May 4, 2019 – Table of contents
Is the black-throated finch threatened by Adani or is Adani threatened by the black-throated finch?
Jason Modica making the government remember Mallee
Wayne Jansson reports, “In this No Fibs podcast I chat with climate action Independent Jason Modica who’s one of three Independents putting in a strong challenge in the safe National-held seat of Mallee.” Jason Modica making the government remember Mallee.
Stoking the fires of hatred
Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) Senator Amanda Stoker is the guest speaker tomorrow for a group who campaigns against the building of mosques and publishes anti-Islam content.
Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed reported, “The Queensland senator Amanda Stoker is billed as the guest speaker at Sunday’s forum organised by the Sunshine Coast Safe Communities group, an outfit that opposes mosque developments and frequently airs anti-Islamic views.” Liberal senator Amanda Stoker billed as speaker for group that wants to ban mosques.
Another fringe group in Queensland attempting to influence the election is the True Blue Crew which held a rally in Gatton.
Ben Smee reported,”In Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, a militant white supremacist group, whose members and supporters have been linked to far-right terrorism, has launched its first foray into politics. Under a park enclosure at Gatton, wearing T-shirts with the ‘True Blue Crew’ insignia, group members handed out soft drinks and cooked sausages, with the stated aim of helping like-minded federal election candidates work together.” ‘Quite frightening’: the far-right fringe of the election campaign is mobilising.
It follows revelations that anti-Islam United Patriots Front founder, Neil Erikson, had met with the Qld LNP on the Gold Coast last year.
Sarah Martin and Christopher Knaus reported, “Far-right ringleader Neil Erikson was one of three extremists who attended a ‘conservative recruitment event’ for the Liberal National Party at a private residence on the Gold Coast last year.” Neil Erikson attended Gold Coast ‘recruitment event’ for the Liberal National party.
Mr Erikson has been featuring strongly in the election campaign. It was revealed earlier this week that he had attended a rally in support of a Peter Dutton plan to give preferential immigration treatment to white South African farmers. Headlining the rally were Liberal MPs, Ian Goodenough and Andrew Hastie. Video shows far-right extremist Neil Erikson at rally headlined by Hastie and Goodenough.
Divers keeping climate action afloat
John Pratt reported, “Tanya Murphy has worked on the Great Barrier Reef as a diving instructor for SunLover Reef Cruises for seven years. Her love for coral brought her to Cairns. In this interview she talks about witnessing the 2016-2017 coral bleaching events and how this led her to starting Divers For Reef Conservation.” Divers keeping climate action afloat.
“You’re a classic space invader,” opposition leader Bill Shorten replied as Prime Minister Scott Morrison moved inside his comfort zone at the second leaders’ debate in Brisbane last night. Mr Morrison had challenged Mr Shorten about a Gladstone visit last month where a worker had spoken to Shorten about implementing tax cuts. The worker had declared that most of his team were on $250,000 a year.
David Crowe reported, “Bill Shorten has denied misleading a Queensland worker by claiming he would ‘look at’ tax cuts for people earning more than $250,000 a year, even though Labor is going to an election with a plan to add a two per cent levy on the same workers.” Bill Shorten denies misleading voter over tax increase for earners on $250k a year.
Analysing last night’s debate, Malcolm Farr commented, “While Scott Morrison was focused on the bloke standing next to him, the Labor leader employed an emotional device to gain crucial audience involvement.” Powerful Shorten tactic grabs audience’s attention at debate with Morrison.
Mr Morrison today dismissed a question from the media that he had a “Mark Latham” moment by saying he was trying to get Mr Shorten to, “look me in the eye”.
May the fourth be with you
Continuing the space theme today, it’s “May the Fourth be With You” day, also commonly known as Star Wars Day.
The Liberal Party thought they would get the PM into the act but marketing guru, Dee Madigan, didn’t think it was such a great idea.
Ben Smee reported,”A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the boffins at Liberal party headquarters created a meme that would save the Australian people and restore freedom to the galaxy.” Scott Morrison aims for the stars after ‘space invader’ moment.
Not wanting to leave Bill Shorten out, here’s one The Project prepared earlier.