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It is some time since the last general issue was printed, and one year since the last rural edition. I apologise for the delay but I do have an excuse. I got nuked in 1963-4-5. The total dose was about 30 Grays - enough to be fatal six times over. Lately, my time has been spent going to Brisbane for treatment and tests for tumours of the arm, spine, oesophagus, and now the head and neck. I was told I would be blind in two months at worst, two years at best, and that was seven months ago. There is nothing I can do about this, so I just live on. I believe this country is worth fighting for, but I get a bit discouraged at the reluctance of some people to combine their efforts, especially the rural communities.
The last rural paper was a massive push to communicate with new contacts who needed to be made aware of how fast our country is going backwards despite the glowing reports from the various Labor and Liberal governments. We posted out 50,000 individual mail items to 15.000 contacts, 360 pro-freedom groups, and 30,000 farmers.
The postage for March was $11.023. By the time the residue was posted and bulk orders filled in Apnl, the total postage bill was over $20,000. Printing and video production was similar. Full credit goes to those who donated generously to save Australia for the sake of your children, and their children.
Donations from farmers were disappointing. I had hoped to do a repeat issue to advise them of progress in court cases relating to interference on freehold land, on water rights, and the problems of fishers. This was not to be. We didn't get enough to cover printing and postage, let alone bring out an updated issue.
I firmly believe we cannot win Australia back until we drive a wedge between the ALP and the unions, and the ALP and the students.
The unions are waking to the fact that the ALP is loyal to USA and the tran-snationals, not Australian workers. The students are starting to realise that the ALP will have them in debt forever paying through HEX for their once free education. _^_^____________________
Some farmers are realising that the Liberals and Nationals will help the USA destroy the Australian rural sector with the Free Trade Agreement, They will sell Telstra and let the transnational take it, just as they did with the Commonwealth Bank.
Working with Senator Len Hams we got videos (advocating Austraflan ownership of our superannuation funds and a government owned bank) into 115 university campuses and over 200 union sub branches. Another 3,000 were posted to supporters to view and pass on to those who need awakening. Like our past efforts the plan is working but the sheeple are waking too slowly. The time for combined action is now.
Dr. John Kingston (ex independent state member for Maryborough) has stepped in to help fight for the farmers and fishers. He is working with a legal team that seems a cut above some of the lawyers who have been previously involved. Dorothy Pratt MP (Barambah) and Rosa Lee Long MP (Tablelands) are doing a great job against insurmountable odds in a Beattie dominated parliament.
I will keep trying, with your support and donations. At times, it would be easy to give up, but the faces of my grandchildren make me keep going as long as I can. I know this paper, maybe in a different format, will continue to be published in the future, even if I have to become an ocasional contributor.
With Tony now in hospital, the responsibility of completing this edition has fallen to me. If you are not happy with the contents of this paper, talk to me. I must reinforce what Tony has said: with funds to methodically elevate cases to the High Court, we will succeed and cause positive change.
The views and opinions expressed in this paper are not n \ those of the
editors. Whilst great care has heen taken to eoiiu ite, balun ilic
analysis of different situations, this has not always been possible itific
papers do not exist to substantiate the extreme views expressed by some groups, who worship at the shrine o! fundamental en\ironmenlahsm. Wherever pi ble. we have reprinted only those papers which are supported by prior scientific work. It the references are not printed, i ble on request
No longer can a grazier just concentrate on producing a quality product to market specifications. He now must also learn how to contend with a maze of legislation, regulations and rampant bureaucrats, who think they know more than he does about how to be a good land steward. But the government is bluffing, and in many cases is using bad science.
The best scientist in this discipline was gagged during the debate concerning vegetation management. Fortunately, he has now retired and is free to speak. A telling article by Bill Burrows is presented on page 7
Many, if not most, rural producers, as reported by Pam Usher, of Greening Australia, "have a genuine and active concern regarding environmentally and economically managing their properties." Pam is obviously more discerning than the DNR. Greening Australia has a proven record of assisting landholders with interpretation of the vegetation legislation ecosystems, and responsible property planning. Their website justifies a visit www.greeningaustralia.org.au
Pam Usher, in the Autumn 2005 edition of Greening^ Australia's journal, stated that: "one solution for landholders affected by the vegetation legislation is the state government's Vegetation Incentives Program (VIP), which rewards landholders **'' who protect and manage selected areas of vegetation on their properties. Expressions of interest for the VIP are now being taken for all regions excepting southern and south-east Queensland. Expressions
of interest close on 29 April 2005."
Recently, at the Community Cabinet meeting in Charleville, 500 producers challenged the 2004 Queensland vegetation legislation, and the rate at which applications are being processed. During the Forum, Agforce president. Peter Kenny presented their wide ranging Blue Print for the Bush, for which they deserve congratulations.
The vegetation legislation is well written. There was an effort to achieve consultation through the use of the regional committees. But the minister has not written to all impacted landholders, inviting them to participate, as he should have. That fact, the confrontational attitude of the government, its badly trained officers, and over-reaction by a percentage
of graziers, have resulted currently in a non-constructive, emotional situation.
We are told that the Department of Natural Resources has charged around 280 farmers/graziers with offences under the vegetation legislation, and have identified about 4,800 to be charged.
Additionally, DNR and Department of Environment officers are inflaming the situation further. Offenders, if one accepts the government's right to rule and prosecute on fee simple land, and we do not, have been convicted and fined. Appeals are now starting to take place, with apparently disappointing results, because of the rulings of the government dominated judiciary.
The legal bodies who have thoroughly researched these cases, have decided that there will be no justice in Queensland courts, and redress must be sought in the High Court.
This paper has been compiled, published, and distributed with the dual aims of informing land stewards of their inherited rights, and seeking donations to assist, in conjunction with Property Rights Australia and others, carefully chosen cases to be elevated *< to the High Court and won, thus setting de-fcji sirable precedents.
? Donations and pledges I should be made out to: I "The Uplifting Account" and sent to 308 Lennox Street. Maryborough, Qld 4650. Electronic transfers should be sent to: BSB 124-080 A/c No. 20139952 at Bank of Queensland. Maryborough.
If land stewards do not rally to this cause, then many will be forced from business. Even if you, individually, do not appear to have a problem, then think again, and carefully. We are looking down the barrel of a determined government effort to control the actions and thus the income of all landholders and fishers.
The government's objective appears to be control, similar to that seen to be so unsuccessful in centrally controlled economies, resulting in decreases in production, escalating underemployment in rural areas, and eventually depopulation of rural areas. A government with such an aim is ignoring history. The tables which follow, address the problems, and suggest solutions. We recommend that you read them very carefully.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. ... Plato
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