Inept governments continue milking farmers dry
RE: “If we sell the farm, we’ll starve”, by Debra Gibson and “Nation not at all smart” from Harry Martin ( TB letters, 14/ 7).
Australia is governed by professional politicians and city dwellers, not real people with their feet firmly planted on the ground.
I too have witnessed academics and financial wizards ( actually one of them has since been disgraced in North Queensland when his empire crumbled) espouse that Australia would be better off importing all its food. I almost fell over at the stupidity of the statement.
China – big population, home soils and waters contaminated by growth at any cost – plans long- term, thinks longterm, acts long- term.
They have set aside $ 3 trillion to buy properties and primary production businesses and infrastructure for food security. That is more than the total Australian GDP.
Our farmers have been hammered by the duopoly that is Coles and Woolworths. They have been hammered by under- the- table “gentlemen’s” agreements between abattoirs with regards to prices.
They have been hammered by the dodgy practices of southern markets and the standover tactics of organised crime in some markets. But they have mostly been hammered by the disdain and apathy of Australian politicians.
Our farmers are getting older, on average. The cream is stolen from the returns they receive by sneaky government taxes for things such as electricity, public infrastructure, water, registrations and charges, as well as a myriad of government red tape.
To some extent, the farmers shouldn’t feel special because govern- ment ineptitude in management, and union pressure, mean that all Australians are struggling under the oppressive yoke of hidden fees and charges.
We pay first- rate money for a second- rate government, generally.
Instead of aiming to be a lean provider of public services, our government is happy to find new and more interesting ways to rake in money to keep on bloating itself. It is a problem when the government is the biggest employer in the land.