Peter Spencer, famous for his protests against the Government’s Native Vegetation Act, spoke at McKees Hill last night, as part of a wider tour.
Peter Spencer, famous for his protests against the Government’s Native Vegetation Act, spoke at McKees Hill last night, as part of a wider tour. Doug Eaton

Govt over-regulation a concern

HUNGER-STRIKING farmer Peter Spencer delivered his ‘eight-point people power action plan’ to his supporters at McKees Hill last night.

Mr Spencer expressed his views on what he called the over-regulation of agricultural land by governments at all levels.

“I didn’t know this (the tour) was what I was going to do; I didn’t even know if I was going to come down from the tower,” Mr Spencer told The Northern Star yesterday from his Lismore hotel room.

The tour has given Mr Spencer the opportunity to talk with farmers who have been affected by the Native Vegetation Act, which restricts land clearing.

“I’ve heard concerns from across the whole spectrum about over-regulation by the Government,” Mr Spencer said.

Mr Spencer said farmers were being crippled through regulation which meant they were unable to use their own land.

“It’s based on shonky science and it’s killing incentive,” he said.

“People are being bluffed and their rights are being taken away.

“The public service and elected members have become like aristocrats.”

Mr Spencer said the use of agricultural land had become so regulated farmers had become like serfs.

“We have no rights on our own land,” he said.

Mr Spencer is on a 12-week tour to rally support for his plan to build a ‘fairer Australia’.

Eltham cattle farmer Anne Thompson was one of the organisers of the Northern Rivers leg of the tour.

Mrs Thompson became involved with the tour because she felt strongly about the drastic measures Mr Spencer had taken to draw attention to land clearing laws.

“I got involved during the hunger strike,” Mrs Thompson said.

“I went to Canberra twice and to the Sydney rally a few weeks ago.”

Mrs Thomas said she knew of local people who were affected by the laws.

Mr Spencer went on a 52-day hunger strike to protest against land clearing laws.

Related stories:

http://www.northernstar.com.au/.../local-farmers-follow-spencers-lead-in-land-protest/

http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2010/.../farmers-maintain-rage-on-land-use/

http://www.northernstar.com.au/.../weary-protesters-home-after-land-clearing-fight/

http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2010/01/04/hunger-strike-raises-hackles/



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