For Like minded people who like to see-
Property Rights Australia will hold its Annual Conference and AGM at the DEEDI Conference Centre on Yeppoon Road, Rockhampton on Saturday 30th June at 9:00am with registration commencing at 8:00am.
Our keynote speaker this year is Tim Wilson from the Institute of Public Affairs. He is truly a speaker of international repute.
Tim regularly appears on Australian and international television and radio including previously co-hosting ABC News 24 TV’s Snapshot segment, appearing fortnightly on ABC News 24’s News Breakfast and The Drum, Sky News TV‘s Lunchtime Agenda and The Contrarians, a ‘Wrapper’ on Jon Faine’s ABC Melbourne radio program, as well as many others.
He's also regularly published in Australian and international print media including The Australian, the Wall Street Journal Asia and Europe, the Australian Financial Review as well as contributing chapters to academic journals and books.
He has authored a paper called Naked Extortion? Environmental NGOs imposing [in]voluntary regulations on business and consumers.
Property Rights Australia has used the information in this document for much of its’ research into the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Cattle Council has been supporting a plan by WWF and the titans of the beef industry including McDonalds to have WWF as partners in our beef sustainability programme. In light of past history, PRA has been opposing this plan in newspapers, online and at whatever fora are available including on Just Grounds.
We will also have a discussion on the Minister Andrew Cripps’ review of enforcement of the Vegetation Management Act with Phillip Sheridan barrister/solicitor as the lead speaker. Members who have been charged under this Act will tell their stories about injustices which occurred in their cases and will highlight why this review is more than justified.
Lestar Manning from P&E law will be guest speaker on access and compensation agreements with coal seam gas and mining companies
Conference Registration forms are available on our website.
All Just Grounds members are welcome to register.
The green movement is now advocating for regulations and restrictions that enable them to capture and transform primary industries. Driven by some of the world’s largest green groups including the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace, the international green movement is strongly advocating for primary industry output to be legally required to be certified against supposedly ‘independent’ certification standards, such as those available through the Forest Stewardship Council and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, among others. But considering these schemes are effectively owned by green groups it’s questionable that they’re independent. As they outline in their own reports, their interest is in capturing the supply chain of commodities and exercising influence to transform markets.
So says keynote speaker at the Property Rights Australia Conference, Tim Wilson in a paper for the Institute of Public Affairs,
An Unsustainable Economic Transformation
How green groups are creating false foundations and restricting the Australian economy
He also says:-
Without the exceptions for environmental groups under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 it’s possible the conduct of green groups would breach the exclusive dealing, third line forcing and secondary boycott provisions of the Act. As a consequence the breadth of the exceptions given for permissible environmental boycotts under Section 45DD of the Act should be reviewed to ensure that Environmental Non-Government Organisations advancing their professional and commercial interests should be held to the same standard as businesses.
In the meantime retailers should be particularly concerned because the exceptions that protect green groups under the Act do not protect them as well.
If businesses, particularly retailers, work with green groups to put pressure up the supply chain industries may be exposed under The Act to provisions relating to abuse of market power. A recent speech by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman, Rod Sims, demonstrates they are looking for opportunities to exercise their power where this occurs, especially towards retailers. Pushing anti-competitive and higher cost messages up the supply chain could leave them naked and exposed.
This year in the interests of people who would like to bring their children, we are offering family packages.
I do not have a closed mind to your other suggestion but it has to be doable. More after consultation.
At the rate we are going we will need 2 days.
Probably my slow internet connection but I had trouble downloading the rego form on first attempt so when I got it I did a save as a pdf which is a smaller file, I think.
Thanks for that Dixie. I'll have it put up as a pdf as well.
More information on the Conference soon.
PRA Conference speaker Tim Wilson has a piece in today’s Australian, “Pause Aid Budget and Audit for Political Activity”
In speaking of foreign aid distributed through NGO’s Mr. Wilson says,
For transparency reasons there should be close tabs kept on how taxpayers' money is spent through them [NGO’s].
For example, in 2008 and 2009 the Australian Conservation Foundation received a total of $200,000 from Australia's program.
In the 2010 and 2011 financial years the World Wildlife Fund Australia collected $400,000 from AusAID
Tim Wilson claims that many of the NGO operations are stalling development in developing countries.
The whole article is well worth a read.