2GB radio personality Alan Jones has been running a campaign against all things coal seam gas for a few years now. His commentary is well meaning, but it is clear he does not understand the environmental, engineering and legal issues around CSG. I’ve been covering his anti-CSG campaign for a little while now. Other conservatives have largely avoided buying into the CSG issue and have not overtly criticised Alan Jones for this pro-green anti-development campaign, but things are starting to change.
Peter Reith, who has been pro-CSG for a couple of years now:
Under former premier Barry O’Farrell, NSW had been largely paralysed by green campaigners who totally opposed any fossil fuels and had been given a platform by radio commentator Alan Jones. Nearly all their claims have been largely debunked by independent scientific advice from the likes of GeoScience Australia and others.
Andrew Bolt, in reference to NSW’s ban on CSG at the behest of AJ:
Those who fall for green mysticism and unreason should pay the price themselves. Call it a tax on stupidity.
I have heard Bolt criticise the anti-CSG movement on radio sometime ago. This from last week:
This is not the first time Australian governments have strangled useful industries by pandering to baseless green scares. We have virtually banned nuclear power. We banned lucrative nuclear waste facilities to take in spent fuel rods from overseas. We’ve hampered the use of genetically modified crops. We imposed a useless carbon tax on coal-fired power generators and helped to drive smelters out of business.
This is madness, and a lack of political courage and principle is to blame.
Reading through the responses to Bolt’s post it is clear that readers blame Jones for his hysterical campaign of miss-information.
I’ve previously covered Tony Abbott’s less than authentic voice on conservative issues here and here. Well, to add more evidence to the claim:
Mr Abbott said he was dumping Senator Brandis’s draft laws, which would have removed key sections of the Racial Discrimination Act which the Attorney-General said made it illegal to “hurt the feelings of others”.
Weak. Let’s be clear: Tony Abbott is a big government establishment politician and he will do what it takes to protect his fellow establishment mates by putting their interests ahead of the national interest. Need I list some of Abbott’s sins:
His PPL scheme
Referendum to fix apparent ‘racism’ in the constitution
Increase in the corporation tax
Increase in the top income tax
Support for the RET
There does not appear to be much fighting spirit on domestic issues.
The blunt assessment was issued yesterday by Anthony Whealy QC, the former judge who chaired a 2013 counter-terrorism review and who sentenced Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf to five years’ jail.
Clearly the sentences for such offenses need to be toughened.
John Howard and his government did a great deal of good, but they let an incredible amount of unfinished business. It is reassuring that many current members of the Coalition are ready to finish what should have been started years ago.
An incoming Liberal senator has set out a radical libertarian program in his maiden speech, calling for the GST rate to rise to 15 per cent, federal health and education departments to be abolished and for the immediate sell-off of youth radio station Triple J, with the rest of the ABC to also be privatised if it fails to address perceived left-wing bias.
Apart from raising the GST, I agree with everything said. I’d look to build a community view that the ABC should be privatised. It is reassuring though that the ABC has been asked to make cuts and sack at least 80 people as part of the cancellation of the Australia Network.
Asked to repeat comments from earlier in the week suggesting money from a port account paid in by his Chinese business partners had been used to pay for a political campaign run by the management firm Media Circus, he (Clive Palmer) got angry.
He said the money used to fund the political campaign which helped the Palmer United Party secure an amazing three senators and one lower house MP from the 2013 election, was owned by his company for services provided to the joint venture.
I don’t see how Australia can survive another six years of this madness. Abbott needs to start turning the around the polls and head to a double dissolution election as soon as possible. The national interest demands it.
PUP, the Greens and the ALP all support the CEFC, which is basically a government funded bank lending up to $10 billion of taxpayer money to below grade investment proposals spruiking dubious green technology. CEFC is a CAC body, or in other words a quasi-independent government body that cannot be easily controlled like a department of state. The government has directed the CEFC to cease lending operations, but the CEFC has refused to do so arguing that their legislation requires they continue to lend money. The CEFC legislation stipulates that $2 billion be deposited in a special account, by the Commonwealth, every 1 July up to and including 2017 . The legislation does not state, however, that the CEFC must lend $2 billion every year. Any surplus funds not ‘immediately’ required by the CEFC have to be returned to the Commonwealth on the direction of the responsible Minister. So the CEFC could cease or greatly slow operations if it really wanted to. It is essentially a rouge government agency thumbing its nose at the elected government and the central government agencies (PMC, Treasury and Finance) that govern all other agencies. Unbelievable!
Notwithstanding the CFEC’s belligerence, under the CEFC legislation, the Department of Finance has to fund CFEC’s operating expenses ‘as soon as practicable’ and to agree to the level and period of the funding. Currently $18 million a year. There is nothing stopping the government from winding back the CEFC’s operating funding. If there is no agreement there is no funding and the CFEC’s operations would cease, or agreement could be reached at a lower level thereby frustrating CEFC’s operations. The government would continue to deposit $2 billion into the CFEC’s special account, in accordance with the legislation, but the CFEC would not have the resources to allocate the investment funding. The special account would grow and the Finance Minister would then direct the CEFC to hand back the unallocated funding. If the CFEC decided that the funding was ‘immediately’ required, as stipulated under the legislation, at least the special account funding would not be allocated and could be harvested by Finance at a future point in time.
This would all be implicit of course, in order to limit the possibility of legal action by the CFEC. However, if the CFEC did decide to launch legal action against the Commonwealth, CFEC’s would struggle to pay its legal fees. They would quickly empty their operating budget, possibly even attempt to borrow money to help pay the legal costs, and in doing so expose themselves to a damaging audit (just for staters) from the ANAO for unfunded liabilities. The CFEC would be committing suicide if they undertook such a course of action.
The Fairfax MP and leader of the Palmer United Party is also planning to propose an emissions trading scheme to tackle climate change - similar to the one proposed by the Labor Party…..Mr Palmer, whose party will hold three balance of power seats in the Senate from next Tuesday, is flanked by climate change campaigner and former US vice-president Al Gore…..Mr Palmer is set to also reveal that his party will demand the Renewable Energy Target and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are also retained.
Gore then provided a sermon on reducing Co2 emissions. I didn’t realise that anyone voted for an ETS. Palmer is a fraud. He promised to get rid of the Co2 tax at the last election, and now he is just renaming it as an ETS.
Palmer is a fraud, or it least very tricky. Nothing is ever black and white. He promised at the last election to get rid of the Co2 tax, now he is simply renaming it as an ETS.
Time to prepare for a double dissolution election.
I’m not buying this whole line put forward by 2GB, Bolt and The Australian that Palmer was just fudging about the ETS. Once it starts, even at $1 per ton, it will be very difficult to undo.
Clive Palmer just gave the most coherent interview yet since starting PUP, on the Richo and Jones Sky News TV programme. PUP is not about to become a One Nation. I don’t necessarily support PUP, but I recognise that he is hooking into Australians that are fed up with the traditional parties.