Should Australia be selling the farm?

Should Australia be selling the farm?

There are 4 comments on the The Age story from Aug 19, 2011, titled Should Australia be selling the farm?. In it, The Age reports that:

Peter Lawless on his Yarrawonga farm. He believes the government should act to ensure Australian farms remain Australian owned.

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Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#2 Aug 20, 2011
No! we should be using our votes to kick out those selling the farm, as soon as an election date is set....Can pollie's see further than their pensions? Can Labor see further than the middle of next week?.....maybe they should have a few agriculturalists join the mix, it might just help pollie's see the future of what it could be like having all our food grown for us on OUR land that is now fully owned and operated by foreign interests, watch out for them introducing an illegal workforce to keep their profit margins high....Asians are particulaly guilty of this....

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#3 Aug 20, 2011
Whenever a practice (like selling our country from under us to foreign ownership) seems bizarre and illogical from any rational viewpoint, you can bet your life that to someone, somewhere, it makes exquisite sense.

Could that someone/s be government employees whose retirement nest-eggs have received a welcome little boost under-the-counter & off the record to fast-track land deals that would have more loyal Australians up in arms ... if they knew?

Do we know of any SE Asian economies that traditionally could never function without hefty personal bribes to well-placed officials?

People can migrate. So can customs.

Since: Dec 10

Perth, Australia

#4 Aug 20, 2011
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
Whenever a practice (like selling our country from under us to foreign ownership) seems bizarre and illogical from any rational viewpoint, you can bet your life that to someone, somewhere, it makes exquisite sense.
Could that someone/s be government employees whose retirement nest-eggs have received a welcome little boost under-the-counter & off the record to fast-track land deals that would have more loyal Australians up in arms ... if they knew?
Do we know of any SE Asian economies that traditionally could never function without hefty personal bribes to well-placed officials?
People can migrate. So can customs.
I think that is what causes most of us to feel so utterly frustrated with this or any other government who for years have called on the city dwellers to support local product and the farming industry to stop foreign produce from dominating our markets, or when farmers and their families fall on hard times....and we do it gladly, because we want to buy Australian......and they "the government are selling them out" instead of pouring "and I mean every cent it takes to keep their skilled workers and agricultural knowledge being passed from one generation to the other" farmers are being forced out by the big monopolies pushing in and taking over...and the family owned farms have no choice but to sell or lose everything, and how hard must that be when it's the knowledge built by generations on the land which produces good healthy food is lost to those who don't give a crap.
Aussie nick

Melbourne, Australia

#5 Sep 4, 2011
At least there is one True Australian patriot left.
Brazil has just shut the door (Mainly because of excessive Chinese purchase of agricultural land). Why doesn't Australia?

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