As you may be aware, 2GB has basically been running a campaign of miss-information about coal seam gas (CSG) for a few years now. Primarily driven by Alan Jones, easily influenced 2GB personality Chris Smith has also jumped on the anti-CSG campaign. Today Andrew Bolt alluded to the irrational fear of CSG on Chris Smith’s programme, and it was obvious that Smith felt uncomfortable with what Bolt was saying and the interview promptly ended. Now Ross Greenwood has invited Santos on to his programme to outline CSG operations in NSW. Alan Jones basically refuses to speak to pro-CSG advocates because they ‘keep telling lies’, or something like that. This will being to isolate Alan Jones from within 2GB on CSG and hopefully end the media campaign against CSG in NSW.
Category: State Politics
Looks like the party with the least votes on primary and 2PP is going to form government.
Independent MP Geoff Brock has announced he will support a Labor minority government in South Australia.
Mr Brock will take up the role of Minister for Regional Development in the new Labor government.
Ridiculous. We need recall elections.
Here we go again. Another South Australian election in which the party (Liberals) that wins the popular vote and the two party preferred vote does not get to form government. Currently the Liberal Party is on about 53 per cent 2PP with 68 per cent of the vote counted, but has fallen short of majority government by around 3 to 4 seats.
I previously covered this
vote rigging gerrymander in 2010.
The only solution is for South Australian Governor to personally fix the gerrymander issue and call a new election.
If a Liberal government can’t balance the books, then what exactly can it do?
THE one-time boom state of Western Australia has lost its prized AAA credit rating, in a massive blow to the Barnett government’s fiscal credibility.
Worse, Barnett’s response is to call for a rise in the GST!
I think it is fair to say that Barnett is leading a Labor Lite government.
In the first test of Mr Abbott’s leadership, Liberal WA Premier Colin Barnett has insisted he man up and sort out the tax, suggesting Australians wouldn’t mind paying more to fund vital public services….
“Do Australians really mind that much if the GST was 10 per cent or 12.5 per cent if it means maintaining high-quality health and education and disability services?” he told the ABC.
“I suspect the Australian people are mature enough to say: ‘We’ll cop that’.”
To what end exactly? Short of a foreign / alien invasion there is no case whatsoever for raising the GST. Like governments across the country, WA has a spending problem not a revenue problem.
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.
Not my list, but an increasing number of journalists are wising up to the CSG scare. From the UK Times via Delingpole.
Here are five things that they keep saying which are just not true. First, that shale gas production has polluted aquifers in the United States. Second, that it releases more methane than other forms of gas production. Third, that it uses a worryingly large amount of water. Fourth, that it uses hundreds of toxic chemicals. Fifth, that it causes damaging earthquakes.
Noting that very few gas wells in Australia are fracked at all, less than 10 per cent according to the industry.
Two recent peer-reviewed studies concluded that groundwater contamination from fracking is “ not physically plausible.”…..Tens of thousands of wells drilled, two million fracking operations completed and not a single proven case of groundwater contamination. Not one. It may happen one day, of course, but there’s few industries that can claim a pollution record that good.
So what’s the issue?
The public are voting with their feet and money.
Enrolment data shows the government share of secondary students in NSW fell from 65.41 per cent in 2000 to 61.07 per cent last year.
He supports wind farms, Clover Moore’s cycle ways, wants to kick the Navy out of Sydney Harbour, wants to ban free speech, supports Gillard education ‘reforms’ (the only state to have signed up to them), supports same-sex marriage, etc…