
While Australia and the United States kicked out the Chinese Huawei IT company, brainless state Labor Party politicians expose the entire voting population to identity theft, bank fraud, and every other aspect of corruption the communists can dream up by allowing China in.
Sky News presenter Peta Credlin dropped the IT bomb on Friday claiming the outsourcing of coding gives China access to the electoral roll and 2,826,613 names, addresses and dates of birth of Queensland residents.
It could make accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election look like a Facebook discussion.
China effectively could manipulate the result of the upcoming state election, which should raise the hackles of the unions and Deep State operatives within the QEC.
For decades the unions have been instrumental in large scale voting manipulation, aided and abetted by QEC sleepers, which has changed the result in marginal seats.
Postal voting is the latest method of voting fraud as Pauline Hanson could attest when she narrowly lost the seat of Lockyer in 2015 by a handful of suspected fraudulent postal votes.
Channel 9 reported on the election:
“One Nation’s Pauline Hanson is having a bigger than expected impact in the seat of Lockyer.
With 77 per cent of the votes from Saturday’s state election counted, Ms Hanson had 6974 primary votes (27.3 percent), ahead of Labor’s Steve Leese (6366 or 24.93 per cent).
Sitting LNP Ian Rickuss was ahead with 8596 (33.65 percent), but had suffered a significant swing against him.
The two-candidate preferred breakdown on the Queensland Electoral Commission website has Ms Hanson ahead with 54.6 per cent compared to Mr Rikuss’ 45.3, but that figure is based on only five of the 61 booths.
ABC’s election analyst said Ms Hanson is leading on a swing of 18 per cent in those five booths.”
The counting stretched out for nearly two weeks as postal votes dribbled in. During the counting, for example, Ms Hanson was ahead with 100 votes then the next day150 postal votes would arrive. Conversely the next day she would again be ahead by 75 votes then the next day she would be losing by 120 votes just delivered by the postman, ad infinitum.
This went on until the counting finished causing Ms Hanson to lose the race.
The Queensland Marxist government like Premier “Red” Dan Andrews in Victoria, bows and scrapes to China but there is only so much people can take.
Voters will not get a clean election result until the state government orders a physical habitation check of every Queensland household to be undertaken by interstate, independent inspectors and overseen by a retired interstate judge.
Letter to the Editor
As I see it –
Karl Marx Communist Manifesto
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents (land taxes, council rates)
of land to public purposes.
The “rent” on your property in Australia is in the form of an illegal tax which if not paid over a period of 3 years the “Local Government’ is obliged to hold an auction sale for the recovery of the money owed. So who owns the house and land?
“The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is an Australian government statutory agency…..”
Where are the statutes to be found?
Similarly where are the Commonwealth of Australia governments statutes authorising a 3rd tier of government?
Section 109 of the Australian Constitution states:
“When a law of a State is inconsistent with a law of the Commonwealth, the latter shall prevail and the former shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be invalid.”
Because the state Parliaments of Australia are subject to the Commonwealth Parliament and also subject to the Commonwealth Constitution, the states cannot lawfully impose a ‘Land Tax’, ‘only the Commonwealth Government holds such taxation authority’.
“The very same applies to local governments continuance and application of rates and taxes issued on their behalf”
(State governments cannot be awarded powers from the commonwealth that are not theirs to hand over)
Until the states of Australia can provide a legal authority either from the High Court of Australia; or from the Federal Government giving authority to raise taxes, to comply with your intentions would be in breach of the law itself, that you are bound to uphold.
All local government has been constitutionally illegal since 3-9-88 when there was a referendum to incorporate local Government into the Australian Constitution, and prior to the referendum, there has never been any implied legality.
This means that all local government authorities now operate without a lawful head of power. The legal bind is that states cannot retain legislation that condones any form of local government.
Thus all levels of government are operating illegally ignoring the instructions of the people. If the government will not obey the Constitutional Will of The People and thus democratic law, why should the people obey parliamentary law? The precedent has been set.
FURTHERMORE Local Government Rates are deemed a tax thus no GST is applicable.
Clearly in sections 51 and 52 of the Constitution and from the Constitutional Commission (1985 – 1988) report that the power of taxation is held exclusively by the Federal Parliament. No states have authority under the constitution to impose a tax. Clearly in sections 51 and 52 of the Constitution and from the Constitutional Commission (1985 – 1988) report that “The power of taxation is held exclusively by the Federal Parliament.” Thus Local Government Rates being a tax are unlawful and in breach of the constitution.
4. Unless we receive a “Rates Notice” from the ‘Commissioner for Taxation council rates are INVALID and UNLAWFUL.
BUT – The ATO is an agency of the Commonwealth.
STATEMENT by former Attorney General to prevent validity of ATO from scutiny
Attorney-General – George Brandis QC
Senate Hansard, Monday, 28 November 2016
“………..Nevertheless, because a constitutional issue had been raised, a notice under section 78B of the Judiciary Act went to the Commonwealth, as well as to the states and territories, asking if the Commonwealth wished to intervene in the proceedings. It is important to point out that although the ATO is an agency of the Commonwealth it is a different legal personality. It nevertheless represents the interests of the Commonwealth in protecting the revenue. It is not automatic that the Commonwealth intervenes in proceedings every time it receives a section 78B notice. Every section 78B notice is assessed according to its own particular facts………………”
….Relatively low key but highly symbolic Commonwealth support of local government continued during the Howard Liberal–National Government (1996–2007). A significant local government initiative of the Howard years was the Roads to Recovery program, which provided funds direct to local governments to upgrade, construct and maintain local roads. Begun in 2000, some $1.2 billion dollars was spent on Roads to Recovery grants by May 2005, and a further $1.23 billion was subsequently committed for the 2005–06 to 2008–09 fiscal period. This program benefited many rural and regional councils, a reflection, perhaps, of an old national ideal identified by political scientist Judith Brett:
Built into the notion of what it was to be an Australian was an idea of shared access to basic services, a shared minimum standard of living, no matter where you lived.
The rhetoric behind the Roads to Recovery scheme included a slightly ‘Whitlamesque’ concern for fostering local ‘agency’ and expeditious outcomes without state involvement: ……
Public Service Act 2008 Section 24 Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The Queensland Public Service
What is a government entity
1. (a) a department or part of a department; or
2. (b) a public service office or part of a public service office; or
3. (c) an agency, authority, commission, corporation, instrumentality, office, or other entity, established under an Act or under State authorisation for a public or State purpose; or
4. (d) a part of an entity mentioned in paragraph (c); or
5. (e) another entity, or part of another entity, declared under a regulation to be a government entity; or
6. (f) a registry or other administrative office of a court of the State of any jurisdiction.
(2) However, each of the following entities is not a government entity— (a) a local government; etc
Therefore corporate Local government is like the corporate ATO which has no Commonwealth Constitutional authority and is therefore an agency of the Commonwealth and States. Local Government and ATO Acts are only corporate statutes, and only apply to the employees of that private company (Corporations Act 1990 Sec 8).
from Kev Crisscross,
by staff writers
VICTORIA’S political crisis will deepen, despite Premier aka comrade Dan Andrews’ attempts to exploit a so-called second wave in COVID19 infections, to deflect attention from it and buy time.
In addition to the scandal involving the foul, crooked Labor branch stacker and former Local Government Minister Adam Somyurek and two other ministerial resignations, the state has been caught in two massive fraud allegations involving the Dandenong City Council and the Department of Health and Human Services and the brazenly illegal “withdrawal” of taxi business licences in 2017.
Dandenong council, in the bullying manner typical of the bureaucratic, corporate monstrosities called “local government”, is accused of fraudulently shutting down a catering business named I Cook Foods 18 months ago.
The privately-owned family business just happened to be serious competition for another catering company, Community Catering, in which Dandenong council and others have financial stakes. This company was in financial difficulty and is being bought by the State Government.
Meanwhile taxi operators who were shafted by this same out-of-control China client state called Victoria, are now battling in the courts in order to get some justice after Andrews and company simply cancelled 5000 “pepetual licences” at midnight on October 9, 2017. So-called “transitional payments” of totally inadequate amounts, were offered with the new legislation.
The move smoothed the path for the entry of Silicon Valley tech giant Uber to the Australian market and no doubt paid off handsomely to Victorian Labor Party coffers.
One former taxi operator told Cairns News the government simply removed the word “perpetual” from the redrafted legislation and then let Uber into a now largely unregulated market.
“They reduced the price of the plates to zero. My business, superannuation, income and inheritance for my children is all gone.
“Licences used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per set of plates. That’s where the wealth was in the industry. But now people have a debt on something that no longer exists.”
Dandenong Council and Red Dan hand-in-hand for dollars
Comrade Dan’s crooked corporate state also works hand in hand with the council corporations.
I Cook Foods supplies packaged food for nursing homes, Meals on Wheels and hospitals, but was temporarily shut down by Dandenong council and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). They used the death of an elderly woman initially attributed to listeria and linked it to I Cook Foods.
Ian Cook’s factory was later cleared of having contamination and documents revealed council officers knew within days of the closure that the listeria levels at the business were safe.
However, the council raised other “food safety” concerns, including a slug being found in the kitchen, and laid 96 food safety charges against Mr Cook and his company.
The closure resulted in 41 people losing their jobs and basically destroyed a $25 million business. It is still managing to survive on limited business.
A council health inspector is now accused of planting the slug on the property after video footage was reviewed.
Luckily for Ian Cook, his matter has now been widely publicized and was the subject of a parliamentary hearing this month (June).
Ian has also been given access to a commercial law process by a group of Geelong activists, which has enabled him to sidestep the courts and expensive legal obstruction by council solicitors.
He has also gained the voluntary help of two retired Victorian cops who have been supplied with extensive evidence of the misconduct.
It is hoped prosecutions may be undertaken in the near future.
Cairns economist warns of massive unemployment and damage to local economy because of border closure
The international tourist destination of Cairns in Far North Queensland which showcases the Great Barrier Reef has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.
Cairns economist Bill Cummings has investigated the real number of unemployed which rose from 8178 in December 2019 to 23,100 in April 2020.
This massive increase is directly attributable to Covid 19 forced business shutdowns and a halt to international and most domestic flights.
“The number has leapt from about 8,400 in the region (4,900 in Cairns) in February, to 23,000 in the region (15,000 in Cairns) in April. Estimated unemployment rate as measured by registered unemployed on benefits has jumped from about 6% to about 18%. This compares with about 9% at national level. It can be expected that the May figures will show a further increase,” Mr Cummings said.
“On top of this, there are large numbers of jobs being supported by the Australian Government’s JobKeeper program. At this stage numbers are unknown. It is quite possible that at present, at end May, there is at least 25% either unemployed or only being in employment due to the JobKeeper program.”
He said the figures also highlight the unreliability of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Series that for April records unemployment of only 7700 in the region and incredibly, an increase in employment over March.
The city and region are almost totally reliant on tourism and dozens of travel, tourist and accommodation businesses in Cairns have closed their doors, unlikely to ever reopen.
Labor’s real agenda is to keep the state borders closed until election in October
A defiant Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has repeatedly told the tourism sector she will not reopen the border with NSW until at least mid-September, a decision she says is based on medical advice, presumably from Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young.
If the border reopened interstate tourists could take the economic pressure off the Gold Coast and Cairns keeping businesses and jobs alive.
Despite conflicting advice from federal Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Kelly, who said he cannot see any medical reason for the border to remain closed, Dr Young refuses to yield.
Not only is Cairns acutely suffering but 1900 kilometres to the south, Cavill Avenue, the main street of the Gold Coast, looks and feels like a morgue.
There is however a feeling among northern political commentators and some Cape York residents that the real agenda of the Premier and the Labor Party is to keep the state closed up until mid-September, a month before the state election, due on October 31.
A prolonged closure would seriously hamper election candidates for opposing parties from accessing different parts of the state to campaign.
Last week the leader of the fledgling NQ First party, Jason Costigan caused a stir and a belated police investigation after a Liberal Party supporter in Cooktown questioned how he got through the police and military checkpoint to enter the small ocean front town.
Being the Member for Whitsunday, Mr Costigan, said he made a proper application for a permit and was allowed to enter the no go zone for electoral purposes, in deference to Cooktown residents and Hopevale Aboriginal community which have been locked up since March.
“I did nothing wrong and abided by the law,” Mr Costigan said.
The NQ First party endorsed former Mayor of Aboriginal community Wulal Wujal, Desmond Tayley, as its candidate for the seat of Cook.
Wujal Wujal is situated just to the south of Cooktown.
This abuse of power by the State Government could be a sign of things to come.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says loading app on Queensland phones could be compulsory
(ABC Radio, April 22)
Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says he won’t be signing up to the Federal Government’s contact tracing app full stop, and if it becomes compulsory he’d rather be thrown in jail.
“I will not now, or in the future, agree to a contact tracing app,” Mr Katter said.
“The Christian Brothers, and other educators, insisted on us reading 1984 and A Brave New World, and now these Orwellian predictions have never seemed more real.
“What ever argument you have for forsaking your freedoms, at the end of the day you will find it’s a poor trade off.”
The Katter’s Australian Party Member congratulated the Federal Government on its brilliant handling of Coronavirus up until now, but stated they’d failed to force the hands of State Governments to implement regional quarantining (except for the shining example of Western Australia).
“Our most powerful weapon is that regional areas like North Qld have only a dozen active coronavirus cases and by the end of this week will be contagion free,” Mr Katter said.
The recent minor virus outbreak in Cairns was caused by a lab assistant returning from Brisbane to Cairns then testing positive.
“We must keep the clean areas clean by isolating them, and apart from the WA government no-one is doing that.
“If you stop travel from Coronavirus hotspots into these clean areas then you can relax restrictions, restart business and implement a public works scheme of dam building, new railines, roads and transmission lines.
“It’s a far better alternative than implementing an Orwellian phone app that will invade every aspect of our much loved privacy and freedom.”
“The truth is that with their 5g technology they can only track you provided that you maintain a five foot exclusion zone between you and the next nearest person. Because 5G is not fully operational at the moment, it’s not really necessary, but what better way to train the monkeys to stay apart, than to frighten them with a pathogen?”
by staff writers
Martial law has begun in Queensland under the pretext of keeping a moderately dangerous flu virus out of Aboriginal communities. The huge land mass of Cape York Peninsula has been closed off to visitors.
Police roadblocks are in place at Mt Carbine at the southern entrance to Cape York, another west of Chillagoe to keep vehicles from heading to Kowanyama aboriginal community at the bottom of Cape York and another at Lakeland to keep vehicles from entering Cooktown and Hopevale Aboriginal community.
Airline Skytrans, which is owned by football legend Jonathon Thurston and NSW-based Rex Airlines which service Cape York and Torres Strait have all but closed down.
No aircraft are flying into the Northern Peninsula Area and with the road access closed by floodwater at the Wenlock River the NPA communities are effectively closed to the world. Goods are being shipped in by state government-owned Sea Swift barges from Cairns.
The economic loss to all businesses and Aboriginal communities on Cape York from the absence of tourists right at the start of the tourist season will be astronomical. At its Weipa mine Rio Tinto last week shut down production and stood down employees for an indefinite period due to a lack of ships to transport quarry material, eg. bauxite, to China and other countries.
Few domestic planes are flying into Cairns and international flights have ceased. Cairns has lost 100 per cent of its tourist industry and the economic loss will oversee mass bankruptcies across the region. No amount of government subsidies and handouts will enable the majority of these small businesses to survive.
In 12 months time a recovered China will step into Cairns and en masse swoop on every stricken or shut down business and end up owning the lot. Not a wimper will be heard from the China sycophants of the ALP/LNP duopoly.
What are dumbed-down Australians going to do about it? Vote for tweedle dee instead of tweedle dumb?
There may be no state or federal elections for several years.
This is what happens after a generation of treacherous party politicians has sold out Australian manufacturing and real estate to China and Asia.
Will these politicians be caught up in Trump’s snare?
A knee-jerk decision by the State Labor Government to implement a blanket shut down of all Queensland ports to foreign ships until they go through a two-week quarantine period could see North Queensland lose millions of dollars from the local live export industry.
Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) MPs have called out Maritime Safety Queensland’s (MSQ’s) decision, which will exclude all foreign ships from pilotage areas at Queensland ports until 14 days has elapsed since leaving their last international port due to concerns over COVID-19, as an over-reach.
It follows discussions today between the KAP and Townsville feedlot and export operator Py Porter, who manages Kellys Yards, Queensland Livestock Exporters’ Association president Greg Pankhurst, Frontier International managing director Will McEwin and Frontier logistics operator Tom Emery.
State KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said there were fears Queensland’s live export market would be severely impacted at a time when economic stability across all sectors was desperately needed.
“The North’s live export trade is facing an extremely dire situation as a result of this blanket ban,” said Mr Katter said.
“Live export is a critical part of the supply chain in northern Australia and the middle of this year will see a lot of producers looking for markets to sell cattle as the grass is minimal.
“This decision is going to mean that areas such as Cloncurry and Mount Isa will be sending cattle to Darwin as a result of this blanket quarantine policy, with North Queensland losing out on millions of dollars.”
KAP Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto said there was no reason why MSQ could not adopt Darwin’s approach to commercial vessels, which instead of imposing a quarantine has implemented measures that restrict the crew from disembarking.
“Persons loading cattle from the docks and the people on those vessels do not meet each other anyway, so Darwin’s measures make far more sense. Restrict the crew from disembarking and you’ve already minimised the chances of
COVID-19 spreading through human-to-human contact,” he said.
“With the current air travel restrictions in place also impacting box meat supply to places like Indonesia and Vietnam, there is already an increased demand for Australian live export.
“But if our customers can’t access our ports in a timely manner, Queensland is going to miss the boat.
“Graziers have been doing it tough for too many years and all of a sudden an economic opportunity is here for them to capitalise on, all they need is for the government to get out of the way and let them do business.
“One cattleman we’ve spoken to fears the live export market will crash because of these port restrictions with little to no consultation by the State Government.”
“I understand there is a vessel due to come into Townsville early next month, which means they would have to hold offshore empty for the 14-day quarantine costing a significant amount of money in carrier fees per seven day waiting period. This is unacceptable,” Mr Katter said.
“Think about the knock-on effects to the industry chain, such as hay suppliers, fodder suppliers, vets, consumables from local agribusiness stores and cattle agents.
“The state needs to remove this restriction and the Federal Government should immediately classify the cattle supply chain as an essential industry. We cannot afford to lose it.”
Bob Katter, MHR said ‘big brother’ was getting more and more powerful after a Senate inquiry recommended a Bill banning cash payments over $10,000.
“This would be absolutely disastrous for the senate to pass this at a time when people are trying desperately to get their money out of the banks and financial institutions,” said Mr Katter.
“If this passes and you want to get your money out of the banks you simply won’t be able to.”
Mr Katter said the Bill would have dire implications for small businesses during natural disasters when people are unable to use Eftpos due to power and internet outages.
“If you are running even a very small business, $10,000 a week is not an unreasonable figure. During Cyclone Larry Eftpos was down for more than a week,” Mr Katter said.
“It is extraordinary that the Government would consider such an intrusion and destruction of basic human rights and privacy.
“The Parliament has sold the entire nation off to foreign corporations, they’ve bankrupted agriculture and now this is the next step.
“In China there is one CCTV camera for every three people and they are now incorporating facial recognition. In Australia the only people who have guns are the people in uniforms.
“In the famous novels A Brave New World and 1984 they had two way cameras in every household. Well, now we aren’t too far off from that.”
Queensland Katter MP, Nick Dametto said the limit on cash payments would be another assault on Australians’ freedom to be able to conduct legitimate business in a manner of their own choosing.
“This has been sold to us as a way for the Federal Government to control tax evasion but in reality all it does is give way to more control from the major banking corporations,” said the Member for Hinchinbrook.
“Australian currency is owned by the people, not the banks, and it should not be up to the Federal Government to decide how you spend it.”
by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau
More than 17,000 volunteer rural fire fighters have refused to apply for a working with children blue card defying a request from Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford.
The volunteers say they are not health workers, don’t work with children and are not interested in Labor ‘s nanny state foibles.
Furthermore it can be revealed that the majority of rural volunteers have no agreement or binding work contract with Fire and Emergency Services.
A volunteer told Cairnsnews the Minister was served with a notice to provide a copy of any work agreement between the department and a volunteer but was unable to do so.
He said the QFES, holding an ABN 93 035 163 778 , as a corporation has no lawful authority over unpaid volunteers.
This is why the federal and state governments are enticing volunteers to claim payments after which the government could exercise some form of control.
Fortunately the majority of volunteers are a wake up to the dodgy Queensland Government. They joined as volunteers and have no expectation of remuneration.
Minister Crawford and Assistant Commissioner Terry Bolger now find themselves in a terrible bind with Bolger this week telling the ABC volunteers must apply for a blue card and in doing so sign an application to join the QFES.
The dangerous fire-fighting policies being forced upon volunteers by the QFES contradicts years of rural fire methodology.
One fireground policy the QFES has tried to enforce is for volunteers to contact an authorised QFES officer before back burning. Such a direction is totally impractical and dangerous by taking authority from a firefighter in the face of an out of control fire.
The 17,000 volunteers are much smarter than these QFES desk jockeys and thankfully the Victorian refugee Craig Crawford will lose his seat at the state election due by October.
The hijacking of the Rural Fire Service has no merit at law and volunteers are right to tell the QFES corporation to “bugger off”.
Although a regular party goer the pressure from recalcitrant volunteers obviously got to Mr Crawford when he signed himself in for alcohol rehabilitation in November in the middle of a dangerous fire season.
31 deaths and 2600 burnt out homes has not yet woken up governments as Canberra is again threatened by wildfire
by staff writers
The futility of using aircraft to impede large bushfires has been borne home after a converted military C-130 Hercules four prop tanker crashed near Cooma (NSW) killing all three American crewmen.
Dense smoke and poor visibility were blamed by authorities for causing the accident.
“Tragically, there appears to be no survivors as a result of the crash down in the Snowy Monaro area,” Shane Fitzsimmons, the Rural Fire Services Commissioner for New South Wales, said at a news conference.
The tragedy brings the death toll from the blazes to at least 31 since September. The fires have also destroyed more than 2,600 homes and razed more than 10.4 million hectares (25.7 million acres).
New age, politically correct firefighting techniques which include aircraft have proven ineffective in fighting large bush fires.
Tens of millions of dollars have been wasted in highly dangerous water and fire retardant bombing, giving only false hope to property owners.
While the retardant might slow down a fire the evidence from the firefront shows water only temporarily slows a hot fire with a several kilometre long front, particularly when the Hercules can drop only 15,000 litres at a time.
The aircraft has to land at the closest suitable airfield, fill up with water then take off to the fire ground, a round trip of 90 minutes or more depending on the distance from the airstrip.
These aircraft cost the federal government more than $15,000 an hour each to operate.
The tried and proven method of constructing wide fire breaks with dozers and graders then back burning has become politically incorrect and almost no footage of machinery building fire breaks has been shown by any of the television networks.
The fire services and government instead ensure the wider viewing audience sees plenty of shots of aerial bombers dropping pink retardant which in reality is a public relations, conditioning exercise to imbue the public.
Struggling volunteer firemen on the ground had no chance of stopping any of these huge conflagrations without constructed firebreaks.
Anecdotal evidence reveals the use of machinery at these mega-fires was very limited. In years past there would and should have been dozens of graders and dozers making breaks.
Desk jockeys of the Fire and Emergency Services had no idea how to fight these fires. They should have known months before that fire breaks were needed. What happened?
Regional firefighters would have informed the hierarchy of the impending danger of excessive fuel loads and should have done something about it like hazard reduction burning from fire breaks.
A thousand or more dwellings of the 2600 destroyed were surrounded by eucalyptus trees and dry grass of any length was growing up to the back door in many cases.
Fire can run along 10mm high dry grass in house yards even though it gives the appearance of bare ground if the wind and weather conditions are right and the only way it can be stopped is with a fire break and water. There were almost no breaks around house yards.
Trees growing around homes for 100 metres should have been felled and pushed away. There was no preventative preparation. Why not?
If you want trees growing out of your lounge room then expect to get burnt out.
Insurance companies would be mugs to pay for losses under these circumstances. Sue the state governments.
Fire survivors who have lost everything should place the blame squarely on the political party duopoly, Greens and Bob Brown and in some cases themselves for a lack of preparation.
Volunteer firefighters should have objected to the lack of preparation. They should have refused to go into some of these danger zones. Instead six are now dead.
So-called ‘climate change’ has absolutely nothing to do with the size and intensity of these fires.
Yesterday snow fell in the desert in Saudi Arabia.