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by Viv Forbes
A balanced budget is not necessarily good – Soviet Russia often ran a balanced budget – they took 100% of people’s income and spent it all.
The constant striving by conservative governments to “balance the budget” just gives a free lunch to the big spenders who will inevitably take over from them. This happens every electoral cycle. It is time to break this destructive spending ratchet before we reach bankrupt Soviet status.
There is only one tax on the people and that is government spending. That should be slashed but taxes must be reduced even faster, maintaining or increasing the deficit. That way, no new treasurer will have scope for extra wasteful spending or vote buying.
Harry plays an interview by Paul Makin of FABFM Port Douglas with Bob katter and candidate Dan McCarthy for North Queensland Leichhardt covering Guns, Politics, Hospitals, and upcoming Federal Election. OZ CHAT with Mike Holt follows with a short version due to the NBN again breaking down during Harry and Mikes interview.
Chairman of the Saltbush Club, Mr Jerry Ellis, today warned that Australia needs more reliable baseload power.
“With the population and the economy growing, but with electricity availability and reliability in decline, we are racing headlong into a brick wall of blackouts.
“Recession and disruption will probably follow, bringing to mind those memorable 1990 words of Paul Keating: ‘This is the recession we had to have’. Except in this case the recession will be self-inflicted.
“Much of my working life was in the steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s. It operated 24×7, with large numbers of electric motors requiring a continuous supply of low-cost electrical power. Un-planned interruptions were rare, but when they occurred they were very costly.
“Now we face the prospect of planned and unplanned loss of power due to the rundown of base-load power capacity. It must be a nightmare for today’s steelmakers and aluminium refineries facing this growing crisis.
“It is essential that Australia rebalances economic imperatives against populist ideas regarding the release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
“A strong Australian economy is crucial to Australia’s welfare and will also make a valuable contribution to world prosperity.
“Australia produces a tiny proportion of the world’s carbon dioxide. Even total closure of our industry would have no detectable impact on carbon dioxide emissions or global climate.
“We urgently need new supplies of reliable energy from coal, gas, hydro or nuclear.”
Echoing Mr Ellis’ comments, Sir Rod Carnegie, former Managing Director, CEO and Chairman of CRA (Rio Tinto) said Australia must regain its manufacturing industries.
“It is essential that Australia regains its reputation for cheap reliable electricity or we will lose our manufacturing and refining industries, returning only to our backbone industries of agriculture and mining,” Sir Rodney said.
KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has urged the Prime Minister in Parliament to commit to low-interest reconstructed debt through his Reconstruction Board Legislation to help farmers in North-West Qld who are facing the worst natural disaster to hit the cattle industry.
Up to 500,000 cattle have died and thousands of people are now without an income for years – all a consequence of the years of drought then devastating floods.
Mr Katter has been on the ground and seen first-hand the extent of damage; within a matter of weeks, most of the farmers’ entire livelihoods – many going back generations – have been wiped out. A whole economy and backbone of QLD agriculture has been devastated.
“The Mid-West and Gulf provides one tenth of the entire Australian cattle industry; beef is Australia’s fourth biggest exporter,” Mr Katter said.
“It is now decimated by droughts, flooding and the resulting terminal health conditions. With no stock, massive existing debt and hundreds of thousands of rotting carcases to clean up, farmers will have no capacity to pay their mortgage let alone restore and restock.
“I have asked the Government to commit to a Reconstruction Authority, cutting existing debt by 30%, providing finance at government interest rates
“Without this minimal action North Qld’s calamity, its misery, it’s human and economic hardship will worsen exponentially,” Mr Katter said.
The Prime Minister has said restoration of the Qld cattle industry isn’t about trying to prop up an industry that doesn’t have a future, it is an industry that has a massive future for Australia, and the Government needs to be there to support and re-build that cattle industry. He has assured Mr Katter there was a recovery and restoration plan and they would work to assure the cattle industry was going to be as great as it was going to be in the future – if not even greater and a plan will come forth from the Minister of agriculture to address these issues.
Mr Katter has been working tirelessly to help see the north west and Gulf through the greatest devastation known to the cattle industry.
On Australia Day, celebrate don’t hate; Australia Day commentary
by Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, a Councillor on Alice Springs Town Council
“ Not once! Not one time have I seen The Greens or labor speak out, not once have I seen you Indigenous cohorts speak out! Not once! You have never spoken out about stopping the violence, stopping the alcoholism, stopping the child abuse and sexual assault, no, you just want to talk about how “White man” has some how oppressed you. Oppressed you? Excuse you! Most of you leading the pack are well educated, had opportunities some of us only dare dreamed about, you manipulate the mobs, especially the ones less educated or fortunate for your own selfish white hating reasons! Shame on you! Shame shame shame!
I grew up in a violent alcohol fuelled family filled with some of the most abhorrent acts committed upon my mother, upon myself. My childhood wasn’t living, it was surviving from one day to the next. I don’t remember a great Christmas, a birthday that didn’t turn violent a night where I didn’t hide under my blankets hoping that he wouldn’t come into my room. That leads me to ask where were you?
When I was 6 years old, yes SIX, I had my first nervous breakdown, I couldn’t take it anymore and my mind and body gave up, my soul withered and I was but a shell of my former self, but where were you? Were you speaking up for me? Were you there to stop the real oppression the real danger to my life? A lot of you were children yourself but where were the older ones? The mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles? The politicians? The outstretched hand? No you weren’t there!
Where were you when I watched my mother get raped and bashed until you couldn’t recognise who she was? Where were you when he held us all hostage and tried to cut our throats? Where were you when I faced an onslaught of sexual abuse? Where were you when he chased us down and tried bashing my mothers head in with a bullroarer?
Where were you when almost every night in my house something violent happened? Where were you when he’d sneak into my room like a thief in the night to steal my childhood?
Where were you the first time I tried to kill myself aged 9?
There’s so much more and it would take me a week to write it down, but where were you? You weren’t there and you still aren’t there! Luckily for me my grandmother was there, eventually my mother threw me away when I was sexually assaulted yet once again, this time by an “uncle” there was more than one offender that hurt me, I lost count, now that’s sad. Can you change all the dates I was hurt?
You cry and you scream about changing the date while there are children like me, little boys and girls living the same life I did as a child, living in constant fear of violence and sexual abuse. No, white man didn’t oppress me, white man didn’t commit those repulsive abhorrent acts, white man failed me in the way that he failed to take me and my brother away from my mother. But we mustn’t talk about the real issues effecting the indigenous community to this day! To this very day! Is it racist to speak out? NO! You professional victims cry about a date while real victims suffer horrors only seen in nightmares or in a movie, no, that’s not accurate, the greatest horror writer on the planet would cringe if he heard my story, the story of children still suffering today.
You say it’s “racist” to even speak of these issues, it’s not racism, it’s realism.
I have no time for you and your virtue signalling change the date crap. Your voice is only loud when you want to play the victim.
My grandmother an indigenous elder tried so hard to take me off my mother when I was a baby, but no, the authorities wouldn’t do that as it would be racist so they left me to suffer but I didn’t let that stop me, I didn’t let the abuse and poverty get in my way. Yes I did become an alcoholic when I was 13 it was easy to deal with the pain, then one day I woke up, I was 16 I decided I was not going to let the past destroy my future, I swore to myself I would never turn out like my mother, but I did, for 3 brutal years I did, for 3 brutal years I’d send my babies away out of danger so it was only me, was it racism that drove the police and DOCS to threaten to take my babies if I didn’t leave?
Was it racism that saw them drag him away so the kids and I could pack and flee?
No, that was humanity, that was addressing the issue, racism didn’t play a part, they didn’t see colour, they seen violence and terror the only difference is there was no grog, no drugs, he did it because he enjoyed it.
So while you’re sitting there with your privilege screaming about changing the date,
I’ll be sitting here with no privilege except for what I’ve given to myself and I’ll be speaking out about the real issues and fighting for justice for myself and for every other child that is a mirror of me.
Personally I’ll keep the date, some of the good memories I have is from that date, you see I spent most Australia Days with my nan, she would have BBQ’s where family and friends would get together and play cricket and laugh, us kids would play and play, I never wanted those days to end.
My nan always taught me that it was about unity not division, she taught me not to hate, she told me stories of old passed down and from her own memories, she taught me not to hate the people of today for the sins of yesterday, my nan was all about love and without her I wouldn’t be the strong proud woman I am today.
On Australia Day, celebrate don’t hate.
* That’s all I have to say, I’m getting too upset, the memories of the past never fade to a living victim, a real victim, but we go on, stronger louder and prouder.
by Jim O’Toole
Tens of thousands of drought affected cattle could perish across the north
KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and State Member for Traeger Robbie Katter have requested the banks and insurers show mercy in dealing with North Queensland’s catastrophic flood event.
The Katters have written to the Australian Banking Association and Insurance Council of Australia appealing for compassion and understanding for farmers in Queensland’s Mid-West, who have lost significant numbers of stock, ahead of customer insurance claims and ongoing support.
The event comes on the back of the release of the Banking Royal Commission report this week, which the Katters hope offers a warning to bankers and insurers.
“We request the banking and insurance industries take heed of the Royal Commission findings and that customers do not experience added trauma to claim delays and/or necessary financial pressure when dealing with this catastrophic event,” Bob Katter said.
Already, he has made a request to the Prime Minister’s office for fodder drops for flood-affected farmers who have, in a sad irony after years of drought, now suffered major stock losses.
“The beasts can’t move around, it’s clodding mud, and there’s very little grass and they’re in very poor condition after a very long drought,” he explained.
“In conditions similar to this, we lost 120 000 head of cattle – I myself lost some cattle – in Cyclone Ted (1976); 120,000 head of cattle is 120 million dollars of cattle.
“The meat processing industry is one of the four giant employers of Queensland, but no cattle equals no meat processing.”
Robbie Katter said the major flooding event presented many big lessons to learn and that farmers were in dire need of help now and in the weeks and months to come.
“This disastrous situation, with cattle stranded in flood waters with no food and producers having no way to get to them has emerged rapidly and repeatedly across the North West,” he said.
As the impending clean-up will impact people’s ability to return to work and businesses’ ability to return to normal trade, the Katters fear hasty action from the banks as a loss-cutting strategy.
In previous events, in particular drought and the closure of the live export market to Indonesia, banks showed little compassion and support to head off the business downturn, acting quickly to cut their losses.
This has led to fire sales and subsequent devastation for communities, evidenced in the case studies and submissions to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry.
KAP has asked the banking and insurance sectors to show goodwill.
Bob Katter has praised media reports that agricultural industry groups would assist with fodder drops.
“I thank wholeheartedly the industry groups for assisting with fodder drops. I also thank the local councils who are on the ground dealing with this disaster.”
The world is in the process of building 1600 new coal-fired power stations many using Australian coal. Bring on all the life-supporting CO2 we can get
When China halted plans for more than 100 new coal-fired power plants this year, even as President Trump vowed to “bring back coal” in America, the contrast seemed to confirm Beijing’s new role as a leader in the fight against climate change.
But new data on the world’s biggest developers of coal-fired power plants paints a very different picture: China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade.
1,600 new coal-fired power plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries.
These Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal, according to tallies compiled by Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin. Many of the plants are in China, but by capacity, roughly a fifth of these new coal power stations are in other countries.
Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent.
The fleet of new coal plants would make it virtually impossible to meet the unrealistic and naïve goals set in the Paris climate accord, which aims to keep the increase in global temperatures from preindustrial levels below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The United States may also be back in the game. President Trump said he wanted to lift Obama-era restrictions on American financing for overseas coal projects as part of an energy policy focused on exports.
“We have nearly 100 years’ worth of natural gas and more than 250 years’ worth of clean, beautiful coal,” he said. “We will be dominant. We will export American energy all over the world, all around the globe.”
Home-grown farm terrorists have produced a website map of nearly every Australian farming property ostensibly to incite farm invasions and terrorist activities in a campaign to shut down agriculture in all regional areas.
Ringleaders include Chris Delforce of Aussie Maps, Lyn White, Animals Australia, Mimi Bekhechi, PETA Campaigns Advisor.
These anarchists have thousands of dim-witted followers who finance the sabotage of piggeries, feedlots, poultry farms, grazing properties, abattoirs, livestock transport, horse races, rodeos, camp drafts and pony clubs.
Notably all three ringleaders and most of their followers are vegans and due to their diet, have acute trace element deficiencies which usually leave the victim with mental issues often causing severe schizophrenia and delusionary behaviour.
The federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has slammed the online map and jumped on the farm invasions calling for each group’s charity status to be withdrawn, in an effort to starve the groups of funds.
Farmers on social media have demanded the terrorists to be prosecuted under federal terrorism laws for attempting to destroy or contaminate public food supplies.
Meanwhile investigators have discovered Animals Australia has again been caught paying bribes to animal workers to deliberately harm animals at abattoirs or on board livestock ships while being filmed.
The fake footage is then supplied to the conspiratorial ABC for viewing by a gullible public.
The Greens Party should be included in any prosecutions of the terrorists for giving the groups political support.
Cairns News supports the prosecution of these farm terrorists under counter-terrorism laws. Farmers are urged to make a complaint to the Federal Police or ring the NATIONAL SECURITY HOTLINE 1800 123 400
The Attorney General’s website states:
‘It is an offence to counsel, promote, encourage or urge the doing of a terrorist act or the commission of a terrorism offence where the person intentionally engages in the conduct reckless as to whether another person will engage in a terrorist act or commit a terrorism offence.
If found guilty of advocating terrorism, a person could face up to five years imprisonment.’
Friday, Jan 04.
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