I sent a rather grumpy email off to a WA Federal senator today, I didnt bother signing the email as I thought it would go straight in the bin.
At about 1400 I received a phone call from the pollie in question he was a little grumpy as well.
Heres my email. (1 typo fixed)
A lifelong member of the ***, staying shamefully silent as the whole cattle transport industry is gutted by government fiat. (Im not going to dob the bloke in by name or affiliation, he was pretty straight with his answers)
Please explain why I shouldn’t load a truck full of cattle and use your offices as a yard till this is sorted out?
Do you(r) city based idiots have any idea just how stupid they are? If not would you please grow a pair of nuts and inform them. In bloody public.
The call went something like this.
Pollie: Are you the bloke who sent that unsigned email calling me stupid?
Me: No I called other members of your party stupid, Ive read your background, you of all people should know how badly this is affecting people.
Pollie: Oh well Ive rung you to set you straight, on a few things.
Me: go on..
Pollie: We are working as hard as we can to get the industry back up and running, the foreign minister is headed to Indo this week, theres other things happening as well.
Me: Look is this all because you are stuck with the greens, or your own people pushing the ban?
Pollie: Neither, its all due to the RSPCA and animals Australia, we want it started again.
Me: Well Ive got a *** business and a couple of my truck driver customers have been laid off, theres a business here in town with 30 trucks not moving and its killing them, its not just the farmers..
Pollie: (sounding genuine) Mate, I know Im receiving calls from blokes I know in the same boat, I got a call from *** who have just laid off 100 blokes..
Me: Well you know the effects, have you told your city based idiots what they are doing, do they even know?
Pollie: I can tell you there is a lot of friction in the party on this issue, I have had some pointed discussions with a few of my colleagues.
There was a bit more, but I was on the road when I got the call or I would have written it down. my impressions.
He is under massive pressure.
He knows blokes personally who have their livelihoods wrecked
I dont feel the ban was supported by him or any other “adult” in the ALP.
The government is so scared and shaky its willing to wreck the cattle industry to avoid pressure groups such as the RSPCA or animals Australia criticising them.
The threat of direct action, even in the abstract such as my email terrifies them.
This government would come perilously close to falling if a single truck of cattle made its way to a parliamentarians office..
Id encourage everyone to pile on, send emails or phone ALP pollies and put the pressure on them.