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UNANSWERED DEBATE CHALLENGES to Matt Canavan

1. Barnaby’s economics expert 9th July 2013 2. As Queensland senator 3. Assistance with soft fruits in Victoria 4. Now to provide job for mate’s lover


Barnaby has been dodging me for four years so I decided to try to make contact with his economics expert. I was selling oranges for a friend in Morwell Victoria. A customer referred me to an economics professor at Monash University at Churchill in Victoria who claimed that Australia had no future in fruit growing and some other outlandish claims. Obviously I tried to make contact with Barnaby but I was referred to his economics expert Matthew Canavan. I spoke to Matthew on the phone a number of times and then sent a confirming letter of the scope of the debate challenge which I sought covering the three items sought as listed below. He kept saying that he would answer the letter but I gave up. Earlier I had made a presentation at the Senate Inquiry into Citrus on 3 rd July 2013 including a diagram entitled ‘The Weakness of a Developing Country.’ The chairman Bill Heffernan in Hansard stated: CHAIR: ‘The weakness of a developed country – we understand all

that, but this is not the forum to take you through that. A lot of our destiny is beyond our control these days, especially when we have written free trade agreements based on getting rid of tariffs.’ I only had 30 minutes to try to have more discussion with Bill Heffernan but who better than Barnaby’s economics expert to discuss these issues. This is what I sent in the letter of 9th July2013: 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.


After I had given up on Matthew I was amazed to see him as a Queensland senator I was even more amazed that he had appeared as a high flyer with these appointments:

 Minister for Northern Australia from 18.2.16 to 19.7.16.  Minister for Resources and Northern Australia from 19.7.16 to 25.7.17 and from 27.10.17. Could I present another debate challenge in relation to a long held dream of mine which is a revision of the Bradfield Scheme. As shown in this diagram a weir in the Thomson River could lead to a pipeline to feed into the Darling River. Once again there was no response.


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 referring back to the hoped for response on whether Australia has a future in fruit growing to debate the loss about two seasons ago of about half of the soft fruits industry. The attached diagram shows apricot trees being uprooted.

This is a part of the debate challenge which neither Barnaby, nor Matthew would respond to ‘Two seasons ago there was a crisis in stone fruits and about half of the growers had to bulldoze their trees, went broke and left the industry. 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? I have no idea which strings Barnaby pulled to get Matthew to where he is but my guess is that the manipulative Barnaby has convinced Matthew that he ‘owes him’ Barnaby’s lover has a new job in your department so I would like to suggest how she can assist the farmers in the soft fruits industry and those who depend on water flowing strongly in the Darkling River and into the Menindee Lakes System. She might not only present the diagram entitled ‘The Weakness of Developed Countries’ to Barnaby to Matthew but also even to Bill Heffernan.

When I first saw this graph it was comparing two Developing Countries (China and Indonesia) to two Developed Countries (USA and Australia). I could not believe how far Australian manufacturing and agriculture had fallen as percentages of GDP. I continued the calculations and found that we had fallen even further, Lance Endersbee’s contention is that production and agriculture should represent at least 30% of total GDP to be able to support 70% of services without going into debt. Lance called it the 70:30 rule and I challenge Barnaby and Matthew to debate that economic ratio.


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Matthew was presented as Barnaby Joyce's economics expert but for me he fell short. However it seems that Barnaby has helped him into politi...

Matthewcanavan01  

Matthew was presented as Barnaby Joyce's economics expert but for me he fell short. However it seems that Barnaby has helped him into politi...

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