Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pro-duc-tiv-ity

Nine container ships are anchored in the bay, waiting to be unloaded. What is wrong with the dock workers? Bring back the ferocious dogs on leashes, bring back the Dubai trained strike breakers, bring back the men in balaclavas and bring back the scab labour transport buses with blacked out windows, I say. That'll learn 'em.

That awful business happened during ex PM John Howard's time in office, under the guidance of one Peter Reith, a man who I would have thought would be too ashamed to continue in public office of any description.

He was commissioned to report on fracking in Victoria. There is a moratorium at the moment on the practice of injecting chemicals, sand and water at pressure into the ground to release gas.

It is no surprise that he recommended the ban be dropped. His connection to Lakes Oil is? He is a paid lobbyist for? Well, paid lobbyist for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, which has applied for a gas exploration license. Also, a paid lobbyist for Theiss, a construction company working in the mining industry.

Reith is thoroughly discredited as someone independent who could investigate fracking in Victoria. He is simply a lobbyist for mining.

Economics editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, Ross Gittens, writes "The gas industry is working a scam on the people of NSW, in collusion with other business lobby groups and federal and state politicians. It's trying to frighten us into agreeing to remove restrictions on the exploitation of coal seam gas deposits. Failing that, the various parties want to be able to lay the blame for an inevitable jump in the price of natural gas on the greenies and farmers."

Here is a link to places around the world where fracking has been banned. It is quite a long list.

Let me tell you how it will go. Even though Victoria's state Liberals have banned fracking for now, should the Liberals be elected with any sort of decent majority at the next state election, or maybe even without a decent majority, fracking will happen in Victoria. I wouldn't trust the Labor Party to not approve it either, unless they specifically say they won't. Vote Green.
Gittins writes: “The gas industry is working a scam on the people of NSW, in collusion with other business lobby groups and federal and state politicians. It’s trying to frighten us into agreeing to remove restrictions on the exploitation of coal seam gas deposits. Failing that, the various parties want to be able to lay the blame for an inevitable jump in the price of natural gas on the greenies and farmers.” - See more at: http://nofibs.com.au/2013/11/01/lobbyists-public-commentary-reith-spotlight-mark-anning-1earthmedia-reports/#sthash.OPrHt5FY.dpuf
NSW Aboriginal Land Council
NSW Aboriginal Land Council
NSW Aboriginal Land Council

13 comments:

  1. Labor gave it the go ahead in NSW and so have the Liberals.

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    1. Indeed they have Victor. Your Quentin is giving it good coverage. But the Labor Party doesn't always follow the NSW Right.

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  2. Should we be grateful the Member for Fkn is helping Labor shut down our Parliament?

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    1. FC, at least if it shut down, they aren't doing bad things. The FKN member is a disgrace.

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  3. They're all useless, chuck em out and sweep the place clean in 2014.

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    1. Jayne, how about we replace them with some inexperienced but idealistic young people? It might just work.

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  4. Noooo! My bed was meant to arrive on the docks yesterday, it's probably on one of those bloody ships!

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  5. Fen, probably stolen by a wharfie. Drugs were planted in the frame.

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    1. Dammit, I was counting on those drugs!

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  6. Nine container ships? They're probably full of cheap plastic goods that we don't need. Laced with illegal substances that we also don't need. Send them back. There's been a bit on the news lately about sniffer dogs finding all sorts of things that shouldn't be coming in.

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    1. River, I don't think 10% of illegal smuggling is intercepted. It must be the huge volume, of as you say, stuff people don't need.

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  7. @Fen; buy an Australian made bed, that won't get held up on some wharf somewhere. There must be some available somewhere. Not everything is made in China. or wherever.
    Support your country. Because the government won't.
    (says the girl who buys at Ikea...)

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    1. River if I could find a decently made Australian bed, believe me I would buy it. However all I saw were bland and cheap and nasty looking. I spent hours and hours trawling stores, not to mention days on the internets. We make rubbish, end of story.

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