MARK ALDRIDGE - Community Advocate "Independent candidate" for MAKIN a differnce
SELLING OUR NATIONS FUTURE BIT BY BIT “STOP THE SALE OF AUSTRALIA”By Mark Aldridge

As the media remain silent over the latest big “local farmland” buy-up, not only all over the nation but here in SA, ignoring what it could mean for local food production, it’s worth looking to see where these foreign buyers are coming from. Who’s backing them and how other countries are finding the balls to legislate to stop them. 

I have called for a moratorium on all property sales to non Australian citizens until this important issue can be debated in the public arena, and a referendum can be held to ensure the peoples position.

Australia not for saleDuring the freeze on land sales, foreign investment will have to be in either partnership with an Australian national, or by way of investment in Australian businesses.  Prime farm and residential land must remain only available to Australian citizens. 

New regulations were recently introduced in New Zealand in January this year to help restrict who can buy agricultural land, after local farmers there were repeatedly courted by foreign-controlled interests.  New Zealand labelled their land as Sensitive areas.  

Our politicians here in Australia must call such land “invisible” as they don’t even take note of any sales unless they exceed 244 million or over 1000 million? 

To try and avoid companies acquiring land in dribs and drabs, New Zealand’s new tests say purchases will still need to be tested if they are bought in one transaction or in multiple purchases over time. China from my investigations split up multi title properties to avoid even local scrutiny.

Other than the token “Cubby Station sale media coverage” we would not even know our nation was for sale.  I make the point very clear that the government not only do not care, they do not even keep an eye on who is buying our nation, let alone how much. Latin America, another target for foreign raiders looking to buy up big blocks of farmland, has also looked to tighten ownership laws. 

In Uruguay, the current government is also looking to restrict transfer of land to foreign ownership, after it failed to pass under the previous administration. In Canada, where provinces are in charge of regulating how much farmland foreigners can buy and regulatory frameworks vary, the National Farmers Federation says the country is losing its grip on prime food-producing land.  

Earlier this year I released articles addressing many concerns with foreign buy up of prime land. In the NT figures of over 30% already sold is not a clear picture of the truth, when our useless government lump prime growing land and grazing land in the same basket, where the buy up of prime production land, could be more like 80% already.  

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We all know food isn’t the only target of the buy-up: foreign-owned companies are also grabbing hold of local energy resources, even those that sit on prime farmland.  

The big back room deal at the moment is to ensure on paper every sale is below $244 million. The whole country is being sold in small parcels.  Add to that the decision of the government to make foreign investment in residential even easier a couple of years ago, it is credible to assume we have already lost over 50% of our nations “Vital land holdings” as I prefer to call them. 

When quizzed on ABC Radio about the Shenhua buy-up, Prime Minister Julia Gillard tasked Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten with assessing the “total picture” of land ownership across the country. Yet we will see no reports until after 2017, and they will be census based.  Not by much needed scrutiny of lands title holdings. 

It will be difficult to retrieve prime agricultural land when it’s gone, so we must slow or stop the sales now, and address the ideal of buying back our nations food bowl as a primary goal. 

This whole issue escalates when we throw mining into the equation, and the well known selling of our precious future recourses, which takes away important job security.  

Not only do we sell the mines, we throw away value adding of a non renewable resource. I have written articles, held rallies, arranged petitions, and backed the hand full of representatives that also believe in the need to secure our nation’s ability to employ and feed itself, and we are losing the battle.

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Ask this question as loud as you can “who is protecting our nation’s food security?” 

Personally phone our supposed representatives, speak to neighbours, your family and your friends and prepare to step up for our children’s and our nation’s future. The rallies are coming. Let’s hope they come before our country has been sold completely. 

There are articles on my site relating to land sales.  Issues to address farmers and growers, the avenues I have taken to address these urgent problems in the short term, like the “Farm Direct” markets.  Join in, support and help educate. In a supposed democracy the people rule, best we stood up to the task.  

Mark M Aldridge Independent candidate for SA 82847482 (08)  or 0402279500 
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