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September 24th, 2012 by Viv


Viv Forbes, 23 August 2005

Viv and Judy Forbes breed cattle and sheep on a grazing property at Rosevale in SE Queensland. Viv recently formed “The Grassland Protection Group” to protect and promote Australia’s productive grasslands.

The Constant Battle for Land & Water
Australia has supported humans for thousands of years. Over the millennia, one feature has been constant — grazing animals have been the key to their survival. The grazier is the “Atlas of Australia”.

The essential assets for graziers are grasslands and water. Every previous generation has valued, maintained and conserved these, our most precious assets.

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Teach a Man to Fish

August 5th, 2012 by Viv

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to ‘Please Do Not Feed the Animals’.

Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on hand-outs and will not learn to take care of themselves.

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Topher on Freedom of Speech

June 6th, 2012 by Viv

Topher on Freedom of Speech – why free speech is worth the cost:

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Interviews of Viv Forbes on Fair Dinkum Radio

June 4th, 2012 by Viv

The Dangers of Democracy – Viv Forbes Part 1.

Leon is joined by Viv Forbes as they discuss the current political status in Australia and the world. Together they discuss the definition of freedom, the need to limit government control, the dangers of democracy, an ever enlarging bureaucracy, and the difference between rights and privileges. 16 Mar 2012. 37 min. Viv Forbes.mp3

Viv Forbes – Freedom part 2.

Viv joins Leon for a continuation of their discussion on the principles of freedom, in our individual lives and in Australia today. They discuss the changing social and political landscape in Australia today. 23 Mar 2012. 37 min. Viv Forbes.mp3

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Heroes of Freedom – Safe Worlds Television interviews Viv Forbes

June 3rd, 2012 by Viv

Safe Worlds Television, as part of a series entitled “Heroes of Freedom”, came to Sherana at Rosevale to talk to Viv & Judy Forbes:

Subjects covered:

  • The Early Years
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Mining Days
  • The Environment
  • A Day on the Farm

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Public Debt

June 3rd, 2012 by Viv

“If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.

“And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on ’til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering…

“And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

~Thomas Jefferson

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The Constitution

April 9th, 2012 by Viv

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”.

Patrick Henry

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Cicero on Taxation

January 29th, 2012 by Viv

“We are taxed in our bread and our wine, in our incomes and our investments, on our land and on our property not only for base creatures who do not deserve the name of men, but for foreign nations, complaisant nations who will bow to us and accept our largesse and promise us to assist in the keeping of the peace – these mendicant nations who will destroy us when we show a moment of weakness or our treasury is bare, and surely it is becoming bare! We are taxed to maintain legions on their soil, in the name of law and order and the Pax Romana, a document which will fall into dust when it pleases our allies and our vassals. We keep them in precarious balance only with our gold. Is the heartblood of our nation worth these? Were they bound to us with ties of love, they would not ask our gold. They take our very flesh, and they hate and despise us. And who shall say we are worthy of more? … When a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself.”

Cicero, 54 B.C

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Viv Forbes in Sydney 2011: “Many Battles – Same War”

January 13th, 2012 by Viv

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The Mining Tax

December 1st, 2011 by Viv

The Editor
The Australian

Dear Sir

The last time a mining tax was imposed, the infamous ‘Utah tax’, a $6 per tonne levy on every tonne of coking coal loaded on a ship by that company, a ransom on top of all the other taxes which had to be paid before any ship left the wharf, development of new mines by that company was stopped in its tracks for 3 years. Japan commenced investing in new mines in Canada, South Africa and South America. The equally infamous Fringe Benefits tax stopped the construction of mining towns in favour of Fly-in, Fly-out arrangements.

Surely it’s time to replace the tax happy chappies in Canberra with people who have at least some idea of the consequences of destructive tax policies.

Can I suggest they catch up on their holiday reading with an excellent tome ‘For good and evil, the impact of taxes on the course of civilisation’ by Charles Adams.

John McRobert

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