Three ex Griffith High School students started research and concluded that
four political decisions had caused our Valencia orange production to fall from
400,000 tonnes per year in 1970 to less than 200,000 try now. The political
decisions we claim are:
The politicians and members of The Establishment helped kill the industry.
Kay Hull was Federal member for Riverina from 1998 to 2010 and said that
she was proud of the growers who bulldozed their Valencia orange trees.
When we saw the skeletons of the trees we asked our Federal Member -
Michael McCormack to contact the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce.
All I got was a 4 page letter from Barnaby. It showed how out of touch he is
so I wrote the book about Barnaby whose cover is shown below.
When Michael was told that we wanted him to follow up he arranged for
an assistant to advise that we should no longer communicate. I wrote
the book about Michael as shown. The cover was a front page header by
our local newspaper.
I invoked the Council Community Strategic Plan which provides access to
members of Parliament. Soon after that, the Mayor asked me to take his
name off my email list.
The management of Griffith Business Chamber would not help. One strategy
for us is to name and shame as many as possible who were destroying our
Neil Andrews held various positions in Federal Parliament from Deputy Chair
of Committees in 1985 to Speaker of the House in 2004. Neil had been a
horticulturalist so would have wielded influence while Kay Hull was in
Neil still has very firm views that farm land suitable for citrus should be
growing any varieties of citrus except Valencias. He felt that my attacks on
Barnaby Joyce were completely unwarranted. His logic, as he described to
me, was that Navels, mandarins and others can be sold as items whereas
the only product from Valencias is juice.
Our group could never reconcile the logic of tonnage reducing from 400,000
tpy to less than 200,000 tpy. At last we can now see why the decisions were
made and led by whom.
Neil will now be among the people we challenge to debate the merits and
otherwise of the huge volumes of juice sold every year in Australia which we
consider to be cancerous, have no Vitamin C and no antioxidants.
Barnaby Joyce and many others quote FSANZ (Food Standards Australia
New Zealand) as the authority that the levels of carbendazim allowed into
Australia are quite safe.
As early as 3rd July 2013 when I made a presentation to the Senate Inquiry
into Citrus the deadly nature of carbendazimn was known by a few but not
accepted by The Establishment. That inquiry failed in most of its objectives.
I tried for a year and was only able to have any one of those senators - or
the three replacement senators - to respond to me. That was John Madigan
who wanted assistance with a speech he was about to make but never made
contact again. Even Nick Xenophon never answered again even though some
of his quotes during that 30 minutes were magical. I wrote ‘WHODUNNIT The
Last Nail in the Coffin of the Citrus Family Farm.’
Nick’s most important contribution was ‘FSANZ may try to bury the facts but
they cannot bury this issue.’
Close behind that was ‘FSANZ chief Executive Officer, Steve McCutcheon,
effectively admitted that lobbying from juice processors was a key factor in
forcing the last minute ‘review’ of this ban.’
The ban was in this quote: ‘In a letter to Senator Xenophon in January
(2012), Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Aging , the Hon Catherine
King MP, stated that orange juice concentrate containing any level of the
fungicide would not be permitted to be imported into Australia after April
I believe that I have reason to believe that the ‘lobbying’ which Steve
McCutcheon referred to could be replaced by ‘bribery.’ My claim to AFP
(Australian Federal Police) is still current.
An eminent German authority states:
‘Independent literature shows Carbendazim is a very dangerous
chemical toxin, causing malformations in the foetus at very low
doses and it is not known if a safe level exists. Carbendazim is
capable of disrupting chromosome unfolding, can cause infertility
While Sussan Ley was still Health Minister and responsible for APVMA, she
wrote to me:
‘APVMA (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority) then
took the necessary action …. revising the safety directions ….
requiring birth defects and male infertility warning statements on
On Social Media there was link between the use of carbendazim and the
increasing move for Australian couples to seek surrogacy arrangements in
the Philippines and other places.
There is yet another reason why Barnaby Joyce, Niall Blair, Austin Evans the
new NSW member for Murray and Sussan Ley theb Fedewral member for
Farrer should all legislate to save the Valencia orange industry. We have
hundreds of signatures on a petition to ban th eimort of the cancerous