Let them truckers roll down under, 10-4

From The Australian, the beginning of a nationwide convoy protesting the carbon tax. I’m sure the delicate sensibilities of the ruling class in Canberra, most of which don’t know the meaning of actual work, will be greatly offended when these folks roll into town.

Note that there are some familiar faces to WUWT involved. Read on.

Mass convoy to make ‘real’ voices heard

Peter Whyteroff, convoy

Peter Whyteroff (third from left) with other members from the convoy of No Confidence to Canberra, who will take the longest trip to the country’s capital, photographed in Port Hedland where they leave from on Tuesday. Picture: Aaron Bunch Source: The Australian

FOR some it’s climate change alarmism; for others too much wasted taxpayers’ money on boatpeople, school halls, or pink batts; and for others still it’s the importation of Chinese apples, the temporary ban on the live cattle trade, or same-sex couples rearing children.

But the common thread in what is emerging as a national Tea Party-style revolt in the form of a “Convoy of No Confidence” to Canberra is a burning conviction that politicians of all persuasions have lost touch with the real-life needs of the common man and woman they are supposed to represent.

What began as a truckies protest against the carbon tax has grown into a mass alliance of those outside the urban elites who feel they have lost their voice.

It’s an amalgam of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers who are mad as hell and not going to take it any more.

The convoy, whose drivers will start their engines this week from around the country and converge on Canberra next Monday, was conceived by the National Road Freight Association.

But it now looks likely to be joined by a wide range of supporters and vehicles ranging from big rigs to utes to campervans, and even motorcycles.

They will ride under the banner “Real people — facing the forgotten issues with friendship and a little fun.”

The first of a total of 11 convoys — each with its own leaders and colours — will set off tomorrow from Port Hedland in Western Australia, led by truck owner-driver Peter Whytcross.

Mr Whytcross’s convoy will sport brown balloons and streamers. The convoy starting in Perth and led by cattle producer Matt Thompson and his wife, Janet, will emblazon theirs with orange.

Mr Thompson led grain feedlot cattle farmers in a campaign against having the greenhouse gas emissions from their belching beasts included in the national reporting regime, presenting the sceptic’s view at a public meeting.

That speech, Ms Thompson said, led to a backlash from the Greens. “He put us on the radar screen in terms of the environmental lobby,” she said.

The Thompsons will pile their four young children into a campervan for the trip to Canberra, taking the message, Ms Thompson said, “to all political parties to not just ignore our existence”.

The carbon tax, she said, was just one example of how the government “takes us to centralised control rather than allowing the market to work”.

Here’s the map:

And the website at:


I think it is going to be like “Mad Max” meets “Smokey and the Bandit”.

In the meantime, some campy Americana from the movie “Convoy”:



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Good on ya!! Hope the poms in the capital realize they’ve bit off more than they can chew.

The conviction.

Matthew Sullivan

“same-sex couples rearing children”
Is that really considered a problem?

J. Felton

This is great!
Simply wonderful to see so many from all walks of life come together to fight corruption and incompetence.
10-4 Rubber Duck, looks like we got ourselves a convoy!
( My apologies to C.W McCall.)


I hope they keep this up…..and all the success in this world
The American Tea Party was just as disjointed in the beginning….
….Australia has some wonderful people that can step up, get them better organized, and focused
When they do….the Australian Tea Party will be a force they will have to deal with


Here’s one fellow in the USA that’s pullin’ for you!
Now go put ’em on proper notice.

Matthew Sullivan says:
same-sex couples rearing children
“Is that really considered a problem?”
It depends on your definition of “rearing.”☺

Richard Abbott

Good Luck ……Just remember you are dealing with people who think
a Big Mack is fast food……..
….and they are the only Prime Movers!

G. Karst

Power to the People


Smokey 14 Aug 5.27: bravo, more please, ☺☺☺☺☺

Smokey says on August 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm

It depends on your definition of “rearing.”☺

The Dodd-Frank paper-work trail allowed by the state may be the cheatingly ‘straight’ but the genetic lineage will ‘out’ in the end …
Oh – and Go Australian Tea Party!

Gary Hladik

Boy, that “Convoy” song takes me back. It sparked a run on CB radios, and there was some grumbling when First Lady Betty Ford was bumped to the front of the line for a license. I guess the CB was the iPhone of its time. 🙂
Good luck to the Australian convoys. Julia Gillard would be well advised not to ignore her constituents.

Jerzy Strzelecki Warsaw, Poland



Meanwhile the Kiwis across the moat reckon we should all just relax and- “Chill out dudes!”
but perhaps a few intrepid Kiwi soulmates will hitch up the huskies and sled it to Canberra 😉


CURSE YOU !! Now I cant get that song out of my head


Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June
In a Kenworth pullin’ logs
Hope someone adapts this and blairs it from the speakers on every truck. “We just ain’t gonna pay no toll.” Says what needs to be said.
Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June
In a Kenworth pullin’ logs
Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
And a Jimmy haulin’ hogs
We is headin’ for bear on I-one-oh
‘Bout a mile outta Shaky Town
I says, “;Pig Pen, this here’s the Rubber Duck.
“;And I’m about to put the hammer down.”;
‘Cause we got a little convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a little convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.
By the time we got into Tulsa Town,
We had eighty-five trucks in all.
But they’s a roadblock up on the cloverleaf,
And them bears was wall-to-wall.
Yeah, them smokies is thick as bugs on a bumper;
They even had a bear in the air!
I says, “;Callin’ all trucks, this here’s the Duck.
“;We about to go a-huntin’ bear.”;
‘Cause we got a great big convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a great big convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.
Well, we rolled up Interstate 44
Like a rocket sled on rails.
We tore up all of our swindle sheets,
And left ’em settin’ on the scales.
By the time we hit that Chi-town,
Them bears was a-gettin’ smart:
They’d brought up some reinforcements
From the Illinoise National Guard.
There’s armored cars, and tanks, and jeeps,
And rigs of ev’ry size.
Yeah, them chicken coops was full’a bears
And choppers filled the skies.
Well, we shot the line and we went for broke
With a thousand screamin’ trucks
An’ eleven long-haired Friends a’ Jesus
In a chartreuse micra-bus.
Well, we laid a strip for the Jersey shore
And prepared to cross the line
I could see the bridge was lined with bears
But I didn’t have a dog-goned dime.
I says, “;Pig Pen, this here’s the Rubber Duck.
“;We just ain’t a-gonna pay no toll.”;
So we crashed the gate doing ninety-eight
I says “;Let them truckers roll, 10-4.”;
‘Cause we got a mighty convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a mighty convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.


What’s the ealiest opportunity for those guys to vote those morons out of office?


MattN says:
“What’s the ealiest opportunity for those guys to vote those morons out of office?”
No matter how bad or tyrannical the Australian gov’t is, or becomes, the vote is the only tool they have, because they don’t have a 2nd Amendment.
Fellas, I hope your trucks are all you need.

Henry chance

The country can’t survive without trucking. It is like the ideologues have a punitive attitude towrd commerce.

Philip Peake (aka PJP)

@MattN — The problem is that the only replacements available for election are put there by the same political parties, which are all the same as far as screwing new taxes from the surfs go.
Same problem as in the USA. Probably requiring the same ultimate solution.
There is the easy way – the Tea Party, or if that fails, the hard way.
Lets hope it never comes to the hard way.


Peter Whyteroff or Peter Whytcross? Sorry.

Good luck down under. We need a role model!
And for Americans, happy Government Burden Day!

David Gould

The earliest opportunity could come, in theory, five weeks from next Saturday, as it is within the Prime Minister’s power to request the Governor-General to dissolve parliament and set a date for an election. However, it is very unlikely that the Prime Minister would choose to call an election that she knew that she was going to lose.
Alternatively, two of the independents could withdraw their guarantees of supply, meaning that either that power could pass to the opposition without an election (unlikely) or that the Governor-General would call an election as neither side could guarantee her that they enjoyed the confidence of the House of Representatives.
However, the most probable course of events is that the current government will continue for as long as it can, which means an election towards the end of 2013 or at latest early 2014 (the latter not likely, for a variety of historical and procedural reasons).


When I see an article like this I really worry that WUWT is getting too far from putting the science of climate change under the microscope and becoming more of a political advocacy site. An Australian Tea Party?
Yes it is very fustrating working against entrenched views that the science is settled, especially in governments and NGO’s, but a steady insistance that climate science is tested against real world observations will win support from the general public eventually, especially as these observations diverge more and more from the computer models.
Going to extremes of the political right or left will turn the majority of people off listening at all. Someone comming to this site for the first time and reading this article
could be turned off by the political slant – what have boat people and same-sex couples got to do with climate change?
I think Anthony you have done more than most to expose the bastardisation of the scientific process that has happened with climate science. Please keep a steady pressure on that science and away from politics.
Just a point of view.

David Gould

“A full term Gillard government would go to a normal House and Half Senate election between 3 August and 30 November 2013.”
So there is no chance of it being in early 2014.


August 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm
Smokey 14 Aug 5.27: bravo, more please, ☺☺☺☺☺
Indeed, bravo,more homophobia please!!!

t stone

I’m sorry to see the government down under has driven these folks to this. It’s not easy to drop your livelihood for some time to make a stand and fight the idiocracy this way. The freedom to make a living continues to disappear from countries where you would least expect it to. It is not the planet that needs saving; individual rights and personal freedom are in grave danger around the world, and nowhere more in danger than in Australia and America.
Good luck to our brothers and sisters down under. Give ’em hell.

“I’m sure the delicate sensibilities of the ruling class in Canberra, most of which don’t know the meaning of actual work…”
This is unworthy of you. As a former public servant in Canberra, I can assure you that most of the people employed there do a great deal of work. It may not be useful, productive or rational work, but that’s not their fault — it’s the fault of government policies and the responsibility-dodging hierarchy that successive governments have established. And most of them — not all, admittedly — would much rather be doing work they could see the value and importance of.
I can assure you that just as high a proportion of public servants are hoping for the downfall of the Gillard government as anyone else.

In addition to the Southern Cross flags of Australia, I strongly suggest that the folks in this Convoy of No Confidence fly the battle flag of the U.S. Confederacy.
If nothing else, it’s the sort of symbol of rebellion guaranteed to loosen those sphincters in Canberra more effectively than a dose of croton oil.
Kick ’em in the ass, boys. Don’t pee on ’em.

BTW I’m updating my blog post on the convoy to catalog the media coverage in one place and provide links out to supporting sites – see my link. Just drop me a comment if you find something new that isn’t on there.
Currently for ‘Carbon Tax Convoy” I have the number one search spot… quite a lot of interest!

Richard Abbott

TIB, In response to your post.
I would suggest that this forum has a right to report the story. After all the problem the Australian public are having these days is the volume of selective reporting on climate change and the science.
With the carbon tax introduced through the political marriage of Brown/Gillard the reported additional issues are simply adding to the public’s distrust in the direction Brown/Gillard personally want Australia to go. I do not believe WUWT is straying into politics, as it is site’s like this that have made the public aware of the flaws in the climate science model.


Quick question about the picture of the people with the large truck: how do you tell a ‘real’ voice from a ‘not-real’ voice?

The election could be a lot sooner than 2013, if Craig “I loves the whores” Thomson gets done by the DPP or is forced to resign… #hookergate


Everybody In The World Has Become A Keynesian
and from this perspective, of course, every government pre 1990 and common sense look politically extremely right, but only because the reference frame has totally shifted to the extreme left.


With the greatest respect, I do hope this convoy is nothing like the Tea Party in America


Hey Anthony,
Another question: how can you identify an ‘urban elite’? I live in a pretty big city, but probably can’t be considered elite. But man, I’m really trying!!! How do I know when I’ve arrived?
Thanks Anthony.


please people, NOT a “Tea party”
this is aussie citizens with no particular affiliation except to our Country.
and the aim is to get JuLIAR and Bob to back off, stop the insane Carbon Tax plan, the crazy NBN, the MDBA, and a lot of other green and controlling laws,and actually listen!
the Carbon Tax is just the Final Straw for just about all of us, the prior stuffups this govt with KRudd before and now this collective of INcompetents has all (bar the ultragreen communist leaning or just plain braindead) Ragingly angry and fed up to the back teeth with lies and the debt theyve run our country into.
eg your’e able to get forced private health laws repealed, we cannot.
your’e still able to fight against RFID tagging
we protested and copped it anyway
we protested gun removals,
they made handover law and citizens list the means to defend home and hearth,
no chance of a “dads army” in time of need here…
what passes for a citizens constitution here, is a pathetic excuse, to sound ok and actually protect is hardly at all from any out of control govt of the days lunacy.
masses of people have been doing it the “approved way” letter calls email and pleas to consider alternatives.
all ignored, JuLiar knows best..
she does NOT .
her inane,repeated ,”whats best” for the country means using IPCC science..shutting power plants who already are finding it hard to keep adequate supply going, intro of smart meters to cover their lack of power at peak times by ‘browning” us out. while wasting Billions on useless wind and solar.
need I say more?

You are among the elite if you have to pay federal income taxes. More than 50% of the U.S. population do not pay any federal tax, so they can’t be considered the “elite.” They’re living off of the productive members of society – those people who create all the private sector jobs, and who pay all the federal taxes. This situation cannot go on, so enjoy it while it lasts. No matter what side of the economic fence you’re on.


tucci78- stars and bars, right on!!!! It symbolizes everything that is good, pure and right!!!

At 8:12 PM on 14 August, Bob asks:

Quick question about the picture of the people with the large truck: how do you tell a ‘real’ voice from a ‘not-real’ voice?

Employ the same criteria used to distinguish grassroots political initiative from “astroturfing.”
When it such a protest is engendered by private people cohering to articulate their political discontent with the conduct of government officials in this way – not kicked off by public relations flacks who have been funded by the wealthy or the political opponents of the regime in the capitol – it’s “a ‘real’ voice.”

Bob Campbell

To Tib. Here in Australia we have a coalition government of Labor (like Democrat in the US) and Greens (who are water melons wherever they are). Before the last election the Prime Minister said, “There will be no carbon (dioxide) tax under a government I lead.” Failing to win a majority they entered this alliance with the support of a few independents.
In a way this protest is about climate science as the majority of people here don’t buy it that we are heating the world to hell.
With all the money wasted by this goverment on green/socalist disasters they are planning to introduce this tax under the guise of saving the planet, but it’s really a big new tax to save themselves fiscally.
This convoy is not the first protest and tomorrow (Tues) there will be a car/bus protest in our capital when our parliament resumes after the winter break (been rather cold actually.)
People are feed up with the goverment trying to sell them this turkey – or to be the turkey looking forward to xmas.


Tib –
Anthony covers the science all the time. some would argue he should concentrate more on the politics. don’t characterise the politics as “tea party” (which means very different things anyway, e.g. Paul’s or Bachmann’s?) because many who visit WUWT do not share the politics of the right (or the left for that matter) but are rather extremely concerned that science is being subverted for money and politics. Martin Durkin, director of “The Great Global Warming Swindle” on Channel 4 in the UK, a documentary that went viral around the world, has incredibly not been commissioned to produce a followup despite all the post-Climategate scientific exposes, but he is adding his voice now:
9 Aug: Martin Durkin: The Secret of Global Warming – Posh Anti-Capitalism
Poor Al Gore. Global warming is fast turning into a joke. From the jolly Hockey Stick (remember that one) to the topsy-turvy ice core data (what a howler), from the laughable computer models, to the dodgy temperature records … not a single scrap of global warming garbage has escaped the blistering, excoriating scrutiny of McIntyre, Lindzen, Christy, Spencer, Singer, Carter & Co. The awkward-squad army of sceptics have kicked and trampled this theory to death, not once, but a hundred times over.
And yet, for all the onslaught of reasoned, scientific argument, the global warming beast refuses to lie down. Like some beleagured, maniac cyborg from the future, it just goes on and on. We all know the reason. The edifice of global warming is built not on science, but politics.
But what kind of politics? This is the first in a series of blog pieces to explore the green politics behind global warming …..
this is what the average person i trying to stop:
15 Aug: Daily Mail: Kirsty Walker: The ‘green tax con’ that is costing families £500 as finances are under strain
In a hard-hitting book called Let them eat carbon, Matthew Sinclair argues that environmental levies are excessive compared with the harms they are meant to address.
The director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance found that after road levies (£9.2billion) and Air Passenger Duty (£2.1billion) are taken out of the equation, total domestic green taxes were £30billion last year.
Yet according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the social cost of greenhouse emissions was £16.9billion.
This means that around £13billion in excess green levies were levied on taxpayers – the equivalent of £500 a family…
He (Sinclair) claimed that much of the money raised in green taxes goes straight into the pockets of a ‘bewildering range of special interests’ and warned climate change had become ‘big business’…
‘Unfortunately, there is precious little evidence that the various schemes and targets that make up climate change policy are actually an efficient way of cutting emissions
‘They don’t represent good value and the public are right to be sceptical.’…
Motorists have been hit with a record £27billion in fuel duties over the past year. A petition calling for the tax to be frozen is among the most popular on a new Government website.


I think if this:

They will ride under the banner “Real people — facing the forgotten issues with friendship and a little fun.”

catches on in the press it will read more like “Hold m’ beer and watch this” than a grass roots protest. This is serious shit and no minor silliness should creep into it or the press will pick at it like a carrion crow and regurgitate every negative adjective possible to turn the public against it. I long for a time when the press was the advocate of the working man and not the champion of expansionist government.

Say, “No CAH-BUN Tax.”


Smokey – that’s a buttload of crap. Everyone pays stealth taxes but doesn’t necessarily know it. Obviously this has escaped you. Not all taxes we pay are represented on the 1024 form. Yes, it is worse than we thought. But – more than 50% are paying only stealth taxes and that is still pretty bad. Don’t alienate them – bring them in – we need their votes.

David Gould

Re Craig Thomson, if he resigns, that does not bring down the government immediately. There would be a by-election. Labor currently hold the seat by a touch over 10 per cent, so it would not necessarily be an easy pick up for the Liberals – although on current polling a swing of around that would be average. I would also point out that the opposition calling for a member to resign is not particularly unusual. A resignation is, however, extremely unusual, and in the circumstances of a hung parliament it would be extremely unlikely.

I’m actually glad we disagree. Let’s hash it out here, and decide who should pay how much. And decide if everyone should, or shouldn’t, pay at least some net taxes.

In response to my suggestion that the Convoy of No Confidence fly the battle flag of the U.S. Confederacy in addition to the Southern Cross banner of their country, at 8:45 PM on 14 August Bob writes:

…stars and bars, right on!!!! It symbolizes everything that is good, pure and right!!!

Twice wrong, Bob. The original flag of the U.S. Confederacy – the the Stars and Bars – has no particular symbolic significance for either the Australians or anybody else outside these United States. On the other hand, the battle flag and the Bonnie Blue Flag were combat ensigns designed and used to mark the lines of attack and defense in resistance against an aggressive tyranny masquerading as a lawful government.
If the defense of individual human rights against the officers of a government gone juramentado to threaten the lives, the liberties, and the property of the people they’re supposed to be serving is noteverything that is good, pure, and right,” what is?

ozspeaksup says:
August 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm
That is exactly what the tea party here is despite the demonizations of the left.
dp says:
August 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm
wrong there is no federal VAT or tax like it on the country as a whole any taxes you might actually be paying are local or state but most likely NOT federal. I know many people that have <1k held out every year but then get a "refund" of 8-10k now is that a "fair" tax?


… and snow is falling in Wellington, NZ, for the first time in 35 years ?
Rare snow in Wellington, NZ, August 14, 2011