GET REAL: Rockhampton grazier Mick Alexander wants the Australian Government to take climate change more seriously, saying farmers are suffering.
GET REAL: Rockhampton grazier Mick Alexander wants the Australian Government to take climate change more seriously, saying farmers are suffering. Maddelin McCosker

CQ grazier tell pollies 'stop pretending' and do something

THE federal government's stance on climate change is being taken to task by a Rockhampton grazier in a month-long advertising campaign challenging politicians to 'get real'.

The campaign, run by farmer advocacy group Farmers for Climate Action, aims to raise awareness of the link between coal, climate change and drought.

Organic beef producer, Mick Alexander is hoping to spark a conversation about the realities of climate change.

He said the campaign was looking to create an understanding on the impact climate change had on farmers.

"It is essentially to get people talking, because farmers are very conservative and we have all been sitting back for several years waiting for the government to actually take a leadership role, and they haven't," he said.

"There is absolutely no understanding of what's happening in the paddock.

"I think it is about time these politicians 'get real' and started talking to the community."

Mr Alexander runs an organic beef cattle station, 42kms from Rockhampton, with his wife Noela and their two sons, and producing the 'food we eat' is what he loves doing.

Hoping to see long-term policy changes which address the current issues surrounding climate change, Mr Alexander said he was disgusted by what he called a 'rudderless' government and their lack of focus on climate change.

"I think it is atrocious, I have nothing good to say about it," he said.

"It's like they don't care about the future and all they are doing is looking after all the big mining companies and selling Australia as quick as they can."

Mr Alexander said it was up to the community to get the message across to politicians in Canberra who he said had little understanding about how much rural communities were suffering,

"I think the problem is that there is no policy for energy, there is no policy for agriculture," he said.

"And there is absolutely no understanding of what's happening in regional areas of this country,"

"We are all going through the same issues with climate change and all of our rural communities are actually suffering from the crazy storms and the dry weather.

"But our federal government has absolutely no inclination of even accepting that climate change is an issue.

"I think the community needs to get the message across that we just won't stand for people who don't want to lead our country.

"They shouldn't even be in office and they need to stop pretending they are acting as our elected representatives.

"They are supposed to be representing us and the future of Australia."