Category: State Politics

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?

Time to cut public education

Posted by – 17 June, 2013

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.

Barry O’Fail should go

Posted by – 22 May, 2013

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…

Baillieu is gone

Posted by – 6 March, 2013

At least he had the humility and good sense to go, unlike some:

Mr Baillieu resigned following a crisis meeting of Liberal MPs at parliament this evening called after MP Geoff Shaw quit the party, threatening the coalition’s grip on power.

Mr Baillieu said a leadership change was in the best interests of the government.

“I love this state, I love the Liberal Party and I love this role that I have had the honour to enjoy over the last two and a bit years,” Baillieu said.

“It is apparent to me that a change of leadership is in the best interests of the government.”

And there was no conspiracy to get rid of him as well, which reflects well on the Liberal Party.

He means well

Posted by – 28 February, 2013

I trust him completely.

Speaking to the Australian GP’s Keeping Track podcast, he said: “We hope we’re going to be in Melbourne forever. We’re happy with Melbourne and I’d be happy to sign a 50-year contract. We don’t have a problem with Melbourne.

Time to get real fighting fires

Posted by – 10 January, 2013

East coast states should come together to lease such an aircraft for summer fire fighting.