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Letter to the Editor
See where they are going? There are no Coincidences.
Much evil at work in Australia & the world.
Foot & Mouth was gamed out in Australia the same way that Event 201 was gamed out.
Same “scare/create problem”, then same “solution, kill and or vaccinate”.
The Plan to Vaccinate Every Cow in Australia
By David Hiscox -July 16, 2022
NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders said a potential vaccine using mRNA technology to tackle eight different strains of the disease was being developed. (Normal vaccines already exist. Ed)
The untested mRNA technology, not proven safe, still in trial, past animal trials resulted in all animals dying, either by initial injection or via ADE when exposed to infection again.
No long term studies exist which guarantee the safety of mRNA technology.
Putting mRNA into the meat supply would virtually eliminate the control group.
See where they are going? There are no Coincidences.
Much evil at work in Australia & the world.
(Natural News) I have confirmed with local cattle ranchers in Texas that large-scale herd liquidations are under way right now, with some herds being reduced by 80%.
This is happening due to the extended drought affecting Texas, Oklahoma and much of the southern and western United States. The drought not only reduces grass production on the fields being grazed by cows, it also causes hay production to plummet, reducing the future food supply that could keep cows fed through the fall and winter. As a result, the vast majority of cows in Texas are being sold for slaughter.
As I point out in today’s Situation Update podcast, below, this will cause a temporary glut of beef in the food supply chain which will lower beef prices in the short term. But after that supply glut is processed and shipped, beef prices will skyrocket as cattle remain in short supply for years to come. It takes several years of good rain to replenish cattle populations and bring beef prices back into an affordable range.
The upshot is that if you plan to eat beef anytime in the next 2 years or so, you’ll want to acquire it and freeze it over the next several months. By early 2023, beef will be skyrocketing once again.
This cattle liquidation is just the latest disruption to hit the US food supply which is already reeling under global supply chain disruptions, fertilizer shortages, diesel fuel price increases and extreme drought conditions. The hits just keep coming.
QPWS Minister Meaghan Scanlon refuses to acknowledge a secret 10 year plan to eradicate all cattle on Cape York
by Jim O’Toole, Townsville Bureau
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service continues its wanton shooting of extremely valuable straying cattle on unfenced Cape York national parks and Aboriginal land in most cases without the knowledge or authority of Traditional Owners and pastoralists.
The Queensland Labor Party Corporation is denying an alternative, cheap supply of protein to Peninsula Aboriginal communities by shooting and not allowing indigenous mustering teams to catch and slaughter these cattle for consumption in communities where the price of beef imported from Cairns or elsewhere averages $25 for one slice of beef steak at supermarkets.
There are three licenced slaughter houses on Cape York Peninsula where cattle could be processed.
Presently local communities have to resort to catching and consuming dwindling dugong and turtle populations for just a minimum protein intake.
On June 26, in response to complaints from Traditional Owners and local pastoralists we sent the below media inquiry to Minister Scanlon to which we have not received a reply.
The aerial culling by supposedly trained shooters who “shoot only unbranded stock” is laughable according to independent aerial shooter and nearby veteran cattle producer Mr John Witherspoon who shot many thousands of his own stock during the BTEC eradication campaign during the 1980’s.
He said is it impossible to distinguish between branded and unbranded cattle that are crashing through scrub at 40 – 50 klms per hour or galloping in high-grassed open forest being chased by a noisy helicopter.
Last year the QPWS claimed branded stock were not being shot or being wounded or maimed by QPWS employed shooters using 7.62 mm semi-auto rifles.
The QPS stated cattle were being killed by head shots only. Eye witness reports given to Cairns News were that many cattle, branded and unbranded were left to die with gut shots or broken limbs.
Recently commercial aircraft passengers witnessed a number of dead cattle on the ground at Heathlands National Park north east of Weipa, causing them anger and distress.
The media inquiry below was not replied to by Minister Scanlon, a former Gold Coast solicitor. Cape York residents have told Cairns News they would be starting a class action against the QPWS which would be filed in the Federal Court, Cairns.
QPWS Cairns manager Chris Kinnaird would be a respondent it was claimed:
Minister Meaghan Scanlon
June 26, 2022
We have been made aware of an official Cape York Peninsula 10 year plan to eradicate all cattle from national parks, government nature reserves, private nature reserves, aboriginal-held land, DOGIT leases, Katter leases or any other land not held under a Pastoral Holding lease.
This in itself is a monumentally erroneous mission when few if any national parks are fenced.
CSIRO, in conjunction with Aboriginal-owned Normanby Station last year started a funded research project to electronically track the movements of cattle on Cape York Peninsula.
CSIRO refuses to release any information to us about this project.
Could you please confirm this ten year plan because as we write your officers are illegally shooting quite valuable cattle on national parks and Aboriginal land.
We have seen legal advice that these cattle do not belong to NPWS or the State Government in any shape or form.
Take note that when the State purchases Cape York properties, most of them former cattle stations, they are bought unstocked, eg, Dixie Station, Bramwell Station, Mt Kroll.
The only exception we are aware of is when Premier Beattie forced then lessees of Shelburne Bay Station to exit the property after refusing to renew their lease. In this case the State purchased the in situ cattle circa 2003.
Since then almost all of these Shelburne cattle have been either caught by local pastoralists or shot by NPWS.
Take note we have spoken directly to very experienced and professional aerial shooters who state that cattle or horses shot from the air cannot be differentiated between feral or domestic, branded or unbranded.
Indeed contributors to this news service have direct aerial shooting experience and confirm this fact.
It is legal malfeasance to suggest that cattle being shot have been abandoned by their owners after any period of time.
You should take cognizance of the fact that the entire Peninsula was officially declared stock-free by the DPI circa 1989 after the BTEC shoot out.
All cattle including their progeny re-introduced there since then have been purchased by pastoralists.
Can you please confirm that the long term plan for the Peninsula is to hand over the entire land mass to Aboriginal PBC’s and or other indigenous entities.
When does NPWS intend to shoot on Bromley NP, Batavia NP, Wenlock River and Wattle Hills?
Will the NPWS resume shooting along the Archer and Coen Rivers and when?
We are aware that pastoralists can apply for permits to enter national parks to recover their cattle but the process and conditions are so lengthy and onerous they either don’t apply or do so rarely receiving a ;permit.
Your early advice on all questions would be appreciated.#
Australian vets in Indonesia help to contain a FMD outbreak affecting 200,000 cattle,
calls to ban Bali holidays.
by Clint Jasper, ABC
In the winter of 2001, acrid plumes of smoke rose from the British countryside as millions of cows, sheep and pigs were incinerated in a desperate war against foot-and-mouth disease.
As authorities scrambled to contain the devastating outbreak, people’s movements were restricted and rural areas became no-go zones for city dwellers.
International trade in UK livestock meat and dairy products was suspended, a general election was delayed for the first time since World War II and major events in the countryside were cancelled.
The disease swung a wrecking ball through the UK economy, costing it around $13 billion and the loss of more than 6 million animals.
Australia has been free of the viral disease since the late 1800s, but it remains the livestock industry’s most feared — and potentially most costly — biosecurity threat.
Now the recent discovery of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesian cattle has the livestock industry on high alert, with Australian vets working tirelessly to help Indonesian authorities try to contain the outbreak.
But some producers have raised concerns about how Australia will cope if the highly contagious disease gets a foothold here, warning every household in the country would be affected.
An outbreak here would shut down Australia’s meat export industry for at least one year, instantly wiping off $25 billion of export value, according to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
Studies have estimated $50 billion in economic losses over 10 years if a medium-to-large-scale FMD outbreak were to occur in Australia.
Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, said the national impact of an outbreak would be devastating.
“If foot-and-mouth disease were to enter anywhere in Australia, all of Australia’s market access for all products of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats and pigs would be lost,” he said.
“It would be suspended initially, because we would not be able to meet the certification requirements of our trading partners.”
Dr Schipp recently summed up how devastating a local outbreak would be when he told Landline:
“Foot-and-mouth disease is the most frightening animal agriculture biosecurity threat to Australia.
“And for that reason, we’ve been preparing for this eventuality for many years.”
Every household would be affected
The effects of an outbreak in Australia would be felt across industries, from the cities to the regions, in every household in the country.
In 2002, a Productivity Commission report on the impact of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak found consumers would change their eating habits and turn away from domestic red meat.
“The volume of meat products consumed [with the exception of chicken meat] is initially likely to fall,” it said.
In regional communities, authorities expect significant social disruption and major mental health issues.
“At the individual and family level, the social impacts could range from emotional strains on family relationships to severe mental disorders,” according to Agriculture Victoria.
“Normal community activities may be affected by movement and biosecurity restriction and longer-term community cohesion may be impacted.”
What is foot-and-mouth disease?
Foot-and-mouth disease does not pose a risk to human health, and it is a different virus from hand, foot and mouth disease, which can easily spread among children.
People can become infected with FMD, but only under “extremely rare” circumstances, and they would only experience mild symptoms, including blisters and a fever, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Livestock infected with the disease develop blisters around their noses, mouths and on their hooves, and while many animals recover from the sickness, their productivity can decline.
FMD spreads between animals on their breath, through contact with the blisters, and via infected milk, semen, faeces and urine.
However, the virus can also live on vehicle tyres, clothing and footwear, which is why concerns have been raised about travellers returning from parts of Indonesia to Australia recently.
The CSIRO’s group leader in disease mitigation technologies in health and biosecurity, Wilna Vosloo, said biosecurity authorities had to keep a constant eye on how the virus was mutating.
“Foot-and-mouth disease has seven different serotypes, and each serotype can be seen as a separate foot-and-mouth disease, and each of those can have different variants,” Dr Vosloo said. P/2
by staff writers
The Queensland Labor Party has allocated an extra $20 million for voluntary land purchase to be jointly managed by traditional owners as new national parks and Aboriginal freehold on Cape York, as part of a $38.5 million package.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding follows the recent purchase by the government of two of the state’s northernmost cattle properties – Bramwell Station and Richardson Station (adjoining leases) – to link existing national parks into a one-million-hectare protection zone (2,470,000 acres)
Local cattle producers say this vast tract of mostly inaccessible, overgrown land incorporating the former Shelburne Bay cattle station is completely unmanageable with regard to feral animals and fires and handing it over to aboriginal groups ultimately will destroy the natural environment.
The Queensland Parks Service caused a furor recently when thousands of cattle were shot on national parks and reserves.
The QPS has added more fuel to the fire by shooting many hundreds of cattle on Heathlands National Park over the past week.
The service now shoots so many stock which do not belong to them, they have employed a permanent shooter who charters helicopters for aerial shooting to kill branded and unbranded cattle.
Cairns News knows the identities of the pilots and shooters which will be published in an article, ‘Cape York Peninsula the new Aboriginal state’ in coming weeks.
Katters Australian Party Member for Hill, Shane Knuth has called out Minister Scanlon, a former Gold Coast solicitor, for killing cattle belonging to park neighbours.
Mr Knuth said the cattle were quite valuable on today’s market and were an untapped resource that could provide employment for Peninsula Aborigines by catching them on parks.
In 2021 wildfires consumed vast tracts of Heathlands national park causing permanent damage to many thousands of acres of natural herbage leaving much of the land sterile due to a lack of annual fires and detritus build-up generating intense heat.
According to local inhabitants, the fires were suspected to have been lit by Aborigines traveling through the park along the main road.
“By returning this land to traditional custodians, we can work together to conserve the significant natural and cultural treasures of Cape York,” the Premier said.
“It will also create jobs and opportunities for locals into the future.”
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said more than 3.85 million hectares (9,500,000 acres) of Cape York Peninsula land has been transferred to Traditional Owners by the Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program, with another 1.5 million acres yet to be handed over.
“This is about land justice,’’ Minister Scanlon said.
“We share an ugly and uncomfortable history in this country.
“And our First Nations communities have waited generations to have their land back.”
Such disinformation is like “water on a duck’s back” to northern Australians who have seen countless cattle properties handed over to Aboriginal organisations only to find nearly every one mismanaged, stripped bare, burnt out and become non-operational in a short time.
“It is a terrible injustice,” said a Cape York cattle producer who wished to remain unidentified because of government retaliation against those who speak the truth about the degeneration of Cape York.
“These misled groups have been given back land where they will never be allowed to run cattle or have a viable commercial business-like tourism,” the producer said.
“Just look what happened at Dixie Station (350 klms to the south west of Shelbourne Bay) after it was handed back.
“It used to run 5000 breeders and employ a few ringers, now nearly all the water points have been destroyed and all infrastructure, including fences and cattle yards except the house have been burnt to the ground.
“The national parks service hates water bores and dams and now they wonder where the wildlife has gone after the water disappears.
“The Olkola Corporation will never be able to run cattle there.
“Living off carbon credits is counter-productive to indigenous people.”
Minister Scanlon said an extra $38.5 million over the next four years had been allocated to continue the CYPTR Program and to manage certain Cape York lands.
Since the Goss-led Labor Party, successive governments had united more than one million hectares of protected areas and Aboriginal land, according to Minister Scanlon.
But there remains about 400,000 hectares of national park and reserves and more than 200,000 hectares of other State land yet to be transferred.
“Last month, I announced the largest land acquisition in the Cape in more than a decade when the famous tourist resort Bramwell Station was purchased for $11.5M,” she said.
“This new funding brings us ever closer to righting the wrongs of the past.’’
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Craig Crawford said land tenure was the way forward for First Nations people on Cape York.
“This is where we can draw a line in the sand and work jointly with the traditional custodians,’’ Mr Crawford said.
Balkanu Cape York Development Executive Director Gerhardt Pearson said the CYPTR program also recognises the importance of economic development to Traditional Owners.
“Revenue is generated through activities such gravel extraction, grazing, tourism, carbon offsets contracts, and ‘fee for service’ land management activities,’’ Mr Pearson said.
“There are social, cultural, health and wellbeing benefits that flow from Traditional Owners owning and managing their homelands.”
The extra funding includes:
- $31.9 million for the continuation of the Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program including acquisition funds
- $4 million for joint management of existing 32 National Parks (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land), and
- $2.6 million for the management of Springvale Station Nature Refuge, being 56,000 hectares of the former grazing property, 40 km south-west of Cooktown, purchased by the Queensland Government in 2016, (which has been a disaster in the making).
Further information on the Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program is available at https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/management/programs/joint-management-cape-york.
Further information on Springvale Nature Refuge is available at www.qld.gov.au/environment/coasts-waterways/plans/catchment-management/springvale-station.
A challenge to National Party leader Barnaby Joyce for the leadership will be the most retrograde step the languishing Nationals could take.
Challenger David Littleproud has as much electoral appeal as Joe Biden and is not much more savvy, knows little about agriculture or livestock and as former Primary Industries Minister, was at the mercy of bureaucrats when making decisions that affect agriculture.
Littleproud is the son of a former National Party State Education Minister Brian Littleproud, a teacher, and has little background in the pastoral industry or farming.
At least Joyce, the former St George accountant when a youth was involved in farming. Joyce has sufficient industry knowledge to realise what effect his decisions had on the viability of agriculture.
The exception being when the National Party treacherously agreed with left Liberals to Turnbull’s zero carbon dioxide emissions target set for 2050 which will have disastrous effects on livestock producers and broad acre farming such as wheat production.
Cattle and grain prices, presently, have never been higher and Australia is experiencing an unprecedented agricultural commodities boom thanks to Bill Gates and Jeff Bazos purchasing vast tracts of some of the best farming properties in America to grow soybean and other pulse crops to be used in manufacturing artificial meat or Tofu.
Combined with an orchestrated fertiliser shortage and unprecedented, high fuel prices, the US, like the emerging Australian situation, has been unable to maintain production.
Food shortages have begun, and the US Government’s FEMA has taken over food distribution after many deliberate fires destroyed food manufacturing facilities.
The US was once the world’s largest grain grower and exporter but it has now fallen off the mantle.
Gates the genocidalist and avowed eugenicist through his deadly vaccines is intent, as he has previously, publicly stated, to reduce the world population from 7 billion to 500 million.
Red meat, which he wants to replace with Tofu and insect mash, are much more environmentally suitable than red meat production according to his skewed ideology.
Now the Labor and Greens will be managing Australia’s economy the future of farming and the coal industry is seriously in doubt. Cairns News warns any overseas investors in agriculture and mining to divest their holdings as soon as possible.
Brown outs and blackouts will be the new norm for industry dependent on base-load power.
Private water investors will be next in line when the Greens start flexing their newfound environmental muscle.
However this could be a good move if the international owners of our water entitlements disappear, our water will become ours again.
Letter to the Editor
Yet again, further evidence of meticulous planning and what *they* have had in store for us for some time.
$119 million spent on another ‘vaccine’, expressly Jynneos, which incidentally, Monkeypox was mysteriously added to the smallpox ‘vaccine’ – and approved in 2019 by another Big Pharma giant Bavarian-Nordic.
Bavarian-Nordic have been involved all along with the Convid ‘vaccine’. Flying under the radar.
They are also a member of the Alliance for Biosecurity.
Another ’vaccine’ which they have approved for manufacture transfer was in place for 2020 – 2025.
Yes, through to 2025.
This ‘vaccine’ is for none other than TBE (Tick-borne Encephalitis). BOOM!
As with Lumpy-Skin-disease-Littleproud’s Japanese Encephalitis, this is a disturbingly recurring word.
from D Johnson
Tavistock, an institute for human behaviour created by the Rockefeller Foundation, is majority owner of AACo
The Tavistock Institute has trained intelligence operatives since at least WW2. It is the creator of the infamous Manchurian Candidates, which were individual operatives conditioned and trained to kill political targets. How this clandestine organisation owns 45 per cent of Australia’s biggest pastoral company beggars belief.
The Queensland National Parks Service is about to aerial shoot cattle belonging to the few remaining graziers on Cape York Peninsula.
Affected landowners on Cape York were emailed a week ago by the parks office in Cairns advising feral cattle would be shot along river courses and park boundaries starting on March 8.
Over the past three years more than 5000 cattle worth more than $6m on today’s market have been wantonly killed on the orders of the Queensland Labor Party Minister Meaghan Scanlon a young Gold Coast lawyer who has not ever held a real job.
Last year Coen residents saw dead cattle along a bush track that had been shot from a helicopter chartered by the parks.
A local resident told Cairns News several cows, calves and bulls had been indiscriminately gut-shot, shot in the legs and elsewhere and there would have been no one shot kills.
The carcasses provide an easy food source for the thousands of feral pigs and wild dogs living unmolested on national parks.
The resident said some of the cattle were branded and were the property of local land owners. Local aborigines also complained they could have caught the cattle on national parks and along river courses giving them work in a jobless district and reuniting them with some self-respect rather than surviving on sit-down welfare money.
Cairns News doubts the Minister has ever been to Cape York or witnessed the alcohol and drug abuse among some communities.
Attempts to bring the issue to the notice of State Parliament in this sittings have failed as graziers who received emails from parks officer Chris Kinnairv in Cairns have been reluctant to publicise them in fear of retribution from the Labor Party Government or the parks.
Such is the atmosphere that has existed on Cape York for decades. Pastoralists, except for an outspoken few who care about the proper management of country, live in fear of having their leases taken from them by a bully-boy Labor Party and an out-of-control national parks service.
In response to inquiries made last year made by state Member for Traeger Robbie Katter an Environment Department spokesman said only the best shooters were employed to cull cattle and that no branded cattle were being shot.
Veteran Cape York cattle producer John Witherspoon begged to differ saying he has had his cattle shot by helicopter in the past and fears for his branded cattle he knows have been running on an unfenced, nearby national park for the past 12 months or longer.
“The parks have us over a barrel. They won’t let us go onto the park to muster our branded and unbranded cattle unless we jump through a lot of hoops,” Mr Witherspoon said.
“We have to apply for a permit which takes a minimum of 40 days before we get an answer.
“By then the cattle could go anywhere or be shot by the parks.
“”Any vehicle going onto the park has to be registered and roadworthy, insured and we need public liability of $20m, but there are few registered property vehicles on Cape York, because it simply costs too much and is unnecessary for day to day running.
Mr Witherspoon disputed the Environment Dept claim that only feral or unbranded cattle are shot.
“Firstly the parks do not own any cattle. When they take over a grazing property they are destocked and most of the properties are unfenced.
“Any cattle straying onto a national park belong to somebody, usually the adjoining landowner or the former cattle producer who owned the property.
“In the late 80’s the entire Cape York Peninsula cattle herd was shot out because of the BTEC (brucellosis tuberculosis eradication campaign) and declared by the government at the time as officially destocked.
“I shot many thousands of cattle from the air as a part of this campaign and it is impossible to tell if cattle are branded or not especially when most shooting is in thick scrub.
“It is not easy to do and one shot kills are rare.”
As a consequence of the government’s declaration that the entire Cape York Peninsula landmass was stock free in the early 90’s after the BTEC shoot out, any cattle that exist there now are descendants of cattle introduced by re-stocking pastoralists.
The National Parks have been contacted for comment.
US farmers and cattle producers surviving on emergency food banks
from Natural News
In April, the biggest meat companies in the U.S. – Cargill Inc., JBS USA, Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods – had to suspend production at around 20 slaughterhouses nationwide, resulting in concerns of a potential mass meat shortage. In response, the Trump administration invoked the Defense Production Act to keep processing facilities open despite the pandemic.
However, Jackson-Smith explained that these plants can only stay open if they have a labor force to rely on.
Meatpacking plants employ one of the more vulnerable workforces in the food sector. With the consolidation of the meat processing sector, the loss of some very large processing sites could affect the majority of America’s meat supply.
According to a New York Times article, out of 800 USDA inspected slaughterhouses in the U.S., only 50 factories slaughter and process 98 percent of the beef. Most of these facilities are owned and operated by the four big meat companies.
The coronavirus outbreaks at food processing facilities confirm that food processing is a huge bottleneck in the U.S. food system. Standard regulations for food safety and health don’t always work in favor of small- and medium-scale processors and mom-and-pop retailers.
To help relieve the strain on the agricultural sector, the Trump administration announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program in April, which issued $16 million in payments to ranchers and farmers. Additionally, it allocated $3 billion in bulk purchases of dairy, meat and produce that would be distributed via food banks.
Many appreciate the federal aid, but some are worried that it will take more than this to help food producers recover from the pandemic.
The American Farm Bureau Federation, the leading farmer trade group, said that the aid package won’t cover livestock that is winnowed. In a statement to Reuters, the USDA reported that the payment program “is still being developed, and the agency has received more requests for assistance than it has money to handle.”
The relief may also take a while to roll out. Officials suggest that it may take at least one month for food to be packaged and redirected to foundations, food banks and other places in need of aid.
Experts have several recommendations to prevent far-reaching disruptions to the U.S. food economy in the future.
Dairy farmers dump milk onto ground
Tanaka and her team suggest that the country start moving away from concentrated food supply chains. They believe that more regional supply chains can adapt. To ensure that food products are re-channelled when a segment of the food supply chain breaks, diverse sizes and types of farms, processing plants and distributors should be made part of every regional supply chain.
Others warn that significant changes are also associated with certain financial concerns.
Vincent Smith, a professor in agricultural economics at Montana State University, explained that the main dilemma that needs to be addressed is the reforms that may cost more than the food waste being produced. Smith posited that it may better to let a farmer dispose of milk and compensate that farmer, but not all dairy farmers, for any losses.
Because of this short-term crisis, Smith concluded that the best course of action may be to offer food aid cash transfers to the households needing help and letting the private market respond to the pandemic in their own ways.
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.”
Katters Australian Party targets Save the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ industry
North Queensland readers would find it more than interesting the Cairns Post newspaper has ignored this story
KAP Candidate for Leichhardt, Daniel McCarthy has today called for a forensic audit to be carried out on all Barrier Reef government funding warning that the ‘rivers of gold’ crisis funding being allocated to save a reef that doesn’t need saving have flowed for far too long and it was time to reveal to tax payers just how their money was being spent.
A select few crisis-crying people have done exceedingly well from millions of dollars in tax payer funded grants whilst the rest of the marine tourism industry in Cairns and Port Douglas have suffered tremendously.
“We have the third largest territorial sea of any nation yet no politicians currently in Canberra have the slightest grasp on reality with our oceans, and it now seems government doesn’t know or has been turning a blind eye to where the reef funding money has been funnelled and a full and thorough forensic audit will determine what’s been going on with the $102 million been spent on Crown of Thorns alone,” said Mr McCarthy.
The negative publicity in the world wide media is a result of outrageous false and misleading claims made by those milking the gravy train has destroyed the reputation of the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
“The knock-on effect caused by the reef’s trashed reputation has flowed through the North.
“Cairns Port expansion plans are held to ransom by the Federal governments Reef 2050 plan along with the unnecessary State Government vegetation management laws and increased green-tape where virtually every farmer in North and Far North Qld has also been vilified along the way.
“It’s high time to restore integrity into science, policy and research funding for the Great Barrier Reef.”
The current media reports of the sacking of Prof Peter Ridd by James Cook University is currently before the courts and is deeply troubling.
“As far as I am aware Prof Ridd was simply offering a scientific view that the science in relation to reef funding should be quality controlled.”
Recently the Crown of Thorns starfish funding had been under scrutiny in wide spread revelations in the media.
“We all want to protect the GBR that’s for sure. However, I have been inundated with phone calls from people across the marine sector and the public who are absolutely ropable over the reef funding scandal that has come to light.”
McCarthy has a deep understanding of the threats and the reality of what’s actually happening on the reef, having worked on it for most the last 30 years and in every sector of the marine industry.
“I have long been concerned that the relationships and arrangements for reef funding were ‘a little cozy’ between a couple of individuals and their organisations and members of parliament, but what has been revealed in recent wide spread media of late it appears the situation stinks of jobs for the boys to say the least.”
Hard working Australian tax payers are having hundreds of millions of their dollars directed into the ‘save the Reef’ industry.
Now it appears some of this money may have been funnelled into saving for retirement, penthouses, expensive luxury cars, hobby farms on the Tablelands, overseas holidays and election campaign funding for a select few. It certainly does not pass the pub test.
Mr McCarthy is furious at many of the matters being raised particularly with what equates to ‘Donor Democracy.’
“If what is alleged in these media reports is true I think it disgraceful. Australian’s are fed up with seeing their money being swallowed up in deceptive, self-interested projects under the guise of saving things,” he said.
“I support Dr Peter Ridd’s proposal that at least one per cent of the funding that goes to the Great Barrier Reef is spent on checking the science, verifying the findings and providing quality assurance.”
There are many further questions to be asked as to why the Federal Government gave $440 million to a private company that never asked for the money nor has the capacity or idea as what they intend to do with it.