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 […]

NSW lets hibernating animals die to speed up Whitehaven mine, by a sad @georgefwoods at #leardblockade

[clear] The bitter truth and the bitter cold: chainsaw surgery for the animals of Leard State Forest You can be aware that something is true, without really feeling it, and only come up against your illusions, and your naivety, when your knowledge is made real, and you actually experience the terrible truth first hand. It’s a truism in #nswpol that coal mining companies can “say anything they like before approval, and do anything they like afterwards.” It’s a pattern with which coal-affected communities are familiar that conditions of mine approvals are regularly broken and changed after approval is secured. Mines get bigger, creeks get polluted, offset deadlines get forgiven and […]

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 […]