Farmer Peter Spencer issued Eviction Notice

Protesting grazier gets eviction notice

Fri Jan 29 2010By Simon JenkinsIndependent federal MP Tony Windsor

MP Tony Windsor says the Liberals did nothing for farmers' property rights when in government.

Grazier Peter Spencer has been served an eviction notice to vacate his southern NSW property little more than a fortnight after he ended a 52-day hunger strike."I've lost my farm," he told reporters in Canberra on Friday.

The action is believed to have been taken by members of his family who are owed money by Mr Spencer. Mr Spencer spent 52 days on a hunger strike on a suspended platform at his property in protest at laws which stop farmers clearing native vegetation on their land.Mr Spencer's adult children have all returned to the United States, while his two younger children are living in Denmark with his wife. "I want to stress that my sister needs to be paid, it's not her fault," Mr Spencer said.

Mr Spencer says his fight was not about money. "It's not important, this is a struggle for what we believe in...... I've got to get on now with what we've got to try and achieve for Australia - land rights."

"The sheriff's been, they've served my notice, I'm being evicted next week," he said.The grazier instead blamed state government laws that prevent him from clearing native vegetation from his property, located between Canberra and Cooma.His hunger strike has prompted farmers to plan a protest rally outside Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday.

The federal government says it won't support Tuesday's farmers rally.But it's not because it doesn't acknowledge the property rights issue exists, says Agriculture Minister Tony Burke.Mr Burke says any government involvement in the rally, to support former hunger-striking NSW farmer Peter Spencer, would send the wrong message to farmers who may be considering self-harm. Mr Burke has told the NSW Farmers Association he won't attend the rally, although he agrees that property rights have been a significant issue for farmers for "more than a decade".Mr Burke says he is always willing to talk through the issue with farmers.

However, Tuesday's rally has a specific problem at which the government to drew the line. The media release announcing the rally outside Parliament House and the website promoting it directly link the protest with the actions of a farmer, a few months ago, engaging in self-harm, Mr Burke says."I've always had a very firm view that when someone engages in self-harm, you don't tell them: 'You're a hero'," Mr Burke told AAP.The only message that any politician should give in those circumstances was to stop, he said.

Mr Burke said every time he travelled around Australia, he was told too many stories of farmers being involved in very serious acts of self-harm."This is a real problem in the bush and is something that under no circumstances should any politician be involved in promoting," he said. The federal government had taken steps to alleviate the problem by introducing stewardship payments through a limited pilot program relating to the box gum woodlands, he said."That's not a solution for everything, and we don't pretend that it is. But, at least, for the first time ever, there is now a formal government acknowledgment of the good work farmers do," he said.

Mr Burke also said the government had been looking at the issue long before Mr Spencer decided to go on his hunger strike.It was an issue for the upper house if a Senate inquiry into the matter was to go ahead, he said. But he indicated he would only meet with the NSW Farmers Association following the protest.

Country Liberal senator Nigel Scullion defended the coalition's record in dealing with NSW farmers' property rights.Senator Scullion described as "absolute garbage" claims from Independent MP Tony Windsor that the coalition did little to preserve property rights for farmers.The previous coalition government, especially The Nationals, was very focused on sorting out the complex issue of property rights, he said."There was a whole range of initiatives to ensure that people had security and secure access," Senator Scullion told AAP.


Dear Fellow Freedom Fighters,

Above is the Channel 9 story on Peter Spencer being evicted by the Sheriffs next week.

Peter told me about this before he started his hunger strike .... but his so-called "legal representatives" have done NOTHING about it either then or, obviously, since.

Any court action to gain a Writ of Possession was NEVER done lawfully .... that's right .... it's the perpetual Australian Kangaroo Court doing exactly what the Bankers want.

Where the Farmers are gathering next Tuesday in Canberra the MAGNA CARTA MONUMENT .... is the very place where "No free man shall be taken indeed imprisoned, either dispossessed, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any manner destroyed, nor pass over him, nor send over him, except by means of the legal judgment of his own equals indeed the law of the land." is emblazoned around the copper dome of the rotunda.

"No free man shall be ...dispossessed.....unless by (a jury)....". HOW MUCH MORE EMPHATIC CAN A STATEMENT BE????And yet, these Kangaroo Courts .... with their clueless staff and Sheriffs .... carry on in true Totalitarian fashion ... acting unfairly, dishonestly, disregarding legal rights and disregarding legal procedures.

NEXT TUESDAY: ...... will the Farmers be made aware of the skulduggery in our Courts?....... will the Farmers actually read the inscriptions all over the MAGNA CARTA MONUMENT?........ OR, will the Farmers believe the " counsellors, judges and ministers" when they are told, "Trust us."?

NEXT MONDAY: ....... what ought to be done is a Notice of Motion be filed for a Prohibitive Injunction to Stay the Execution of the Warrant "until the case is fully heard" ... and a Challenge to the Jurisdiction of the Court on all grounds filed in that self-same "Court".


Come on, Peter..... you're the best man for the job ....... and give them lawyers the flick.

yours sincerely,

John Wilson.