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UNANSWERED DEBATE CHALLENGES

to Damian Drum

1. Save the soft fruit industry 2. My association with apricots 3. The unanswered economics challenge 4. Additional employee – Barnaby’s lover 5. This question, multinational or the Government will be everywhere. 6. If you leave the industry in the hands of a multinational you will be beaten in 2019. We desperately need a hero


Save the soft fruit industry When Barnaby’s by-election came up I tried – as an out of towner – to have a friend from Gunnedah hand deliver a letter containing a debate challenge in 2013 referring to the hoped for response on whether Australia has a future in fruit growing. The front cover apricot trees being uprooted. This diagram shows a peach tree about to be destroyed. A mound of skeletons is in the background. This is agricultural crime. You, Barnaby Joyce and others will be hounded.

About two seasons ago almost half of the soft fruits industry was wiped out. This is a part of the letter I sent to Barnaby with a copy to you:

‘Joe Hockey (not you as Minister for Agriculture) insisted that it was up to Coca Cola to invest and save what remained of the industry. Where were you, Barnaby? ‘Meanwhile the Coalition has legislated free trade agreements where the small print advises that if multinationals cannot get profits that they can expect world wide, then they can sue the Australian Government. ‘Recently Coca Cola experienced a drop in profit. What are the implications for Shepparton, Cobram, the stone fruits industry and the Australian Government?’ Neither Barnaby nor you responded. I am now hammering you, David Littleproud and you


My association with apricots My maternal grandfather was able to pay off the mortgage on his farm with the proceeds of a few acres of apricots. This is how a neighbour mechanised the movement of trays whose contents were dried and treated with sulphur. The smell of sulphur almost transferred into our DNA.

In Griffith farmers raised their families and became wealthy growing apricots, peaches and pears (the magnificent soft fruits). They also grew apples, almonds and figs which have now disappeared from out region. I will do what I can to ensure that we do not lose soft fruits in Victoria. About four years ago I was selling oranges for a friend in Victoria when I was given a warning that my concerns were well founded. A customer had referred me to a professor at Monash University in Churchill near Morwell was said that Australia has no future in fruit growing


The unanswered economics challenge. I presented this debate challenge and two other contentious ideas to Barnaby Joyce. He referred them to his economics expert Matthew Canavan. As can be seen in my unanswered debate challenges to Matthew, he was hopeless. However, I want to swing the challenges on to you. 1. Australia has no future in fruit growing 2. The reduction in tariffs since 1970 has been good for Australian manufacturing to minimise traditional manufacturing to provide a transition to capital based activities. Cutting edge animation design might support a dozen jobs. There were have to be a lot of them to balance the million or so conventional jobs lost. 3. My life was changed when I saw a DVD produced by Lance Endersbee in 1996. I did not see it until 2011 after Lance had passed on. I could not believe the low figures for Production and Agriculture. I checked and found that each had reduced since then. A few years on I found manufacturing to be down to 7.2% and agriculture down to 1.2% each as a percentage of GDP. ‘My understanding is that Lance felt that at least 30% of Production (manufacturing and agriculture) is needed to support 70% of Services each as percentages of GDP. It is also my understanding that under 30% (and we are well under that) represents a government in paralysis.


Additional employee – Barnaby’s lover Damian, you have kept a low profile but by you helping out Barnaby everyone is interested in knowing who you are and what you are capable of. Your new employee should be able to determine who is the economics expert after Matthew failed so miserably. Even prior to that she should be making contact with people in the soft fruits industry if you are not able to do it.

The first question which you, she, David little proud and Barnaby Joyce should be answering is whether the future of the industry will depend on the multinational Coca Cola or the Government. This question, multinational or the Government will be everywhere. You are in for a torrid time.


This question, multinational or the Government will be everywhere. About four years ago I was told that the day will come when Social Media will win elections. I took a crash course and now have a Face Book group ‘Minor Party and/or independents Balance of Power.‘ It allowed me to try different strategies on how to communicate and ‘get at’ members of Parliament. The most recent initiative was to learn how to set up small booklets like this one. The advantage of it is that I can transmit the address of this booklet into email letters. People are able to show their power by forwarding this to as many people as possible. We are learning how to set up open letters to members of Parliament in local newspapers. We encouraging the Establishment to host public debate on such issues as multinationals taking over our agriculture, our water and of course our precious stone fruits


If you leave the industry in the hands of a multinational you will be beaten in 2019. You could try to shift the blame on to Barnaby but he is such a weasel that he would insist that it is your responsibility – and why not? I suggest that you and your new assistant start talking to growers and the company management as soon as possible. I will be doing my best to get that conversation going as soon as possible. The next stage is going to be difficult but it could make you (and even your new assistant) as hero(s). We desperately need a hero.

Damiandrum01  

About two seasons ago Australia lost probably half of our soft fruit industry. Government seemed to have passed the responsibility to a mult...

Damiandrum01  

About two seasons ago Australia lost probably half of our soft fruit industry. Government seemed to have passed the responsibility to a mult...

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