FEDERAL government plans to seize land from more than 40 Queensland farming families so Singaporean soldiers can train more often in Australia is yet another example of governments disregarding the importance of food production
Landholders in Central and North Queensland were angry and outraged at the prospect of losing land that had been in their family for generations, while businesses feared the expansion plans could turn their local communities into ghost towns.
The capacity to run up to 100,000 cattle could be lost under the expansion plan, which includes land near both Rockhampton and Charters Towers.
Grazier Alf Collins said he was not interested in a pay out and would do everything to keep the cattle station owned by his family for generations.
"I'm in the middle of it, and I'm definitely not for sale and not for acquisition," Mr Collins said. He said they were preparing for a David and Goliath battle.
"Bullying is a word that comes to mind very quickly and if you were in kindergarten, you'd be ostracised, counselled and your parents pulled in because you bullied little toddlers," Mr Collins said.
This is Tony from Marrickville and Curtis from Leichhardt. They are the human face of the Government’s Centrelink debt debacle.
In 2010 Tony was receiving chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer. After using up all his sick leave he began receiving payments from Centrelink while he was recovering.
Those payments ceased in January 2011 and Tony returned to work. He’s been working ever since.
In the lead up to Christmas he received a debt letter from Centrelink incorrectly informing him that he owes more than $4500 for payments received while he was sick.
Similarly, Curtis recently received notice that Centrelink believed he had incorrectly reported his earnings while he was receiving Austudy as a student. They are now demanding he repay $750.
Despite knowing that Centrelink have made a mistake, he has been forced on to a repayment plan against his will, because he has been threatened with a debt collection agency if he doesn’t comply with their demands.
It’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to fix this mess #NotMyDebt
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The external security company Asset Protection Services have made a statement that the security guard involved in the incident on January 7th in Brisbane has been stood down pending internal and Queensland Police investigation.
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