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farmers

13 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to David Littleproud, Commonwealth Government, Scott Morrison, David Littleproud

The Murray Darling Basin Plan

The Murray Darling Basin Plan will cost Australian Taxpayers $13 billion. In one hundreds years of record taking there have never been recorded fish kills like the ones we are seeing now. Not only are we seeing fish deaths in the Darling of global significance, but since the 2009 and the introduction of the 2007 Water Act there have been 4 hypoxic blackwater events in the Edward/Wakool system, which spread into the Murray and Murrumbidgee systems killing hundreds of thousands of native fish. Currently poor water management and policy is causing horrific fish deaths along the Darling, it is also causing river bank erosion and slumping in the Murray system due to the unsustainable high flows been pushed through. The flooding of forests along the Murray in order to get water to South Australia in the middle of a drought highlights the flawed assumptions used to model the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The significant flooding has resulted in the deaths of many animals, including natives because flooding has depleted food supplies. Government and large corporations have been complicit in dividing communities and have failed rural communities and family farmers who have the capacity to ensure the environment is sustainably managed for the next generation.  Environment and agricultural policy must go hand in hand, one does not need to be in competition with the other. As a nation we need to respond, the management of our most precious resource is embarrassing, irresponsible and lacks transparency. Please sign and share this petition and encourage others to insist that our national leaders call those responsible for water management to account.   We call on all governments to put politics aside and start governing for the whole Basin by treating rural communities, family farms and the environment with respect and on an equal footing.

Speak Up Campaign
92,173 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Mark Furner, Peter coaldrake

Save our Agricultural Colleges

My name is Hannah, and I'm a proud member of the Queensland farming community. I was shocked and angry to see that the Queensland government has announced the closing of Emerald and Longreach agricultural colleges. These two colleges have played a vital part in producing young, enthusiastic employees for agricultural enterprises. They teaching the best practices for animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Right now, the farmers are doing it so tough thanks to the drought and mines taking over. Now, closing the colleges feels like the Queensland government is shooting themselves in the foot: where will the next generation of farmers come from if we take away our agricultural colleges? Australian agriculture have a lot of knowledge and practices for efficient, sustainable food production practices. We have the best in the world, but in closing these agricultural colleges, the government is not supporting food security. Millions of Australians have shown their love and support for the farmers this year during the drought - now, you can show even more support by signing this petition. Please, help me tell the Queensland Government not to kick us while we're down: keep the Emerald and Longreach agricultural colleges open. The future of Australian farming depends on it. Please sign and share my petition - the farmers need your support. Thank you. (Pictured borrowed from Queensland Country Life)

Hannah Golding
16,410 supporters