The next #leardblockade bat attack on #liverpoolplains, by local Ros Druce

Stop Work…Independent Audit into the Approval of Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Project…Before the Forest Falls! In my Renegade' #frightbat colony, no gender/politics bar. We fight for Truth, Justice, Nature & the Australian Way. pic.twitter.com/4vjvUt8HTC — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) June 19, 2014 I wonder if Nathan Tinkler ever envisaged so much opposition from the locals of Maules Creek when he planned to exploit the Leard State Forest and surrounding farming district to build Aston Coal Mine? Aston Resources merged with Whitehaven after Mr Tinkler’s empire came to a crashing halt, the company is now simply known as ‘The Maules Creek Project’ or Whitehaven Coal. Tarrawonga Coal Mine also destroying the forest is […]

Money has swamped Qld politics, and that endangers democracy: @Graeme_Orr #qldvotes comment

Money makes the world go round.  That’s a truism in a market economy.   The promise of democracy – one vote, one person, one value – ought to balance that.   But what if money makes the political world go round? Nothing less than the fate of electoral democracy is at stake if we let money swamp politics.   Swamps have formed again in Qld and NSW, as they do periodically elsewhere. Last week ‘50 prominent Australians’ published an open letter beseeching Queensland’s parties to agree to 4 governance and accountability principles.  It was motivated by concerns that Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission, judicial independence and political finance laws have been weakened recently. […]

Try hards: October labour force, Qld trend unemployment at 6.7pc, @Qldaah #qldpol

Tracking Queensland’s long term unemployment rate. Queensland’s trend unemployment remained at 6.7 percent for October with 3,800 full-time jobs and 1,700 part time jobs disappearing for a total loss of 5,500 jobs. The jobless rate for September was also revised upward by Treasury from 6.4pc to 6.7pc. A total of 168,600 people are now unemployed in Queensland, up from 137,700 in March of 2012 when the LNP took office. In seasonally adjusted terms, unemployment rose from 6.3pc to 7.0pc. September’s data was also revised to 6.3pc after no data had been supplied from Treasury. A flummoxed Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls struggled to explain Queensland’s deteriorating jobless figures but assured the […]

A failure of presidential sized proportions – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

A failure of presidential sized proportions. A Moggill in the rough. Branch members reject sexting MP Peter Dowling. ReachTEL poll on asset leasing. Waiting to get on the hospital waiting list. RTI details $4 billion cuts to Queensland Education. Tweet of the week – Like a big black blowy on a pavlova. . A failure of presidential sized proportions Queensland could be forgiven for not knowing the identity of the Liberal National Party President Bruce McIver. He’s operated under the media radar for most of the tenure of the Newman Government, only popping up occasionally to offer sage advice. It was McIver who brought forth Campbell Newman from the Brisbane […]

A tap on the shoulder – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

The Arrrs have it – Arts Minister updates the House on Captain Jack Sparrow. A tap on the shoulder. Here’s laughing at you – Pensioners unconvinced of lower power bills. Crossbench movements. Queensland town of Moranbah declining with falling coal prices. Volatile Queensland question time – Premier defies Madam Speaker. Revelations of an outgoing Queensland Integrity Commissioner. . The Arrrs have it – Arts Minister updates the House on Captain Jack Sparrow Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker updated the House this week on the imminent arrival of Captain Jack Sparrow for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie to be hosted in the state. Read more at our @NoFibs report, […]

Spinning assets into votes – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Newman Government obstinacy – Fire ants march on Gold Coast. Spinning assets into votes – Newman’s leasing plan. Turmoil on Reef. The farcical investigation into Dr Bruce Flegg. Carl Judge abandons PUP. Qld slips down OECD rankings. Scott Driscoll charged. Who’s donating to the LNP? Trend unemployment for September rises to 6.4pc. Tweet of the week – What if Campbell Newman was left alone? . Newman Government obstinacy – Fire ants march on Gold Coast Fire ants. A tiny creature with a detrimental impact to Queensland’s South-East and potentially Northern New South Wales. Last week the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) confirmed nests had been found on […]

September labour force: Unemployment rises to 6.4pc, biggest trend FTE job losses, @Qldaah #qldpol

Tracking Queensland’s long term unemployment rate. Thursday marked the worst trend full-time employment (FTE) job losses of the Newman Government to date. The September labour force data revealed Queensland lost 4,600 FTE. It gained 1,700 part-time employment (PTE) resulting in a net loss of 2,900 jobs across the state. The trend unemployment rate for August was revised down from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent. The September unemployment rate was up a notch to 6.4pc. Seasonally adjusted figures for labour force have not been supplied this month from Queensland Treasury and Trade with them noting; Note: In the September 2014 edition of the Labour Force Survey, the ABS advised of significant […]

Whitehaven enviro offsets farce; by @greekmcchic on the ground at #leardblockade

  The two coal mines at Boggabri and Maules Creek  NSW are causing a death-by-a-thousand-cuts destruction of the Leard State Forest. To get approval at Federal and State level, coal miners Whitehaven and Idemitsu have relied on biodiversity offsets that promise “like for like” or “equal to or better” habitat for the critically endangered ecological community (CEEC) and vulnerable plants and animals that inhabit the Leard. Last week in the company of a team of photo-journalists, an arborist, a member of the Leard Blockade and a drone, I visited the two largest of Whitehaven’s “offsets”. They are degraded, over-stocked and over-grazed land, totally unsuitable for the critically endangered and vulnerable […]

Piracy led recovery – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

The return of Kate Jones. Dr Bruce Flegg’s downfall. Senate Inquiry into the Newman Government. Pirate led recovery. Power disconnections, wages fall below inflation. VLAD convictions zero. Tweets of the week – Journo’s stakeout. . The return of Kate Jones After years of speculation, Labor’s Kate Jones has confirmed she will stand for pre-selection in the seat of Ashgrove. The former Bligh Government environment minister lost the seat to Campbell Newman at the 2012 election with a 5.5 percent margin. The campaign was fierce culminating in Newman’s refusal to shake Jones’s hand after the Labor party released a series of advertisements casting doubt over his family’s business interests. With cameras […]

Airs and grievances – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Toowoomba second range crossing funds frozen. Airs and grievances – LNP MP Michael Crandon gets a better deal. No asset sales without a mandate but buildings ok. Winner – Lower transport fares. Springborg’s double dipping beat-up. More mining job losses. Newman tables medical history of Labor MP. Tweet of the week – Premier’s tea party. . Toowoomba second range crossing funds frozen The centre piece of the Newman government’s infrastructure plan for Toowoomba appears to have stalled. Funds for the second range crossing from the federal government were frozen by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport Warren Truss. He informed Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls by letter that he was […]