Peter Spencer now into the 23rd day of his hunger strike...
Just type in Peter Spencer Hunger strike on google. Australian traditional farmers have become over the past generations more green than the chattering classes would admit, whilst enjoying the comforts of urban life. For Australian family (as opposed to company) farms the suicide rate is phenomenal. I fully understand the extreme frustration of the Peter Spencers of Australia and support him but hope and pray he does not starve to death.
For our Prime minister and his 100 plus entourage over in wonderful wonderful Copenhagen, Peter Spencer won't matter at all. And if I see another photo of Rudd coming out of a church as a photo opportunity I think I will throw up.
(I have a first cousin called peter Spencer, but this is not him. )
http://www.clrg.info this website covers Peter Spencer's fight, letters written etc and worth a read.
Alan Jones pleads for end to Spencer's hunger strike
10 Dec, 2009 12:20 PM
SYDNEY broadcaster Alan Jones has pleaded with defiant Monaro district grazier, Peter Spencer, that he end his hunger strike, while bringing national attention to the cause.
Mr Spencer was in the 16th day of a hunger strike over government failure to compensate him and other farmers for the cost of land clearing restrictions when he spoke to Mr Jones via mobile phone.
Mr Spencer, “Saarahnlee”, Shannons Flat, has already fought unsuccessful court battles to win billions of dollars in “just terms” compensation for the 87.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions he says were saved through land clearing restrictions.
He said he had been unable to use a large section of his property effectively because of government land clearing restrictions.
He began the hunger strike at his farmhouse on November 23 and last week chained himself to a 90 metre wind monitoring mast on his property, where he is drinking, but not eating.
He has vowed not to end the hunger strike until the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, meets the terms of his submission demanding compensation for himself and all other farmers affected by land clearing restrictions.
The lawyer representing Mr Spencer, Peter King, said he had urged Mr Spencer to come down from the tower “for the sake of his health, friends and family.”
It is not clear at what point or if his supporters will intervene if he is close to death.
Cobar district grazier, Alastair McRobert, who is watching over Mr Spencer at “Saarahnlee” said if Mr Rudd did not meet Mr Spencer’s demands there would be “blood on the wattle”.
Former federal treasurer, Peter Costello, conceded in 2007 that Australia had put a stop to large scale land clearing so it could meet its Kyoto Protocol carbon emission targets.
While Mr Spencer may have a moral case, he had been unable to establish a legal case despite many attempts in court.
He said he had made about 200 court appearances in his bid to achieve the goal of compensation but governments usually get his case struck out before it is heard.
In a letter to Mr Rudd dated November 23, Mr Spencer said: “I have tried the protocol of being reasonable for 10 years. That opportunity has passed.”
He said farmers had paid the entire carbon tab for Australia “while you rewarded the polluters and power stations and the coal industries and lied about our role”.
Mr King said there was an application to have the case heard in the High Court but it awaited a decision in another case on water rights.
Meanwhile, Queensland-based landholders' group Property Rights Australia has today reinforced its support for Mr Spencer's plight.
PRA has long been arguing for the rights of landholders who have lost access to their land without reasonable compensation under land clearing bans designed to deliver Kyoto greenhouse commitments.
"Everyone with remnant timber and now regrowth in Queensland is making a contribution to Rudd’s claimed carbon sequestration and this fact now comes into stark relief," PRA said in a statement to Rural Press this morning.
"Environmental law experts here and overseas are taking a keen interest in the flouting of all recognised legal principles in the administration of law in this country and pressure will build to have this rectified."
But the group says "we have to collectively convince Peter Spencer that his efforts have highlighted the situation and he has started a groundswell that won’t be stopped".