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“If You Love It, Live With Me In It. If You Don’t, Leave Me Alone.”

19 Apr

Enjoy Barnaby Joyce’s speech to the Rural Press Club today (excerpt + link to full speech below):

The Australian people’s unencumbered attachment to the land is the ultimate reflection of our people’s wealth, of our people’s freedom.

Every time there has been a moral cause, a reason is given to divest the individual of ownership and transfer it to the state. This clash between bureaucracy and the rights of ownership was ably demonstrated in this part of the world at the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat.

The sympathy we showed for those small, independent miners seems to have been lost. A jury acquitted Peter Lalor even though the Eureka rebellion led to perhaps 35 deaths, including the deaths of 5 soldiers. However, over the past 100 years not much loyalty has been shown to landholders and their rights as they have been taken piece by piece.

Where was the sympathy for farmers when their vegetation rights were stolen off them by government? Or the sympathy to the farmer who has been held back by a plethora of green tape. After rights have been taken off the farmer, such as coal, oil and gas, which happened as recently in 1981 in New South Wales, have they been left in a better position to deal with issues such as coal seam gas?

In most states I am deemed a criminal if I knock down trees on land that I own yet nobody bought the asset from me, prior to it becoming an asset of the state.

The community may see it as their right to restrict the removal of trees by farmers but the community has not been prepared to pay for that right. It wants to steal them. If I were to steal property that I wanted but could not afford I would go to jail. I might have a very righteous reason to steal a car, perhaps I want to take elderly people to bingo night, I would still go to jail.

But apparently governments can steal. And once they have stolen a right they then protect that stolen right through new green regulation.

The time has come for us to starting cutting back the green tape lantana that is choking regional Australia. Green tape has become a weed that starves economic activity and takes away our basic property rights.

For the future of regional Australia that has got to change.

For me environmentalism is spraying the blackberries, shooting the rabbits, feral cats and pigs; throwing the carp high up the bank; having that favourite part of wilderness on the place that has been there before me, my family, white settlement, aboriginal Australia.

I do not need a PhD from the University of Google to usurp my connection, belittle my views and steal my rights bought and paid for over generations.

If you love it, live with me in it. If you don’t leave me alone.


That closing line goes to the heart of the dysfunction in our political system.

One where laws directly impacting on the people in the country, are determined by a vocal minority of people living in the inner-city and suburbia.

Hero Barnaby, Lone Defender Of Your Property Rights

19 Apr

*Sound of loud sustained applause*

There is always hope remaining when a brave politician points out the obvious – that a government overriding your individual property rights is an act of theft.

From Farm Weekly today (emphasis added):

QLD Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce has condemned the rising amount of “green tape” holding back Australian farmers.

Senator Joyce will raise the issue during an address to the Rural Press Club of Victoria today.

He also plans to tell the gathering that rural Australia will never warm to the Greens as its new leader plans to stamp her leadership by trying to recover lost ground in rural electorates.

“Our side of politics believes that property rights actually mean something,” Senator Joyce told Fairfax Agricultural Media.

“If someone wants an asset I own they can offer me a price.

If they can’t afford it then they should not be allowed to just steal it.

“The community may see it as their right to restrict the removal of trees but the community has not been prepared to pay for that right.

“If I were to steal property that I wanted but could not afford I would go to jail.

“I might have a very righteous reason to steal a car, perhaps I wanted to take elderly people to bingo night but I would still go to jail.

Apparently governments can steal.

“And this can be done through a straight transfer of that asset to the government or via regulation that effectively divests you of that asset. “

Senator Joyce said regional Australia would never warm to the Greens because they have been the key drivers of a revolution in regulation via environmental laws over the past two decades.

It was a veiled reference to new Greens leader Senator Christine Milne’s plans to conduct a listening tour of regional Australia.

Senator Joyce said previously the environment was important and it had to be traded off against economic and social factors: “There was a triple-bottom line.”

But now the term environment has transformed into something that invokes omnipotence, “which you must not question”.

He said that was seen in many “ludicrous” examples of green tape now like farmers not being able to farm their own freehold land.

The ownership of trees has been taken off them without compensation and absurd requirements for vicarious environmental issues such as when the constructor of a dam had to fund $1.5 million in shark research to get their project approved, he said.

“It feels like you are living in a Kafka novel,” he said.

Senator Joyce said the productivity growth in agriculture had reversed over the past decade from being one of the strongest performing sectors to one of the poorest.

“A large part of that must be due to the encroachment of green tape which stops farmers from innovating to grow more at a cheaper cost,” he said.

“If we keep on the path we are going we will lose the opportunity to be Asia’s foodbowl.”

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