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
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.
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.
Katter disappointed at Government pay rise vote
The Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter said he was disappointed the Queensland Government did not support his partys amendment which would block the proposed $57,000 pay rise for Queensland MPs, and call for any increases to be linked to the public sector.
Mr Katter said his colleague, the Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, had introduced a Private Members Bill to block the pay increases and establish an independent remuneration tribunal to regulate MPs pay rises a move which was taken up by Premier Campbell Newman.
We believe it is wrong and improper for State Government MPs, led by the deputy premier, to award themselves a massive pay increase while so many Queenslanders are doing it tough.
It displays either naivety or lack of empathy that this government has for the people of this state, said Mr Katter.
My amendments included to not increase the salary of a member of the Assembly for a year by more than the greatest of the following the wage of an ambulance officer, a fire service officer or a police officer.
I know that a lot of people in this House, including myself, took pay cuts to come in here because we wanted to make a change.
Surely, it is not about the money. We are here to do a job for Queensland, which means making responsible decisions and doing things in line with what we think is in the best interests of the state.
Some increases may be due, but I would say that the timing is appalling for such a large increase to apply at a time in Queensland when so many small businesses and public sector employees are taking a hit.
I believe that it is a good move to keep a cap in the future, Mr Katter said. Thursday 22 August 2013