Blog Archives

Vegetation bill makes strange bedmates

Harsh vegetation management laws to be enacted by the State Government have united political identities across the spectrum. Protesters marched on the Gordonvale electorate office of State Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Saturday. Speakers at the rowdy rally of 80 farmers, politicians, indigenous representatives and political aspirants, warned the proposed laws would “shut down” agriculture and make criminals out of farmers if they clear regrowth or vegetation on their farms

Pictured above are L to R, Pixie Hughes, Cape York Sustainable Futures; Cr Brett Moller, Cairns Regional Council; One Nation WA candidate, Rod Culleton; State LNP Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps and Senator-elect Pauline Hanson.

Pictured above are L to R, Pixie Hughes, Cape York Sustainable Futures; Cr Brett Moller, Cairns Regional Council; One Nation WA candidate, Rod Culleton; State LNP Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps and Senator-elect Pauline Hanson.

Atherton solicitor Anne English on the doorstep of Curtis Pitt’s office told the rally the new laws turned farmers into criminals by reversing the onus of proof and removing the centuries-old ‘mistaken belief’ principle as a defence if trees are cleared.

Atherton solicitor Anne English on the doorstep of Curtis Pitt’s office told the rally the new laws turned farmers into criminals by reversing the onus of proof and removing the centuries-old ‘mistaken belief’ principle as a defence if trees are cleared.

Indigenous protesters Duncan McInnes, Mareeba and Chairman of the Cape York Alliance Rod Burke

Indigenous protesters Duncan McInnes, Mareeba and Chairman of the Cape York Alliance Rod Burke

DSC_9012

                               Protesters march on Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s Gordonvale office

 

This blackfella gone walkabout over changes to vegetation laws

Agenda 21 driving anti-development Labor policies. Labor has a deep-rooted hatred of farmers.

Agenda 21 is a United Nations agreement to stifle development that was first signed off in 1993 by former Qld Labor Attorney General Rod Welford.

 Editorial by Robert J Lee in Brisbane

billy-gordon-002

This  Blackfella, Billy Gordon, went walkabout on his indigenous constituents during an all night parliamentary debate about tree clearing laws

An all night Parliamentary debate on Thursday resulted in changes to the much maligned Vegetation Management Act going to a committee which will report to Parliament  after June 30.

Demands by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to wind up the committee’s findings in one month were defeated. Trad said she feared “panic clearing” by farmers while the committee sought public input, however a succession of LNP and KAP members argued strongly against denying affected landowners any say over such draconian laws.

The LNP and Katters Party, to defeat Trad’s motion, were supported by the much needed vote of Cairns independent Rob Pyne, who deserted the Labor Party a week ago.  Another former ALP member now independent Billy Gordon whose vote was desperately needed by his indigenous constituents was nowhere to be heard.

Gordon voted on both occasions with the Government to stop tree clearing. His sole aim is to be readmitted to the Labor Party and he will sell his soul for it to happen.

Cape York Land Council Chairman Richie AhMat ten days ago pleaded with Gordon to vote against the new laws.

The ABC and Queensland Government Ministers Steven Miles and Jackie Trad continued their misinformation campaign about tree clearing in Queensland in the run up to the bill being debated.

ABC Television news on Thursday night showed images of trees being cleared by two dozers on Olive Vale Station at Laura on Cape York Peninsula, filmed illegally by a chartered Jetranger helicopter paid for by the Malthusian Wilderness Society.

On the bulletin Trad and Miles falsely claimed the halting of tree clearing by the government was to protect koala habitats and stop run-off onto the Barrier Reef.

All of the areas cleared under the existing laws have had habitat investigations and no permits would have been issued by the DNR if there was any impact on wild life.

In most of these western areas and the Laura district there are no koalas. It is not their preferred habitat. There is no proven run off from any grazing land north of Lakeland through the river systems.

In any case JCU researchers have continually stated that apart from some normal summer coral bleaching near Lizard Island, the reef is doing “just fine.”

These two inner Brisbane Labor politicians have absolutely no idea of anything rural other than the Mt Cootha Botannical Gardens, around the corner from Environment Minister Miles’ electoral office.

Jackie Trad’s knowledge of rural affairs is even more limited; she does not own as much as a garden according to Labor sources. Trad simply does the bidding of ratbag green mobs such as the multinational, corporate-funded World Wildlife Fund and Wilderness Society as well as their equally stupid anti-development partners, the CAFNEC dole-bludging creatures holed out in a dingy Cairns office.

At a large meeting of stakeholders held recently in Mareeba, indigenous leader Noel Pearson attacked the Labor Party for proposing any changes to the Vegetation Management Act.

He presented a strong case for desperately needed development of indigenous held land on Cape York Peninsula.

During debate in Parliament on Thursday night, Andrew Cripps, the Minister for Natural Resources under the previous LNP government summed up the Deputy Premier most accurately.

“The Deputy Premier is dishonest and has presented a disgraceful distortion of facts.” Mr Cripps told Parliament.

“She has made a serious and disgraceful attack on the property owners of Queensland.

“They (ALP) need to take a long hard look at themselves.”

The Member for Callide, Jeff Seeney launched into the ALP reminding them about the hardship, family breakups and suicides the Beattie and Blight Governments caused farmers due to their unlawful vegetation and environmental laws combined with a prolonged drought and a deliberately collapsed live cattle export market.

aaron-harper

Aaron Harper, Labor Member for Thuringowa

The Labor Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper says the opposition can’t see the forest for the trees because “…they cleared them all.”

This idiot would have to be the dumbest politician in the country, and God knows we have a lot. He has deposed the Queen of Stupidity Sarah Hanson Young of the Greens for the title.

There are many more trees in Queensland now than in 1770. He should read the journals of Sir Joseph Banks and other contemporary explorers to easily discover this fact conveniently ignored by the fascist Green brigade.

To alleviate his suffering, this Townsville-bound member should get in a plane and travel from Monto on a northerly flight path to Bamaga at the tip of Cape York, some 1300 klm. He will have difficulty in seeing the ground due to the massive tree cover.

He went on to say that agriculture flourished under Beattie and Blight. It seems he has been sniffing too many emissions from Clive Palmer’s nearby nickel refinery.

LNP Member  Jeff Seeney said the new laws would reverberate throughout regional Queensland like an earthquake.

“This government has no idea about thickening of woody vegetation regrowth, only between their own ears,” Mr Seeney said.

The ALP then lamented all the CO2 that would poison the population. Jackie Trad said she was deeply offended because none of the Opposition speakers had condemned the extra carbon dioxide that would bedevil the cities through what every farmer knows is necessary clearing of natural vegetation ‘thickening.’

This Labor Government is a disgrace and is only concerned about representing the south east corner. It is now up to the KAP and heroic Rob Pyne to steer development in this State.

California demanding that parents give their kids brain damage? Queensland just did it!

by Jenny Thompson  HSI

surgeonI told you this summer how California passed a law (SB 277) that would throw kids out of day care and school if they didn’t get every vaccine the state required — including the flu shot.

But it looks like this foolish plan has gotten even more dangerous.

State health authorities are now requiring that doctors give flu shots laced with toxic levels of mercury to toddlers — even babies!

It’s a practice that was actually banned nearly a decade ago. And you’ll never believe the reason these California crazies are signing off on it now.


A poisonous poke

With the stroke of a pen, California Public Health Officer Karen Smith has just wiped off the books a law that was supposed to keep kids safe.

You see, nine years ago California actually banned the use of thimerosal in vaccines given to children. That’s a mercury preservative that should never be injected into anyone, but especially not young children with developing brains.

But now California is actually requiring doctors to endanger countless kids by giving them two doses of a thimerosal flu vaccine.

And it’s all because they’re claiming there wasn’t enough thimerosal-free vaccine made for kids this year.

Not enough flu vaccine? You’ve got to be kidding me! They’re practically selling two-liter bottles of the flu vaccine in the 7-11 this time of year!

But even if they’re running short (which sounds pretty dicey if you ask me), why on Earth would they rather have kids take their chances with mercury poisoning instead of flu?

Especially since mercury in vaccines has already been linked to:

  • Damage to the brain and spinal cord
  • Liver and kidney disease, and
  • Autism!

California health officials are trying to cover their backsides by saying the law banning thimerosal flu vaccines for kids can actually be ignored in times of an epidemic. And they’ve gone right ahead and predicted a flu epidemic for this year.

But come on — they tell us there’s going to be an epidemic every year!

The fact is, no parents in their right minds would choose to have a thimerosal flu vaccine (which also includes cancer-causing formaldehyde and steroids) shot into their kids.

Especially when the flu shot has been proven borderline useless year after year.

But under California’s law — which, as I told you, requires a flu vaccination to attend school and even daycare — that decision is being taken right out of parents’ and grandparents’ hands.

If you live in California and your pediatrician claims he doesn’t have any thimerosal-free vaccine, shop around until you find a doc who does.

And if you don’t live in California, keep your ears open to see if this so-called shortage is affecting your state (I’ll be sure to provide you with updates as we learn more).

Because there’s a good chance your child or grandchild could end up getting one of these toxic shots without you ever knowing it.

And I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a risk that none of our children should ever be asked to take.

Remember, “you the people gave these politicians power at the ballot box they now use to poison children

Traditional Owners support Olive Vale clearing

An inspection of vegetation clearing at Olive Vale station by officers from the Federal Environment Department was concluded today, but no official outcome has yet been given.

On Wednesday departmental officers spent most of the day flying over the station in a chartered helicopter.

olive vale station - 2

Officers from the Department of Environment look over the cleared vegetation in a chartered helicopter spaying kerosene exhaust over the vegetation

Owner of the Laura grazing property Paul Ryan said he was quietly confident the inspectors had not found any major issues, “…because we have been totally compliant with the permit conditions,” he said.

JackieTrad Labor Deputy Premier Queensland

A very GREEN Labor Party Deputy Premier Jackie Trad MP

Unsubstantiated accusations and claims of habitat and vegetation destruction were made last week by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in State Parliament, who, according to Mr Ryan, had never visited the property.

A permit to clear vegetation for high value agriculture was granted on January 20, 2015, during the ‘caretaker’ mode prior to an imminent election which Ms Trad conceded was quite lawful as the original application had been made in the mid-term of the previous government which had requested two extensions of time.

In a Ministerial statement Ms Trad told Parliament the clearing of 32,000 hectares was approved for the purpose of high-value agriculture and included a crop, upland rice, which is not currently grown commercially in Queensland.

“As part of this review, my acting director-general sought independent advice on three specific matters,” she said.

“First, advice was sought from Crown Law about the application of the conventions of caretaker government.

“This advice confirms that the caretaker conventions were not contravened. “Second, advice was sought from Mr Greg Vann, a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, about the decision-making process associated with the development approval, taking into account the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act and associated policies and guidelines.

“Mr Vann concluded that the application was processed and decided in accordance with the relevant procedural requirements”. She said the department received conflicting advice from Mr Bill Thompson of Land Resource and Assessment Management Pty Ltd about the decision-making process associated with the determination that the proposed clearing was for a relevant purpose—in this case, high-value agriculture under section 22A of the Vegetation Management Act.

“Mr Thompson has advised that the correct decision from the assessment process should have been that the purpose of the clearing could not have been high-value agriculture”.

Amid interjections from LNP Members Ms Trad warned the Opposition, “… these are contraventions of the laws implemented by those opposite. Right now, the bulldozers are already clear-felling at Olive Vale, destroying habitat and vegetation that should be preserved”.

A Traditional Owner, Elder and stockman from Laura, Mr Joseph Lee Cheu said the land being cleared had little use in its present form.

olive vale station - Joseph Lee Cheu and Paul Ryan

Laura Traditional Owner Joseph Lee Cheu is pleased with the clearing at Olive Vale station after a visit to the area with owner Paul Ryan.

“We want the jobs that this farming project will provide and we have no opposition to the clearing and it won’t harm the environment,” said Mr Lee Cheu.

“There are millions of acres of similar land on the Peninsula in reserves and other properties. “Most Traditional Owners support the clearing here, and farming is much better than mining”.

Olive Vale station is the Laura district’s largest employer with an annual payroll of $1 million, directly benefitting the Laura, Cooktown and Hopevale communities.

“Our indigenous workforce and payroll will double in six months as we begin farming operations,” Mr Ryan said.

“We have begun a school-based apprenticeship scheme with Cooktown High School and a student will start a diesel-fitting course here later this year”.

The Deputy Premier told Parliament now that the former LNP government had approved the clearing, there was limited opportunity for the government to stop it.

“For that reason, today I have written to the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, under section 69 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act,” Ms Trad said.

“If Mr Hunt determines that the clearing now under way is a controlled action, then the Commonwealth has the power to seek a Federal Court injunction to stop the bulldozers”.

She said she would be working with the Natural Resources Minister to change Vegetation Management laws to prevent any more development of “high value” farmland.

olive vale station - Paul Ryan - Peter Spies - Joseph Lee Cheu

Olive Vale owner Paul Ryan, Land Resources consultant Peter Spies and Traditional Owner Joseph Lee Cheu say the clearing has been done according to the permit conditions

Land Resource consultant Peter Spies said he had been undertaking ongoing soil analyses of the area to be cleared and found the soils to be suitable for sorghum, dryland rice and pulses with the potential for irrigation. Although the green element pushed the loss of species and habitat line, Mr Spies said the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry was excited about the proposal.

“We will be doing crop varietal trials for forage sorghum and baling it for forage will help drought proof the property and provide a ready source of feed for other properties in dry times,” Mr Spies said.

“There is the potential for feed lotting and having a live export depot for the port at Weipa, which would be dependent on the upgrading of the Peninsula Development Road.

“There are no threatened animal or plant species and we have developed species recovery plans by mapping all likely habitats.

“There is no threat whatsoever to the reef because there will be much less runoff from the almost level farmland than in its natural state”.

billy-cook-mp

“NO COMMENT” Billy Cook Independent MP and local member

The Member for Cook, Billy Gordon has refused to comment about the land clearing.

%d bloggers like this: