The PM’s mate in the Senate, Bill Heffernan, was on the radio this morning underlining that when agrarian socialism meets fraud against the UN, the taxpayer doesn’t stand a chance.

Stating that the government could not be blamed for what it didn’t
know, he said: “The damage will be ramped up not only by the US
senators playing politics with Australian farmers’ livelihoods but
there are now signs of the cheap game of politics being played in

“Up until this point I have remained silent and unlike most politicians
in federal politics I know this stuff backwards, it’s under my
fingernails – I don’t have to read it out of a book and they ought to
butt out.”

Farmer Bill then called for “a government contingency plan to help
wheat farmers” in the fallout from the scandal: “I think Australia’s
wheat growers are entitled to expect that the government and the
opposition would use their bloody heads to keep politics out of it and
look after their interests.”

So there you have it; the taxpayer has got to dip in the purse again to
help out the struggling wheat farmer – whose product has been sold
around the world by crooks and thieves.

Former senior diplomat Bruce Haigh was also on ABC radio this morning
saying there shouldn’t have even been inquiry; that this is the way
business is done in the world and that people should just accept that
and help the poor farmer.

Haigh has been in the news a lot lately. Sounds like he might be preparing another tilt at a rural seat as an independent.

Maybe Haigh would like to explain what other private sector company
would get away with this without ASIC jumping all over them? Strange
times indeed.

Peter Fray

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