Export #solar not #coal, a 21st century Australian infrastructure project writes @takvera

If our Australian political leaders had any vision they might consider a 21st century renewables energy scheme similar in scope and vision to the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme, for northern Australia, and linking us with some of our northern neighbours. Instead we have seen political pandering to the greed of fossil fuel companies, like the Chinese state owned company Shenhua proposing to develop the Watermark open cut coal mine on the fertile Liverpool Plains of NSW, with the dangers to groundwater, wildlife and agricultural productivity and food security. Or the Indian conglomerate Adani that wants to develop the giant Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee basin of Queensland and hires […]

By hook or by crook – The #CashForTurnbacks scandal: @Qldaah #auspol

Live blog of the media reports on the “cash for turnbacks” crisis. Check back regularly for updates.   (Jump to comments section) Introduction. (February 5, 2016) – Senate inquiry, Canberra. (December 2, 2015) – Court proceedings, Indonesia. (November 8, 2015) – Government operates within the law. (November 5, 2015) – People smugglers go on trial. (October 30, 2015) – Amnesty’s ‘ideological attack’. (October 29, 2015) – Amnesty concludes transnational crime. (August 6, 2015) – Saving lives. (July 20, 2015)  – AFP essential priority. (June 24, 2015)  – Senate inquiry to launch. (June 20, 2015)  – Counter allegations. (June 19, 2015)  – Justifying paying people smugglers. (June 18, 2015)  – International waters intercept. (June […]

Selling the Budget, @YaThinkN is here to help #Auspol

Normally when the Federal Budget comes out we punters get rather amused at the excitement we see in the media. We giggle at seeing Kochie from Sunrise get his jollies about being in lock up, but unless there is some blatantly nasty stuff in the budget that will hit our hip pockets, we really don’t care too much. In fact, by the time the political talking heads have started discussing it, our eyes have already glazed over and we have moved on to more important things, like who are the front runners in The Voice or has Matt Preston’s cravats got louder? This budget is a different animal after a […]

Why ‘inadvertent incursion’ won’t wash: @adropex analyses Sovereign Borders inquiry

By Lesley Howard  @adropex On January 17, 2014, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, reported that Australian vessels had entered Indonesian territorial waters during operations conducted in association with Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). On January 21, 2014, terms of reference were given for an internal review to be conducted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Australian Defense Force (ADF) into these incursions. On February 19, 2014, the review found that Australian ships had violated Indonesian territorial waters six times between December 1, 2013, and January 20, 2014, as part of border security operations. However “each incursion was inadvertent and occurred as a result of miscalculation of Indonesian maritime boundaries […]

@Jansant interviews respected refugee advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM @Kon__K from the @ASRC1

[clear] By Wayne Jansson  @jansant February 8, 2014 Ever since John Howard’s Tampa affair back in 2001, refugees arriving by boat have been at the centre of political debate in Australia. A campaign to demonise and dehumanise refugees has been in full swing ever since. Its been so successful the Abbott government has even seen the value in using refugees to launch a fresh round of attacks on the ABC for perceived bias. Criticism is growing both in Australia and around the world to our treatment of refugees. This criticisms is aimed at both the policies and the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric of the Australian government. #UNHCR is concerned about reports of […]

Independent candidate for Higgins Graeme Weber: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore  @gemoo4 5 September 2013 Candidate Q&A I talk politics with independent candidate for Higgins Graeme Weber. Georgie: You are running as an independent pro-nuclear conservative. When people think of a conservative political candidate, the first thing that crosses their mind usually isn’t a push for nuclear power. Do you think your candidacy has surprised people? Weber: I’m sure my candidacy has surprised a lot of people, but it is what I’ve been reading and discussing and working on for at least a decade. Georgie: How did you get involved in politics? Weber: I got into politics when I was very young, my wife and I met through young […]

Bishop v Indonesian Ambassador Kesoema. Who said what and who is lying?

What the Indonesian Ambassador said about Coalition’s turn-back-boats policy: Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema said Indonesia would welcome Tony Abbott or whoever leads Australia after the September election. But he said asylum seeker boats should be turned back to other countries, not to Indonesia. “Indonesia is a transit country and also the victim of this situation. I think it’s not possible for the coalition to say that it has to go back to Indonesia because Indonesia is not the origin country of these people,” he told reporters in Canberra on Friday. “No such collaboration will happen between Indonesia and Australia (to) bring back the people to Indonesia.” The opposition has long […]

Abbott-v-truth on ‘illegals’

By Tony Yegles April 24, 2013 Leigh Sales won a Walkley Award for her interview with Mr Abbott on the 730 Report in August 2012. Part of this interview dealt with the issue of using the term “illegal” when referring to asylum seekers. Below is a quick reminder. LEIGH SALES: Why have you referred repeatedly to illegal asylum boats coming to Australia? Do you accept that that’s illegal and that seeking asylum by any means is legal? TONY ABBOTT: Most of the people who are coming to Australia by boat have passed through several countries on the way and if they simply wanted asylum they could have claimed that in […]