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Singapore-owned Wilmar Sugar refuses to pay cane growers fair price.
Thanks to the Liberal National Party cane farmers cannot go to arbitration because the LNP removed the clause from Shane Knuth’s bill.
19 February 2017: KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter and State Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth MP today, in the Burdekin town of Ayr, attended a meeting with cane farmers to end the sugar marketing stalemate with Singaporean based company Wilmar.
In 2015 Mr Knuth introduced into the QLD Parliament the Sugar Industry (Real Choice in Marketing) Amendment Act 2015 giving an estimated 4,500 cane growing families choice in who they market with – the Bill passed with the support of the LNP and Independent Member for Cook. It was the second KAP Private Members Bill to become legislation and came within 24 hours of passing the ethanol mandate.
“The outcome of the meeting today still does not give clarity because there is no manoeuvre by the Federal Government to introduce a Code of Conduct,” Mr Knuth said.
“The numbers in the QLD Parliament have not been secured by the LNP, as yet, to get any amendments to the sugar marketing legislation. But as I did in the past when we drafted this legislation – working with the LNP and Canegrowers – we will be doing the same to ensure effective changes can take place,” Mr Knuth pledged.
Mr Katter whose electorate of Kennedy is highly reliant on sugar, was critical of the LNP for removing the final arbitration from the KAP legislation.
“The State representatives who were there today – we are only in this hole, without any cane supply agreements (no contracts between farmers and millers), because the LNP took out the clauses for final arbitration – where the referees decision is final. That was in there and the LNP took it out. We didn’t have the numbers without the LNP so it had to go through QLD Parliament without that clause,” Mr Katter said.
“With all of the QLD State LNP seats now in serious doubt and vulnerable to attacks from KAP and PHON, we might be able to get the QLD State LNP more scared of us than their corporate masters.
“George Christensen has crossed the floor on ethanol. His crossing the floor on ethanol was an act of very great courage and I think he has played a key role in convincing the Feds to stop them from intervening and overturning the sugar marketing legislation.
“The LNP today says ‘we believe in a competitive market and when it doesn’t work we intervene’. Fancy saying that when they (the LNP) introduced the deregulation.
“Statements about ‘we believe in competition setting the market price’. What an appalling statement! Do you believe the market sets the price of milk with only two buyers in there? Or the price of apples, bananas, oranges or sugar?
“The two giant supermarket chains set the market price. Sugar has a 400% mark-up on the price for refined sugar that the industry gets paid.
“Our second underlying problem is the world sugar market price is set by Brazil and they have over the last 16-17 years received $420 a tonne, and I doubt whether we have got $360 a tonne. We can’t survive on $360 a tonne average price.
“George Christensen no doubt was instrumental in getting the Deputy Prime Minister to stop any intervention from Canberra to overturn the Sugar Marketing legislation. Farmers and every worker in Australia should be entitled to arbitration. Thanks to KAP for introducing the legislation, at least one industry now has arbitration.
“We thank the Deputy Prime Minister for listening to George Christensen on this issue,” Mr Katter ended.
14 February 2017: Today KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter delivered a Question without Notice in Question Time to the Minister for Communications about the $5.6m pay packet for the CEO of Australia Post – Ahmed Fahour.
Mr Katter’s Question raised Mr Fahour’s pay; the cost of postage doubling to $1 a letter; and the $2.8m pre-tax donation it is reported that Australia Post “mutually agreed” to give to the Islamic Museum of Australia, founded by Ahmed Fahour’s brother Moustafa Fahour, when in the same year 900 Australia Post staff were sacked. Mr Katter asked the Minister for Communications:
“Australia Post’s CEO pre-corporatisation received $360,000, Ahmed Fahour the current CEO enjoys $5.6 million.
France’s Postal Services CEO receives $1m whilst the United States CEO only $550,000.
Pre Fahour stamps cost 50c; now $1.
Minister, no more Christmas cards.
In 2014 Australia Post sacked 900 staff. In the same year, Mr Fahour’s Australia Post donated $2.8m to his brother’s Islamic Museum.
In light of Ahmed’s Australia Post’s generosity, Minister, could I get $30,000 to repair the Catholic Church in Julia Creek?”
On appointment in 2010 Mr Fahour was paid $2,086,710. This salary package has almost tripled in 6 years to $5.6m.
Mr Katter has highlighted exorbitant CEO pay as a consequence of privatisation and deregulation; and it is not limited to Australia Post.
“The case was strongly pleaded by Lance Hockridge, to privatise Queensland Rail. Mr Hockridge was the then CEO and as a senior public servant would have been on around $250,000 a year. Within a few years after privatisation he was reported to be paying himself a package in excess of $6m a year, for exactly the same job.
“According to the Australian and the Daily Telegraph with one article titled ‘Happy Dragon’, assuming these stories are accurate, it would mean Gail Kelly had received $77m in 8 years, between 2002-2009. “Happy Dragon indeed, but where is St George?” Mr Katter asked.
“Sol Trujillo for little more than 3.5 years at Telstra was paid $40m. Ben Butler at the Courier Mail said ‘complaints had a 241% increase in three years during Trujillo’s reign at Telstra’. Before he arrived at Telstra share prices were $5, when he left they were $3.
“Piketty in his landmark book, stated clearly that the world’s wealth now is going to the managerial class, which effectively sets their own wages. He makes the point that 100 years ago the world’s wealth was going to the owner class, the Carnegies, the Fords, the Rockefellers. People who risked their own money and built the motor vehicle industry, the steel industry, the American railways industry.
“It is now going to a class of people that really produce nothing. Particularly in Australia’s case they simply cut workforce numbers and send the jobs overseas. Then pay themselves an extra $1m a year for closing down an Australian industry. “They cry out for foreign investment, which of course means CEOs pay themselves increasingly more. Until now we reach the point where the only thing we export are jobs.
“Essington Lewis who created the biggest company on earth BHP, an Australian company, when he died he had an estate of $1.7m. In today’s terms an estate worth a measly $2.4m, which would not buy you a decent home in Sydney today.
“Essington Lewis, Les Thiess (coal), Lang Hancock (iron ore), Laurence Hartnett (motor vehicles) all died with very little money. Their riches were in another treasure chest which, please god, they are enjoying now.
“Their riches were what they gave to their fellow Australians. That was how those men measured their wealth”, Mr Katter said.
Rod has achieved more to restructure the illicit banking industry in his short tenure as a senator for Western Australia than most other politicians have in a lifetime. The banks have targeted him with the aid of the political parties and sections of the judiciary. The moves made by Rodney, such as getting the High Court of Australia to admit its rules were faulty by reinstating process under the Queen and the latest manoeuvre to summons Senate President Stephen Parry and Attorney General Brandis to the High Court will force it to determine if only the senate can remove one of its members, as stated in the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia.
Please dig deep to help Rodney, he is fighting for you, your family and your property. Rod described the banks yesterday as the “biggest asset strippers in our history.” Unfortunately making a deposit into a bank account is at present the only method of getting funds to help with court costs.
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From the Cairns News team across Australia, thank you.
by John Wilson. Chairman, Australian Common Law Party
Ian Turnbull’s Non-Trial.
Photo: Ian Turnbull
Farmer Ian Turnbull shot dead Greg Turner as a result of legislation removing property rights from the Australian people and the only hope we ought to have of reversing this atrocity. Thomas Jefferson said, “Trial by jury is the only anchor yet imagined by man that can hold a government to the principles of its constitution.” Lord Edward Coke said, “Common law doth control Acts of Parliament and adjudges them, when against common right, to be void.”
Framer Ian Turnbull was denied his common law right to “the lawful judgment of his equals which is the law of the land” and this persecution was relentless until he “simply cracked” and took the life a man who “was only doing his job”.
Photo: George Bender
Another farmer, George Bender, suffered the same violation of his common law rights and also took a life – his own, as an incalculable number of victims of Australian courts continue to do. Meanwhile the general population are kept well fed, entertained and blissfully ignorant of their rights and freedoms.
Ian Turnbull’s trial continues tomorrow in the NSW Supreme Court, Sydney, where “His Honour Justice” Peter Johnson is a typical example of the corrupt and treacherous judiciary destroying any semblance of justice as he lies to tell the uninformed and incompetent jury, “You can only judges the facts. I am the judge of the law and I will direct you accordingly.”- thereby, committing treason which is “an act intent on overthrowing the sovereignty of the people”.
In this trial, there are no facts to judge because prosecution and defence unreservedly agree to the facts. The only dispute here is that Ian Turnbull pleads guilty to manslaughter while the prosecution insists it is murder. The juror has been instructed to choose which definition in law is appropriate.
This trial will follow the same course as every jury trial in Australia does and conclude with the so-called “judge” receiving the verdict from the jury, dismissing them and then carrying on to render his own judgment with any consent and, therefore, no jurisdiction. Because it is “the lawful judgment of his equals” that is mandated by the Rule of Law, any sentence given by a “judge” in this manner is wholly void.
Neither the prosecution nor the defence (and certainly not the “judge”) have any intention of allowing the jury to judge the justice of law that caused the death of Greg Turner at the hands of Ian Turnbull. And, if any juror should dare to venture down that path, they will incur the wrath of “His Honour Justice” Peter Johnson. This is a disgrace and brings shame on the entire country.
by Robert J Lee in Cairns
Cairns Regional Council has joined in a vexatious claim against a retired police prosecutor, claiming unpaid rates from this resident of another shire.
David Walter resides at Herberton and is a ratepayer within the Tablelands Regional Council. His property is situated 140 klm from the CRC boundary.
Cairns News has researched the correspondence provided by Walter and it has become apparent the law firm Results Legal has not provided any documentation to Walter substantiating the alleged debt from CRC and several other Queensland councils.
Rhett Kipps of Results Legal has sent him threatening letters that most recipients would throw in the bin.
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning was recently mentioned in the media over his business dealings.
A Liberal Party sycophant Mayor Manning recently avoided bankruptcy after a failed business venture.
Cairns News sent the following letter to Mayor Manning on April 26 and to date has not received a reply:
Cr Bob Manning
We have a copy of correspondence from a law firm that is pursuing a retired police officer from Herberton showing that CRC is a party to the action claiming $67,097 for rates payment.
After speaking to Mr Walter he assures us he has never owned property in CRC area and we ask what this amount represents and how it is owed to CRC.
Furthermore we have spoken to counsel for Mr Walter who assures us that CRC could be liable for making false representation to a law firm claiming rates not owed by Mr Walter.
We are advised the High Court will soon make a ruling on this matter and CRC could leave its ratepayers exposed to a substantial damages claim.
Could you please detail your council’s involvement in this spurious and seemingly vexatious matter.
Your early reply would be appreciated.
(a copy of the Results Legal letter warning Walter to vacate his property was attached to the CRC query above. Cairns News published this letter on April 22.)
This query was also sent to each CRC councillor but no replies have been forthcoming.
A legal representative for Walter, who asked not to be named, likened the claim by CRC to “…extortion, being vexatious and frivolous…. it has no lawful standing…”
Walter says he has never received any documentation from a council or the State Government relating to any unpaid court costs or unpaid rates.
“This claim from the Queensland Government is unprecedented in the State’s history and has no lawful basis,” Mr Walter said.
“If the claim that has no supporting accounts, invoices or correspondence relates to court appearances by litigants disputing rates bills, the State Government and the courts would know I have never been present in their courts at the time these litigants appeared.
“In fact they dislike me so much the Bar Association got a judge to make an order preventing me from entering any court in Queensland or I will get tossed into jail!”
Walter says the only way for the law to be restored in Australia is to petition for a Writ of Certiorari to be issued by High Court, then to be served on Her Majesty the Queen. He sent this Petition to the High Court on May 5, 2106.
A Petition to restore the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia
The Chief Justice
The High Court
David John Walter, a shareholder in and of the Constitution to the High
Court. I, Petition, the High Court, in writing and signed personally and dated.
Issue – Writ of Certiorari to be issued by the High Court.
I, David John Walter, Petition, as a shareholder in and of the Constitution, to the High Court, as held to Chapter 111, of the Constitution, as held to Common Law of England Clauses 1-9, Sections 61,105,107,109,117,128 inter alia Section 80 Judiciary Act 1903, Royal Styles Titles Act 1953, and Statute of Westminster.
I, seek leave of the High Court, to immediately issue a Writ of Certiorari, served upon Her Majesty The Queen, Mrs. Elizabeth Mountbatten of the House of Windsor, Buckingham Palace, London England, the Current holder of the Crown of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Order Number 1-
As held to the Default Notice dated 12th February, 2013, signed dated by myself, upon Her Majesty The Queen – served by Registered Post on Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace London England, of which I hold the receipt I, Petition, Her Majesty The Queen, to effect immediately.
To re- instate – Constitution Act 1867(Qld) [31 Vic. No.38] as in force 5th April 1977.
As held to the Default Notice dated 12th February, 2013, signed dated by myself, upon Her Majesty The Queen – served by Registered Post on Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace London England, of which I hold the receipt, I Petition, Her Majesty The Queen, to effect immediately.
To re- instate – Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act as Proclaimed and Gazetted ,Tuesday 1st January, 1901
The High Court, to registrar and sign and seal and serve the two attached Caveats immediately, upon The Prime Minster of Australia, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, MP – Parliament House, Canberra, and notify myself and the Crown, as soon as served.
And further for the Chief Justice of the High Court, to notify Her Majesty the Queen, immediately of the signed dated, I, Petitioned –Writ of Certiorari, I have sought leave for order of the High Court to issue and serve.
Order. 5 – Costs
Order. 6- Further orders as requested and sought
of and by the High Court.
Order. 7 – This is a Constitution issue
David Walter has asked for readers to sign and send this Sample Letter of support:
The Chief Justice of the High Court
May , 2016
I, …………………………… am a subject of the Crown and I too have never voted in any referendum to create another Government within the Commonwealth. I have no shares in that Government, no equity in Australian dollars, therefore, I too petition for the Crown to immediately re-enact The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution 1900 and the Constitution of Queensland 1867, as requested by Mr Walter in his Petition for a Writ of Certiorari.
For immediate attention Chief Justice French. email@example.com
Highly effective black salve skin cancer treatment targeted by Queensland Health and the Cairns Post
Black salve, hailed as the most effective, natural skin cancer remedy available today, has saved thousands of lives world wide leaving the $30 billion Australian pharmaceutical industry stewing in its wake.
Big pharma cannot make any money from black salve because it is made from natural ingredients that the corrupt pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent.
Medical doctors and the State Government, bribed by big pharma, do not believe in its efficacy as a natural cure for skin cancer.
According to the Cairns Post of April 21, Queensland Health has arrived in Cairns on a witch hunt trying to source one of the hundreds of suppliers of black salve, who are found across the nation.
The Cairns Post published a hotline number to dob in black salve suppliers. Cairnsnews was unaware that big pharma’s tentacles had reached a Murdoch newspaper in north Queensland, because News Ltd does not normally get much advertising revenue from drug companies or doctors.
News Ltd has never published the fact that doctors and big pharma manage to kill a reported 25,000 patients under their medical care each year in Australia.
Cairnsnews has seen dozens of testimonials to black salve where users have sworn by its effectiveness.
This writer has used it and has seen the results in others where it left no scarring or had any adverse side effect.
One elderly Atherton patient was sent home from hospital to die, suffering from a huge malignant ulcer on his leg after telling the hospital he did not want his leg amputated.
A relative treated him with black salve and within two months his leg had healed and he was walking on it.
Cairnsnews suggests that readers ignore the unlawful activities of Queensland Health and keep using Cancema or black salve.
Black salve suppliers can be found by searching older pages of cairnsnews.org.
http://www.alphaomegalabs.com/ Try here for black salve
The Murdoch family is closely connected with big pharma company Glaxo Smith Kline. James Murdoch sits on the board, and Rupert uses his influence with government to push their agenda, including vaccinations. There will be much money involved in both directions. They don’t need their advertising dollars, but they like their ongoing pharma grip on the world of (ill)health. – contributed
Alan Jones to chair Nickel workers meeting Monday, April 11
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has warned there is something “fundamentally wrong and rotten” with Australia’s entire political system, claiming there are 10 huge companies with so much power and influence they have killed proper democratic process at the federal level in this country.
In a firebrand speech in Canberra this week, delivered with the enthusiasm of someone with their eye on the party leadership, Mr Dastyari told a Politics in the Pub audience that he thought he understood power before coming to Canberra as a senator.
Senator Sam Dastyari(ALP) lashes out at the “utter control” of federal politics by 10 major corporations as an “unprecedented concentration of corporate influence”
But his time in Parliament House has opened his eyes to the realities of the political-business nexus in Australia in a way he could not have anticipated.
“You will not find somebody who came more from the ALP machine than me,” Mr Dastyari told the audience, in a recording obtained by Fairfax Media.
“I’m a product of the machine like you would not believe. I joined the Labor Party when I was 16. I took over my first branches by the time I was 17 … [so] I thought I understood the brutality of politics simply by my time in the NSW Labor Party and my time in the NSW Labor machine.”
“[But] none of that braced me for an understanding of just how concentrated, brutal and aggressive a handful of businesses operate [in Australia], and the real corporate power where it actually rests in this country,” he said.
He then claimed there are 10 companies that wield the most incredible amount of power in Australia, to the point where it has stifled proper democratic and economic progress.
“Four banks, and we all know who they are – the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, and ANZ – three big mining companies, in Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Fortescue Metals, you’ve got your two big grocery chains, and you’ve got your big telco, which is Telstra,” Mr Dastyari said.
They have “unprecedented concentration of corporate influence” in Australia, he said.
“The entire political debate has become so dominated by the interests that they’re pushing, and the agenda that they’re pushing. And [we’ve] ended up with this complete crowding out of a proper political discourse in this country because there is one sectional interest that is so much louder than every other voice out there combined.”
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Government slips another $25m to Syria and Iraq while food producers and regional towns struggle to survive
Federal Government creates emergency relief fund for Indo-Pacific region yet leaves our farmers and small business in regional areas to cope with predatory banks and their dodgy receivers selling off farms and closing businesses. Where is the Labor Party Opposition?
The federal government has announced it will provide a further $25 million in funding towards aid in Syria and Iraq.
The funding will be drawn out of Australia’s emergency relief fund, which is usually provided to disaster-stricken areas in the Indo-Pacific region. There is no relief fund set up by government for Australian disasters to draw from.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the funding at the Syria Donors Conference in London on Thursday. It brings Australia’s total assistance to Iraq and Syria to $258 million since 2011.
On Tuesday, Bishop met with a small group of foreign ministers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria and how they can combat the Islamic State.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull congratulates Julie Bishop for donating yet another $25m to Syria as Australian farmers and regional towns struggle to survive bank foreclosures and suicides
John Kerry likened the scenes in Syria to the aftermath of World War II, and said the situation in Syria was getting worse, not better.
In a media release on Thursday Minister Bishop said the latest additional aid funding from Australia “will support civilians affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”
“In Syria, 13.5 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance. A further 4.6 million Syrians are refugees in neighbouring countries. An estimated 10 million people in Iraq also require urgent humanitarian support this year.”
The federal government will also deploy ten Australian Civilian Corps specialists to help protect Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, working with UN and NGO partners who provide water, camps and education to those in need.
Of the $25 million in new funds, $20 million will go to Syrian aid partners and other aid groups working in the region including UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR and Australian NGOs.
Iraq will receive the remaining $5 million, including $2 million provided to the United Nations Development Programme.
The extra funding comes after the government’s foreign aid funding was cut by $1 billion in the 2015 budget and a huge $7.6 billion was cut — over five years — in the 2014 budget.
A university in the United States has found that the much-heralded Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will cost the American economy 448,000 jobs and significantly decrease their Gross Domestic Product.
One of 12 nations in the deal, Australia signed the agreement in New Zealand last week.
The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University near Boston said President Obama’s promises of sweeping economic benefits are wrong and the treaty would actually harm America.
The analysis said U.S. jobs would be “hardest hit” of all the nations in the agreement.
Meanwhile the TPP along with the National Interest Analysis was tabled in the Australian House of Representatives today prompting the Member for Kennedy and leader of Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter to form a cross bench alliance, citing the TPP as the “greatest threat to Australia’s sovereignty in decades.”
Mr Katter, Senator Glenn Lazarus and Greens’ Trade Spokesman Senator Peter Whish-Wilson fronted a joint press conference at Parliament House to oppose the ratification of the TPP, which is expected within weeks.
Whilst full details of the TPP Agreement were laid before Parliament, all three attacked the Government’s own analysis of the Agreement – an analysis which is unlikely to highlight the real losses to Australian manufacturers and producers.
“There has been a hole a mile wide torn in the sovereignty of Australia,” Mr Katter said.
“If there is a product which some foreign corporation is producing or distributing in Australia and they have invested money, then we can’t stop that product from coming in – so what is left of our sovereignty is now vanishing away.
“Andrew Robb, one of the most appropriately named Ministers that I have encountered in my time in Parliament, has greatly erred here, so maybe we should call him Rob-err.
“He has an extraordinary eagerness to please foreign corporations and to get foreign investment – but what he calls foreign investment I call the stealing of our country!
“I defy him in the last 10 years to tell me where any significant jobs have been created by foreign investment, that hadn’t already started 15-20 years ago.
“And in the last 10 years, since this fanatical free trade business has been going on, I defy them to point out to me where there has been one benefit for the Australian economy.”
Mr Katter pointed to the absurdity in the Government’s own figures published today – which cited $109 billion in sales to TPP countries, versus $1,109 of investment in Australia by TPP countries – meaning a staggering ten times more imports than exports, all of which compete with if not eradicate Australian producers and manufacturers.
“Mr Robb says that this agreement will open up avenues for Australian manufactured goods – for iron and steel, ships and auto parts to name a few.
“But manufacturing – it’s already all gone. There is no capital investment by Government, no motor vehicles produced, no white goods produced – no manufacturing left in the country.
“We allow slave labour produced goods into the country without any tariffs or restrictions on them whatsoever.
“Instead of trading aggressively and collectively, we have the weakest trading position of any country on earth.
“TheGovernment keeps pressing ahead talking about foreign investment as if it’s a good thing – when we all know it’s just selling your country off because your country’s broke, the Government’s broke, and the only way to get out of trouble is to sell off the assets,” Mr Katter said.