The other side of Australia: the sad story of Peter Spencer

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!

Hi Peter,

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
Dec 2009.

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.



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3 Responses to The other side of Australia: the sad story of Peter Spencer

  1. Rob says:

    Hi Peter,
    The latest developments so far:
    4th January: The rally planned for Canberra attracted over 300 people and drew out a few politicians, but did not get the Prime Minister to meet with Peter Spencer to come up with solutions and end the strike. So it continues…

    If the government has a need to aquire land for the greater good’, and doesn’t pay you fair compensation and blocks your every move to oppose it in the courts, draining every cent and having the banks forclose your hopes and dreams you have, they can. They have re-written the legislation to suit. Is that democracy?

    I thought Australia was the ‘lucky country’. Not anymore. Human compassion and social justice takes a back seat to political decisions based solely on environmental and economic issues.

    Believe me, I care for the environment more than some would know….but these environmental laws are so wrong and they go about environmental conservation the wrong way.

  2. Briefly, here are my views. I do think that climate change is the biggest threat we face at the moment. I have two grandsons and sometimes I despair about the world we are leaving them and their generation. Moreover, it is such a big problem that we need to be prepared to take action in every possible way we can.

    That said, something has gone terribly wrong in this case. The cost of acquiring land for the greater good, in a way that ensures fairness and equity, is peanuts compared to the cost of dealing with global warming. But by not doing so, the government has alienated exactly those people who care about the issues, and whose support is essential to dealing with the problem. People will say, if the price of doing something is that someone like me is stripped of their livelihood and dreams, I am not prepared to pay it, and will oppose it as strenuously as I can.

    Then we all lose in the end.

  3. John Cameron says:

    The main culprit in the Peter Spencer saga is the Vegetation Management Act which allows government interference in a big way on freehold land.In Peter,s case, it has denied him the right to farm his land, leaving him with no income and an unsaleable asset.
    It has however, enabled the Australian government to meet its Kyoto obligations out of the pockets of landholders. In Peter’s case , they will not even let him have the carbon credits, which is the only form of income available from his property.
    The pollies have admitted that there is not enough money to compensate affected landholders. The VMA should be scrapped and rethought.
    Worse is happening here; type Brigalow Corporation into search engine.

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