Activists, Greens - The bush is under attack and it's time to fight back

Fighting back: James Lister and Tony Perrett said the bush has had enough of the "bashing" and are fighting back on social media. They say politicians, farmers and residents have to join forces. They are pictured here with LNP Branch President, Lachie Brennan.
Fighting back: James Lister and Tony Perrett said the bush has had enough of the "bashing" and are fighting back on social media. They say politicians, farmers and residents have to join forces. They are pictured here with LNP Branch President, Lachie Brennan.

Goondiwindi Police were sent on a wild goose chase last week, trying to track down "three vans" of "animal activists".

Member for Maranoa, and Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud has previously condemned animal activists over property "invasion" which puts pressure on small community's police services.

"When activists invade abattoirs, feedlots and farms, they divert police to situations like the one at Carey Bros Abattoir, and the rest of the community is left vulnerable to crime," he said last week.

"These attacks are spiteful and dangerous, challenge our way of life and build mistrust in our community."It even happens when they aren't here.

Which all occurred last week after a social media post sent it into a frenzy after a "truckie" told a shop owner in Inglewood he had seen "three vans" of activists.

It was feared they may target a feedlot at Texas or an Inglewood poultry farm, with police told by well-meaning residents the activists had been seen there, only to be later told, "We were worried that's where they were going." In the end, no activists were found anywhere, not hiding behind trees or under beds. It's just why activists have found an angry opponent in Maranoa Member, David Littleproud.

"The uneducated, selfish acts of these vegan activists need to be stopped now before they infringe on our basic rights as citizens. If I broke into a suburban house in Melbourne or Sydney, I'd expect to be arrested, handcuffed and taken away. "Breaking into a farm should be no different."

Feeling just as angry was the LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister, Tony Perrett and Southern Downs Member, James Lister. They were in Goondiwindi and watched the social media hunt for activists through social media. It's a sign that farmers and rural Queensland and Australia are under attack, Mr Perrett said.

Farmers of every ilk should not be made to feel as if they are "pariah". "They are the lifeblood of regional Australia and put food on the table and clothes on the back of every Australian in one way or another," Mr Perrett said. However the concern of Mr Perrett and Mr Lister is the divide between "vegan activists" and regional Australia is just one sign of a deeper problem for Queenslanders and by extension all Australians. "In my view the divide between south-east Queensland and inner-city Brisbane rural regional Brisbane has never been wider

"This is where activists emanate from, these inner-city areas and governments, particularly the Labor Government try to placate them for preferences. Our issue is we don't have a Government that support core industries that make our region's great."