Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jericho Grazier Bruce Currie Warns of the 'Bloodbath' of Family Properties Coming as the Severe Drought Takes Its Toll and He Urges Affected Comunities to Take Action before It's Too Late

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jericho Grazier Bruce Currie Warns of the 'Bloodbath' of Family Properties Coming as the Severe Drought Takes Its Toll and He Urges Affected Comunities to Take Action before It's Too Late

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Thanks to Senator Barry O'Sullivan, Bill Byrne, and Grant Maudsely for being on the Drought Impact discussion panel in Longreach last week.

Whether the forum was indicative of a genuine demonstration to get information and take decisive, constructive action or just a cruel public stunt time will tell.

Of extreme concern was the point raised by a local accountant that banks have stated, "When it rains there will be a blood bath of family properties."

Unfortunately the drought has actually exacerbated the on-going blood bath.

As a past prominent primary producer emphasised, the problem in the rural sector is government policy destroying our viability.

I am not using the government as a scapegoat, but like any business or organisation there has to be a management structure that is the government's responsibility, and they are failing dismally in that role.

Our communities need to demand that government takes immediate action. The impact of increasing overheads, cost of production and lack of support are the biggest factors destroying small businesses and family-run properties; not the weather.

We all know and climatologists have stated; Australia has the most unpredictable, unreliable rainfall on the planet.

That is a huge challenge that has to be managed by those in the primary production sector but they will never do it if not supported by government policy.

Primary producers are the start of the food chain, they provide vital sustenance, are the protein and energy doctors of the world, and treat and prevent starvation.

If primary production is structured around the family property, this is the start of the economic food chain. Small business and family properties create decentralisation, are cultural and social builders, the reason for the existence of rural towns and the maximum employers of the Australian workforce.

The on-going and pending 'blood bath' referred to by the banks means government policy is encouraging and aiding the corporatisation of the family property.

As rising overheads destroy the viability of family-run enterprises, greater economies of scale are forced upon the industry. …

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