Townsville Seminar Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of February 2018
9.00am to 5.00pm
Grand Chancellor Hotel Townsville
For all Farmers, Rural Small Businesses and Home owners
Speakers Senator Fraser Anning, Don Bundesen, Leon Ashby (Chairman),
Andy McLaughlin, Stewart Jensen and one or two more speakers sharing their stories.
This Townsville Seminar is a follow up to the previous Seminar held on Wednesday the 13th of December 2017,
The above speakers want to support, and assist farmers, small business owners & residential owners with their complaints against Banks, Lenders, Advisers, Solicitors, Valuers, Agents and Receivers to help prepare their submissions and position paper so they can be submitted to the Banking Royal Commission.
- A print out of the Seminars notes will be available on the Friday.
Thursday 1st Feb. from 9 am onwards (appointments preferred)
A workshop on how to prepare your submission (for those wanting to be walked through the process)
- Getting your argument together in a minimal summary (1 – 4 pages)
- copies of documents to support your case – which ones & why
- Position paper – what it is & how to do it
- What not to do
- bookings , – e-mail Leon Ashby, (advisor to Senator Fraser Anning) Leon.N.Ashby@aph.gov.au , 0435423636, or Andy McLaughlin Senior Rural Consultant & Mediator firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 2nd Feb, 9 am to 5 pm
Senator Fraser Anning, Welcoming guests and speakers
Opening address by the Chairman Leon Ashby
- Craig Caulfield’s story
- What has been learnt about banks so far
- The outcome of the Senate Inquiry into Rural banking
Mr Don Bundesen: lawyer options, opportunities with the Royal Commission
Morning tea 20 minute break
Senator Fraser Anning – government assistance and grants to keep you trading
Andy McLaughlin negotiating with your bank
Lunch 45 minutes
Stewart Jensen /credit liberation – Legal avenues for dire situations
Andy McLaughlin and Leon Ashby – preparing your submission
- Key points to get commission to understand your case easily
- Understanding when and why a bank will not meet with you
Open forum and questions
Afternoon tea 20 minutes
People who can help you – lawyers, consultants, advisors and others
Summary of day and final questions
It is important that farmers and small business people promote and attend this seminar and encourage those who have been affected by their banks actions come forward. All complaints will be restricted and kept confidential if necessary. Many guests and speakers will arrive on Wednesday the 31st 2018 if you wish to catch up before the seminar. Please make a booking for accommodation at the Grand Chancellor hotel asap. Car Parks are allocated to booked rooms. We look forward to meeting you. We hope you will attend to learn what you can do to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.
Senior, Rural Consultant, Mediator and Seminar Organiser.
LNP VOTE WITH LABOR TO KILL RURAL DEBT REFORM
State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has slammed the LNP for supporting Labor to vote against a real solution to address rural debt.
In a parliamentary session that went into the early hours of Wednesday morning the KAP’s Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill was denied a vote in the House through the blocking of a motion put forward by Robbie Katter.
“The motion was put forward to enable the Parliament to adequately consider and vote on a solution that would’ve seen a new lending mechanism established to address the shortcomings in QRAA’s current activities”
“Each member of the crossbench voted to allow the motion to be heard but it was the major parties who didn’t allow it. It’s unbelievable that they would so blatantly work together to stifle a minor party Bill.”
“With so much public disappointment in partisan politics it’s ironic that the only thing the major parties can agree on is limiting consideration of minor party Bills”
Mr Katter highlighted the amount of consultation and analysis that went into the KAP’s Bill and expressed his disappointment at the behaviour of the major parties.
“The LNP not only supported Labor’s Bill over the KAP alternative, they actively worked to restrict debate and consideration of the KAP Bill”
“The LNP and Government used every excuse in the book to avoid undertaking a difficult reform. They even used banking regulations as an excuse. Do they forget where here to change laws and regulations? If I told my constituents that I wasn’t prepared to undertake legislative reform because of a regulation I wouldn’t deserve to represent them”
“For me, the genesis of this Bill was during the term of the Newman Government, which shows that this has taken years of stakeholder discussions, industry forums, community and local leader’s input,” Mr Katter said.
“Through the Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce that I chaired in this parliament it was clear that the debt problem is massive and that a significant response from the Government was required to address it”
“However what the Parliament has achieved is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. A farm debt mediation mechanism doesn’t solve the debt problem it just ensures that when the problem has finally caught up with a producer they can shut their business efficiently”
KAP’s legislation was designed to address not only the cattle industry, but also the viability of our rural towns.
“We need ways of stimulating the economies of the rural towns that rely on agriculture. Rather than using blunt funding programs to create short term employment, why not invest in reconstructing the core industry so longer term organic growth can be delivered”
Mr Katter expressed disappointment at the Government and Opposition’s “hands-off” approach to supporting a key Queensland industry.
“In 2015, I thought the Palaszczuk Government was serious about identifying solutions to address rural debt issues with the formation of a Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. I was wrong. Just like the Opposition they prefer to leave it to the “market”. This approach has delivered a declining sugar industry, a decimated dairy industry and some of the most expensive gas and electricity in the world.”
“Government’s “intervene” in markets all the time. Between the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency there’s about $5 billion worth of low interest loans to help stimulate the industry. However when it comes to supporting agriculture, and particularly family enterprises, the Government doesn’t want to touch it”.
“The rural community right throughout the State should be angry that a significant proposal to benefit people doing it tough and earning a living in regional Queensland would be stymied and watered down by both major parties.”
Tuesday 17 December 2013
The Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has written to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce calling on his support for an Australian Reconstruction and Development Bank (ARDB).
A packed meeting of rural producers at the Hughenden Rural Debt Crisis Forum last week unanimously passed a resolution to call on the Federal Government to commit to the provision of a reconstruction model capable of financial stabilization of rural Australia and reduction of rural debt.
“I called the forum to give a clearer picture to rural producers of the structures and procedures to form an ARDB, and to seek their support to take these plans to Federal Parliament.
“I was given that unanimously, and was greatly impressed by the fervour and interest in the forum and the willingness by attendees to learn as much as they could and to work on the solutions with me.
“Many of them are doing it very tough in the drought and carry a massive debt.
“The fact they travelled hundreds of kilometres to attend indicates their willingness to find smart, long-term, sustainable answers to the woes of Australian agriculture.
“Today I’ve written to Barnaby Joyce and Senators Nick Xenophon and John Madigan who tabled a Bill in Parliament in earlier this year to establish an ARDB.
“The Northern Beef Crisis Committee, led by chair Rob Atkinson, will join me in taking the resolutions from the forum to Canberra before the next sitting of Parliament on February 11-13,” said Mr Katter.