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Queensland prawn farmers, stricken by white spot virus, deliberately introduced into the farmed prawn industry by Chinese importers will be slugged with a $36 million levy by the federal government to clean up the disaster of free trade.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has not ever once mentioned that the flawed LNP ideology of free trade which demands Asian produce be allowed into Australia, has caused the obliteration of the $358m prawn industry.
Today he said the industry would be charged with a levy to clean up the LNP mess.
Chinese prawn importer, Sino, has had its import licence revoked and will face serious criminal charges for breaching Australian quarantine laws.
Sino and four other companies allegedly were caught providing samples of non-infected green prawns for biosecurity testing by the Federal Agriculture department when their imported consignments were known to be infected.
Four more foreign importers are in the government sights allegedly for deliberately breaching biosecurity rules.
Today the Queensland Government has confirmed white spot virus has been found in wild prawns in Moreton Bay off Brisbane and now cannot be stopped.
KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter said, “I congratulate the Government of the Australia with their free trade policies and no quarantine.
“Our prawn industry has been sacrificed on the altar of free trade.”
A determined display of solidarity among a large number of Mareeba residents who want jobs at the local Steggles chicken factory was the outcome of a packed public meeting on Monday night.
More than 160 previous and prospective employees demanded they be employed in preference to the large number of 417 Holiday Visa and 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) workers employed at the factory.
Organised by the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union Assistant Secretary Ian McLauchlan and Mareeba AMIEU delegate Fred Brunjes the rally was addressed by the General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions, Ros McLennan.
Steggles, owned by Sydney company Baiada, was accused by workers of employing temporary visa workers in preference to locals.
Mr McLauchlan told the meeting that the large roll-up at the racecourse venue was ample proof Mareeba people wanted to work.
More than 50 potential employees lined up to fill out Steggles work application forms which would be handed to the company’s HR department at the Mareeba plant.
“We are fair dinkum, we want to work but local people who hand in applications at the security gate say the forms never make it to the office,” Mr McLauchlan claimed.
“Somehow they get lost between the gate and the HR department.”
The Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter said he has been long opposed to the 200,000 overseas workers arriving in Australia every year on 457 visas.
“‘They are taking our jobs and undermining our pay and conditions,” Mr Katter said, apologising for not attending, due to commitments in Parliament.
Addressing the Steggles situation, he asked: “Who will you take as a worker, the bloke overseas used to working for $5 a day and 60 hour week and has a deportation order at your discretion?; or would you take an Australian who you have to pay a fair days pay for a fair days work?”
Member for Cook Billy Gordon told the meeting he remembered the problems of getting a job when he was a young man growing up in the Mareeba area.
“I picked mangoes at local farms and did other farm jobs years ago working around the area and being a young Blackfella in those days it was hard to get work when I was just out of school,” Mr Gordon said.
“It inspires me at the turnout here tonight with people standing up for families.
“There is 25 per cent youth unemployment here and it irks me there are companies out there not prepared to do the right thing by the community.”
Mr McLauchlan said Steggles job application forms were available at Mr Gordon’s office and urged applicants to fill them out then hand them to AMIEU delegate Fred Brunjes.
Mareeba Shire Council had been invited to the meeting, but Mr McLauchlan said he was unaware of any representatives in attendance.
He said Baiada senior management had agreed to meet with the union in Brisbane on Thursday to sort out the issues.
‘Heroic’ farmer dies in jail after serving just one year of a 24 year sentence for shooting a government tree policeman
A Moree district farmer has told Cairns News other farmers in the north of NSW claimed they wanted to ‘do a job’ on NSW Environment Department tree policeman, Glen Turner, for ‘harassing them to the point of distraction,’ about tree clearing on their freehold properties prior to his death.
Last week the 82 year old farmer convicted of Mr Turner’s murder in July 2014, died in hospital as a result of a heart attack after being rushed from Long Bay Prison where he was serving a 24 year sentence.
Cairns News, at the time of Mr Turner’s death received several comments from NSW readers claiming that an extremely ‘officious’ Mr Turner ‘ got what he deserved,’ and that Mr Turnbull was a ‘hero.’
Cairns News does not condone the murder of any person, however when a farmer’s livelihood is under threat by unlawful policies of a corporation namely the NSW Government, then Mr Turnbull’s actions could be forgiven by food producers.
The article below was published by Cairns News the day after Mr Turner was shot:
“It had to happen sooner or later. A prying government official was shot dead on private property by an angry landowner yesterday(July 30, 2014) near Moree in the north of New South Wales.
He was found on farmland assessing the actual number of trees that allegedly had been ‘illegally’ cleared by dryland wheat farmer, Ian Turnbull, aged 79.
The now deceased Environment Department employee, aged 51, had pushed Mr Turnbull too far.
A nearby neighbour told Cairns News soon after the shooting that Ian Turnbull was well respected in the community but had become embroiled in a long-running dispute with the State Government over vegetation management laws.
The neighbour said the elderly farmer “had enough” and was in effect forced into a corner because he was unable to clear his land to protect his livelihood.
Mr Turnbull has been taken into custody by police and will appear in court in September.
This festering sore infecting all farmland in the nation has been allowed to creep through the agricultural industry since former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard forced his Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 onto the states.
Labor state governments had a ball. They amended their environment acts allowing their socialist regimes to halt forthwith any new agricultural development or vegetation management under the guise of biodiversity protection.
The ALP/Green nexus had a win of nuclear proportions, prosecuting farmers for the most minor infringement of their native vegetation statutes. Their victory in sterilising farmland was delivered to them by a supposedly conservative Liberal National Party Government.
The Queensland socialists had waited for years to take revenge on the National Party’s token squattocracy.
The owner of one of Queensland’s largest family run cattle operations, the late Graham Acton was fined $110,000 for allegedly clearing brigalow regrowth without a permit.
Hundreds of others were mercilessly hounded by ‘compliance officers,’ usually disgraced, former police officers whose bent was to trespass on private land and apply entrapment to catch hapless primary producers whose only indiscretion was to protect their property by clearing regrowth and noxious woody weeds.
Reminiscent of scenes of a Gestapo interrogation in Nazi Germany, a refusal by a landowner or any person present on the property to answer questions from these thugs resulted in immediate arrest and prosecution.
This is the modus operandi of a Labor Government and the dumbed-down city populace of the Sunshine State want to elect another bunch of international socialists?
It should be noted the present Queensland Liberal National Party Government disbanded the ‘tree police’ in 2013.”
The Liberals and Nationals are trying every devious trick in the book to stop this banking inquiry bill from getting passed in federal parliament. Renegade LNP Member for Dawson in Central Queensland, George Christensen, confirmed today he will cross the floor to support Bob Katter who has led the charge against the unlawful and unethical conduct of banks. Every small businessman and farmer in Australia will benefit from this inquiry.
The People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017
The bill provides for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry. The Bill invests the People of Australia’s’ Commission of Inquiry with the full powers of a Royal Commission as laid out in the Royal Commissions Act 1902. The Commission of Inquiry will inquire into unethical, unlawful and improper conduct in the banking, financial services and related sectors.
The purpose of the Bill is to fully expose and shine the light of public scrutiny on the unethical and unlawful conduct/practices in the banking and financial services industries and to put forward recommendations for reform.
Particular concern has been raised in relation to the conduct of service providers in the banking, superannuation, insurance and other financial services sectors.
Responding to numerous media reports, whistleblower disclosures and cases raised with Members of Parliament and Senators, there have been 37 reviews and inquiries into banking and financial services since 2010. However, none of these past reviews/inquiries have had the level of powers of a Royal Commission. These past reviews/inquiries have often not been independent, have been politicised and have had limited scopes of inquiry. This has led to little, or no, reform to the sector, nor justice for the victims. Nor has this led to the spotlighting of the malpractices, shortcomings and injustices of current financial practices.
The Commission of Inquiry will have the full powers of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 plus additional powers related to protecting whistleblowers. The Commission of Inquiry will report to the Parliament, as opposed to a Royal Commission which reports to the Executive arm of Government.
Read the documents:
LNP VOTE WITH LABOR TO KILL RURAL DEBT REFORM
State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has slammed the LNP for supporting Labor to vote against a real solution to address rural debt.
In a parliamentary session that went into the early hours of Wednesday morning the KAP’s Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill was denied a vote in the House through the blocking of a motion put forward by Robbie Katter.
“The motion was put forward to enable the Parliament to adequately consider and vote on a solution that would’ve seen a new lending mechanism established to address the shortcomings in QRAA’s current activities”
“Each member of the crossbench voted to allow the motion to be heard but it was the major parties who didn’t allow it. It’s unbelievable that they would so blatantly work together to stifle a minor party Bill.”
“With so much public disappointment in partisan politics it’s ironic that the only thing the major parties can agree on is limiting consideration of minor party Bills”
Mr Katter highlighted the amount of consultation and analysis that went into the KAP’s Bill and expressed his disappointment at the behaviour of the major parties.
“The LNP not only supported Labor’s Bill over the KAP alternative, they actively worked to restrict debate and consideration of the KAP Bill”
“The LNP and Government used every excuse in the book to avoid undertaking a difficult reform. They even used banking regulations as an excuse. Do they forget where here to change laws and regulations? If I told my constituents that I wasn’t prepared to undertake legislative reform because of a regulation I wouldn’t deserve to represent them”
“For me, the genesis of this Bill was during the term of the Newman Government, which shows that this has taken years of stakeholder discussions, industry forums, community and local leader’s input,” Mr Katter said.
“Through the Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce that I chaired in this parliament it was clear that the debt problem is massive and that a significant response from the Government was required to address it”
“However what the Parliament has achieved is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. A farm debt mediation mechanism doesn’t solve the debt problem it just ensures that when the problem has finally caught up with a producer they can shut their business efficiently”
KAP’s legislation was designed to address not only the cattle industry, but also the viability of our rural towns.
“We need ways of stimulating the economies of the rural towns that rely on agriculture. Rather than using blunt funding programs to create short term employment, why not invest in reconstructing the core industry so longer term organic growth can be delivered”
Mr Katter expressed disappointment at the Government and Opposition’s “hands-off” approach to supporting a key Queensland industry.
“In 2015, I thought the Palaszczuk Government was serious about identifying solutions to address rural debt issues with the formation of a Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. I was wrong. Just like the Opposition they prefer to leave it to the “market”. This approach has delivered a declining sugar industry, a decimated dairy industry and some of the most expensive gas and electricity in the world.”
“Government’s “intervene” in markets all the time. Between the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency there’s about $5 billion worth of low interest loans to help stimulate the industry. However when it comes to supporting agriculture, and particularly family enterprises, the Government doesn’t want to touch it”.
“The rural community right throughout the State should be angry that a significant proposal to benefit people doing it tough and earning a living in regional Queensland would be stymied and watered down by both major parties.”
The EPA May Have Been in Bed With Big Pesticide for Years
By Charles Pierce, Esquire – 20 March 17
The miracles of the discovery process, part infinity.
There is, at the moment, a massive lawsuit against the Monsanto company regarding Roundup, its most popular pesticide. The company is being sued by citizens who maintain that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is responsible for their cancers. On Tuesday, the judge overseeing the case unsealed some of the documents that have been filed related to the case, and nobody comes out clean—not the company and, sadly, not the EPA, either.
From The New York Times:
The court documents included Monsanto’s internal emails and email traffic between the company and federal regulators. The records suggested that Monsanto had ghostwritten research that was later attributed to academics and indicated that a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency had worked to quash a review of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that was to have been conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The documents also revealed that there was some disagreement within the E.P.A. over its own safety assessment. In one email unsealed Tuesday, William F. Heydens, a Monsanto executive, told other company officials that they could ghostwrite research on glyphosate by hiring academics to put their names on papers that were actually written by Monsanto. “We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak,” Mr. Heydens wrote, citing a previous instance in which he said the company had done this.
Bloomberg has focused in on one particular phone conversation that makes nobody look good.
The boast was made during an April 2015 phone conversation, according to farmers and others who say they’ve been sickened by the weed killer. After leaving his job as a manager in the EPA’s pesticide division last year, Jess Rowland has become a central figure in more than 20 lawsuits in the U.S. accusing the company of failing to warn consumers and regulators of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicide can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland told a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager who recounted the conversation in an email to his colleagues, according to a court filing made public Tuesday. The company was seeking Rowland’s help stopping an investigation of glyphosate by a separate office, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, that is part of the U.S. Health and Human Service Department, according to the filing.
The good people at DeSmog Blog have a solid review of the curious history that the EPA has with glyphosate, about which the EPA seems curiously ambivalent as regards classifying it as a carcinogen.
For example, why did the EPA determine in 1985 that glyphosate should be classified as a group C carcinogen — possibly cancer-causing in humans but lacking sufficient studies of humans and animals — only to reverse that decision six years later? Did it have anything to do with Monsanto’s influence over the agency, or did new studies emerge that cast doubt on previous conclusions? The latter seems less likely considering the fact that the bulk of independent research has reached the same conclusions about the existence of a probable link between Roundup’s glyphosate and cancers. Another question that these documents could finally answer is why the EPA has been constantly at odds with the majority of the scientific community over the potential dangers of glyphosate. If, in fact, Monsanto was submitting ghostwritten research to the agency, which then failed to do its own testing, that might explain why the EPA has never found a link (beyond the original determination in the 1980s). The answers to those questions may appear during the ongoing trials against Monsanto and as more documents are released from the trial.
This behaviour seems bizarre at best, and ethically dubious at worst, and it happened under the stewardship of the previous administration. I am not optimistic that things will improve under Scott Pruitt, the new EPA administrator, whose campaigns back in Oklahoma were into Monsanto for considerable dough. The discovery process can be a wonderful—if terrifying—thing.
Letter to the editor
by Viv Forbes
There was a time when true environmentalists strove to protect wild things. Now the green shirts have become enemies of the environment by pushing green energy and demonising the building blocks of life – carbon and carbon dioxide.
Wind turbines and their cobweb of connecting roads and transmission lines have destroyed native trees and grasses, scarred and uglified wild hilltops, and littered continental shelves with naval and aerial obstacles. They create wind and rain shadows and decimate resident and migratory birds and bats.
Industrial-scale solar is no better, stealing sunlight from every plant that tries to live in the shadow of the panels. Solar-thermal arrays have the additional trick of roasting any birds, bats and insects which fly through their focussed rays of heat.
These green energy toys produce piddling amounts of unreliable weather-dependent energy at great economic and environmental cost.
Greens also promoted diesel to replace cleaner petrol in vehicles. Thank them for more urban pollution.
Their promotion of ethanol and bio-diesel has caused the widespread conversion of cropland and clearing of natural vegetation and forests to grow industrial crops like corn and palm oil. This has also reduced food supplies, increased food prices and forced some poor people to poach in parklands.
And the stupid promotion of burning wood for power and home heating has taken some cities back sixty-five years to the era of London smogs. Forests are again being cleared and wood smoke is again choking urban communities.
None of these expensive and destructive activities will have any measurable or beneficial effect on global temperature.
What is the real agenda?
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by John F Howard in Townsville
Netherlands-based bank Rabobank with the aid of an armada of government-paid enforcers arriving in government vehicles along with grubby receivers Ferrier Hodgson heavied Noeline Bradshaw and her son Neil to get off their cattle property, Ballabay north of Pentland.
Noelene and Neil were arrested by several violent officers and marched off to the paddy wagon
Although the receivers and Rabobank representatives indicated they would go to the negotiating table after a court appearance on Thursday, in order to avoid a welcoming party at the property they did not arrive on Monday February 20 as they had indicated.
Instead they arrived in military style on Wednesday, with enforcers blocking the entry road and threatening any media or supporters with arrest if they tried to enter.
Ferrier Hodgson were supposed to remove the family on “voluntary terms” as they had suggested.
It appears they did not wish to have any other parties present when removing the entire family.
Neil Bradshaw owns cattle on the property that are not mortgaged to Rabobank. He previously circulated descriptions and brands of his cattle to all livestock agents and meatworks warning them not to deal with the cattle.
This sorry saga of a foreign bank dispossessing honest, hard-working Australians from their properties is completely sanctioned by the LNP and Labor Party.
Banking industry sources believe Rabobank is acting in league with coal and gas companies to remove land holders in order to easily access known coal and gas reserves in the Pentland district.
“Rabobank will have token buyers lined up ready to buy the properties at discounted prices, leaving the Bradshaws holding the bag with a $1 million or more deficit, which without any means of income they will never be able to pay off,” the source said.
Yesterday Member for Kennedy Bob Katter weighed into this disgraceful episode, contacting the Labor Polce Minister(whose husband is a police inspector) then arriving at the Charters Towers police station to get the Bradshaws out of the watch house.
He was told the Bradshaws had been released just before he arrived.
The clearly upset Bob Katter told Cairns News that the lending practices of the banks are designed to allow foreclosures.
“In this case the bank loaned the family too much money because of droughts and poor cattle prices then the government-instigated live cattle export ban which placed them in an unviable position,” he said
“The banks are a law unto themselves and there is no power on earth to control them.
“I have got hundreds of similar cases on file where farmers have not been able to get any relief from any of the so-called government watchdogs like ACCC, courts, the Reserve Bank ASIC and others that are supposed to offer financially stressed businesses relief.
“Banks like Rabobank continue to flagrantly break the law.
“The Bradshaws are devastated after a lifetime’s work to lose their possessions to a foreign bank or any bank.
“The bank will make a profit of half a million or more from these seizures and the Bradshaws will have to carry a $1 million or more debt for the rest of their lives.
“This assault on an Australian farming family clearly demonstrates the urgent need for a Royal Commission into banking practices.”
Culleton forces HCA to restore the wrong Queen in court process, resulting in its bench closing ranks on Culleton and refusing to hear his arguments about nullified charges in a NSW court involving the disappearance of a $7.50 car key
The continual denial of natural justice in Australia is a direct result of political appointments to the bench
a dissertation by law analyst Peter Gargan
The Restoration of the Queen and all She stands for in the law, must be a priority for every West Australian voter this election because:
The Queen by Her Coronation Oath represents peace, order and good government as the Corporate Parliament of the Commonwealth has tried to legislate since 1986, but after the Australia Act 1986, The Parliament of Western Australia has legislated to remove all safeguards for private property, all freedoms of travel except other than that they approve, and tax, legislated to imprison people without fair trials, and not one Judge or Magistrate in Australia has ever said this is wrong.
Because all WA Judges and Magistrates are supposed to represent the Queen but now only represent the State of Western Australia and its people, they are repudiating the Australian Constitution. Consequently the entire Commonwealth Parliament is absolutely useless to the people of Western Australia because the Judges and Magistrates are treating the work of the Commonwealth politicians as a joke.
When Rodney Norman Culleton asked why the Queen was removed from the High Court the republican lawyers as Judges and Magistrates set out to get him. They put the Queen back in, but only the Queen of Australia not the one who represented peace order and good government from 1900 to 1973.
Your hip pocket is paying all the time for this new regime. Every time a Sheriff attempts to have a Judgment executed or take away your licence to drive, unless you pay the fines they have in the Fines Registry, they are breaking the Laws of the Commonwealth. By levying fines without first taking you to a proper Ch III Constitution Court they are breaking S 43 Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) and should be paying you, instead of attempting to steal your property. The penalty for that is ten years jail. It should mean the State of Western Australia pays you, $540,000 in liquidated damages every time a Sheriff tries to steal a car for unpaid fines. The Sheriff himself should pay $108,000 and so should every Police Officer who helps him get away with highway robbery.
Likewise every person who has lost his or her property in the last ten years, since the real Queen was abolished, ought to be able to collect this liquidated penalty, pay fifty percent tax upon it, and still be far better off than they are now. The biggest beneficiaries of this regime put in place by the Liberal Party are the Big Banks who made a $46 Billion Dollar profit last year, while the Liberal Government in Canberra is trying to screw Centrelink clients, to rake in around the $35 billion dollars deficit that they have allowed the Banks to evade using captive Judges and Magistrates.
Since 1983, the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Commonwealth has had power to overrule the Laws of the Commonwealth when it comes to law enforcement. Each and every one of the people was granted power, in 1914 in the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) in s 13 of that Act, to prosecute any offender, but the Protection Racket this person has been running since this Act was passed, a protection racket for Banks, Corporate Offenders, Drug Dealers and Judges and Magistrates that has directly caused the present Budget Deficit of the Commonwealth is still there. The DPP has done this by s 9.5 Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983, an Act that should never have received the Royal Assent because it has robbed the Crown. This should be repealed, but you need Rodney Norman Culleton in the Senate to get it done.
In 1973 the Governor General was misled into consenting to the creation of the Queen of Australia. Since then only a few High Court Justices have cast doubt on any allegiance whatsoever to the homespun Queen looking upon Her as illegitimate. Every Senator and Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth swears allegiance to the Successor of Queen Victoria. This pretend Queen does not qualify, and no wonder some High Court Justices think she is a pretender. The present High Court which had five Judges declare Rodney Norman Culleton disqualified from the Senate, and the five Federal Court Judges who accepted a Judgment from a District Court Judge in Western Australia not made in the name of the Queen ought to be charged and disgraced. This should be enough to see Rodney Norman Culleton restored to the Senate and that Attorney General and President of the Senate charged as accessories to the said perversion of justice.
The Attorney General Senator George Brandis got a written Notice that Rodney Norman Culleton wanted the Commonwealth to strictly prove the Queen was legitimate in Western Australia, and he refused to come to the party. Senator Parry used the Judgment of an alleged illegitimate Judge in bankruptcy to kick out Rodney Norman Culleton from the Senate, on a dodgy contract no self- respecting lawyer would hold valid.
The Family Court has been illegal since its creation. It owes no allegiance whatsoever to the Queen. It destroys lives every time it adjudicates. It sends children into danger. It treats fathers and mothers alike as slaves. It treats children as chattels, as property of the State, to be dealt with like a commodity. It is the greatest lawyer’s money making machine ever created. It only continues because the High Court refuses to acknowledge the Queen and all She stands for.
No one, no one at all, should be imprisoned, have to pay any debt, unless the approval has been obtained from one of the Courts of Her Majesty. There are no such Courts in Australia today. There are lawyers Courts in the present Australia, but none “in the name of the Queen”, the words Senator Culleton insisted the High Court comply with, and as top of the pile, every lower court must comply too. For this they set out to destroy him, using Courts of Lawyers, and the lack of a proper education for every lawyer in Australia including those who advise the President of the Senate. The people of Western Australia must protest. By protesting and tossing out the present lawyers government in Western Australia and putting in a democratic party with the balance of power, you, the people of Western Australia will get your lives back, and your fair share of the GST. You will also lead the Commonwealth back to the Rule of Law, and get justice restored.