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By staff writers
Serious juvenile crime has finally hit the sleepy Tablelands town of Atherton in Far North Queensland, set among evergreen pastures and running creeks when last week two Aboriginal youths pulled a 47 year old woman from her sedan, threatened her, stole her purse then drove off in her car to continue their crime spree.
Both are foster kids aged 15 and 16 and they have finally been caught by police after a dramatic car chase near Cairns.
Police said they locked down the tourist town of Kuranda while trying to locate the stolen vehicle and its occupants.
The car left Kuranda and headed down the notorious Kuranda Range Road but the stolen vehicle was stopped at the bottom of the range with road spikes and one of the offenders was apprehended by police. The other was located two days later and both were in custody.
By now these youths could be out of custody awaiting a court appearance only to go on to re-offend again. Similar to the tragic incident in Brisbane where a 17 year old criminal on bail for 50 offences allegedly stole a four wheel drive station wagon which rolled during a chase killing two innocent bystanders.
In Townsville two police officers were seriously injured when they crashed their Hilux four wheel drive patrol car while trying to apprehend brazen, young black car thieves.
Civic leaders from throughout the north have had enough of the Labor Party’s go-soft-on-crime policies which force police and courts to let offenders go free after they have been caught and charged.
This five year old legislative amendment has watered down any notion of curtailing criminal behavior by juveniles. It is why police do not put much effort into catching indigenous and white youth because courts do not impose any meaningful punishment.
The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015 has in its very first section:
Under the youth justice principles in schedule 1, it is a principle of this Act that a child should be detained in custody for an offence, whether on arrest or sentence, only as a last resort and for the least time that is justified in the circumstances. 1 2 Clause 3 4 5 Clause 6 7 8 9 10 11 Clause 12 13 Clause 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
After suffering several years of a continuous crime wave in the Far North by Aboriginal youths ranging in age from 10 to 18 years, community and business leaders have called for the establishment of youth relocation sentencing facilities to be modeled on the world-acclaimed Petford Farm facility operated by Geoff and Norma Guest which began in the 70’s until it ceased operation 12 years ago.
Katters Australian Party leader Robbie Katter has remote sentencing legislation prepared and several remote properties in mind to counter the black crime gangs creating havoc across the north.
Located one hour west of Mareeba the Petford Farm facility was originally funded by the State Government during the 80’s at $400 per week for a continual eight participants ordered there by courts.
Now aged 94 Geoff Guest OAM said while the government funded a minimal number of youths his attendance roll would normally show 20 to 25 participants each week.
Most kids, he said, would turn up of their own volition seeking help for substance abuse or alcohol rehabilitation based on a horse adventure. Other kids simply wanted training in a cattle station environment to enable them to find a good job before they went off the rails.
A one-off government grant of $200,000 during the 80’s allowed the facility to employ a school teacher and youth worker to assist him and his wife.
“They eventually left because they said the kids were too dangerous to deal with,” Mr Guest said.
Undeterred he and Norma soldiered on for another 18 years overseeing a total of nearly 4000 graduates from his all-encompassing course in which the WW2 veteran contradicted many norms of psychiatric and medical dogma. It was his unconventional, pharmaceutical-free, successful bush therapies which overturned decades of established medical orthodoxy attested by his outstanding world-first, non-recidivism results recognised at nearly 70 per cent.
He said a proper diet played a major part of his success story.
To this day visitors to the now-idle Petform Farm will not find one grain of sugar, one slice of bread, any flour or vegetable oil.
Wheat, he says, attributed to poor mental health of many of the students. “Soft drinks I found are an extreme health hazard,” he said.
“One can of soft drink a day equals 30 kilos of sugar a year. The younger they are the more susceptible they become.”
“Poor diet, tobacco and marijuana can affect female health for three generations.”
“The majority of these troubled kids are unfit and incapable of working. At Petford Farm I put them into fitness courses to toughen them up in readiness for a job.”
“The bad behaviour and mental health of these young offenders today can be sourced back to a poor diet and a lack of parenting and role models.
“Like a lot of indigenous people I have known for many years I agree there are few suitable ‘elders’ to take kids back to country to share knowledge and help with their problems.”
When asked how to fix this burgeoning health blight on regional communities Mr Guest said there was no silver bullet, but in his experience courts should order parenting courses which include financial budgeting and proper food preparation.
He criticised the delays in the justice system where sentencing of offenders takes months or years after being arrested.
“These young repeat offenders should be sentenced and have a penalty incurred within a week of being arrested otherwise they simply re-offend again,” he said.
“I am deeply offended the government is allowing overseas people to work on farms when there is an abundance of youth available to fill these jobs.”
He supported the re-establishment of community fruit and vegetable gardens and a return to remote sentencing facilities based on his Petford Farm model. Prison for most of these offenders should be a last resort.
Editor: Social media is alive with calls for indigenous Labor MP Cynthia Lui for the first time since the October election, to visit the largest town, Mareeba in her electorate of Cook, to experience the daily terror caused by juvenile blackfellas forcing the elderly to lock themselves in their homes. Break and enters, home invasions and property theft are at an all time high and now car hijacking targeting older people has reviled the Tablelands population. They are after Lui’s blood considering she moved her electorate office from Mareeba last year to Cairns out of her electorate, so she could better look after blackfellas from the Peninsula and Torres Strait. After all she was re-elected by a large proportion of these welfare voters who should not be forced to participate in an election.
Cynthia Lui is a puppet of socialist Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and she is forever beholden to her every whim and fantasy after being appointed as Deputy Speaker and given a golden handshake of $400,000 per annum.
from Jim O’Toole, Townsville Bureau
Dumbed-down voters in the October 31 state election it would seem, have returned a socialist Labor government with a majority of 52 seats out of 93.
But the legitimacy of the result is somewhat like the American hiatus – too many dead people voted more than once and many others voted more than once in the thousands of fictitious names contained on the electoral roll.
These usual voting irregularities occurred with scrutineers and booth workers taking complaints from voters about dead people voting more than once, legitimate voters being crossed off the roll because someone else had voted in their name, postal votes applied for in rural areas never arriving, a deluge of suspicious postal ballots arriving at marginal seats, nonsensical Covid distancing for scrutineers and election signage contravening the rules.
These were just some of the issues across the north reported to Cairns News during pre-polling and on polling day.
Making voting a really unpleasant task were hordes of red-shirted dummies from various unions manning booths and harassing voters to support the socialists.
The unions arrived due to the incumbent Labor member’s inability to get help from local Labor Party members.
In the far northern seat of Cook, held by an Aboriginal woman from Yam Island in the Torres Strait, the unions upset opposition candidates, polling booth workers and Queensland Electoral Commission staff.
The abuse from union booth workers in Mossman directed against two female candidates was unprecedented. A Labor booth worker who disassociated himself from the union heavies said normally the offending unionists could be called “thugs, but this mob didn’t have enough intelligence or were not tough enough to be a thug”.
The communists of the Maritime Union made their presence felt by voters. A female voter attending the State School booth in Mareeba told party workers. “ These grubs really are stupid. They are turning people off Cynthia Lui (ALP candidate) while they push people around.
“I won’t be voting for her now.” Lui lost the booth.
Cairns News has been advised a group of analysts have all the QEC raw data from the Cook electorate and have been checking the legitimacy of the Labor vote.
We will publish the results when they come to hand.
Why did the Labor Party after being elected in 2017 make their first piece of legislation an amendment to remove voter identification from the Electoral Act?
By EDITOR, CAIRNS NEWS
NORTH Queensland MP Bob Katter has sounded the alarm about a massive undersupply of fruit picking workers in his electorate, despite the fact that some 20,000 people in the same region are on the Jobseeker allowance.
Katter has called on the Minister for Agriculture and Acting Minister for Immigration to intervene immediately to help provide an estimated 15,000 farm jobs available in the Cairns hinterland region in a few weeks, during the peak season. Fruit on orchards in the region is already dropping off trees and rotting on the ground.
Katter says there are similar figures elsewhere in Queensland which is prompting the industry to question why their fruit is being left to rot when thousands of idle workers are receiving the dole.
“The Government’s response to Covid-19, whether good or bad, has left us with a serious lack of willing workers in north Queensland which is impacting industries that hold our communities together,” Mr Katter said.
“The Minister needs to explain why fruit is being left to rot on the ground in far north Queensland when there are 20,000 people in the area on Jobseeker allowance.”
Mr Katter has suggested a three-prong approach to alleviate the worker shortage problem:
- Abandoned, cyclone damaged, resorts to be renovated and used as quarantine hubs for incoming overseas workers.
- Remove the mandatory quarantine requirements for incoming workers from Samoa and Vanuatu, where there is no Covid-19 transmission.
- Nationalise the social welfare job allocations, which has been run disastrously since it was privatised.
“The privatisation of human services and job allocation has been disastrous for jobs because it means these people can get away with doing nothing whereas they couldn’t before. There’s no accountability now,” he says.
“Whether it is Mackay mining contractors, farmers in Tully, or Taxi drivers in Cairns or Townsville, the complaints are coming in from everywhere and the Government is left with no alternative – the Department of Human Services needs to be back under government control.”
Mr Katter has spoken to numerous farming organisations that have supported his call for intervention, particularly in lifting the restrictions on South Pacific Islander workers and the reignition of backpackers to fill the jobs.
“I’m told that the Pacific Islands are Covid-free, and north Queensland is Covid-free. So why are these workers being forced to quarantine here at the cost of the farmer?
“The farmers I have spoken to are simply asking for the restrictions on South Pacific Islanders to be lifted like with New Zealand which allows a reliable coming and going of the workers.
“Under normal circumstances, the backpackers comprise 50 per cent of the fruit pickers in north Queensland which is a region that produces 20 per cent of Australia’s fruit and vegetable supply. But due to border closures, the number of backpackers available is dwindling by the week.”
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The Katter’s Australian Party and One Nation have announced they will place each other as the number two position on their how to vote cards in an alliance to reflect the major party neglect of Queensland.
KAP leader Robbie Katter said the Liberal and Labor major party dominance had clearly failed regional Queenslanders and that the time was now for much needed change.
“For far two long the major parties have continued to sell off our assets, pushed green ideology and failed to invest in regional job creating mega-infrastructure projects,” Mr Katter said.
“Queensland can’t afford another four years of major party dominance, we know it doesn’t work, enough is enough, times up.”
Mr Katter said the KAP would put the Greens last in all seats.
“The LNP are preferencing the Greens which highlights how out of touch they have become.
“If there is a result of the LNP deal that ends up with a Greens controlled government this looks like no dams, no coal and more crime.
“We can’t risk the Greens grabbing a seat, it’s a major threat to the future of North Queensland.”
Mr Katter said the only way the majors can learn their lesson is that if people don’t give them their vote.
“Both the LNP and Labor are Brisbane based parties and the evidence of this is beyond clear,” he said.
“Up here in the north the LNP they say they are pro coal, yet down in Brisbane they tell everyone they are anti-coal, the truth is they are preferencing the Greens and they can’t have a bet each way.
“Ultimately our preferences are up to the voter, the how to vote card is just a guide.”
Mr Katter said other Westminster democracies who had more than a duopoly party dominance had a better governance of their citizens.
“Stronger minor parties means politicians have to actually fight for your vote in order to make a difference.”
from CN Townsville bureau
Queensland’s hapless Fire and Emergency Services Minister Comrade Craig Crawford recently ordered the State’s permanent firefighters to undergo a rigorous fitness test but discovered to his horror three quarters of the 3,337 seasoned firies failed.
Just two of 56 recruits who passed the new testing regimen and progressed to the paid 16 week training course were women.
Senior firemen say the test was devised to weed out female recruits. Last year only 24 of 148 new recruits were women.
The upgraded physical testing procedure includes a beep test, aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance assessments.
The high level of fitness failures sits astride the refusal of more than 17,000 volunteer rural firefighters to apply for a working with children blue card.
Volunteers say they are more interested in saving lives and property from bush fires than playing footsie with the Marxist policies of the QFES, Comrade Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Craig Crawford, who happens to a be a former ambulance driver from Victoria.
The attempted hijacking of the volunteer Rural Fire Service by the QFES has created widespread disharmony and many thousands of potential resignations from the RFS.
Recently, Crawford was asked by a volunteer to provide any contract between the QFES and individual volunteers. He was unable to do so, consequently the corporate QFES is legally unable to take over the RFS.
19 February, 2020
KAP ANNOUNCES “BAT RE-STOCKING” PROPOSAL
Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) has today offered to devise a plan to safely export hundreds of thousands of Queensland flying foxes to New South Wales with no option for “return to sender”, as part of a proposed “Bat Re-Stocking Program”.
The announcement follows the news that hundreds of bats were flown on a private plane for care at Queensland’s Australia Zoo following the recent NSW bushfires, and that local populations on the ground were likely to have taken a hit during the natural disaster.
It also follows an announcement by Australia Zoo that its ‘flying fox intake’ had sky-rocketed by 750 per cent due to the effects of drought in Queensland, followed more recently by the import of bats to Queensland affected by the NSW/Victoria fires.
While obviously a tongue-in-cheek proposal that should in no way been taken too seriously, the KAP is using this opportunity to call for some common sense to be injected into the way the State Government and Queensland communities handle flying fox populations.
KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said for too long Brisbane had failed to acknowledge through legislation the effect huge populations of flying foxes are having on the towns they inhabit.
Regional communities across Queensland have in recent months been battling with plague proportions of flying foxes, with hundreds of thousands of the animals roosting in urban towns like Charters Towers, Townsville, Ingham, Cairns and Mount Isa at any one time.
More recently, new reports circled that SEQ was also expecting a “flying fox invasion” of upto 600,000 bats, highlighting that no community is immune to the unsustainable numbers seeking refuge in urban areas.
Mr Katter recently made the Minister for Environment and Science, Leanne Enoch, aware of the bat import situation.
He has called for the Minister to detail if the State Government supported the import of bats from interstate and also asked her to clarify if any state money had been spent on the exercise.
Mr Katter said he has no personal issue with flying foxes, but believes it is ludicrous that Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act 1992 has enshrined their rights to the point that their well-being is routinely being prioritised ahead of people.
He said the latest news of the import of bats to Queensland was a symbolic slap in the face to the communities which have been battling plague proportions of the animals for weeks, months and in some cases, years.
Drastic changes to the Lake Eyre Basin Management Plan, proposed by the Queensland Labor Government under new “Pristine Rivers” legislation, could crucify future development in north and western Queensland, Katter’s Australian Party MPs have warned.
Environment Minister Leanne Enoch announced a review into the basin’s management plan just before Christmas, saying the “proposed framework will increase protections for streams and floodplains in the Queensland section of the Lake Eyre Basin”.
Feedback is required by late January, but the public is not allowed to participate in this process.
KAP State Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said the secret proposal, the details of which have so far only been shared with invited stakeholders, could lock up almost of third of Queensland and make much of the state’s prime mining and agricultural land untouchable.
He said the misguided move, aimed at shoring up Labor’s green credentials in Brisbane ahead of the 2020 State Election, would also rip away all economic opportunities open to a vast portion or rural and remote Queensland.
“The Labor Government has time and time again smashed regional, rural and remote Queensland with legislation that suits them in Brisbane but rips opportunity and autonomy away from us,” Mr Katter said.
“So far this term they have given us the reef regulations and the tree-clearing laws, all because of the need to keep feeding the green monster in Brisbane.
“Now this ‘Pristine Rivers’ proposal is their third attack, and it’s being launched ahead of the election campaign.
“All the KAP can say on behalf of these northern and western areas is that we are sick of being the sacrificial lambs to win Green votes in Brisbane.
“There is nothing to stop the State Government right now adjudicating on any development, mining or otherwise, that is inappropriate in an area or detrimental to the environment.
“This is regulation for regulation sake, and like the tree-clearing laws it will be politically-based and centred around flimsy science.”
Mr Katter said it was ludicrous to think that the Labor Government, which is presiding over a huge deficit and high unemployment rates, would put a blanket ban on development across large section of the state.
“Quite frankly, Queenslanders need a new deal for the regions because the current state of affairs is simply not good enough,” he said.
“If they want a fight on this, I will say bring it on because the KAP will give them one.”
KAP Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto said, if the proposed changes were to go ahead, Queensland could never be drought-proofed.
“We have heard a lot of talk over the last few months from the major parties about their plans to ‘drought-proof’ Queensland,” he said.
“If this ‘Pristine Rivers’ legislation gets up, you can kiss that goodbye.
“You can kiss goodbye: any style of the Bradfield Scheme ever taking off, any chance of drought-proofing Queensland and any chance of building an agricultural sector on the other side of the Great Dividing Range which would help western Queensland prosper.”
The KAP said it believes the current review and the “Pristine Rivers” proposal was a broad re-hash of the previous, controversial Wild Rivers legislation that was first introduced by Premier Peter Beattie in 2005.
The party has called on Premier Palaszczuk to make the Lake Eyre Basin Management Plan proposal available to the public, and to extend the timeframe allowed for consultation.
Is the directed energy weapon used to make way for an infrastructure of “smart cities” in Australia?
More than 1000 homes destroyed by wildfire
Source photo : Copyright © 2019 Lockheed Martin Corporation
by Guy Boulianne in Montreal
“Our fiber lasers operate with an efficiency that generates less heat and exists in a smaller housing allowing easier integration into various defense platforms. Our ALADIN laser has been operating in the field for two years without the need for realignment, proving both the deadliness and the reliability of our solutions. ”
– Dr. Rob Afzal, Senior Researcher, Sensors and Laser Systems
A theoretical, and entirely legitimate, question arises when we seek to perceive the truth among the scraps of information that we receive every day from the traditional media: is the directed energy weapon secretly used to make room for “smart cities” infrastructure in Australia? A directed energy weapon emits energy in a desired direction without the need for a projectile. It transfers energy to a target for the desired effect. The desired effects on humans may or may not be lethal.
In addition to its use on people or as a potential missile defense, directed energy technology has also been shown to stop or disable moving cars, drones, jet skis and electronic devices such as cell phones. An electrolaser allows (thanks to the laser) that the blooming occurs (forming a channel / path of ionized air of conductor), then sends a powerful electric current through the channel / path of plasma formed in the direction of the target, much like lightning. It works like a giant version of the Taser or a high-energy electric pulse pistol over a long distance.
“Now is the time to send directed energy weapons to the battlefield. The Army recognizes the need for directed energy lasers as part of its modernization plan. It is no longer a research or demonstration effort. It is a strategic combat capability, and we are on track to get it into the hands of the soldiers. ”
– Lieutenant-General L. Neil Thurgood, Director of “Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition”
On December 11, 2019, Julie Kern wrote on the Futura-Sciences site: “The fires in Australia do not seem to be ending. It has been almost five months since the beginning of August that the country of kangaroos burns everywhere. The regions of New South Wales and Queensland are the most affected. More than three million hectares have been devastated by the flames in these two regions. Currently, 87 homes are still active covering a perimeter of more than ten kilometers. They are essentially bush fires which progress quickly and produce a lot of smoke which suffocates cities like Sydney. The fires also damaged precious ecosystems that house endangered animals, and more than 684 homes were consumed by the flames. Despite the emergency, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has not declared a climate emergency in his country. ”
On December 22, 2019, the Sky News reported the Prime Minister’s words that there were “many other factors” than the climate change responsible for the fires that killed at least nine people.
“There is no argument, in my opinion, or from the point of view of the government, and any government in the country, about the links between the broader issues of global climate change and weather events around the world – but I I’m sure people would also recognize that direct connection to a single fire is not a credible suggestion. ”
The “official” news continues to say that the fires were caused by high heat and drought due to climate change and high winds. According to these sources, the earth has become so hot that the trees and grass have caught fire or is so dry that fires have spread over the grass and passed from one house to another even if the grass and brush between the burned houses was still green. For too hot soil, it should be at least 172 degrees C. (341.6 F.) as this is the temperature at which the hay burns (which is drier than the grass) and between 190 and 260 degrees Celsius (374 to 500 degrees F) for wood depending on the type and condition of it. In addition, warmer weather should bring more rain as more water is drawn from the ocean, creating clouds of rain. In the Contracts for Weather Control document, you can read at the bottom of page 13 how HAARP disperses storms and can create winds up to 70 mph.
The order of the day is to convince people that global warming is real in order to gain their acceptance to lose their rights and to shape their lifestyles into a single dictatorial world government.
Although the fire map is not evidence of the use of directed energy weapons, it is strange that almost the entire continent burns at the same time, around the same time that California burns. Australia has had bush fires before, but not nearly as much and at the same time. Mainstream media continues to blame climate change for the hot, dry conditions. As noted above, it must be at least 374 to 500 degrees F for the wood to start burning. (Chemtrail Planet)
“Our beam control technology enables equivalent accuracy when firing a beach ball from the top of the Empire State Building to the San Francisco Bay Bridge. ”
– Paul Shattuck, Director of Directed Energy Systems
MyFireWatch – a collaboration between Landgate and Edith Cowan University: www.myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au.
Presumably, directed energy weapons appear to be used in California and Australia.
Planning for 5G “smart cities” in Australia
High view to Hyde Park, Sydney at night Driven by cutting-edge technology and infrastructure, smart cities have progressed, embraced a future concept and are now becoming a reality, with the Australian government initiating a new plan to “transform cities and regional sites ”. The “smart city plan” will include new mechanisms to monitor and control society through technology, including intelligent management of infrastructure functions, ground and air sensors, surveillance with facial recognition, “Sustainable projects” and more.
Many systems are already there, and over the next decade, regions of the country are expected to interconnect to create a national 5G smart grid controlled by advanced biometric technologies. By 2021, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to double, and one major development that is already happening around the world to respond to this increase is the “smart city revolution”.
Using information and communication technologies, a “smart city” aims to provide personalized and intelligent services to residents, businesses and, most importantly, authorities. A smart city is officially defined by international standards as:
“Efficient integration of physical, digital and human systems into the built environment to provide a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future for its citizens. “(ISO PAS 180, 2014).
A smart city uses data from IoT devices and sensors, widely used by artificial intelligence systems, to improve the city’s service experience, using “smart management” of resources to mitigate problems such as congestion, crime and pollution. Common themes found in smart city designs include: CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities, “smart lights” and LED sensors, pedestrian trackers, city movement monitoring systems and “ environmental analyzes ”to understand air quality such as dust, pollution and temperature.
The technology to create this type of smart city is already available and used around the world, including bins that compost, street lights that darken when not needed and light up when pedestrians pass, moment sensors and apps advising live data and much more.
by staff writers
In its generational, ideological war against agriculture the Queensland Labor Party has delivered a final blow to the farming and livestock industries by closing down the state’s two iconic agricultural and pastoral colleges.
Amid a loud hue and cry from farmers and former staff, the state government has removed or stacked boards of management to ensure a fait accompli.
Several weeks ago sources revealed the prized Central Queensland Emerald Agricultural College irrigation farm was leased to a former director of the college’s board of management.
This valuable 360ha (900 acre) farm, which is attached to the college, two kilometres from the Emerald CBD has trained several thousand students over 40 years in the irrigated production of fibre and grain crops ensuring the state can prosper and generate billions of dollars in farm production.
Recently prized horses from Longreach college were offered for sale on Auction Plus.
Former students, now successful farmers have gone on to run their own farms or manage others bringing the latest technology to agriculture and cattle production.
State Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter said the closure of these iconic institutions was a national tragedy, considering their decades-long contribution to the economy by training younger famers to stay on the land to produce food and fibre.
Mr Katter said he is preparing to move against the planned disposal of the two multi-million dollar facilities and with the help of the LNP, force the state government to keep funding them.
Longreach Pastoral College has an international reputation for research and development of rangelands management producing cattle, wool and sheep meat in a semi-arid environment.
The horse production and horsemanship course is managed by Chief Instructor John Arnold whose acclaimed international reputation has drawn students from across the world.
The state government claimed low student numbers this year proved the colleges were no longer relevant to industry, but the seven year drought across much of the state prevented potential students from leaving their family grazing properties to study.
Or did parents have the financial resources to pay for tuition.
The vast Longreach training establishment showcased its 50th anniversary last year when many hundreds of former students converged on the college for a reunion.
At a time when sheep, wool and cattle have broken all previous market indicators the state government should allow and in fact support these institutions for the next generation of farming, instead of portraying farmers as environmental vandals.
The colleges could have paid their way instead the state government siphoned off most of the hundreds of millions of dollars revenue from decades of produce sales into consolidated revenue according to a retired senior manager.
The former manager of student services at Longreach Mr Bill Angus said he had devoted a lifetime steering students into running their own sheep and cattle properties across Australia and without the knowledge imparted by the colleges the ‘brain drain’ from agriculture would have had a serious impact on continued food production.
“Now I fear for agriculture,” Mr Angus lamented.ends
Longreach Pastoral College
Emerald Agricultural College
by Viv Forbes science writer
After four years of blissful ignorance the Queensland Liberal Party spokesman for the Environment David Crisafulli has finally woken up to the crocodile menace in North Queensland.
He obviously has been listening to Katters Australian Party Member for Hill Shane Knuth who has championed human rights over animal rights by wanting to eradicate dangerous saurians across the north.
God help us, crocodiles could also provide economic benefits for indigenous people of the forgotten north.
Crisafulli told the ABC in Cairns today he now believes something should be done about the explosion of crocodiles in the north.
Perhaps the Townsville floods which saw dozens of large salties roaming along roads, under houses and in backyards terrifying flood victims and their rescuers gave him and the hopeless Liberals a pang of conscience.
He says there should be no safari hunting or “nonsense like that” which might give “a few people a nice warm and fuzzy feeling.”
Tell that to the several thousand people who live in communities on Cape York Mr Crisafulli who are threatened by monster crocs on a daily basis.
These languishing people would be most grateful for an industry of any kind.
Mr Crisafulli has no idea that traditional hunting rights allow indigenous people to take crocodiles for meat and skins and there is not a thing his urbane political party can do about it.
If community members conducted guided hunting of large crocs a new and viable tourist industry would emerge from the economic doldrums of Cape York.
Unfortunately the Liberal Party, like Labor has its head stuck up its South East rear end and can’t see the forest for the trees, of which there are many millions on Cape York.
Is it any wonder the Queensland Liberal Party will never again rule the state in its own right.