I just (3 January) had the following email from my nephew Rob Cameron in Australia. Here is the other side of carbon capture. Please read this and pass it on!
I know you are rather busy, but I would like to discuss a rather distressing matter unfolding in Australia at the moment.
I write this e-mail to you in the slight hope that you may know media or other contacts in the UK that could be informed of the crimes being committed by our government on the constitution of Australia, and its citizens alike. Peter Spencer, a farmer in NSW is in the 42nd day of a hunger strike on top of his communication tower on his property, protesting against the governments acquisition of private land for a carbon sink under the recently signed Kyoto protocol, without fair compensation. He cannot farm his land and the banks are to foreclose his property. He has been driven to despair, lodging over 200 court appearances only to have them thrown out. The courts have been stripped of their independence and are answerable to the government, meaning that they do the government’s bidding. The government has changed our constitution without referendum to acquire all land (farms and residential) without fair compensation. The prime minister refuses to meet with Peter Spencer (a request from Peter himself).
Peter’s hunger strike is starting to wake up more Australians (although this number is still a minority without mainstream media coverage) that their rights and freedoms are being stripped away by stealth – and not just to farmers. The majority of Australia’s media are believed to have been threatened by the government not to cover the story. This assumption makes sense, as the media has been approached by Peter’s family and friends to cover the story, only to be turned away.
Peter is nearly at the point in his hunger strike of no return. He is fading fast, and the Australian government is letting this occur. The government has given the same fate to every other farmer around Australia, let alone all other Australians if the government has the need to resume peoples land.
The only newspaper article I could find of Peter Spencer’s plight is from the Daily Telegraph – 1st Jan 2010.
This article by a supporter of Peter also outlines more of the facts – 21
Additionally, Peter’s letter to the Prime Minister of Australia (Kevin Rudd) is outlined here.
A rally at parliament house in Canberra has been organized by supporters for tomorrow. It will be very interesting if the media covers this event! I learnt today that RTA inspectors (equivalent to our transport department) have been instructed to harass bus drivers who are intending to take protesters to the rally, with taking the buses offline for the day. Refer to this link.
However supporters are now taking their private vehicles to the rally. Something the transport inspectors cannot target.