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.