Category: State Politics

Ray exposes the ‘corrupt’ QLD ALP Gov’t

Posted by – 21 August, 2015

Alan Jones ran a campaign to have the former Newman LNP gov’t voted out in QLD. Well….his 2GB colleague Ray Hadley is having none of it. Wonder what morning teas are like at 2GB HQ.

Alan Jones now completely isolated on CSG

Posted by – 26 March, 2015

Alan Jones’ long running campaign against coal seam gas is coming undone. From Andrew Bolt:

But the NSW Labor campaign against coal-seam gas is even more disgraceful. NSW produces only 5 per cent of the natural gas it uses and soon faces soaring prices or even rationing.

But a huge gas deposit in Pilliga, bought by Santos for nearly $1 billion, and another at Gloucester could supply the state with 70 per cent of its gas for years.

Yet Foley, his campaign going backwards, has now announced a Labor government will block the Pilliga gas project from going into production.

Sure, that could win cheap votes. After all, the anti coal-seam gas hysteria is astonishing, pushed by talkback hosts and scary propaganda films such Frackman and Gasland.

But, again, almost nothing Labor claims about the Pilliga project is true.

No, it won’t affect water recharge in the Great Artesian Basin. No, it won’t use water we cannot spare. No, its fracking won’t contaminate our groundwater.

That last one is the big bogey — that fracking technology, splitting the rocks underneath to release pockets of gas, will pollute our water and kill our crops.

Yet where’s the evidence?

An inquiry by NSW Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane failed to identify a single incident of contamination by fracking in the 2.5 million wells drilled around the world.

Yet Foley still threatens to destroy a $2 billion project critical to meeting NSW’s energy needs just to profit from the fears of the uninformed.

Wonder what 2GB HQ has to say about this?

CSG takes on 2GB

Posted by – 13 November, 2014

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.

The truth about cannabis – more evidence of Abbott’s labor-lite credentials

Posted by – 7 October, 2014

Liberal Party politicians, including Tony Abbott, and ex-conservative radio host Alan Jones think cannabis should be legal for ‘medical use’. Whatever that means.

A definitive 20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs, the study found….. Last night Professor Hall, a professor of addiction policy at King’s College London, dismissed the views of those who say that cannabis is harmless.

‘If cannabis is not addictive then neither is heroin or alcohol,’ he said.

My first hand experience is that people addicted to cannabis are basically unemployable and sit in public housing living off welfare.

One really wonders who Tony Abbott is getting his talking points from. Tony Abbott wrote:

“My basic contention is that something that has been found to be safe in a reliable jurisdiction shouldn’t need to be tested again here,” he said in the letter. “If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose though, and is being administered safely, there should be no question of its legality. And if a drug that is proven to be safe abroad is needed here, it should be available,” he said in the letter.

And what if a drug is found overseas not to be safe? Tony Abbott is basically soft on drugs, once again confirming his labor-lite credentials.

How is legalisation working out?

Posted by – 9 August, 2014

Alan Jones has jumped on the marijuana bandwagon. Apparently it is a wonder drug for the dying and people with chronic conditions. If that is the case, then let marijuana go through the normal approval processes, via the TGA, that every other medical drug has to go through in order to receive approval for use. Don’t count on that happening any time soon.

Legalising marijuana for ‘medical’ purposes is simply a ploy for legalising the drug for general use. Proponents should  start telling the truth.

Fortunately there are jurisdictions where marijuana has been legalised, and the early lessons are telling. Apparently in Colorado black market marijuana is rampant even after the product was legalised for certain use. It seems the normal laws of supply and demand still work.

Legal sales of recreational marijuana were supposed to reduce black-market demand for pot but have actually had the opposite effect, The Washington Post reports.

“It’s actually benefited the black market. Prices are going up,” a broker identified as “Junior” told the Post’s Tina Griego…..But when it became legal to sell in dispensaries earlier this year, the prices shot up, partly to pay taxes imposed by the state.

Illegal pot doesn’t come with taxes attached, so the black market began to thrive again, Griego explained.

How is South Australia a democracy?

Posted by – 23 March, 2014

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.

South Australia is not a functional democracy

Posted by – 17 March, 2014

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.

Barnett: Labor Lite

Posted by – 21 September, 2013

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 hits rock bottom – looks to Richard Dennis for advice

Posted by – 21 August, 2013

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.

The five big shale / coal seam gas lies

Posted by – 19 August, 2013

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?