NOTHING BEATS a Sunday for a good Biblical story, and today should prelude a ‘joining of the waters’ for the Queensland sugar industry when Wilmar sugarcane growers converge on the Burdekin Theatre in Ayr to demonstrate their wrath with the foreign-owned miller disputing their right to have input into how their sugar is marketed to the world.
It will also be the day that Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have justifiable proof that both governments are on the nose. Add Member for Mirani, Jim Pearce, to the list, because he must see the writing on the wall that his days in the Queensland Parliament — as a Labor/Union politician second time around — are numbered. How can he support the expected loss of several hundred sugar mill workers’ jobs this coming season?
None have supported the people they supposedly represent.
The Queensland Premier clucked lyrical this week that a new egg facility in Brisbane will employ about 150 people — yet at the same time washed her hands of thousands of sugarcane farmers, harvester operators, support businesses and groups and their families to support a foreign owner trying to ride roughshod over the industry rather than support them.
And if we hark back to when Tony Abbott was the elected Prime Minister — winning in a landside — he advocated setting-up a task force that would oversee a mandatory code of conduct for the sugar industry.
Of course, after Malcolm Turnbull performed his best ‘loyal Judas’ portrayal, the code of conduct went out the door with the kitchen sink.
After the recent federal election when Malcolm Turnbull was simply beside himself after winning by one seat — and standing beside the Western Australian MP who resembles a starving Biafran princess — thought the mountain had come to Mahommed. Not since Moses returned to Egypt to liberate his people, while telling (with a straight face) that he had been commanded by a burning bush, had such a miracle come about.
And while talking of the West, the shenanigans taking place over there are enough to make a man go red-in-da-face. The enemy from within — Pauline Hanson’s One Nation tribe — has entered the city in a manner no different to when the Tower of Babel crashed, attributed supposedly to a communication break-down. And there wasn’t a star in sight, let alone a really bright one.
Good grief, the Liberals have committed to breaking bread with One Nation in deference to The Nationals — and in turn has created a fire storm not seen since Samson tied burning torches to foxes’ tails and set them free to run through the enemy’s fields and vineyards.
Member for Dawson, George Christensen, is also travelling his own ‘Road to Damascus’, with reports this week that he sat-down to write his resignation from the ruling benches — nearly three pages long — such is his commitment to the massive farming community that he represents.
If nothing else, Christensen shows he has balls, intestinal fortitude and integrity.
But a parting of the waters is not on the horizon, according to the current PM. Of course, all the above is not true, there was no letter, and the PM assures us that George is as happy as a pig in merde. That said, there is a ‘supposed’ deadline date of March 1 for his current colleagues to do something — if that’s possible. If it doesn’t, the Walls of Jericho will tumble and the big house on the hill in Canberra, that is occasionally referred to as ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’, could be destroyed in a hail of fire and brimstone — reduced to smouldering ashes and molten rock in an instant.
So it came to pass that today — Sunday, February 19 — the ‘wise men’ will gather many thousands of kilometres further north from the eternal cities of Canberra and Brisbane on a dedicated mission to confer blessings (sweeteners) on the depleting disciples.
It all came about when the Queensland LNP Opposition — on commandment from ‘on high’ by Malcolm the Magnificent — committed to introducing amendments to the Sugar Industry Act into the State Parliament (with a February 28 deadline, the day before George Christensen does a runner).
Fresh from trading slingshots with his Canberra colleagues (‘friends’ just does not fit the equation), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, travelled to Ingham yesterday to meet with the State Member for Hinchinbrook and Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Northern Development, Andrew Cripps, where they addressed sugarcane growers at the local high school. They also visited Mareeba and Tully.
Today, the Deputy Prime Minister will share the stage at the Burdekin Theatre in Ayr with Tim Nicholls (Queensland Opposition leader), Dale Last (Member for Burdekin and Shadow Agriculture Minister) and George Christensen (Federal Member for Dawson).
This significant event has all the hallmarks of the Sermon on the Mount, when bus loads (faster and more efficient than donkeys or camels) of sugarcane growers and harvester operators will travel to the Burdekin to offer solid support to all growers supplying Wilmar sugar mills (Burdekin and Proserpine), which have 52 per cent of the raw sugar manufacturing potential of Queensland.
As Andrew Cripps told agalert.com.au this week, six out of seven sugar millers have come to agreement on sugar marketing, and he questions why Wilmar can’t follow suit.
After all the above, would you Adam and Eve it?
- Some excerpts in this story have been uplifted from “The Scroll — the Tabloid Bible” by Nick Page (HarperCollins). This is the Bible that the writer swears by.