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Alan Jones has looked to leftist think tank the Australian Institute to take on his enemies in the mining and gas industry. His go to man from the Australia Institute is former Bob Brown adviser Richard Dennis.
Interview here. This is a summary:
First up AJ uses Dennis to try and discredit claims that some how the mining and gas industry is not important to jobs growth in Australia. There are 27,000 jobs directly related to CSG in QLD alone, most of which are in reginonal Australia.
Secondly, claims that the Feds should take greater control over mining and gas operations away from the States.
Thirdly, claims the mining and gas industry needs a ‘social licence’ - whatever that is – to conduct operations.
Fourthly, somehow CSG uses techniques that are new and untested and the laws ‘did not foresee’ gas wells. (It has been around in Australia and the USA for decades – over 1 million fracked wells in the US alone).
Fifth, the Feds should lockup large sections of land to stop development – sounds like de facto national parks.
Six, set up another government environmental agency – claims that CSG makes people sick (completely unsubstantiated)
Seventh, recommends another national policy governing wealth creation.
Eight, falsely claims that the public do not know what fracking chemicals are used in CSG.
Nine, falsely claims CSG and coal chemicals are flushed into rivers generally -doing that is completely illegal!
Ten, the Feds, States and regulators need to stop the mining and gas industry altogether. (This is crazy stuff).
Eleven, claims that water has no guaranteed protection – once again completely false.
Let’s be clear: No other conservative journalist or commentator wants to touch Dennis or the opponents of the CSG industry. AJ is out there by himself, cavorting with leftist green radicals in some campaign to undermine wealth creation and energy security.
Andrew Bolt has conducted probably the best interview ever of an ALP PM. The questions were pointed, went to the heart of the matters facing Australia, while giving Rudd little room to spin. I dare say it was ‘fair and balanced’. Something that has been sorely missing from the ABC for years. As short as the interview was, I don’t think Rudd will be doing anymore conservative media anytime soon.
With Abbott’s lurch to the left, where is the political alternative for conservative voters?
Mr Abbott was dismissive in Brisbane this morning of the push from the Victorian party branch, which will this weekend vote on a motion encouraging the federal Coalition to conduct an “operational review” of the ABC and SBS and consider the feasibility of full or partial privatisation.
Asked whether he was feeling pressure from the Victorians, Mr Abbott said: “The short answer is no”.
“Everyone understands that in the Coalition, it’s the parliamentary party which sets the policy and we have no policy to go down that path, we have no intention of going down that path, and we won’t go down that path,” he said.
So apparently Abbott is now a-okay with the ABC and SBS. Privatising the SBS, at least, would be an easy policy decision to make because hardly anyone watches the channel(s) and those that do are unlikely to ever vote for the Coalition. It would save the Federal budget $200 million annually and generate about the same amount in capital sales. So what’s stopping Abbott?!?
I think the evidence is building: the rank and file of the Liberal Party are at odds with the career politicians who sit on the Liberal front bench. Similar, although not as pronounced, in the way the Cameroons in the UK despise their own Conservative Party. Think of any number of issues from wind farms, to the Green Army, to Abbott’s PPL policy, and the Liberal Party rank and file get no say what so ever.
One thing that is clear, the Liberal rank and file are closer to Liberal Party principles than the Liberal front bench.
Bolt has picked up on Abbott’s swing to the left:
…for all his rhetoric, Abbott is campaigning as Labor-lite – without the stuff-ups.
Radio discussion here.
Timely given Ford’ announcement to end production in Australia. So what’s Abbott’s response? Cut the cost of doing business by abolishing renewable energy mandates, lowering corporate taxes and improving workplace flexibility? No, Abbott’s response is more industry subsidies, just like the ALP.
One for the shame file:
Articles published by Fairfax Media on January 27 and 28 contained allegations that Senator Cory Bernardi had failed to properly declare pecuniary and other interests in his statement of registrable interests.
They alleged that Senator Bernardi had breached his disclosure obligations by not declaring his role as international delegate of the American Legislative Exchange Council or payments received from the Heartland Institute for travel and accommodation.
Fairfax Media accepts that its reporting of those matters was factually inaccurate in a number of respects and that the allegations regarding Senator Bernardi were unfounded.
We retract those allegations and apologise to Senator Bernardi for the distress and damage caused by the articles.
Wonder what happened to the reporter.
Alan Jones was banging on today about a 4 Corners CSG programme that predictably paints CSG in a bad light. It is obvious from the following unedited interview with the ABC that the reporter does not understand the issue. Thousands of observations exist for natural methane gas releases in QLD prior to CSG operations. Yet anti-CSG proponents want to blame all current methane gas releases in QLD on CSG.
More quotes from The Sun here. It is strange that in both the UK and Australia freedom of the press and speech is under attack at the same time by their own respective governments. At least in Australia there is not a conspiracy of the politicians against the people like there is in the UK, thanks to the Lib-Nat Coalition. Glad to know that freedom still survives in Australia.
What unites David Marr, Tony Abbott, the ABC Chairman, Andrew Bolt, the Fairfax Press, News Limited, the IPA, Alan Jones, the head of the Human Rights Commission, the Chief Justice of the Family Court, the Salvation Army, Julian Burnside, Cardinal George Pell, gay activists, a range of academics, the Australian Industry Group and Christine Milne, among others?
bipolar Nicola Roxon and her ‘anti-discrimination’ laws.
Has there ever been a more broad and united front against a Government Minister?
On this Australia Day weekend it is good to know that we can all rally together against a common foe. Roxon should resign.
Now add the Vic, QLD and NSW governments
They claim the new laws will stop them setting age limits for driver’s licences, or insisting that public servants be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
Judges could no longer be forced into retirement and public transport fares could not be discounted for children or seniors, they have told a Senate inquiry into the proposed new laws.
Rational discrimination is acceptable.
This is the headline from the Australian today about the US budget deal:
Crisis over, world looks to recovery as shares rise and dollar surges
Wrong! The sloppy report from the Australian continues.
“Under this law, more than 98 per cent of Americans and 97 per cent of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up,” he said. His comments came shortly after the US House of Representatives voted 257-167 to support a deal that had received overwhelming backing in the Senate in the early hours of the morning.
At the rate the US Federal government is accumulating debt, a new budget deal will be needed sometime in February 2013. Crisis not over, just diverted by two months. Furthermore,
….the legislation pushed through the Senate and House on Jan. 1 does nothing to prevent a temporary cut in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. That means, under the agreement brokered by the White House and Senate Republicans, 77 percent of American households will be forced to fork over higher federal taxes in 2013.
Households making between $40,000 and $50,000 will face an average tax increase of $579 in 2013, according to the Tax Policy Center’s analysis. Households making between $50,000 and $75,000 will face an average tax increase of $822.