The business of risk: @adropex on values exposed by Credit Suisse @SantosLtd #Pilliga #csg report

On 3 July Credit Suisse, published a report on the Narrabri Gas Project (NGP). The NGP is a coal seam gas (CSG) operation in the Pillaga State Forest in northwestern NSW, owned and operated by Australian company Santos Ltd. The purpose of the report was: “To assess the risks to the NGP due to the complex environmental and social issues encompassing the history of the project, concerns specific to Narrabri and the NW, and more general issues with CSG particularly in NSW.” The report was compiled after meeting with concerned stakeholder groups including farmers, business owners, irrigators, environmentalists, local councillors, Santos and the heads of major investment funds. Credit Suisse […]

Nathan Tinkler & Co – Queensland Political Donors Anonymous: @Kevin_Rennie

The Boardwalk #1 In 2012 political donations to parties in Queensland were capped at $5000. Donations from related corporations were treated as one from a single entity. Anonymous donations of $200 or more were banned. However, there was a get-out-of-jail-free card. Gifts to political parties were uncapped so long as they were not for campaign purposes. Later that year the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) explained in its report ‘The regulation of political donations and gifts in Queensland’: ‘Political parties, state candidates and third parties are required to establish state campaign accounts. Only electoral donations that fall under the cap are able to be deposited into the account and only […]

Tinkler at #ICAC: The art of of good and bad cops by @boeufblogginon

  #icac Watson is on the point of corralling Tinkler in the questioning of Tinkler. Very clever. — Joan Evatt (@Boeufblogginon) May 16, 2014 Law students should have been at the ICAC hearing on Friday afternoon when Nathan Tinkler was being questioned. They would have seen a fine example of corralling a witness and one of the best ‘good cop, bad cop’ scenarios presented in real life rather than a scripted drama.  There are many reasons why these current investigations at ICAC are proving so successful. One that doesn’t seem to get much of an airing is the effective working relationship between the Commissioner, Justice Megan Latham and Geoffrey Watson […]

Restoring integrity in politics: @Sally_Owl on what citizens can do

Integrity, Decency, Transparency and Accountability Four words that mean the difference between goodies and baddies, to put it into terms our Prime Minister will understand. So what do these four words that motivated 100,000 people to March in March really mean? Integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles.  It is demonstrating a sound moral character.  It is being honest. Decency is about being worthy of respect.  It is a reflection of adequateness and fairness.  Decency is kind, obliging, generous – suitable and appropriate. Transparency is showing how everything really is – see through, nothing hidden – everything there for all to see. No secrets or lies. Accountability is […]

A Eureka Stockade moment? Your #BentleyBlockade brief before NSW Police ‘Operation Stapler’

[clear] [clear]Northern Rivers communities unite against government-endorsed gas mining frenzy In protest against the mining frenzy that is gripping the country, the community-led non-violent blockade at Bentley in the Northern Rivers of NSW is emerging as one of the largest social uprisings the country has witnessed. The blockade of the drill site, which began almost four months ago in response to the planned tight sands gas mining of prime agricultural land, has grown steadily in size with thousands of people, from all walks of life, regularly attending. From landholders to professionals and doctors to academics, writers, teachers, Mayors and Indigenous elders, grandparents and even members of the Clergy – the […]

Dirty deals done dirt cheap: @Qldaah #qldpol weekly wrap

May Day staying in May The cash poor Qld unemployment hits 6.3pc Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek sprung in secret deal Dirty deals done dirt cheap Palmer vs Newman Government CMC dealt a mortal blow Campbell Newman’s D-G Jon Grayson off the hook Heartbreak in Newman’s Qld: Struggling dairy farmers seek export to Asia Tweet of the week: Tim Nicholls the living treasure . May Day staying in May On Sunday, around 25,000 turned out for the May Day march and celebration in Brisbane, however, the traditional Labour Day public holiday, which would have fallen on Monday, was denied by the Newman Government, who moved it to October. Opposition Leader Annastacia […]

Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN

I saw some awful reports in regard to poor Joe Hockey, our esteemed Treasurer, ‘being for sale‘ in the paper this morning. Scurrilous journalism at it’s best. Sky News was right onto this outrageous slur against our Treasurer’s integrity, with a bit of hardworking investigative journalism, they got right to the heart of this so-called ‘Influence for sale’ business to inform us punters that all is good. If you don’t believe me, see below: Frydenberg on fairfax Hockey story: this is an absolutely outrageous story, there's nothing unusual or untoward in it — Kieran Gilbert (@Kieran_Gilbert) May 4, 2014 There is nothing wrong, let me repeat, nothing wrong with business […]

Ethics and perception, the #qldpol weekly wrap: @Qldaah

Deterrent and punishment: The 3.5 per cent fine creep Qld votes: campaigning and speculation Asset sales: QIC sells Queensland Motorways for $7 billion Ethics Chair David Gibson’s troubled past and present Campbell Newman’s Director-General Jon Grayson drawn further into ICAC How AWH targeted Qld water customers and Ipswich ratepayers How Wayne Myers, associate of Campbell Newman’s D-G Jon Grayson, was employed at AWQ Logan Mayoral candidate baffled by AWH $5,000 donation Newman’s VLAD laws impact charity bike ride . Deterrent and punishment: The 3.5 per cent fine creep Everything from driving the car over the limit to walking the dog without a leash is being policed and heavily fined now […]

A pollie lied and actually got pinged for it! Barry O’Farrell gives punters Easter cheer: @YaThinkN comments

[clear]   Okay we all know that Sydney is the centre of the Universe; just ask every major paper and the TV stations. This week has been particularly bad for those that are not fortunate enough to live in the most important city in the country – yes, note use of sarcasm font there – with all the news being ICAC, royals, Badgerys Creek second airport, and finally the fall of Barry O’Farrell. Even the bloody NRL had only Sydney games on Good Friday. Now, being Easter and living in a pretty nice Queensland tourism spot, we have a full house of rellies and friends, so of course there has […]

Cash for Campbell, Newman named in ICAC inquiry: @Qldaah analysis #qldpol

Introduction Ch1: Cash flows into the LNP Ch2: Calls for Inquiry Ch3: DP Jeff Seeney backs Newman Ch4: Campbell Newman’s Director-General Jon Grayson drawn further into ICAC Ch5: AWH targeted Qld water customers and Ipswich ratepayers Ch6: How Wayne Myers, associate of Campbell Newman’s D-G Jon Grayson, was employed at AWQ Ch7: The big deal: AWH chief Nick Di Girolamo boasted to investors after Jon Grayson meeting (April 07, 2014) Introduction Much to Queensland’s surprise, Premier Campbell Newman was named in New South Wales this week as political worlds collided over former NSW Labor MP, Eddie Obeid. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) heard that Newman had received a $5,000 […]