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THE Australian Workers Union has called for the aluminium industry to be exempted from the renewable energy target, a move that will increase pressure on Labor to negotiate a bipartisan deal with the Coalition on changes to the scheme.
AWU national secretary Scott McDine warned that the RET maintained in its current form would lead to thousands of jobs shifting overseas with no environmental gain.
The closure of smelters at Kurri Kurri in NSW, Point Henry in Victoria and Gove in the Northern Territory have been announced in the past two years.
But….we always knew that. Did they mention this fact to Rudd and Gillard as they beavered away at ridding Australia of its cheap power advantage at the Greens bequest.
No, not a peep as I recall.
The AWU don’t care about the environment, they just care about jobs. But before we get all warm and fuzzy about unions looking after the workers, we are really talking about jobs that translate into membership fees that represent power and money for the union bosses.
So with the aluminium industry in serious decline due partly to the ALP’s insane ‘save the environment’ policies that didn’t and wont save the environment, we are still stalling over what to do with the RET.
Rabid dog Palmer, leader of the PUP pack has no investment in aluminium so has nor reason to vote for reconsidering the RET policies.
He’s no help.
No change there.
Supporters of the RET say look at the figures. Electricity demand is down. Yes it is, but might I suggest that part of the reason for decrease is that people are getting stunned by their power bills and are switching off heating and bar fridges and stumbling around in the dark as they minimize lights.
The closure of three aluminium smelting plants has or will impact on that demand as well.
Mind you, aluminium smelting isn’t the only industry suffering from the ALP/Greens policies. All industry is as we chip away at that useful cheap power advantage.
UPDATE: Read Alan Moran’s piece at Catalaxy Files where he asks should we phase down or abolish?
The Australian Electoral Commission has today released its data on political donations for the last financial year, and they show that the Coalition far outstripped the Labor Party in the fundraising stakes.
Gee! I wonder why?
Naturally the ABC turn to a Green for comment;
……. this does turn people off the political process. I find when these large amounts of money are handed over by corporate Australia, the public often become very cynical; they don’t think that they have much influence, and a lot of people then become quite angry about this.
THE founder of travel website wotif.com donated a record $1.6 million to the Australian Greens election campaign.
It is the largest single political donation in Australian history.
The generous donation by Brisbane-based businessman Graeme Wood, who has an estimated wealth of $378.5m, formed the bulk of the Greens election campaign spending, according to an article in the Fairfax press.
Lee Rhiannon didn’t agree with the donation then which is obviously why the ABC called her for comment but the Greens themselves were ecstatic.
The Greens need to get their act together – it’s good or it’s no good. Either way if another corporation visits from another planet and thinks the Greens are worth donating money to, I doubt they’ll knock it back and Lee will again say how she disagrees with corporation donations.
SENATORS are demanding more answers from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on asylum-seeker incidents amid expert advice on the power of the parliament to force the disclosure.
The chairwoman of the federal committee, Greens senator Penny Wright, said: “There is an expectation in the Australian public that the executive will be accountable . . . It is a really important democratic principle and there is a great concern in the community about the government’s lack of information about people arriving by boat.”
Yes Penny, the executive need to be accountable and as I understand it Abbott promised to slow down then stop the boats and he is doing exactly that.
I also understand that the Greens don’t want that to happen at all. They are on record as wanting open borders so Penny is really saying she just hates the way Abbott is protecting our borders. Seriously though, with all the noise across the media about the government’s handling of the situation and with or without expert advice on the parliament forcing disclosure, out in the public arena the majority of people are happy with how it is all turning out.
The boats are stopping and that is all the disclosure we need.
The Abbott government yesterday came under pressure to deliver on its anti-whaling rhetoric, after graphic footage of whaling was released by the Sea Shepherd group — with no sign of the promised customs air surveillance.
The only rhetoric I can see is in the sentence; “anti-whaling rhetoric”…”graphic footage”…”promised air surveillance”…etc leaves no doubt in the readers mind that the Government should drop every thing else and just concentrate on Sea Shepherd’s and/or Bob Brown’s perception of life.
The footage was released as part of Sea Shepherd’s annual fund raising resulting in the ABC taking their cue and running the piece as news. They got their favourite “go to” man, Bob Brown to push for more funds and gave him more air time and oxygen that the destructive bartard deserves.
Environment Minister Hunt, who like me doesn’t like whaling but hates Sea Shepherd tactics more, says he’ll send a customs plane to the area when the convoy of people going about their business, followed by the swarm of pirates, enter Australia’s area of responsibility.
I trust it gets good footage of Sea
Shepherd Pirates endangering vessels and crews at sea as they normally do. With a bit of luck we’ll get footage of one of the pirates being hosed into the sea or better still, a shot of the Pirate’s ship sinking after it rammed a Jap ship like last year.
The Coalition government had inherited 371 unassessed projects from the previous Labor government, with 22 dating back to 2008.
Environment Minister Hunt had made decisions on 125 projects in his first three months in office, including approving 29 major projects as part of their “Australia is open for business” statement.
With green tape rationalized and based on the fact that the economy and ecology can live side by side, the new governments actions will eventually help them bring the nation out it’s economic gloom.
Greens leader Christine Milne said Tony Abbott’s mantra of being “open for business” was just “code for dig it up, cut it down and ship it away”
She says that like it’s a bad thing.
I wonder where she thinks money comes from
Green Commo MP Rhiannon has been detained by the Sri Lankan authorites for visa infringements.
Ms Rhiannon has been in the country studying the Sri Lanka’s human rights record, and says she has seen evidence of extreme government repression.
What the hell is an Australian minor party politician doing in a foreign country calling them to order over anything – let alone their human rights record?
Get back you clown and see what you can do to help your electorate.
Failing that maybe Sri Lanka could be encouraged to keep her. It would certainly lift the standards of politicians in Australia.
UPDATE: Damn! She has been released.
AUSTRALIA will be represented by a diplomat rather than a senior minister at international climate talks in Poland next week aimed at securing an agreement to cut global carbon emissions.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt won’t attend annual United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw, saying he’ll be busy repealing the carbon tax in the first fortnight of parliament.
Good, it’s one of the reasons that the Coalition won the election.
Stand by for the screaming tomorrow – I can just see all the Greenies and rent seekers swarming like angry wasps tonight as they pray at the altar of the Church of the Latter Day Alarmists. Their money tree is being chopped down and reality has set in. Well almost, because they will all ignore the fact that Abbott has been elected on a platform that has as it’s base, a repeal of the Climate Change tax and spend industry.
They still believe that all those outside of their church are stupid and don’t believe in climate change when it is the huge amount of money being spread around the industry, with not even a hope of any impact on climate, that we don’t like.
And that is how Australia voted – get over it…go away and be quiet.
The Queensland government is considering cutting royalties for an initial period for miners that open up the basin, in the state’s central west.
Premier Campbell Newman says the incentive is all about creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
The Greens, of course, are furious
Greenpeace spokeswoman Louise Matthiesson said the plan to consider royalty cuts suggests that new mega-mines in the basin were not independently viable.
No, what it suggests is the Newman government are trying to increase the wealth of the state by offering incentives for companies to mine in Queensland and creat jobs here rather than elsewhere.
“We are really concerned that ordinary mum and dad taxpayers are going to be giving a handout to the likes of Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer,” she said in Brisbane.
No, read the statement. 13,000 to 15,000 jobs are expected to be created. If Rinehart and Palmer’s companies make more money, they employ more people and pay more taxes. Win-win actually
Unless you are a Greenie
Green senator Larissa Waters agreed, saying discounts would make them even richer at the expense of the Great Barrier Reef, groundwater and climate.
How’s that happen Larissa?
“People like Clive Palmer don’t need any help making even more money, especially when their mega profits go to buying political power, as a federal parliamentary inquiry is now set to investigate,” she said in a statement.
I’m not a Palmer fan but our current high standard of living is based on entrepeurial people setting up businesses and employing people.
Why are the Greens consistantly against any sort of development. Why should they deny workers jobs?
Russia’s top investigative agency says it will prosecute Greenpeace activists on piracy charges for trying to climb onto an Arctic offshore drilling platform owned by the state-controlled gas company Gazprom.
“When a foreign vessel full of electronic technical equipment of unknown purpose and a group of people calling themselves members of an environmental rights organisation try nothing less than to take a drilling platform by storm, logical doubts arise about their intentions,” Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in a statement.
“Such activities not only infringe on the sovereignty of a state, but might pose a threat to the environmental security of the whole region.”
The Investigative Committee, Russia’s main federal investigative agency, said its agents will question all those who took part in the protest and detain the “most active” of them on piracy charges.
Piracy carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of 500,000 rubles ($A16,601).
Good news all round but surely they can confiscate the Greenpeace ship as well. The Russians could give it a paint job and give it the oil company.
Now that would be fitting – don’t you think?
UPDATE: Putin, the weak bastard, is dropping the Pirate line.
UPDATE II: They now face Piracy charges.
A regional prisoners’ rights activist said the activists were complaining of their holding conditions which included cold cells, chain-smoking fellow prisoners and difficulty communicating with guards who do not speak English.
Poor babies…chain smoking fellow prisoners…oh the inhumanity. Other complaints include being locked up like chickens which makes me wonder why the Russians are being so kind to them.
Leave ‘em there and sell their ship. It’s the only reasonable thing to do.
TONY Abbott says the Liberal Party will put the Greens last in every seat because of the party’s “fringe economic policies” and its belief in “open borders”.
He said his “captain’s call”, which could see Greens MP Adam Bandt lose his lower house seat of Melbourne, was a principled decision, and he urged Kevin Rudd to match the pledge.
“There is a world of difference between the Greens and as far as I am aware, just about everyone else who is contesting this election campaign.
“Because everyone else in this campaign supports economic growth and supports a more prosperous economy. The Greens on the other hand, they want a bank levy, they want to bump up the mining tax, they want a wealth tax, they want 100 per cent renewable energy, they want $100 a tonne carbon tax. These are quite frankly, fringe economic policies, to put it at its kindest.
They also want the coal mining industry closed down and, in fact, all mining.