The Government's proposed acquisition of prime agricultural land in Queensland for the purpose of training Singaporean military is wrong.
The Government's handling of the standoff between the cane farmers of the Burdekin and the foreign owned company Wilmar has been handled terribly. The cane farmers have not been given a fair go and feel like no one is listening to them.
I will continue to fight for these issues to make sure the people hurt by this are listened too.
The major political parties of Australia can't keep treating the people of Australia like mushrooms.
So I went on Beattie & Reith last night to talk about these issues and to bring them to light. There is just so much in this country that needs to be fixed.
Please sign and share the petition to stop the farms being taken off our Aussie farmers for the Singaporean military to train on https://www.change.org/p/stop-australian-farm-land-being-blown-up-at-shoalwater-bay
In November 2016, grazing families who have land in the Marlborough district, north of Rockhampton in Central Queensland, learned that their properties may be likely to be the subject of compulsory acquisition for expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The proposed compulsory acquisition of land in this area is to be carried out by the Australian Government for the use by both the Singapore and Australian Defence Forces for their training manoeuvres. The land acquisitions, new facilities and infrastructure will be owned by the Australian Government, paid for by Singapore, and accessible for use by the Australian Defence Force and Singapore Armed forces troops. 14,000 Singapore Armed Forces troops may access the training area over 18 weeks. The proposed expansion is looking to compulsorily acquire approximately 400,000 acres of prime beef cattle country, across 37 properties, and will result in the loss of approximately 50,000-70,000 head of beef cattle in the area (the Beef Capital of Australia). The proposed expansion will affect not just the local graziers, but also the infrastructure that surrounds them – particularly business owners in Marlborough, who will not be compensated but will be bled dry. Then, the ripple effect the "land grab" generates will potentially impact the entire Capricornia region in a negative manner. The local Shire will lose approximately $775,000 in rates each year, as the Federal Government does not have to pay rates on land they own - this burden may be imposed upon remaining local ratepayers? Politicians claim that this land grab will inject $1 billion into the local Capricornia economy, but are unable to provide proof of this, as socio-economic and impact studies are yet to be completed. At least half of this $1 billion dollars will have to be spent on compensation paid along with compulsory acquisition settlement for land - this money granted to displaced graziers will not be returned to the local economy, as 37 replacement properties are not available in the Central Queensland area. The money may have to be taken elsewhere in Queensland or interstate, or have to be invested elsewhere - this does not benefit the local economy. As for the other half of the $1 billion dollars, there are no promises that local businesses will benefit from these, only suggestions that they can apply when tenders are called for and these "little local guys" must compete against multi-national and international companies for these jobs. And it’s not just the tens of thousands of head of cattle that are removed from the economic equation; analyses need to factor in the benefits that the beef industry brings to the local and regional economy by way of overhead and direct costs, as well as the other industries they support - local suppliers, meat processors, small business, and so on. So on one hand you have the Federal Minister for Agriculture saying "this is the golden era for agriculture" but on the other you have the Federal Minister for Defence looking to approve the compulsory acquisition of nearly half a million acres of beef grazing land at the Beef Capital of Australia for the Defence Force to turn into bomb-practise targets… and not just for our own Defence Forces, but for another country’s war games. The proposed expansion will also have a detrimental effect on the fishing industry, severely impacting upon large scale commercial fishing operations in the Stanage Bay area - this too will filter through to the Rockhampton region. We are asking the Hon Barnaby Joyce (Minister for Agriculture) to consider the impact on agriculture. We are asking Senator the Hon Marise Payne (Minister for Defence) and the Defence Force; Senator the Hon Mathias Corman (Minister for Finance); the Hon Steven Ciobo (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment); and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull the following: that this is not in the 'best interests of the nation', and they find, explore and seriously consider alternatives to the current proposal to expand the Shoalwater Bay Training Area by compulsory acquisition (or any acquisition).
There is an Australian page called "Bad Girls Advice". It is a hidden facebook page, invite only and it's only reason for existence is the belittling of men - here is some screen captures of the "typical" conversations that you would see if you were a member. The media and the DV industry in this country has blinded us so much that male victims are to be laughed at and female perpetrators applauded.... and people wonder why we have a problem in this country. This particular conversation was asking its member what is the most violent thing they have done to their partners... If you have been a victim of DV, please be careful reading these as it is bound to bring back bad memories.
Time for one of our most popular recipes with plenty of variations. Tried, tested and loved!
* 1 cup desiccated coconut * 1 cup milk (soy, almond, rice milk if lactose intolerant) * 1 cup caster sugar (normal sugar is fine, see notes below) half a cup is my preference
* 1 cup self raising/rising flour (Gluten Free SR Flour if gluten intolerant)
Original Version from book 2 (red) released 2008
Original recipe is one cup of sugar, I only ever use HALF a cup and it's perfect, in fact you can use quarter a cup of stevia not sugar when I have it on hand.
Preheat oven 180C/360F.
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and pour mixture in. Bake for 40 minutes.
Club Tropicana Variation of our 1,1,1,1 Cake:
* Add the zest of one Lime to the cake mix * Ice with a white chocolate ganache, add some shredded coconut and more lime zest.
*Simply add a very, very ripe mashed banana (they are best) and mix thoroughly.
* Simply replace the coconut in the recipe above with HALF a cup of cocoa instead and you have the EASIEST chocolate cake.
Simply add half a cup of cocoa to the original recipe (leave the coconut in).
PASSIONFRUIT VERSION; A great version when passionfruit is on sale and in season.
SIMPLY ADD ONE WHOLE PASSIONFRUIT TO THE CAKE MIX & TO THE CREAM CHEESE ICING.
This recipe is sensational because of it's simplicity, a frugal favourite perfect for family and friends who drop in for a cuppa and a chat. SERVING SUGGESTION:
Serve warm with butter or cold with cream cheese icing … Deliciously simple!
YOU CAN MAKE THIS LACTOSE AND GLUTEN FREE BY USING GLUTEN FREE SELF RAISING FLOUR AND ZYMIL LACTOSE FREE MILK OR SOY, ALMOND, COCONUT OR RICE MILK. COMPLETELY OPTIONAL:
Cream Cheese Icing:
60g cream cheese, softened 30g butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 3/4 cup icing sugar mixture Place cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until pale. Gradually add icing sugar mixture, beating until combined.
OR OUR FAMOUS GANACHE CHOCOLATE ICING: CHOCOLATE GANACHE
350g /12 oz. quality dark chocolate, chopped 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream 1 tbsp. dark rum (optional) Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Watching closely, bring it just to a boil. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth.
Stir in the rum. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over the cake. Start at the center of the cake and work outward. For a fluffy frosting, allow it to cool until thick, then whip with a whisk until light and fluffy