Pole sitter dishes up a big serve
More than 150 people turned up to McKees Hill Hall on Tuesday evening to hear former hunger-striking farmer Peter Spencer (pictured) and cohort Alastair McRobert launch their Tower of Hope People Power Movement.
Mr Spencer’s wide-ranging address included tirades against the Australian judicial system, the National Farmers Federation, all levels of government, communism, National Parks and the NSW Native Vegetation Act, for which he has been made the cause celebre since descending from his pole after 52 days without food.
During his more than an hour on the stage with an Australia flag as a backdrop Mr Spencer referenced historical figures including Mahatma Ghandi, King John, Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler, Nelson Mandela and the Suffragettes.
He exhorted the audience to “apply creativity” to the land.
“If you take the rock out of Uluru, what have you got? A desert. If you put the rock back what have you got? Tourism. You’re only limited by your own creativity,” Mr Spencer said. “Don’t ever be told your land isn’t viable; your land is always viable as long as you use your imagination, creativity and are prepared for damn hard work.”
Mr Spencer said he had documents that proved the government was determined to remove rights from individuals. He said politicians, including John Howard, Paul Keating and Bob Carr, had colluded to erode people’s rights.
“I speak to many people whose property the government has stolen and people ask, this is Australia, why would you, as a government, steal people’s land?” he said. “If you think it’s bad now, in 20 years it will be worse. In 20 years we’re going to be regulated out of everything because the government is intent on doing that.”