Elena Garcia

Australia is the most urbanised country on Earth, with 89% living in urban areas, and the continuing alienation of urban from rural means that most urban people have little knowledge and less experience of rural land management issues.

Water is the issue which can unite all Australians in a struggle which will take us to massive social change. Because to win we must defeat the mining companies which own our major parties, and the Big 4 banks and the media empires which back them.

I have previously commented in my amendment to the water policy on the scapegoating of agriculture as major water waster, and I must apologise for the repetition within this explanation for my proposed amendment to our Climate Change Charter. However it was too unwieldy to amend two different policies within one contribution.

Australian farming is in crisis. Multinational corporations are buying up prime food-producing land, just as free trade treaties come into play that will allow them to sue governments that affect their profits by attempting to regulate their use of that land. This is a massive threat to Australia’s family farmers’ ability to continue to produce sustainable clean, green food to feed our population and export globally.

Proposed amendments to SA’s water, climate charter, and the preamble and manifesto of sustainable Australian agriculture put up this week for adoption will explain in depth these proposed amendments to our Australian politics and campaigns resolution, and the implications for our campaign work. Rather than bog comrades down in further repetition, please refer to them before reading these proposed amendments to our plan of action.

Farmers and agricultural businesses, according to the latest ABS figures (2009-2010), manage 52% of the Australian environment.[1] There are approximately 134,000 farm businesses in Australia, 99 percent of which are family owned and operated, and as of 2010-11 they employ only 307,000 people to manage 417.3 million hectares of land[2], including the 46.3% of Australia that is marginal land[3].

Farmers and agricultural businesses, according to the latest ABS figures (2009-2010), manage 52% of the Australian environment

I live in the catchment headwaters of the Condamine River, on the fringes of the Darling Downs, and my partner and I farm a combination of beef cattle and native forest sustainably on marginal farmland.