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Demonising the building blocks of life – carbon dioxide

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?

 

Quad bike dealers are their own worst enemies

Letter to Editor

In the face of crippling quad bike laws about to be introduced in Queensland, some bike dealers are their own worst enemies.

After a ring around of most quad bike dealers in Cairns and the Tablelands, it was discovered none stock essential low pressure tyre gauges.

Any experienced quad bike rider will know the most dangerous aspect of riding is to have incorrect tyre pressures. Quads run on low pressure air, and if pressures are too low, too high or uneven a rider is courting disaster.

If tyre pressures are not evenly maintained at 4 to 5 psi, the bike can become unstable and hard to steer at any speed and most prone to rollover. All dealers have a duty of care under new regulations and at common law to ensure the purchaser of a new or used quad is familiar with the machine and has an understanding of safety requirements.

Equal and correct tyre pressure is first and foremost. Why do quad dealers not carry low pressure air gauges? Honda and Suzuki quads have such gauges included in their standard toolkits but it seems a few of their parts departments are not aware of the safety requirement for proper tyre pressures.

One would hope they start to stock such an important yet inexpensive item.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Lee
Trainer/assessor
Gordonvale

Members vow to vote down any changes to Qld vegetation laws moved by Labor

“We do not want a return to the nasty era of tree police”

     KAP member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth

An emotionally-charged meeting of Far Northern pastoralists, indigenous representatives, councils and farmers at Mareeba has urged three State Parliamentary crossbenchers to vote down proposed changes to the Vegetation Management Act.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, in a move to appease Brisbane environmentalists and bolster Greens Party preference support for the ALP, will introduce new VMA regulations to halt tree clearing in State Parliament this week.

Agforce hosted the gathering of nearly 80 primary producers and industry representatives from Innisfail to Cape York Peninsula, held at Mareeba Bowls Club on Tuesday.

In spite of the threat of a snap election, crossbenchers Rob Katter and Shane Knuth vowed they would vote against the new regulations that Mr Knuth said would set the state back 20 years.

Agforce Tablelands organiser Graham Elmes, Robbie Katter, Shane Knuth and Billy Gordon

“We have been telling the Premier for a long time that landowners cannot afford and will not support the return to the nasty era of tree police,” Mr Knuth said.

“We have just had one of the worst droughts in history with record numbers of bank foreclosures and the Labor Party wants to make farmers suffer even more.

“We will not support the new laws.”

After the meeting Mr Knuth said he did not know which way Member for Cairns, now independent Rob Pyne would vote after he deserted the Labor Party last week.

While addressing the audience, Member for Cook Billy Gordon tacitly approved the stance of his crossbench colleagues.

Agforce General President Grant Maudsley said the State Government’s own data showed tree coverage in Queensland increased by 437,000 hectares between 2012 – 2014.

“Moves by the government to reject simple data and repeal the current vegetation management laws are the biggest threat to Queensland farmers since the Gillard Government smashed the live cattle export trade in 2011,” Mr Maudsley told the meeting.

“The results for consumers will be more expensive fresh produce and a loss of jobs. Meat processors have already started putting off staff because of a slow-down in domestic cattle supply as the national herd hits a 20 year low.”

Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers representative Makse Srhoj warned the new laws would impact severely on farms within the MDIA because of their smaller size.

“If we have to leave 30 per cent remnant vegetation on a block then we can’t do anything with them, particularly if there are two or more deeds,” Mr Srhoj said.

“Who looks after the land the best? Farmers; we are the real greenies.”

Noel Pearson says even white people have land rights

Noel Peason

Noel Pearson

A member of the panel, indigenous leader Noel Pearson, waded in roundly condemning green groups and the ALP Government for holding back economic opportunities in northern communities, rejecting the new laws as a ‘rebirth’ of Wild Rivers legislation.

In his hallmark immutable style Pearson did not hold back, criticising Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch and former Member for Cook, David Kempton for waging a “disgraceful campaign against Billy Gordon” after he was elected.

“These guys are ‘false prophets,’” Mr Pearson told an entirely attentive audience.

“We have no property rights on Cape York and we need upgraded tenure. There are lots of fronts where all landowners are vulnerable.”

Public servants who once worked for environmental lobby groups were targeted by Pearson for pushing extreme green agendas within government.

“These greens have infiltrated indigenous groups and government departments and it’s like a tag team, they are all the same, and have networked with all departments,” Mr Pearson said.

“Public servants should declare their association with environmental groups.

“The proposition there is going to be land clearing the size of Victoria, is fantasy.

“There are only pockets of land suitable for development.

“White people too have had many generations on this land and they have a great love for their land. It’s high time the law in Queensland started to respect that relationship.

“We spent five hard years and lots of money fighting Wild Rivers in court but we could have been doing other more productive things.

“We need another 10 independents in parliament to put us in a better position, given the absence of an Upper House.”

ABC Rural Radio jaded by ideology

by Robert J Lee

Well you have gotta hand it to Charlie, ABC Radio’s indefatigable rural reporter for the Far North. She covers a multitude of mundane, populist issues some of which really don’t affect the bush or primary industries.

Once a Liberal Party candidate for the federal seat of Leichardt, which takes in Cape York Peninsula and northern Cairns, Charlie McKillop could one day reach the soaring heights of her namesake, the Catholic Saint, Mary MacKillop.

Providing she learns how to think out of the square.

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Charlie McKillop

Never one to let a good story get in the way of political ideology, Charlie was remarkably noticeable by her absence on the Atherton Tablelands in the aftermath of the panama disease outbreak that could have decimated the entire banana industry.

The Australian Banana Growers Association was caught napping when word got out about the Panama outbreak at Mareeba that was later proven to be a false test by Bio-security.

But the quarantine procedures hastily stuck together by government and industry still apply and have cost growers dearly.

During the false outbreak Charlie dutifully reported every nuance of the government departments and the ABGA.

Professors of plant life, agronomists and farmers unilaterally agreed once a farm was infected with the doomsday fungus, it was curtains, all over, finito.

Then ABGA joined the chorus assuring farmers and the public that Armageddon had arrived on the Tablelands.

Then a quietly spoken soil nutritionist from the Kingaroy area contacted Katters Australian Party with the news that Panama disease was not an atomic bomb for bananas.

The KAP, fortunately had some rather experienced farmers in their ranks who had heard of the peanut grower, John Koehler from the South Burnett who 25 years ago had managed to produce exceptional dryland peanuts without any measurable occurrence of aflatoxin, caused by a fungal disease that is quite toxic if consumed.

Koehler had transformed previously unusable and ‘flogged out’ peanut paddocks into viable growing areas once again with the diligent application of minerals that were either non-existent or long-missing from most Australian soils.

News reports from the Sunshine Coast district recently carried a similar story about the ailing ginger industry that has been flayed with disease leaving most traditional growing country unusable due to a virile fungus.

Koehler and an agronomist colleague had reversed the ginger fungus problem in trial plots and increased yield by up to 1000 per cent.

The Tableland party organised a seminar at Mareeba for Mr Koehler to assist banana growers in rejuvenating their paddocks by applying the correct minerals in a balanced formula.

Local newspapers and radio stations carried different stories and were excited that “Panama is not a death sentence” as one headline declared.

This was big news in the north, that the $700 million industry could be saved.

Unfortunately Charlie and her Townsville counterpart Craig Zonka were missing in action. The ABC let down its country listeners by denying them some hope of preventing the disease to strike.

Charlie’s Liberal ideology stopped her from reporting on this proven solution for hundreds of desperate farmers.

Not to be outdone, KAP on August 31, hosted a meeting of 300 desperate and dispossessed cattle producers at Charters Towers. Smack bang in the middle of the ABC’s largest rural audience.

ABC Television News from Brisbane turned up at the Towers meeting, giving it state-wide coverage in the nightly news.

Charlie was not going to give any credit to the KAP or Bob Katter for organising such an important meeting(Cairns News Sept 3) while her ‘champions of the bush’ the Liberals tossed many hundreds of family farmers onto the scrap heap.

The meeting heard from Facebook sensation Charlie Phillott who forced the ANZ Bank to return his Winton cattle property, amid a blaze of publicity on 60 Minutes.

It seems the bank had been caught out by Katter and Phillott engaging in unlawful, asset stripping activities.

One resolution, passed unanimously, condemned the Liberal National Party’s so-called drought aid assistance package as “bullshit” and an “unwanted loan at higher than normal bank interest rates.”

Not much of a story, Charlie must have reckoned, but the three television stations and various other news services who turned up thought it was a tremendous show of force by farmers who spoke of their battle with banks and their terrorist receivers, such as Korda Mentha, locally known as the Greek mafia.

Well indeed, Charlie has missed the boat, instead reporting on humdrum issues and flogging the United Nations policy-driven Natural Resource Management group and largely meaningless and costly Landcare programs.

This jaded reporting by the ABC is its hallmark, and if you are not a blackfella, Muslim, a gay or member of the Greens, ALP or LNP, or some defrocked climate change dodo, then any important message won’t ever hit the public broadcaster’s rural airwaves.

Cairns News should say that Cairns ABC regional radio with breakfast programs such as that hosted by airwaves icon Kier Shorey are of the highest quality and perform an informative public service.

Debt Summit calls for government moratorium on bank foreclosures

A meeting of more than 300 cattle producers at Charters Towers has called on the federal government to create the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board and place a moratorium on bank foreclosures before the state’s cattle industry completely collapsed.

Called by the Member for Dalrymple, Shane Knuth, the crisis meeting followed on from a similar meeting held by the Member for Mt Isa, Robbie Katter at Winton last year.

Producers demanded the federal and state governments act immediately to introduce the ARDB, modelled on the Rural Reconstruction Board of 30 years ago which was designed to absorb the “toxic” trading bank interest debt that has engulfed primary industries and to issue low interest development funds for primary producers and small business.

More than 20 resolutions were passed unanimously by the gathering of desperate and often distraught cattle producers.

While an unprecedented 80 per cent of the state is reeling under a drought declaration, producers heard how social media and 60 Minutes superstar Charlie Phillott, 81, of Winton, beat the ANZ Bank and had his property returned with a substantial settlement.

Mr Phillott’s plight has been closely monitored by the 60 Minutes television show and scored an Australian record 3.5 million hits on Toowoomba veterinarian David Pascoe’s social media site.

He urged producers to stick together when fighting questionable behaviour by the banks.

He said he had never missed a repayment but when the bank restructured his loan he was unable to manage and was eventually put off his Winton property after the bank took it over.

“All of us here owe a great deal of gratitude to Bob Katter for he saw my position and stood by me for two years ,” Mr Phillott said.

Primary Industries Minister Bill Byrne when addressing the meeting started an uproar when he said the State Government would not be building more dams because there was “no business return” from farming.

Charters Towers cattleman Mick Pemble attacked the Minister asking why he could not build dams, and “…do what everybody else in this room does and borrow the bloody money!”

“If I could make it rain I would, but our resources are finite and we are working on what can be done in the circumstances,” Mr Byrne said.

“There are amendments before Parliament and our policy is that water is critical to agriculture but the government capacity to fund such a project is limited.

“If you build dams in the city or for mining you get capital back but for agriculture you do not get capital back.

He said federal money or private investment would be needed to build dams.

Meeting chairman Shane Knuth said he was aware of highly questionable behaviour by bank-appointed receivers that had caused a lot of grief to families through no fault of their own.

He said there were many hundreds of northern producers in financial difficulties and the local industry could collapse unless the bank debt issue was resolved.

“I know some of you want to speak, and I am aware that confidentiality agreements stop you from telling us about what the receivers have done to you, but everyone is behind you and we must stop the foreclosures,” Mr Knuth said.

Burdekin farmer Max Menzell asked the Minister why police were involved when foreclosures took place adding that they should not be used by the banks and receivers as debt collectors because foreclosures were a civil matter.

The Minister strongly defended the use of police stating categorically: “That is the law.”

Mr Knuth said more meetings and what actions should be taken would be called unless the government brought the banks into line and stopped foreclosures immediately.

Phillott and the KAP

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Charlie Phillott, Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth and Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter.

Mr Phillott said the northern grazing industry and businesses owed Bob Katter a great deal of gratitude for giving producers a voice in dealing with banks and foreclosures.

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Bob Katter addresses 300 desperate cattle producers and small businessmen at the Charters Towers Debt Summit. Resolutions passed called on the federal government to halt farm foreclosures immediately and enact the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board to absorb toxic bank debt or the northern industry could collapse.

BUST THE BANKS

We will face the crisis with aggression and unity – KAP

Charters Towers Debt Summit August 31, 2015

With less than a week until the Charters Towers Rural Crisis Summit, Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth said he has felt a groundswell of interest.

” Since we announced that a summit would be taking place I have been fielding calls from graziers and small business owners in drought effected areas all over the state,” Mr Knuth said

“The amount of people who are getting involved in this is encouraging, the rural crisis really is the issue of our time.

shane-knuthMr Knuth who will be chairman on the day with KAP member for Mount Isa Rob Katter said while the speakers at the summit will help bring context, it is a priority locals are given the opportunity to speak.

“The summit is important but the action that follows after is essential,” Mr Knuth said.

“The resolutions devised and agreed upon at the summit will form a blue print for action in rural Queensland.”

Member for Mt Isa Rob Katter who held a similar summit in Winton last year said the rural crisis committee which has since become the backbone for rural advocacy in the area.

“Less than a year on the committee has been instrumental in applying strong pressures to the government in face to face meetings, but we aren’t done yet,” Mr Katter said.

“There needs to be a stronger and more direct connection with between the cattle producers, business owners and the policy makers, we are trying to facilitate this.”

KAP Federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter who will also be part of the day has widely encouraged people from all walks of life to join to help find a solution.

Mr Katter said the current high price of cattle due to the lack of stock available isn’t a consolation for struggling farmers because they themselves have no cattle to sell.

“There are answers here, and we have got to go to those answers with aggression and unity,” he said.

“Wandering around blaming political parties quite frankly isn’t going to get us anywhere, there is a big system of power there and we must assail it on the political front, the economic front and through social media.”

Mr Katter drew reference to the story of Charlie Phillott (speaking at the summit) who’s story written by David Pascoe, went viral and became the most shared post in Australian History.

“The people of Australia are  behind us, but we have got to know clearly what we want,” Mr Katter said.

“We must fight for survival.”

AGENDA

Final Agenda Charters Towers Rural Crisis Summit

Chaired by Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter

9.30- CUPPA

9:50 – Take your seats for the morning

10:00- Opening Address and Welcome Shane Knuth MP Member for Dalrymple

10:10- Andrew Jensen chairman Charter Towers Rural Crisis Committee, Committee work and goals for the day/ House keeping

10:15- Charlie Phillott face of the crisis/ Winton

10:20 – Bill Byrne MP, Minister for Agriculture Queensland Government

10.35 – Open Questions to Minister Byrne

10:50 – MORNING TEA

11.30 – Brian Egan, Aussie Helpers

11.40 – Cate Stuart, Formerly of Mount Morris Station

12:00 – Ben Rees, Australian Agriculture, the Real Story 12:15 – Dr Mark McGovern, Summing Up

12:45 – Committee Resolutions/ Other resolutions

1:30 – Bob Katter Federal Member of Kennedy, Closing address

For more information on the day please call: 0466-7 11-527

 

State Government’s irrigation proposal is just corporate farming, says Katter

22 August 2015: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today warned the Queensland Government that the Gulf and Mid-West would not stand by and allow its water resources to be allocated to corporate farming.

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Bob Katter MP

The Queensland Government today released an amended Gulf Water Resource Plan, which includes a competitive tender process for general unallocated water reserves from the Flinders and Gilbert River. However, the Gilbert River catchment reserves will not be made available until after the environmental impact assessment process has been completed for the proposed Integrated Food and Energy Developments (IFED).

Mr Katter said today that the plan would amount to nothing more than corporate farming, which was of no value to the people of Australia.

“Whilst we welcome the Minister’s positive comments on water development, there is no way in the world we’re going to stand aside and see all of our water given to corporations.

“Because that is what is proposed here. Between IFED and talk of tendering, there is no doubt that all we’re talking about is corporate farming, which is worth nothing to our communities nor the people of Australia.

“Scams galore, in the way of the Cubbie Station type now owned by the Chinese, are the way of the future. The only prominent names in the current IFED proposal were both involved with Cubbie Station when it was sold.

“If anyone thinks that the people of the Gulf and Mid-West are going to stand idly by and see their water resources given away to the major corporates, they’d better think again.

“We need to get out of our corporate thinking and start looking after the people of Australia, instead of the globalist corporate models.

“The Minister I think will do the right thing, but he has to understand that to date the corporate and environmentalist cart has been put in front of the interests of the people that live in the Gulf.

“The only proposals that currently exist outside of the Upper Burdekin Irrigation Scheme (UBurIS) are corporate proposals, and they will yield no benefit to the local communities whatsoever.

“We are in the process of negotiations with the State members representing these areas and we are determined that the interests of Australians living in these areas will be paramount.

“The benefits of irrigation should flow to everyone that lives in these areas, the townies, the contractors, the workers, the cattlemen and it seems to me the three corporate proposals deliver no benefit to any of those people,” Mr Katter said.

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Strangers in our own country – Granny’s False Teeth handed over in China FTA

19 November 2014:

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Bob Katter

KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter have expressed concern at media reports that the Free Trade Agreement with China could pave the way for increased foreign ownership of Australian assets and land.

“The last report I saw said Australia is 11% foreign owned. 52% of our land in Australia is designated desert. Over 25% of Australia is reserved for our First Australians. Of the 33% left, 11% is foreign owned.

“Let there be no doubt this will now be increased,” Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter said it is simply more billows of bulldust from Canberra which will blow away the last venture of manufacturing and decimate agriculture in this country.

“Just in the area of dairying alone, the biggest aggregation of dairying in Australia is in Tasmania and it is owned by the Chinese.

“Reportedly some 15% of Victorian dairy farms are foreign owned.

“The biggest dairy farm in Australian history has been announced, in Gympie by a WA mining magnate and it is reported in the media that this will be Chinese enterprise. Land that was to be set aside for a cooperative dairy farm owned by Australians to sell milk to the Chinese utilising land from the proposed Traveston Dam area – will now apparently be a gift to the Chinese.

“We have already gifted them the Ord, the biggest irrigation project in the nation, we’ve sold them cubby station, the biggest farm in the nation – I’m sure if they want to buy grandma’s false teeth that poor old granny will have to hand them over,” Mr Katter said.

New planning laws do not protect cropping and grazing

from ABC

The Queensland Government says new laws identifying key farming areas will help resolve conflicts with the mining industry.

The Regional Planning Interests Act sets out a new process for approving mining and gas developments.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says it empowers farmers by preventing mining companies from taking some access disputes directly to the Land Court.

“There has been a very dire need for some sort of a planning process to not ban the industry but to control the industry,” he said.

Mr Seeney says it will lead to better relationships between farmers and miners.

“This is the sort of planning process that should have been in place before the resources industry expanded to the extent that it did,” he said.

Queensland Resources Council spokesman Michael Roche says it was rare for a dispute to go to court and in practice the impact of the new laws will be small.

“But it will provide even more encouragement for resource companies to reach that agreement with landowners,” he said.

Mr Roche says while it is not intended to slow the process, there may be some early “wrinkles”.

“The people administering the Act will be learning as they go, just as landholders and resource companies will be learning,” he said.

‘Won’t solve every issue’

Farm lobby group AgForce says while priority agriculture areas have been identified, all of the state’s cropping and grazing areas should have been included in the process.

AgForce spokesman Dale Miller says the group will watch closely to see if the new regime delivers on its promise of equity.

“It won’t solve every issue,” he said.

“There are steps by which landowners can have their grievances heard if they don’t believe that the process has been effective.

“We’ll certainly be monitoring the progress on this framework and working with the State Government to make sure that it is actually effective in providing landholders with a more equitable say, as well as protecting those high value agricultural areas.”

Mr Miller says there are large areas of agricultural land that have been left out of the new process and the Government could have gone further.

“We’ve maintained all along that an effective coexistence is really about having a relationship where both parties have a more equal say in terms of what’s being proposed and can reach agreement on the way an activity is structured and undertaken,” he said.

“We’d like to see that more equal say extended to all the cropping areas as well as grazing areas within the state as well because we just see that as an equitable outcome.”

Snooping bureaucrats had better watch their backs

This shooting lies on the head of Bob Carr and the former Howard Government

by Robert J Lee

Ratbag Greens are Destroying AustraliaIt had to happen sooner or later. A prying government official was shot dead on private property by an angry landowner yesterday 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 agriculture industry since former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard forced the 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 Liberal National Party Government disbanded the ‘tree police’ in 2013.

Bob Carr the communist

Bob CarrVegetation laws introduced by the Carr Government in NSW, initially in 1995 and tightened up after the 1999 state election, stymied rural production for a decade and continue to thwart development to this day.

Former NSW Labor Premier and Federal Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr

This ABC radio interview at SOS-NEWS with Bob Carr in 1997, after making amendments to the environment act, gave credence to cries of communism by farmers:

 

“We protected native vegetation and gave John Howard the right to boast about how Australia was protecting its Greenhouse targets.

“There are restrictions on private property rights. You stick a right to private property in your Constitution then you have a conservative court saying no you can’t place those restrictions on private landholders.

“Leave it to the parliament, leave it to a free society don’t congeal it in a final constitutional statute. Nobody can be deprived of their property arbitrarily, there must be compensation paid.

“Well that’s an invitation for a conservative leaning court to strike down, for example the measures that are protecting native vegetation on private farmlands.

“No government should pay compensation to farmers when they intervene to say you can no longer rip out your vegetation,” Carr stated.

There have been no moves to date by the Liberal Party Government in NSW to relax these laws.

The Liberal Party traditionally hates firearms. NSW farmers are now predicting their guns will go.

For our international readers, “welcome to Australia today.”

Muslims trying to convert Lockyer Valley farmers

HALAL CERTIFICATION SCAM

from Restore Australia

On Monday, July 7, Charles our Chairman and I traveled out to the town of Quinalow to give a presentation about the halal scam.

The Shed Men are a group of farmers from the area between Toowoomba, Dalby, Oakey and other farming districts around there. They meet socially once a month. We were privileged to be invited to give our presentation to the largest gathering they have ever had, over 35 men. It was freezing cold, so getting that many people to turn up showed us that a lot of people are concerned about the creeping islamization of our nation.

The evening started off with a Bar-B-Q, giving us an opportunity to get to know a few of the men and enjoy a social drink with them. Then we all went into the warm shed (two big burners had already heated it up nicely) and I gave a presentation about the halal scam. When I finished about 20 minutes later there was total silence. The farmers were too stunned to speak. As some of them told me later, they knew about halal certification, but they didn’t realize how pervasive it has become, or how much money it generates each year.

I opened the floor for questions. After answering them we all adjourned for a coffee break. Then Charles addressed the group to explain his work to amend Section 128 of the Constitution to put the power into all voters to initiate referendums. With that power in our hands we could make the politicians accountable to We the People instead of to their political parties. And we would be able to initiate referendums to amend the Constitution to make it work for the people.

To wrap up the evening our host invited Pastor Stan Rodonski (I hope that is the correct spelling) to say a prayer to close the meeting. Before that, though, he gave an inspiring talk, asking us to deal with the islamic problem with love in our hearts. Moslems deserve our sympathy and love, because they lack these qualities under islam.

Our sincere thanks to our host Lex Kucks, and to all the men who turned up. I hope that they will talk about the halal problem and help spread the word.

If you would like us to address a meeting in your area please contact me at restoreaustralia

CURRUMBIN MOSQUE

I have been invited by the Freedom & Heritage group to address the concerned citizens on the Gold Coast on July 27. If you are in the area I hope you will turn up to hear about the fight to stop the Currumbin Waters mosque, and what we can do about it. I will send out another newsletter with details about time and place as soon as we finalize them.

CANBERRA MOSQUE FIGHT

We are helping raise money for Irwin Ross, President of Concerned Citizens of Canberra, who has mortgaged his home to take the case to the Supreme Court. He lost the case and that mosque application has now been approved. We do not believe anyone should lose their home for standing up to preserve our country. Please help Irwin by donating generously. Money left over will form a fighting fund for the future. http://islam4infidels.com/donate-to-fight-islam/

IMAMS TRYING TO SIGN UP FARMERS TO BECOME HALAL CERTIFIED

A few days before we headed out to Quinalow we received a flyer from Sonja Cover, a tireless activist who lives out further west. The flyer explained that islamic imams are now traveling around the Lockyer Valley trying to talk farmers into certifying their farms halal. If they are targeting the Lockyer, they will also be going out to other areas around Australia, so please download and print out the image on this page and start doing mailbox drops today to farmers in your area. http://islam4infidels.com/boycott-halal/

The moslems are stepping up their recruiting efforts across the board now that the ISIS terrorists have invaded northern Iraq. We have heard of 4 mosque applications lately in Canberra, Kalgoorlie, Burleigh Waters (Gold Coast), and of course the ongoing fight by Bendigo Citizens to try and stop the development application in their town.

We have learned a lot from the Bendigo mosque fight. ‘Fight’ is the problem. We have been forced to fight against the city councils. Wouldn’t it be better if we could work with them? Why not go out and get to know your local councilors now? It doesn’t matter what part of Australia you are in, sooner or later the moslems are likely to target your area to try and build a mosque. Let’s get the councilors on side now. Start emailing individuals information about halal, mosques, and islam. Try to meet them at social or government meetings. If we get to know them now we can help them understand the danger mosques pose to our communities. Perhaps then they will act for the Australian people….not islam. You are welcome to use any information on our website at http://islam4infidels.com/

Trans Pacific Partnership will kill Australian farms and workforce

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Heads up!U.S. lawmakers propose fast-track bill for TPP –Corporatists Barack Obama and Max Baucus pimping TPP under media cover of Christie’s Bridgegate 09 Jan 2014 U.S. lawmakers on Thursday proposed a bill to give the White House power to fast-track international trade agreements. The bill would let the administration put trade deals before Congress for an up or down vote without amendments, a move backed by big business and farmers agri-terrorists but viewed with caution by others. Critics of the fast-track power say it erodes transparency and accountability and does not protect local workers, which unions say is of particular concern with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. “More U.S. jobs would be shifted overseas and U.S. workers would suffer lower wages as companies look to countries like Vietnam, where the average hourly wage is 75 cents,” Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen said in a statement. Vietnam is a TPP partner.

U.S. secretly deployed troops to Somalia since October; drones conducting airstrikes, surveillance –Drones from U.S. base in Djibouti conduct airstrikes, surveillance missions from Somalia’s skies 10 Jan 2014 The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the “Black Hawk Down” disaster. A cell of U.S. military personnel has been in the Somali capital of Mogadishu to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia, according to three U.S. military officials. The previously undisclosed [and illegal] deployment — of fewer than two dozen troops — reverses two decades of U.S. policy that effectively prohibited military “boots on the ground” in Somalia.

US considers training Iraqi elite military forces in Jordan 10 Jan 2014 As Iraq risks falling even further into [US-generated] sectarian violence, the United States is considering training some of the country’s elite military forces in neighboring Jordan, according to a report by Reuters. Since fighters from the Al-Qaeda[al-CIAduh]-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captured the western city of Fallujah, the US has been seeking alternative ways to help Iraqi forces stabilize the country without putting its own troops on the ground. According to an American defense official who wished to remain anonymous, military training for Iraqi forces in Jordan is one such possibility.

Afghan boy killed by US forces as Nato staff die in aircraft accident –Four-year-old shot dead in Helmand after being ‘mistaken for enemy’ [?!] 10 Jan 2014 Two Nato servicemen and one civilian employee have been killed in an aircraft accident in Afghanistan, while a four-year-old Afghan boy has been shot dead by US forces. Afghan officials said on Friday that the boy had been accidently shot and killed in the latest violent incident to strain ties between the uneasy allies. A spokesman for the governor of the southern province of Helmand told Reuters that US marines based in the province mistakenly shot the boy on Wednesday because visibility was poor.

Two Air Force officers at nuclear missile site targeted in drug investigation 09 Jan 2014 Two Air Force officers overseeing nuclear-armed missiles at a Montana air base are being investigated for involvement in illegal drugs, the latest in a string of misconduct cases involving officers who look after the nation’s atomic weapons. The disclosure Thursday of the investigation at Malmstrom Air Force Base was especially embarrassing for the Pentagon because Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent the day visiting intercontinental ballistic missile facilities in Wyoming and Nebraska in an effort to lift morale in the beleaguered nuclear force.

US govt attempts to block lawsuit against NSA 09 Jan 2014 Lawyers from the Justice Department have urged a judge to halt a lawsuit against the NSA’s spy programs. This comes after the judge’s previous ruling that the NSA’s collection of metadata was likely unconstitutional and “almost Orwellian” in nature. On Wednesday, government lawyers appealed to US District Court Judge Richard Leon to put court proceedings on hold for two lawsuits against the NSA filed by conservative legal activist, Larry Klayman.

Sabu wasn’t the only FBI mole in LulzSec, suggest leaked docs –Obvious question: who WAS the second snitch? 10 Jan 2014 Leaked search warrants suggest Sabu wasn’t the only LulzSec hacker who helped the FBI take down the infamous hacktivist group. The unredacted search warrants for ‪Sabu and ‪LulzSec refer to involvement of three different informants in the investigation, at least two of whom it is implied were members of the organisation. Information from both Hector Xavier “Sabu” Monsegur and another unnamed internal mole were instrumental in supplying information that allowed Feds to acquire warrants against other LulzSec and Anonymous suspects. The two informants are referred to in the documents as CW-1 (confidential witness-1) and CW-2. [The leaked documents are mirrored here.]

False flag busted open by Indiana state trooper:Indiana guardsman stopped for speeding in Madison County had 48 bombs, prosecutor says 08 Jan 2014 An Indiana National Guardsman was arrested outside Columbus on New Year’s Day after a state trooper found nearly 50 bombs and the blueprints for a Navy SEAL training facility inside his car, the Madison County prosecutor said yesterday. Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, also had a remote-control device to detonate the bombs, Madison County Prosecutor Stephen Pronai said. Boguslawski’s civilian job is as a groundskeeper at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in south-central Indiana. Boguslawski also had a bulletproof vest in his car, Pronai said.

Fukushima failure: Decontamination system stops functioning 09 Jan 2014 The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has stopped using its systems to decontaminate radioactive water at the facility, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, has been utilized to liquidate radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the plant. The crane to get rid of the container from the ALPS ceased working on Tuesday. On Wednesday, TEPCO stopped operating all 3 ALPS systems at the facility.

West Virginia chemical spill leaves 300,000 without clean water 10 Jan 2014 Roughly 300,000 residents have been left without usable water after chemicals spilled into a West Virginia river Thursday. The West Virginia American Water Company has advised residents of nine state counties not to drink or bathe in their running water. The spill originated at a chemical storage facility run by the Charleston-based company [corpora-terrorists] Freedom Industries, when a 48,000 gallon tank dumped an indeterminate amount of the compound 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol into the Elk River. The chemical, also known as MCHM, is used by coal companies to wash and prepare their product. People who are exposed to a sufficient quantity of MCHM may experience vomiting, skin blistering and shortness of breath.

Heads up!U.S. lawmakers propose fast-track bill for TPP –Corporatists Barack Obama and Max Baucus pimping TPP under media cover of Christie’s Bridgegate 09 Jan 2014 U.S. lawmakers on Thursday proposed a bill to give the White House power to fast-track international trade agreements. The bill would let the administration put trade deals before Congress for an up or down vote without amendments, a move backed by big business and farmers agri-terrorists but viewed with caution by others. Critics of the fast-track power say it erodes transparency and accountability and does not protect local workers, which unions say is of particular concern with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. “More U.S. jobs would be shifted overseas and U.S. workers would suffer lower wages as companies look to countries like Vietnam, where the average hourly wage is 75 cents,” Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen said in a statement. Vietnam is a TPP partner.

Former New Jersey official takes the 5th in ‘Bridgegate’ questioning 09 Jan 2014 A former New Jersey Port Authority official and appointee of Gov. Chris Christie, implicated in the political scandal over the deliberate lane closures onto the busy George Washington Bridge, refused to answer questions about the episode before a state Assembly panel on Thursday. David Wildstein took the 5th Amendment and refused to answer questions, prompting lawmakers to vote to find him in contempt of the committee, a charge that will be referred to a county prosecutor. Wildstein, who was the director of interstate capital projects for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, resigned in December, saying the bridge issue had become a distraction.

Christie Addresses Bridge Scandal as US Attorney Is Expected to Open Inquiry 09 Jan 2014 Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey apologized to the people of New Jersey on Thursday, saying that he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by revelations that one of his top aides and close associates ordered lane closings on the George Washington Bridge to deliberately snarl traffic as an act of political vengeance. He announced that he fired that aide, Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff, who he called “stupid” and “deceitful” in a news conference. After months of denying that anyone in his administration or campaign played any role in the lane closings, which resulted in a traffic nightmare last September, the governor was forced on Thursday to address the issue, just as the U.S. Attorney’s office has announced open an inquiry into the matter.

Emails Between Top Christie Aides and Port Authority Officials 08 Jan 2014 Documents were released Wednesday in connection with an investigation into lane closings ordered at the George Washington Bridge by top aides to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Conn. official resigns over Newtown comment 09 Jan 2014 A local school board member in Connecticut has resigned amid an outcry over his comment that he would observe the anniversary of the Newtown school shooting by distributing ammunition. Gregory Beck faced numerous calls for his resignation from the Board of Education in Brookfield, which borders Newtown, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed Dec. 14, 2012. The News-Times of Danbury reports that Beck left the board Tuesday, just two months after being elected.

Paws for thought! Watch the moment an adorable polar bear cub takes his first ever steps (with just a few wobbles) 09 Jan 2014 An adorable polar bear cub at Toronto Zoo took his first wobbly steps on all four paws yesterday – just in time to celebrate his two-month birthday today. While the male bear doesn’t yet have a name, he’s got plenty of character as he squawked and screeched before tentatively walking for the first time. Fortunately for us, it was all caught on film.

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