More than 60 Queensland farmers have found themselves in the military's crosshairs, and they need your help.
They have been told their properties are slated by the Department of Defence for compulsory acquisition, creating angst and uncertainty in the local communities of Charters Towers (west of Townsville) and Marlborough (north of Rockhampton).
The surprise attack - launched by the Australian Defence Forces - is part of a plan to expand military training facilities for use by Singaporean soldiers.
Local landholders, supported by the National Farmers’ Federation and AgForce QLD, have rejected the proposal – which would turn productive grazing land into a firing range.
Using compulsory acquisition powers to kick graziers off their land – as a favour to the Singaporean Army – is an abuse of power.
Agriculture is a cornerstone of the Australian economy, worth a record $60 billion this year. Treating farmers and local communities with this sort of contempt is no way to repay that contribution.
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