Rural Victoria rising up against #csg for #VicVotes, by #Indivotes campaigner @camklose

[clear]About a year ago the rural electorate of Indi had just about turfed out their local member, Sophie Mirabella in the shock result of the 2013 election. It was a result that not even the most optimistic political punter could have predicted. A huge community surge that wiped out a senior Liberal frontbencher in a ‘safe seat’. But that’s what happened. A community, fed up with a lack of representation from their local member, took on the responsibility themselves and achieved what many thought was the ‘impossible’. I worked on Cathy’s campaign from its inception. Throughout the campaign I witnessed rural communities across Indi harness an incredible amount of human […]

Response from Origin Energy not enough: @SavLance75 comments on #CSG

As part of the research undertaken for No Fibs recent article #CSG science provides no easy conclusions, posted on September 15, this writer addressed several questions to representatives of Origin Energy regarding their Ironbark coal seam gas (CSG) project and local landholders the Ansfords, who believe they may be suffering adverse health and environmental impacts due to their close proximity to ongoing CSG operations. The response sent to this writer by Chris Zipf, senior external affairs and internal communication manager for Origin in Queensland, provides an insight into the kind of response landholders and community members facing CSG developments on their properties or in their local area can expect when asking […]

Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission blunders: @madwixxy comments on #TURC

As we enter the final days of the public hearings of the Trade Union Royal Commission I find myself in the peculiar position of agreeing with John Howard. John Howard told Janet Albrechtsen in an interview of his unease with the way Tony Abbott and George Brandis used the Royal Commission process as a means to achieve a political end. Howard explained: “I’m uneasy about the idea of having royal commissions or inquiries into essentially a political decision…” “I don’t think you should ever begin to go down the American path of using the law for narrow targeted political purposes.” I believe there is no doubt Abbott is using the law to achieve a […]

#CSG science provides no easy conclusions: @SavLance75 reports

A year has passed since Steve Ansford tied banners to the boundary fence of his rural-residential property near Tara, Queensland, where they were sure to be noticed by workers travelling to and from Origin Energy’s “Ironbark” coal seam gas (CSG) project site. As far as Steve and his wife Judy are concerned, the questions painted on those banners remain unanswered. The only thing they see as having changed in the intervening year is their determination to remain in the area they have long called home. Their desire now is to leave — the sooner the better. “We’ve got no problem with them coming in and doing stuff, but they need to […]

#EnergyEfficiency Opportunities program repealed: @takvera comments

ON Thursday last week, Labor Party Senators lined up with the government, Palmer United Party and crossbench independent senators to repeal the large-scale Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program set up with bipartisan support in 2006 under the Howard Government. In a division in the Senate of 55 votes to 10, only the Greens senators opposed the dumping of this program, which had made substantial business energy savings of over $800 million and an 8.21-megatonne reduction in carbon emissions. The EEO program was recognised by the International Energy Agency as a world-class program helping businesses to save energy and a key element of the energy efficiency policy framework to address climate change. The scheme has […]

Santos on water transparency countdown: @Thom_Mitchell reports on #Pilliga

Coal seam gas (CSG) company Santos has until October 31, 2014, to disclose water and soil test results after legal action by farmers seeking information relating to the contamination of water bores on a property in the Pilliga Forest, near Narrabri, resulted in a NSW Land and Environment Court order. The court order is a win for the Mullaley Gas and Pipeline Accord (MGPA), comprising local farmers concerned about whether CSG activity led to the contamination of the water bores. In 2012, Pilliga farmer Tony Pickard was alerted by Santos that his bore, located around 1.5 kilometres from exploratory CSG wells, was unfit for drinking or domestic use. The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), […]

Speaking out at Gosford #MarchInAugust: @FrBower transcript

  Welcome. We come together today because we are conscious of the many challenges we face in the 21st century. We are here because we understand that to meet these challenges we must see beyond the short term, beyond the election cycle, and beyond traditional party loyalties. The biggest challenges facing humanity today are global; they are no respecter of borders and national identities. Climate change, refugees, economics, education, health and human rights are all best addressed when we first think globally and then act locally. The problem is, like many other countries, we deceive ourselves, addressing global issues as domestic problems and as short-term political opportunities. We are here […]

Morrison and Abbott named in International Criminal Court submission on #refugees: @jansant reports

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is currently considering a submission calling for an investigation into Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. The submission was officially accepted by the ICC on May 19, 2014, it names senior members of government. No Fibs has now seen the full submission, however, after advice from experienced investigators, we decided against publishing the document. The advice was publication could harm any possible future investigation. We have published the executive summary (below). The submission was prepared by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer, who also does volunteer work in a legal capacity. Tracie told No Fibs she prepared the submission to ensure international law […]

Anglesea community want Alcoa coal mine shut down: @takvera reports

Anglesea residents want to see the Alcoa owned power station and coal mine they have suffered with for the last 50 years closed down. Since Alcoa has closed the Port Henry Aluminium Smelter the last justification for the mine and power station has ended. The coal mine and power station no longer has a social licence to operate according to the Surf Coast Air Action community group. Victoria currently has a surplus of generating capacity and we don’t need the power from the highly polluting Anglesea power station. I joined several hundred people in a protest at Anglesea on Sunday 10 August, located at the skatepark. It was a big […]

Memoir reveals the heart of @RobOakeshott1: review by @SandraC81413369

ROB Oakeshott’s recently published memoir is an entertaining and insightful recollection of his vital role in giving supply and confidence to the minority Labor Government, and his part in the progress of major legislation between 2010 and 2013. His push for parliamentary and education reform and a price on carbon during this period will be familiar to many readers, but his book also sheds light on the less well known details of the negotiations behind the agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the workings of the 43rd Parliament while Oakeshott served as Independent Member for the NSW electorate of Lyne. He finds some answers with the voice and growing influence of the new media. Integral to […]