Zero net emissions in agriculture
Recent articles in the newspaper suggest that the National Farmers Federation supports the idea of agriculture becoming carbon neutral.
Agforce Qld along with many other producer bodies are a member of the NFF and by association would support this idea so it seems.
I would question whether Agforce Qld represents a true cross section of the opinions of rural agricultural producers, particularly farmers and graziers.
If we go down the road of net zero net carbon emissions, the question of economics and who will pay comes to the fore.
It is my opinion that the mining, resource, agricultural and transport industries will largely be affected and will carry the economic cost of this kind of carbon policy.
Rural Queensland is largely dependent on these industries.
Rural towns and their small economies are struggling and dying already.
Any additional economic impost will see the further demise of the family farm and small rural towns.
This will pave the way for the big corporates and government regulation to take over.
It is about time the virtue signalling people of Australia start to understand the practicalities of such policy.
The vast majority of people in Australia have become oblivious as to the way the basic necessities of life are provided to them.
Food security, energy security and water security cannot be further compromised and that is what will happen should we entertain this policy for no net world benefit.
As Australia's chief scientist Dr Finkle has pointed out - what Australia is trying to achieve amounts to virtually nothing.
I would also add the biggest recorded drought in Australia's short history is the "Federation Drought" (1895 to 1903) and has nothing to do with farming practices.
This fact is conveniently overlooked by those who advocate for agriculture to meet zero net carbon emissions.
Member for Callide
Remembering the Bombing of Darwin
Each year on 19 February, Australia marks Bombing of Darwin Day to commemorate the first time the Australian mainland came under direct attack during the Second World War.
Darwin as a major Allied base was regarded as a vital asset in Australia's defences against a Japanese Empire that had recently attacked Pearl Harbor, captured Singapore and was rapidly invading the then Dutch East Indies to Australia's immediate north.
Darwin came under attack by Japanese fighters and bombers on 19 February 1942, the first of many air raids carried out on the top end of Australia. The two raids on this day, separated by about 80 minutes, killed more than 250 Australian and Allied service personnel and civilians. The air raids on Darwin involved more than 240 enemy aircraft.
During the first raid, the American Destroyer USS Peary was sunk, killing 88 American sailors and wounding 13 - the greatest single loss of life on any ship attacked that day.
Further raids took place in April, June, July and November 1942 and March 1943, carried out with forces of 30 to 40 aircraft. Between these large raids, small groups of Japanese aircraft also carried out other operations on Darwin.
On 12 November 1943, the 64th and final air raid on Darwin occurred. Over the period, northern Australia had seen a total of 97 air attacks and while these ceased, enemy air reconnaissance continued over the region for the majority of 1944.
On behalf of Australia, we remember all those who died during the Bombing of Darwin and subsequent attacks in defence of our nation.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs