A quote from Steve:
"I have spoken to COOEE Bus Drive coordinator Bob Jones and he has confirmed that two of the buses that were booked to go - the one from Coffs Harbour and the one from Qirindi have been cancelled due to RTA harassment.
People who were booked on those buses have now made private travel arrangements and will still be attending the March.
Bob said that he'd received a call from an RTA inspector who was in a motel at Coffs Harbour. Bob was not prepared to release the RTA officers name and number, but he has handed the details on State National party member for Barwon Kevin Humphries who is following the matter up with the minister.
The RTA officer told Bob that 5 inspectors had been dispatched to the North and the West of the state to target the buses heading to Canberra for the COOEE March.
Buses can be held for up to 6 hours in the road side inspection places whilst being assessed for mechanical defects and and driving breaches.
It is an outrageous action and as the RTA officer told Bob, they were just following orders from above. Bob told me that Kevin Humphries was also outraged by this and was talking about taking it to the highest possible authorities.
I was under the impression that we lived in a free and democratic country. This is an outrageous Sate Government sponsored attempt to intimidate and disrupt a peaceful demonstration of grass-roots Australian citizens.
If you are not as mad as hell about Peter's situation, than you should be now. It is time for the ordinary citizens of this great country to band together to end this excessive Sate & Federal control of our lives.
Hello Gary ,
welcome aboard agmates and the National Road Freighters.
I like your style.!
Mate ,let me tell you something .
We do live in a free democratic society.
It,s just that the communist ,socialist section of our govt system run by Krudd and his comrades think they can tell us what to do and dictate to us ,
And go against the general will of the people ,
They will feel the power of the Aussie soon,!
You would have to know that the blokes doing the job are not the ones orchestrating this, further postings should report exactly how the show is conducted if in fact they do intervene on one of the busses, and further to try to identify where the orders came from, be they the NSW government or perhaps the Feds. This is dangerous teritory for governments.
If a Cooee bus is stopped, video footage of the RTA inspectors "only doing their job" along with Yahoo links on Peter should be sent to TV news sites.
Maybe assertive questioning by bus passengers of the RTA inspectors, would suitably pad out the news item.
Good news does not get on the news
Has State National party member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries "who is following the RTA allegations" publicly commented, or made a press release to the media?
I'm interested to know if any truckies employed commercial and/or common law processes against the bureaucrats. I know Malcolm McClure from Melbourne was involved with Lyn Bennett's group but I don't know much about how he operates. There are certainly effective and lawful ways to deal with bureaucrats who tend to step way beyond what are generally Constitutional and common law rights. For instance, they presume the right to come onto property without a warrant (some say a Crown warrant is the only valid warrant) and ask questions. One farmer I know now recognises in retrospect the mistake of allowing environment officers on the property in the first place. As a result they issued fines of more than $110,000 for the alleged crime of removing vegetation. Nice eh? Generally, as I understand it, any bureaucratic demand should be met with a counter-demand in writing for them to prove in writing that they are acting lawfully, otherwise they face the prospect of personal damages action.
The trouble with most of us is that we are too honest, and we should employ the same tactics as the bureaucrats use or at least use the system against them.
An example of this would be to do what the mines do, and that is require them to undergo an induction before entry is granted, as I operate an accredited trucking business it would be in order for me to require that people entering the property go through the induction process, this is to ensure that safety procedures at the depot are adhered to by such person, the induction would require them to book an appointment, sit through a two hour induction and pay a fee to cover the cost, I will almost bet that they will lose interest in wanting to enter the property if we all placed the same requirements on them.
Yes Mick that is food for thought. When the Council Officer turns up at the shed we tell him to leave and make an apointment after he has arranged and sat thru an induction. Hmmm I can imagine the reaction.
Yes well worth considering. Would be interesting to know the legal aspect.