URGENT – A call to action for the WUWT community

NOTE: Updates have been posted below, including the tally.

I need your help, because they need your help. Please read this whole story and consider if you can help. WUWT readers may recall this story: Death of a Feedlot Operator …in which the anal-retentive government of West Australia has “licensed” a family farm out of operation due to some shonky science and arbitrary application of the “sniff test”. Yes that’s right, cattle farms smell, so do pig farms, as does any farm. But now it’s reason to shut one out due to baseless complaints from the local greens. And, it all started when Matt Thompson started doubting global warming and talking about it publicly.

I’ve never made a plea to the WUWT worldwide readership for help, I’m making one now to donate to these people to stave off eviction. If nothing else, do it to spite the government of Western Australia and the greens (Environmental Defender’s Office WA)  that have turned farming into a “crime”. The real crime is that government listens to these hotheads. From Jo Nova’s website:

4 days notice! The Thompsons are served notice of eviction.

Will, Abbey, Janet, Luke, Matt and Kate on their farm. April 2010

From Agmates (and many emails), news comes that The National Bank served notice today that the Thompsons have to be off their property in four days.

This is a family with four young children, who ran a profitable business; they filled in every form and ticked every box. They have broken no laws, and there are no outstanding environmental notices, but yet, they came to Western Australia with their life savings and they are losing everything. (Note: Matt and Janet are from the USA, Hugo, Oklahoma – Anthony)

Don’t bring your investment dollars to Western Australia — not while the Department of the Environment effectively controls the state.

The Thompsons waited a full year to get Works Approval for a 15,000 head feedlot. After they had already committed the capital, the rules kept shifting. They discovered they’d need ongoing licenses as well. After several years of ramping up the capacity on these licenses, things changed.  Matt spoke out as a skeptic. About that time, the renewals were delayed, then the numbers were cut in half, and new conditions were added that were impossible to meet. To feed and supply water for thousands of cattle the Thompsons had to sign agreements in advance to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars of goods they could not use, but had no way of knowing that at the time. When they appealed, it took 18 months to get “vindicated” but by then there was only six months left on the “two year”  license. Not enough to set up all the contracts and run a business. The new sub-clauses meant that even licenses for a qualified “10,000″ head had vague untestable conditions: the license you have when you don’t have a license.

I am ashamed of what our government has done.

If the media won’t cover this, shame on them too.

I’ve written before in more detail:

Tyranny: How to destroy a business with environmental red tape

Smell that evidence

There is much discussion on Agmates, and a call for donations (see below):

URGENT HELP – Thompson family in trouble

NAB had not long ago told Matt & Janet that they were not going to move on them before December 31st. But it appears that they have changed their mind.

Those familar with previous discussions on Agmates will know that the Thompson family have no funds available to them to face being thrown out on their ear by the bank. Donations are needed ASAP to help provide a roof over the children’s head. Please consider donating what you are able into the following bank account that has been set up so as any donations can’t be seized with all other assets of Matt & Janet including the few dollars left in their own bank account.

Account Name:  L&S Ballard
Description:  Kate/Aby/Will/Luke
BSB:  016 770
Account Number:  439863697
ANZ:  Bintamilling Arcade, Egerton Street, Narrogin, Western Australia
SWIFT Code:  ANZBAU3M

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For International money transfers, or payment by credit cards, Jo Nova has set up a special PayPal donation button (in US dollars). This will go to her bank account, with an ID that means it will be recorded as a donation for Matt and Janet. She will transfer it to their account. I have complete trust here. Please give anything you can, no amount is too small.

I’m confident WUWT readers can turn this around.

LINK TO PAYPAL DONATION HERE

You can also use your credit/debit card if you don’t have a PayPal account.

(note this takes you to an intermediate page, which I have to do since wordpress.com won’t allow me to insert the full code).

Also for those who have other websites, or who frequent other forums, bulletin boards, and blogs, I ask your help in getting the word out.

As Michael D. Smith writes in comments below:

Let’s show the Aussie Government what “We The People” can do…

Thanks for your consideration – Anthony

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UPDATE1:

Dale Stiller writes in comments: Thank you all who have sent donations for the Thompson family. You can also help by emailing your disgust to Main Stream Media in Western Australia. Below are a few email addresses.

W A Newspaper contacts:

The West

http:au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/contact/

(does not give a Perth email, only phone no (08) 94823111 )

Email for Sydney Rep Office (The West) cdsilva@wansydney.com.au

Western Australian statewide rural newspaper

farmweekly@ruralpress.com

W A Radio – Perth National:

ABC News Radio – http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/about/contact.htm

ABC News Rural – wwwabc.net.au/rural/contact/

ABC Midwest & wheatbelt http://www.abc.net.au/contact/contactabc.htm

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UPDATE2:

Janet Thompson responds to the issues raised by some saying she said in a public meeting: “there will be no odour”. Given Matt’s and Janet’s extensive involvement in animal agriculture, including feedlots and saleyards, in the States prior to coming to Western Australia, I find it hard to believe that she’d say this. Here is an excerpt of her response:

The myth has been propagated that I stated at our original open public meeting in March 2002 that I made the statement that there would be no odour.  In considering any proposition in which animals are to be located in one area, it is ludicrous for anyone to state that there would be no odour.  (And, I submit, for anyone to blindly believe such a statement.)  I know places that have one horse, and there is odour to manage.  Whatever statement that was made that night has been taken out of context, and now many people who were not even in attendance that night are repeating this myth.  We spoke about manure smelling when it was wet, and for that reason, found it desirable to be located on the south side of town, when prevailing winds are away from town.  We were always open about this, and are gravely disappointed in friends who have not come to us to discuss things, but instead worked actively behind our backs to wreak havoc in our lives, and to attempt to destroy our livelihood, the livelihoods of our employees and contractors, and our life savings.

Here’s the document as PDF. FYI, You’ll see today’s date on it since I made the PDF today from a Word DOC sent to me.

Thompson Response to community members LCCC

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UPDATE3: HOW TO WRITE A LETTER Reader Mark from Australia writes and provides sample letter ideas for contacting MP’s in Australia and members of the media:

People should reword as they desire and add questions if they have any specialist knowledge or expertise, especially in the feedlot business. They MUST keep it civil. People should send FOUR SEPARATE letters or emails. One to each Minister. That is important. Each MUST be answered so they must put their return addresses on them. I will be sending mine as letters, today.

Be sure to edit this to cover the points you want to include and your own words. Note that simpler hand written letters are likely to carry more weight. It is important to distinguish between EDO Environmental Defenders Office (which is the Non Governmental Organization) and DEC Department of Environment and Conservation (which is the state department of environment and conservation, which is responsible for licensing and the decisions that have been made). In that vein, most of the questions should be about DEC, not EDO (although the funding ones are great to ask).

Premier The Honourable Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Minister for State Development

24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower,

197 St Georges Terrace,

PERTH Western Australia 6000

Tel: (08) 9222 9888 Fax: (08) 9322 1213

e-Mail: wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au

The Honourable Brendon Grylls MLA

Minister for Regional Development & Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

9th Floor, Dumas House,

2 Havelock Street,

WEST PERTH Western Australia 6005

Tel: (08) 9213 7000 Fax: (08) 9213 7001

e-Mail: Minister.Grylls@dpc.wa.gov.au

The Honourable Terry Redman MLA

Minister for Agriculture and Food

Address: 11th Floor, Dumas House, 2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

Telephone: (08) 9213 6700 Fax: (08) 9213 6701

e-Mail: Minister.Redman@dpc.wa.gov.au

The Honourable Donna Faragher MEd(Hons) BA(Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Minister for Environment

10th Floor, Dumas House,

2 Havelock Street,

WEST PERTH WA 6005

Tel: (08) 9213 7250 Fax: (08) 9213 7255

e-Mail: Minister.Faragher@dpc.wa.gov.au

MINISTERIAL REQUEST – NARROGIN BEEF PRODUCERS

Background Information

Matt and Janet Thompson moved from the USA to establish a feedlot business about 4 km outside Narrogin, WA. The business started operation in 2003 and employed about 20 locals at peak. This represents a success for WA and a success for Australia in attracting foreign investment.

Following his publicly expressing doubt as to the effect of the cattle industry on ‘global warming’ in June 2008, the West Australian Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) took an interest in complaints by Narrogin greens against the Thompson’s business.

In 2008, the Thompson’s applied to the West Australian Department of Environment and Conservation for an increase in their licence capacity from 10,000 to 15,000 head. Instead, the DEC cut their licence conditions back to 6,000 head, effectively closing the business by removing its economies of scale. The feedlot remains closed. This closure also played a role in the suicide of one of the employees, Mr Lindley Boseley.

The reasoning given by EDO on use of regulation to destroy this business is not available but seems subjective, indeed, specious (Reference page 2 of EDO newsletter at http://www.edowa.org.au/newsletters/200803Newsletter.pdf).

The EDO newsletter is itself disturbing. It displays the hallmarks of both a ‘captured bureaucracy’ and an issue-motivated NGO. It is positively triumphs the ‘Green cause’.

Questions

1.The Environmental Defenders Office is jointly funded by the West Australian State Government and the Federal Government. Why is WA funding this organisation when it seems to be little more than an arm of ‘The Greens’?

2.On what scientific grounds was the Thompson’s licence capacity reduced from 10,000 head to 6,000 head?

3.Was the viability of the Thompson’s business considered by the EDO in making this determination?

4.What are the scientific or other relevant qualifications of those who made this decision within the EDO?

5.Was this decision subject to review by anyone with skills in determining its impact on the viability of the Thompson’s business?

a.If so, who, and what are their business qualifications and experience?

b.If the EDO decision was not subject to review to determine the impact of the decision on the Thompson’s business by a person with appropriate business qualifications and skills, why not?

c.If the EDO decision included no business impact review from a person qualified to determine its impact on their business, were ‘the rules constantly changed’ in respect of the Thompsons applications?

i.If so, why and on what grounds?

ii.If so what were the qualifications of the person(s) making these ‘rule changes’?

d.Was ‘natural justice’ denied to the Thompsons in their application?

e.What appeals processes were available to the Thompsons?

f.Were they made aware of these in time to make effective use of them?

6.Why are the Thompsons being evicted from their property on 21 September 2010 instead of in December?

7.Are the WA Ministers for State Development, Agriculture, and State Development and Lands aware of the ability of the EDO to close any WA agricultural business on apparently subjective and/or ideological grounds?

8.Are the appropriate WA Ministers (State Development, Agriculture, and State Development and Lands) aware that this case is now attracting very adverse international attention to WA, due to the Thompsons being international investors in WA?

9.Are the appropriate WA Ministers (State Development, Agriculture, and State Development and Lands) aware that this case is causing damage to WA’s ‘brand’ as a safe place for international investment in agriculture?

10.Is there a link between Mr Thompson’s ‘offence’ against a Green ideological belief in ‘global warming’ and the EDO’s patently apparent belief in that same ideology?

11.Was Mr Thomson’s business targeted by the EDO on the basis of this ideology?

12.Did the ‘Green ideology’ so apparent in the EDO’s publications play any role in their determination?

a.If so, why is ‘Green ideology’ permitted to destroy a business and 20 jobs?

b.If not, what was the scientific basis for their decision to deny their application for an increase in license numbers from 10,000 head to 15,000 head?

13.Will the WA Government review the funding and operations of the EDO to prevent further damage to WA’s ‘brand’ as an investment destination?

Yours Sincerely

NAME

ADDRESS

DATE

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UPDATE4:

Jo Nova reports that WUWT readers have given generously! Over $27,000 was raised in two days from 670 donations. My humble and sincerest thanks to you all for coming to their aid when asked. Jo Nova reports that the fund will go into the Thompson children’s names.

Of course the alarmist community has been silent, there’s not been one word of support that I’m aware of.

See the latest from Jo Nova of how the DEC defines ditches at farms, and you’ll understand the sort of green tyranny the Thompsons face.

People should reword as they desire and add questions if they have any specialist knowledge or expertise, especially in the feedlot business. They MUST keep it civil.

People should send FOUR SEPARATE letters or emails. One to each Minister. That is important.

Each MUST be answered so they must put their return addresses on them. I will be sending mine as letters, today.

Hope this helps.

If you must refer to me, then please just keep it as ‘Reader Mark from Australia’

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Actively Concerned and about to do soemthing cashy about it!

Please could you provide a link to Jo Nova’s special PayPal donation button.

chris y

Anthony, thanks for posting this. Donation sent.

Milwaukee Bob

Could you have made it any more difficult to donate? Where’s the link?
When you go to Jo Novas blog, if it’s there, it’s not very obvious. And if you go to Agmates you have to log in…. WUWT? Come on. Put up a direct link and I’m in….
But make me hunt all over the place and/or have to create another login wherin I don’t know if it’s there….

Engchamp

Have just tried transferring some cash for Matt and Janet, but the 9 digit a/c number is not recognised by my bank, who ask for either an 8 or 10 digit no.
Is 439863697 correct?

I have donated, posted on my site and I’ll be Twittering the hell out of it all weekend.

MathMom

Am I just terribly dense, or is there no button to click through to help by PayPal? Please advise.

dkkraft
Michael D Smith

Anthony, it might help to post a link directly to the payment site… I’m sure I’ll find it but a direct link might be, well, more direct… Thanks, Mike S.

Michael D Smith

Oops, sorry I didn’t see others had already suggested this…

Douglas Dc

I’ll get this out to my Oregon Cattlemen’s association friends and relatives.

Michael D Smith

This will get you to the donate button. Let’s show the Aussie Government what “We The People” can do…
http://joannenova.com.au/2010/09/4-days-notice-the-thompsons-are-served-notice-of-eviction/
REPLY: Thanks fixed now on WUWT, see my note above – Anthony

Done. Thanks for posting, Anthony.

It’s scary. If you want to see the kids with their mother on happy days, see
http://www.rotary5830.org/Alumni/WhereAreThey/thompson.htm
The bureaucrats who are responsible for this should eventually face tough punishments for this atrocious [snip] behavior but before that, I hope that they will gather the resources they need to decently survive.

Tom Rowan

The Austrailian government sees fit to spend 3 million to fly Oprah Winfrey’s audience to Austrailia and writes it off as “advertising.”
The same Austrailian government sees fit to put farming out of business.
Hey Oprah! Have your audience pack globalony sandwiches! Food is being outlawed in Austrailia!

Milwaukee Bob

Hey s–t happens. Donation done. And I have to say this – I feel a new sense of unity, so thanks for that also Doc. Your The Man!

Joanie

Sent a little donation, thank you for making us aware. Poor people. Stupid government.

Engchamp

Thanks Anthony – done it via Pay Pal.
Good luck Matt and Janet.

My compliments to Anthony. Running a blog is tedious and HARD.
FIXING the link within the hour or two that he did is MARVELOUS!
I’ll see about maybe $10 myself. Despite being unemployed for a year. USA Federal money. It’s OK, they put me out of work anyway!
REPLY: Compared to fighting the idiocy of government, running a blog is a breeze. Thanks – Anthony

David, UK

Thanks Anthony – I had already read the story earlier over at Jo’s site but was then called away before making a donation, and forgot. Thanks to your post here I have now made a small donation.
To the Thompsons, if you are reading this: you follow in the steps of many other victims of an oppressive state, and sadly more will follow you. Who knows which of us will be next. One day the good freedom lovers of the world will unite and crush these leftist b*****ds. I know which side I’ll be on. Best to you.

John F. Pittman

Hit the jar. Good Luck Matt and Janet.

John Bennett

Sent a donation. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

martywd

Online donation sent!
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johnnythelowery

After all the non-sense i’ve posted over here that the moderators have had to review. It’s the least I can do. Done. “….Because the Aussie Govt. doesn’t give a Four Ex about the owners of smelly farms!”

Ed Waage

The PayPal site worked fine. Donation sent.

johnnythelowery

Anthony: …..and I think Speak for the regulars over here….if you ever need a bit of cash…..just let us know. JOhnnny

Tom in Texas

Looked for the Paypal donate button here but couldn’t find it.
Went to Nova’s site, finally found it there, and donated.
Got back here and there’s the button in plain sight.
Anyway, thanks Anthony. I hope we can make a difference.
Seems to me, a multimillion $ lawsuit would be in order.
Find a hungry US lawyer and sue for loss of income, pain, suffering, etc, etc.

I’m shocked. This is just small-minded and vicious behaviour by napoleanic bureaucrats. I think all the blogs need to post something about this. Hopefully some media will pick up on it and show the rest of society what this movement is really all about.

dr.bill

This has a remarkable “canary in a coal mine” feel to it, but who knows how many times it has already happened, in Australia and around the world, without public attention. This lunatic eco-juggernaut needs to be brought under control – soon. The only way this will happen is to force governments to change what they do, and the only way to accomplish that is to change the lists of those who govern. Use your vote – wherever you live.
/dr.bill

Milwaukee Bob

Tom Rowan said at 9:22 am
The Austrailian government sees fit to spend 3 million to fly Oprah Winfrey’s audience to Austrailia and writes it off as “advertising.”
You can’t be serious! Are you saying BILLIONAIRE Winfrey DIDN’T pay for that?? You have proof of that? She gets all the kudos while the Aussie Gov. forks over taxpayer money to ???? What? Pamper a few hundred Americans? Or kiss her butt? Three million! Wow! I didn’t you folks were doing so well down under…..
That’s just not right! And don’t anyone even speculate that if per chance I was in the audience that day if I found this out before leaving that I would still go. And Australia is on my buck list! [snip]

T Gough

I feel ashamed to say that I have Australian links, although the problem of the bully boys goes much wider. This won’t win the war but we might win the battle. Donation sent.

Richard deSousa

I sent a small donation. I hope it helps to drive the nutty environmentalist [snip] crazy!

Donation sent. Once again, well done Anthony and team. Aye, Bob

Anthony Jackson

Just made a donation – it couldn’t be easier.

Thanks for posting this. I’ve been somewhat following their plight on JoNova. When I first read it there, there was no paypal option. Donation sent.

stephen p

Donation done via Paypal. Hope the campaign is successful. Keep us posted at the top of the WUWT file for a few days.

Nick

I have filled out the donate page three times.
My credit card information is not accepted!

Will link from Examiner site directly.

steve

How much do they need?

Jim Barker

Donation sent. Thanks Anthony.
Good luck to Matt, Janet and the children:).

Viv Evans

Words fail me – can’t even think – I’m that angry!
Donation on its way.
Thanks for the link.

stephen richards

ça y est. Sorry it’s only $20 but hope it helps.

Richard Sharpe

Hmmm, however, it sounds, at first glance, like the bank in this case is the villain rather than the unnamed individuals in the state government department who seem to be retaliating against Matt Thompson for expressing skepticism about AGW.
Until those individuals are named, and everyone in their neighborhood can see who it really was that destroyed the livelihood of real people, unnamed bureaucrats will continue to do these things on a whim.

dave ward

I filled out the card details, and my address, which is presumably to cross check. My email I can just about understand for confirmation purposes, but when it demanded my phone number I’m afraid I cancelled. There is NO WAY they need, or are going to get, that information from me.
I’m going to the bank on Monday to try and arrange a direct transfer….

Gordon Ford

Donated
Lived in rural WA in the 1960s (Northhampton) chasing lead zinc mines, including some that had been mined by convicts in the 1800s. Visited often in the early 1970s, again chasing mines mainly around Kal and the Northwest (Lyndon Station)
Lovely people – Salt of the earth.
How things must have changed

We’re in.
Good luck !!

Steamboat McGoo

OK, Anthony – they just got all my “blogger gift fund” money for the month.
Let’s hope it does some good.

George Bell

Just donated. This is a disgrace – well done to Jo for letting everyone know

trbixler

Donation sent. Thank you for the opportunity.

George Bell

Go to paypal for easy donation