Viv Forbes press release on the Queensland pastoral colleges

Priorities for the Bush.
by Viv Forbes

The Saltbush Club today called on the Federal government to slash spending on the climate alarm and climate conference industries and use the money to save the threatened Queensland pastoral colleges in Longreach and Emerald.

The executive director of the Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said that for too long tax payers have watched federal agencies like CSIRO waste money on climate models that do not work, on carbon accounting that is not needed, on never-ending climate jamborees and on re-invention of “carbon farming”.

“They also watched in disbelief as ex-PM Turnbull in one afternoon found $444 M to donate to a small charity living off the Great Barrier Reef.

“Our great rural industries need trade-skilled people with relevant academic knowledge. They do not need urban academics in green uniforms who are hostile to rural industry.

“Farmers and graziers would prefer their taxes were spent on local colleges educating their sons and daughters in practical skills rather than sending them to the coast to learn how to smoke pot, drink beer, buy ice and follow the green religion.

“Our rural food bowl is far more important to Australia than all the tax-supported wind turbines, solar panels and climate propagandists put together.”

Viv Forbes
Executive Director

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17 Responses to Viv Forbes press release on the Queensland pastoral colleges

  1. stackja

    Greens expect to get OPM.

  2. Entropy

    The sad thing about those Ag colleges is there are a lot more staff than students. The pastoralists all bellyaching about the closures never send their children to them, or recruit new workers from them, they just like the idea of them.

  3. Entropy

    Oh and that $444 million in OPM was just five year reef expenditure brought forward to prior to 30 June 2018 as the 17-18 budget was shot anyway and it would help make the budget turnaround over the next five years look better than it really is. The coalition is just copying a Swan trick. Although maybe they will actually pull the trick off, unlike that idiot.

    All in all this little missive from the “saltbushclub” demonstrates just a different set of misplaced priorities. Just a plan to spend OPM somewhere else to the way the luvvies are currently doing it. How about we just stop spending OPM like it will never run out?

  4. Davo

    Yep, the colleges are well past their heyday. People like the idea of them.

    It was only 10 years ago that one of them in SQLD won the title of the most expensive education to provide per student …because of the huge resources d next to no students. The decision was well overdue.

    Now the government can waste money on something that can win votes in the SE corner of Qld

  5. Herodotus

    Without farming and mining we are back to hunter-gatherer.

  6. None

    The average age of many farm workers is about 70 I kid you not. Unless you want all the farms owned and run by the Chinese who then export the best of our produce and leave us with depleted soils snd overpriced crap which is basically what is happening in many sectors now it’s time to get serious about agriculture.

  7. None

    It was only 10 years ago that one of them in SQLD won the title of the most expensive education to provide per student …

    Are l
    Longreach and Emerald in SQLD today?

  8. Entropy

    The point is the Qld ag college model for farm workers hasn’t worked for years. Pastoralists don’t use them to find workers. If you want to be a ringer or a jackaroo, you go and work an ‘apprenticeship’ with a large pastoral company. Work there a couple of years and you would be highly sought after.
    Pastoralists themselves do not send their children to the Qld ag colleges to learn farm management. If they did send them to an ag college, it would be to Marcus in Victoria, or UQ at Gatton.
    These colleges have been a black hole financially for the taxpayer that are poorly supported by and suffer lack of patronage for the sector they are meant to support. If you have many more staff than students that tells you all you need to know. The only reason they have existed so long is politics.

  9. Entropy

    None there used to be four colleges.

  10. mareeS

    We are watching millions of dollars, literally and costwise, being poured down tha drains in front of our house, council and water board unable to explain why the works are being undertaken, after a minor flood incident known as th Pasha Bulker storm of June 2007.

    Our house is cracking now due to road and drainage works, never had a problem in the 1989 earthquake.

    Problems caused by ignoring the old rule, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  11. Rayvic

    ““Our rural food bowl is far more important to Australia than all the tax-supported wind turbines, solar panels and climate propagandists put together.”

    Can’t agree more, Viv Forbes.

    However, as farmers are usually rational thinkers, it is difficult to understand why an apparent warmist, Fiona Simson, was appointed president of the National Farmers Federation. She is foremost in lobbying for an emissions trading scheme. She apparently does not appreciate that CO2 is needed to grow crops, and that there is no empirical scientific evidence to substantiate the hypothesis that CO2 causes dangerous global warming.

    It would be in the national interest that she does not get re-appointed as NFF president.

  12. Quite some proportion of the students of those colleges never go on to work in the agricultural sector.
    For example, it would be most informative to add up the total number of days rural employment of the female alumni of the Emerald Pastoral College.
    Or even how many of them live on the land.

  13. They do have a point about food production being more important than gazing at the reef.

  14. Win

    Funny how Farmers and long range weather forcasters ,both whom earn a living relying on the weather are systematically ignored by a mendacious media sprucing for the climate change fraternity.

  15. Helen

    I have to say while I deplore the utter waste of vital funds on the climate boondoggle – the goto funding nirvana for the last 20 years, the ag training college model has not served us well. Students would be much better placed doing an external course of study underpinned by apprenticeships on the job.

    If we had the option of apprentices. The Award states as soon as someone is 20 years old they get the full tote wage, regardless of experience. T’was Julia wot done it. Before that there was a 3 year apprenticeship scale, whch worked well.

    I am not sure if we need three years, but we certainly do need a period of training – from the basic of checking your vehicle for fuel oil water spare tyre, jack etc before you check tools for the job/s ahead and make sure you have shade, water for yourself. How to open and shut a gate, how to mend a fence, and recognise it needs mending, where 180 cm pickets are used, and 160 cm and why, find a leak, mend a water pipe, change and or fix a tyre, operate a radio, what to do re snakes, long pants, keep away from grass, stout boots, look after yourself, because you are your best insurance, take your hat and boots off before going inside, put your chair in, clean up after yourself, no phone stuff at the dining table, start a bore, find your way around the place without getting lost, check the waters, notice if the cows have mud to their knees, as then water is critical, are they tucked up and thirsty or full and content; where is the calf on that bagged up cow; the difference between wet and dry lick, and weaner lick, be able to identify a problem and then solve it. I will stop there but it is not as simple as picking up someone off the bus and giving them a potato peeler.

    12 – 18 months training would make someone fairly competent, combined with an online course, they would come out ahead of where the students in the current system are emerging.

    I would say that more than half of the ringers these days are women, there initially for the romance – horses, wide open skies, and there is nothing wrong with that – but there are not too many (men or women) still doing it past 30. They have generally gone by then, managing, truck driving, mining work. Starting a family, town work. Some were on their way to other things anyway, law, teaching, vet studies and just dropped by for a few years, and good on them, the experience will stand them well in years to come, but the owners stay until they sell or retire, and we are the ageing workforce.

    So you have two extremes, young, generally less than 30 and old, and not much in between. And possibly not much in between the ears of the aged who remain. LOLs

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