The following is a post by Dr David Pascoe BVSc PhD OVH Repro, originally posted on facebook, reproduced here with permission. Dr Pascoe, who runs a veterinary clinic in Oakey, Queensland, has been successfully exposing the political and corporate greed and corruption behind the destruction and sale of our farmlands for quite some time now.
It’s enough to break your heart.
The Australian people are only beginning to realise what our politicians have really done to us.
They have already sold most of our prime farmland to the big foreign owned mining companies and the giant corporations of the world.
The fact is, nearly every inch of our best farmland is going to be mined; maybe not now, but certainly sometime in the future.
Here on the Darling Downs – the nation’s finest food bowl – around 92% of the land is now under a mining lease.
There are some 32 open cut coal mines planned, and 40,000 coal seam gas wells.
Down in NSW, the coming apocalypse of farming will be just as bad: Santos announced to shareholders recently where it will be developing its new fields: – from Tamworth to Gunnedah and the Liverpool Plains, across to Narrabri, Moree and right up to Goondiwindi.
Farming will be eventually be obliterated, delicate aquifers destroyed and all the precious moisture sucked out of the soil.
Governments have already decided that we are no longer an agricultural and farming nation but rather, an energy producing one. They just didn’t bother to explain that to the Australian people.
Slipped it straight past the wicketkeeper, you might say.
Why didn’t they make it clear what they were really planning and give the nation a say? Lets just say that they had their reasons. One day we hope those reasons will be fully exposed to the people of Australia.
We have been fighting this battle to save the farmland for four years, and so many of our fellow soldiers of the soil have been in the trenches a great deal longer. We are all battle hardened by now, but our hearts still break.
We wish it wasn’t true, that we could all wake up one morning and discover it was simply a bad dream.
At least now that Australian people are beginning to understand the reality of it – and how horrifically bad it is.
In twenty years time, our prime farmland will resemble the Western Front in 1916. And probably worse.
At least the Australian people are beginning to realise that we are all in this together, and that’s a good thing.
Today one of our readers wrote a poem and sent it to us.
We’d like to share it with you.
Political and Corporate Lies.
They stand there in their pinstriped suits
while smiling through their teeth of gold,
with tarnished tongue they talk the talk
ignoring what they have been told.
They spruik to Aussies “things won’t change”
and care for all the farming lands
while wearing their ‘Berluti’ shoes;
gold and diamond rings upon their hands.
The farmers and the pubic now
will fight the fight and publicise,
how corporates want to take their land
then sell to foreign enterprise.
There’s way to much at stake,
it’s our own homeland they’ll destroy,
this ancient piece of history,
our future children won’t enjoy.
We’ve heard these lies before,
results are there for all to see.
View photos where they’ve mined,
they leave behind catastrophe.
We all now have to stand as one,
fight to stop this corporate greed.
Don’t let them sell Australia,
Stand tall —
Don’t let them succeed.
David J Delaney