Vote on policy? Western Australian Election Scorecards for #WAVotes #WApol compiled by @takvera

Western Australian voters go to the polls this Saturday on March 11. There is the smell of change in the air, and in the polls. Liberal Party Premier Colin Barnett has had two terms in government since 2008 and is seeking a third term. Even so, the Labor Opposition lead by Mark McGowan needs a statewide swing of about 10 per cent to form government. The polling indicates that such a swing is in the air. The ABC election analyst Antony Green has an excellent blog on Vote Formality Rules in Western Australia. He also gives a Summary of Candidates and Parties Contesting the 2017 WA Election. Green also highlights […]

Fracking, Western Power privatisation issues as Western Australia goes to the polls #WAvotes – @takvera

Fracking is in it’s relative infancy in Western Australia, but is at the stage where it could be substantially expanded to encompass the Kimberley, the grain belt and south-west. Author Tim Winton has made an impassioned plea in the lead up to the Western Australian state election due to be held on 11 March, on the Frack Free Future website “The WA Government has granted gas fracking exploration leases over some of our most productive farmland, our most precious groundwater aquifers, and our favorite holiday areas – including the South West, the Kimberley, and Ningaloo. “Fracking is a risky industry with a terrible reputation globally. It’s like a cancer on […]

Climate activists stage protest outside #LNG18 in Perth reports @takvera

The Gas Industry and all the big fossil fuel companies have come to Perth to talk exploitation of fossil fuels regardless of the climate imperative agreed to in Paris in December 2015. They were greeted on the opening night by climate activists. The 18th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas has brought together the fossil fuel industry to discuss production efficiencies with the current low prices in LNG, and work out how they can continue to maximise drilling and exploitation into the future. There was a Welcome to Country and headline speeches by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett. Major companies at the conference […]