Hunger striker to be in Macksville
HE captured the nation’s attention by sitting on top of a pole for 52 days and this Saturday he’s coming to the Coffs Coast to outline what he intends doing next.
Cooma farmer Peter Spencer, who will be in Macksville on Saturday, said he isn’t contemplating another death-defying stunt but rather he wants to build on the momentum his protest has generated.
And while his ‘Tower of Power’ protest was initially about the loss of property rights, he said he now wants to stir a much wider debate.
“What has happened to farmers who have had their land locked up so the government can meet its Kyoto targets is symptomatic of a much bigger problem,” Mr Spencer said yesterday after he emerged from his latest appearance before the High Court in Canberra.
“Little by little people everywhere are having their rights eroded,” he said.
“People are now so comfortable with their big TVs and consumer goods they are not engaged with the political process and so are not aware of what rights they have and which ones are being ever so quietly taken from them.”
Mr Spencer said US President Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote: ‘The only way to protect your liberty is by eternal vigilance’, now needed to resonate across Australia.
Peter Spencer will be at the Macksville Country Club this Saturday between noon and 3pm.