Primary producers don’t have a voice in federal parliament, particularly those in WA. The party that should be representing them – the Nationals – have been missing in action, and at the coming Federal election their lead Senate candidate is a former Greens candidate.

The result of this is that politicians and bureaucrats in Canberra can make decisions affecting WA farmers for their own political purposes on pure whim. They can do whatever they want and there is no one to stop them. And they just don’t care.

A few years ago I was engaged as a Chemical Consultant by the Hills Orchard Improvement Group (HOIG) in Roleystone in an attempt to overturn the pending ban on Fenthion by the APVMA, and this message came through loud and clear. In a meeting they told us that the consequences for farmers of their decision were not their problem.

My name is Mark Imisides, I have a PhD in Chemistry, and I can do something about this situation. I am standing for election in the Senate for the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) at this Federal Election, and if I get elected I will be in a position to bring these politicians and bureaucrats to account.

The Fenthion issue, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. When you look below the surface there are green tentacles worming their way into every area of our life.

BHP are building a new tugboat harbour in Port Hedland. This involves digging a huge hole in the ground adjacent to the present harbour. Believe it or not the water they pump out of the ground has to be treated before it can be returned to the ocean, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is to comply with some ridiculous environmental standard that I have yet to pin down. In other words, according to this standard, the environment itself doesn’t meet the environmental standards.

These are just two issues that I have come across quite by chance. I have no idea how deep the rabbit hole goes.

A green fog has descended on the nation, and it is killing Australian businesses. Whether it’s the APVMA banning pesticides that have been safely used for 60 years, or the DER telling graziers that their land is now an Environmentally Sensitive Area that they cannot graze on, or businesses having to pay arbitrary “environmental offsets” it’s about time someone that understood the science involved stood against it.

That’s where I come in. If given the opportunity at parliamentary level I could haul the APVMA over the coals, and pick apart their shabby, unscientific work. In short, I could make them accountable in a way that they are not at the moment. And then I could get to work on the other examples of bureaucratic greentape that are stifling the nation. I can do this simply because I know more about the environment than they do.

This needs someone with scientific AND political clout. I already have scientific clout but the Fenthion issue proves that this isn’t enough. I need to get into parliament. This is a once in a generation opportunity for primary producers to get a voice at Federal level.

Please vote 1 for the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) in the Senate at the July 2 election. We’re easy to find in WA– we’re in the first column.

For 35 years the CDP has stood for Aussie values and traditions, job and national security, industry protection, infrastructure enhancement, better healthcare, workplace equality and One Law for all Australians.

Contact Mark senatewa@cdp.org.au or call 0414-759-565

Authorised by Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC [NSW] (CDP Federal President) 1 Wentorth St Parramatta 2150, 2016

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