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Australia's Northern Territory
Australia's tenth largest land holding - 1.9 million hectares
Tipperary owns eight properties in the Northern Territory. The company began as a joint venture between an Australian property developer and Bakrie Brothers of Indonesia. Bakrie bought out the Australian property developer in 1994. The company now runs some 65,000 Brahman cattle.How does the Indonesian owned Tipperary Station effect our meat industry exports to Indonesia?
There is a growing cattle fattening industry in Lampung, with the joint venture company, PT Tipperary Indonesia, running fattening yards in central Lampung. This is a joint venture between the Bakrie conglomerate and the owners of Tipperary Station in the Northern Territory. Cattle for fattening are shipped to Lampung from the Northern Territory.
Profile of Tipperary Station owner
The principal of the Bakrie conglomerates, Aburizal Bakrie, was born in Lampung, and is of Chinese/Indonesian background.
Aside from his considerable business interests, Aburizal Bakrie is very prominent in Indonesian business and politics, is the head of the national Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin). He is also an adviser to the Indonesia-Australia Business Council in Jakarta, and has had long-term business links with some Australian firms.
The tenth largest tract of land in Australia measuring nearly 2 million hectares - 13,467 square kilometres - including some of the only cleared land in the Northern Territory, supposedly for livestock, is owned solely by wealthy Indonesians, and is largely free of native title claims.
There are vast tracts of Northern Territory land, currently available for a pittance, and with no restrictions on foreign ownership up to 100%.
The STRATEGICALLY placed Tipperary Station, the nearest Northern Territory land facing Jakarta, possessing a huge, internationally rated all-weather airstrip, sea and river frontage, was utilised by the Japanese in WW2 who established a forward camp on the banks of the Daly River.
While Australia's Foreign Aid provides the equivalent of $100 for every Australian man, woman and child into supporting Suharto's Indonesian regime - $1.7 billion - the Indonesian elite is buying or has bought large tracts of land in the Northern Territory.The Australian government MUST as a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY, implement immediate procedures to restrict foreign ownership of Australia's land mass and convert current ownership to 10 - 15 year pastoral leases, with their complying to the same regulations as Australian farmers and graziers.
WEBMASTER'S NOTE: Tipperary Station has since (2003) been sold to Australia's richest QC, Allan Myers for a reported $50 million
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The government must understand the fundamental factor of reversing unemployment, is "JOB CREATION". As I have stated previously,
Quote, "The major underlying factor that urgently needs attention is obviously UNEMPLOYMENT. In Queensland, one project alone has the potential to create over 90,000 permanent jobs, stimulate local shire economies, and give a massive boost to small and large businesses. This project will cost hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars, but is totally returnable, with enormous monetary gains to the public purse.
I refer to a National Water Grid (Bradfield Scheme), the proposed diversion of the upper Tully, Herbert and the Burdekin Rivers on to the inland plains of North and Central Queensland.
This project requires liaison between all three tiers of governments to bring about the answer to Australia's future - WATER.
The Australian banking sector, all multi-nationals, take great pleasure in announcing their $3,000 million plus - annual profits, at the Australian taxpayers expense I hasten to add. If only 50% of the combined banking sector's annual profits were applied for re-investment in Australia - the Revised Bradfield Scheme and Australia's primary and secondary industries - unemployment would be a thing of the past and the National Debt eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level.Why doesn't the Australian government introduce legislation to ensure that Australia's wealth... remains in Australia?
Should our representatives in Canberra apply the same vigour in attacking unemployment as they do in making international fools of themselves on Asian television stations, some of them just may learn of the unemployment plight in rural, regional and urban communities.
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All three tiers of governments should be the leaders in reducing Australia's unemployment, by simply enabling policies that require all government purchasing departments to BUY AUSTRALIAN goods and services thus creating huge opportunities for Federal and State governments assisting in the development of new and existing Australian industries.
It is essential for Australia's prosperity, economic growth and for the welfare of future generations of Australians, that the Federal government initiate immediate action to re-establish AUSTRALIAN OWNED primary, manufacturing and mining industries.
The government MUST stop wasting taxpayers money on summits, conferences, think tanks etc. and LISTEN to the Australian people and implement sound strategies that will reinstall faith in Australia as the Lucky Country.
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PLACE OF BIRTH:
Johnston is a sixth generation Australian and a fourth generation Queenslander,
who was born in West End, an inner suburb of Brisbane. He resided with his
parents and two brothers at Holland Park, a southern suburb of Brisbane and was
educated at Greenslopes State School.
leaving school, he spent the first six years of full time employment with the
then Bank of New South Wales, now Westpac.
joined Qantas Airways in 1966 where he was trained in the Qantas IBM
‘Qantam’ computer system.
following eight years saw Selwyn’s involvement in the Airline Industry include
a posting to New Delhi, India where he achieved the unenviable position of
becoming the first Australian to obtain first-hand experience in an
international aircraft disaster.
entered the private sector of the travel industry for two years in 1974 before
changing direction into the hospitality/tourism industry in Cairns, Far North
1980, he purchased a small business, which, over the ensuing 10 years, he
developed into a group of companies that included; an interstate transport
company; a rural contracting company, which specialised in pest and noxious weed
control and rural property maintenance.
the Information Technology explosion in the early 1990’s, and with his prior
computer training, he studied and achieved the following accreditations:
a qualified Computer Systems Analyst and Administrator, Selwyn regularly assists
those still coming to terms with new ‘information technology’ generation.
popular WebSite http://www.fnq.cc/
has won the International VoteNet ‘Most Outstanding Political Website
Award’, and is highly regarded as a political resource.
has been married to Susan for 35 years and they reside in Cairns with their two
adult sons, Damion and Aaron.
is a respected member of the Community, a small businessman, a Justice
of the Peace (Qualified) and a dedicated family man.
Selwyn is also the owner/editor of ‘The
Countryman’, an Independent Queensland on-line newspaper.
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