Mar 11 2014
Funding for the Peter Spencer court case appears to be in limbo and possibly could be cut.
Farmer Peter Spencer made the headlines when he sat up a pole on his property on a hunger strike for 52 days in 2009.
He was protesting over his over his right to clear native vegetation on his property in south-east NSW and later began demanding that he be compensated for a loss of carbon credits.
This formed the basis of a court case that went all the way to the High Court, centering around native vegetation and carbon credits, and whether farmers are owed compensation from the Commonwealth acquiring credits from Australian farmers.
Sources close to the Spencer camp say that they have been informed that the fighting fund assistance, previously forthcoming, to back the legal fight against the Commonwealth has been stopped, and they claim they have been left high and dry, just as they are due to go to trial.
But the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund says that’s not accurate.
Chairman of the AFFF, Hugh Nivison, says the fund had only committed to funding the process of legal discovery and it’s now looking at the documents to see if any more assistance is warranted, according to the merits of the evidence.
“It is a complicated issue and we want to have a look at the evidence before we make a decision on where we go to from here,” he said.
For those who need to understand the Peter Spencer story, his 52 day pole sitting protest exposing government land theft by Liberals, Labor and Greens agenda to remove farmers from the land, visit our comprehensive background of facts, rallies and court documents at; http://sosnews.org/index.php?page=Peter-Spencer
In July 1985, a rally of some 45,000 farmers moved on Canberra sending a shockwave through the federal parliament with claims of high taxes and escalating interest rates on farmers. The rally harvested massive donations and a fighting fund was introduced. The end results of that rally, taxes and interest rate continue to rise on rural business.
The only other serious rally was on 10th February 2010 by farmers to hit Canberra hard was for Peter Spencer’s SOLO fight for farmers rights which saw some 3,000 rally in front of the federal parliament with radio 2GB personality Alan Jones leading the many speakers which included Barnaby Joyce and then opposition leader Tony Abbott, who states, an Australia without a farming community would not be Australia… and many more commitments he made but now hides since Liberals took government.
The statement from Australian Farmers Fighting Fund (AFFF) (NFF) Trustees chairman Hugh Nivison under the banner of the National Farmers Federation they only funded discovery of documents ordered by the High Court. They were privy to these document Spencer had on file from internet research that required the original copies under discovery to fight the case is a nonsense. It seems the NFF march in a fifth column as the case against the government moves to trial.
We understand from many rural sources that farmer organisation across Australia have lost extensive membership no longer representing the majority of families on the land as they play politics in lieu of supporting the reason for their existence.
There are many recordings of Alan Jones and other radio presenters broadcasts covering the Spencer story along with the rally speakers and now 4 years down the track, a change of government in power for more than 12 months makes it worth while visiting our Peter Spencer area of SOS-NEWS where you may listen to the recoded information, form your own opinion how the two party system of government work in tandem for the one agenda – to get rid of our farmers.
Here is the link to visit – http://sosnews.org/index.php?page=canberra-rallies – please pass it around to show the fight for Australian farmers Peter Spencer has not forgotten as it now appears other most certainly wish to forget.by