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Saturday, 17 February

22:06

Follow the money - it won't make you communist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Anyone would think I'd gone communist. Along with John Howard.

As soon as the Treasury released its tax expenditures statement last week, I and others who reported it were accused of wanting to ape Eastern Europe, of going "Peak Orwellian".

"The author has raised an interesting concept, everything belongs to the government and one has no individual rights or assets," wrote one of my kinder correspondents.

"The left regards tax not gouged as government spending," wrote another. "Since when has retaining your earnings been a government handout?"

The short answer is: since at least 1998. That's when Howard made it mandatory for the Treasury to report tax expenditures as if they were cash expenditures.

On taking over as Coalition prime minister after 13 years of Labor government, he set up a Commission of Audit to tell him what to cut.

It told him that government programs were delivered in two ways: as direct payments which hurt the budget, and as tax breaks which also hurt the budget.

Although often functionally identical (parents don't care whether they get the family tax benefit as a payment or a rebate, patients don't mind how they get the private health insurance rebate, and most wouldn't know whether the baby bonus was a payment or a tax break) the two get treated quite differently.

Payments get put in the budget of individual ministers as a line item to be scrutinised and reviewed in the lead-up to every budget.

Tax breaks go on no one's budget and become part of the furniture. As the Henry tax review reported later, they can be "difficult to contain".

Accounting for them once a year, in the same way as direct payments are accounted for twice a year in each budget and budget update, lets us know what they are and what they are worth.

It doesn't mean (necessarily) that they are at risk, any more than accounting for the annual cost of the pension means it...

22:00

February 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.

1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.

1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.

1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.

1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.

1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.

1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.

1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.

1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.

1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.

1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania.  In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.

1874 -  I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.

1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.

1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...

21:56

A tick from the IMF but company tax cuts no sure thing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

When the International Monetary Fund boosted its forecasts of world economic growth on the back of better prospects in the US this week, Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison was quick to claim it as an endorsement of company tax cuts.

"These new global growth forecasts demonstrate yet again that the move that's been taken in the United States, but also in other countries, the United Kingdom and France and other parts of the world, to drive their economies and to see their businesses grow, is going to generate growth and jobs," he said.

"Labor is stopping us."

The Fund lifted its forecasts of global growth for this year and the next from 3.7 to 3.9 per cent. It said half of the jump was due to the Trump tax cuts. Its US 2018 US growth forecast climbed from 2.3 to 2.7 per cent and its 2019 forecast from 1.9 to 2.5 per cent.

But much of that boost wasn't due to the most impressive and expensive ($US1.3 trillion) part of the cut; the slicing of the rate from 35 to 21 per cent. It was due to another, cheaper measure: a temporary instant asset write-off. Firms that install new buildings and equipment will be able to deduct the full cost straight away without depreciating it over years. It is similar to, but larger than, capped schemes introduced in Australia by both Labor and the Coalition to boost investment after the global financial crisis and the demise of the mining boom.

Like those schemes, it will be temporary, lasting for five years. Like those schemes, much of it will bring forward investment that most likely would have happened anyway, but later, meaning that when it ends US growth will slump, which is what the IMF expects and one of the reasons it is forecasting weaker US growth down the track.

Australia isn't proposing such a scheme. What the Turnbull government is proposing is a cut in the headline company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent for all companies, not just those with turnovers of up to $50 million, whose cuts to 25 per cent have already been approved by the Senate.

Will the US cut to 21 per cent, and other cuts including Brtiain's cut to 18 per cent, leave Australia uncompetitive?

It depends on how you calculate competitiveness.

These days John Fraser heads the Commonwealth Treasury. Until 2013 he was head of UBS Global Asset Management and responsible for its worldwide investments. He told a budget forum in Australia in 2015 that while he understood the argument for cutting company tax, his own experience told him that the tax was a "second or third order issue" for would-be investors.

"Generally the internal rates of return that are required the hurdle rates are so high it would be false to say the taxation rate,...

20:58

Gina Rineharts son petitions for Barnaby Joyce to stop wearing Akubra "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen

Akubra hats are fantastic hats the best you can buy in Australia, and possibly the best in the world. These rough tough Aussie hats, which you can crunch up in a bag and theyll bounce back (better not to), go through a rainstorm and theyll dry out (theyll shrink a fraction) and keep the blazing sun off your fair Anglo-Saxon skin, are great hats.

I see people wandering around Bondi with trendy caps, straw hats, Panama hats and floppy hats, but nothing beats the Akubra.

As for Barnaby Joyce I hope he stays on as Australian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals. Barnaby is a goof-ball, thick as a brick, self-serving and possibly corrupt. But hes O so entertaining please stay on Barnaby Joyce purely for your unique highly entertaining out-there personality, and nothing else please stay

As for cheating on his wife and getting his much younger female staff member pregnant only Barnaby Joyce could do itgo Barnaby.

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07:30

To 18th February the week that has been , in Australian nuclear news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A thaw in North Koreas attitude, with the Winter Olympics. Cynics dismiss this as propaganda, but it has obviously brought some calm to the situation in the two Koreas, and perhaps even changed the equation North Korea v USA.

07:01

Despite local opposition, Australian government still planning for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Planning is continuing for a nuclear waste disposal site in the South Australian outback, despite opposition from local residents. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-17/barndioota-nuclear-waste-site-planning-outrages-locals/9456052

  ABC North and West By Gary-Jon Lysaght 17 Feb 18  The Federal Government has shortlisted two sitesat Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one at Barndioota, south of Lake Torrens, near Hawker. The site that is chosen will become a permanent facility for low-level nuclear waste, and will temporarily hold intermediate-level waste.

The intermediate-level waste is currently being held at Lucas Heights, in Sydneys south.

Barndioota is a gazetted area, and was a town between 1883 and 1929. Locals from Quorn and Hawker, the two communities closest to the Barndioota site, have been vocally opposing the site since planning began in 2015.

We can see no reason why youd bring stuff thats temporarily stored somewhere else to a completely new site that hasnt even been built, resident Greg Bannon said.

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders...

05:43

Update on Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project seems hellbent on keeping this matter in the family the family being itself and a small group of local supporters in the sites already volunteering.

So, it could be a bit of a spanner in the works, for the Australian Senate to be having a Committee of Inquiry into the process. That seems to be inviting outsiders to have a say on the subject of transporting radioactive trash, particularly spent nuclear fuel rod trash 2000 km across Australia, to sit in above ground canisters temporarily near Kimba, South Australia.

Who are the Committee members?  We dont know.  When will it report back?  Thats on August 14th, which might be too late the site selection might have been made by then.

Anyway, people can send in Submissions by April 3rd, and I urge you to do so.

Four pro nuclear submissions are already published on the Senate Committee site.

These submissions come from:

  • Denise Carpenter   member of the Barndioota Consultative Committee. This Committees role is to help determine which is the best site for a National Radioactive Waste Dump.
  • Ian Carpenter is an enthusiastic member of  the Hawker Economic Working Group set up t0 investigate how local people at Barndioota, near Hawker and Quorn, 330km north of Adelaide could benefit if radioactive waste is stored there.
  • Chelsea Haywood
  •  Janice Alex McInnis

    I have skimmed through the...

02:22

New blog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This blog is defunct.

Im now blogging on policy, politics, and data viz at mattcowgill.com and on Australian football at thearcfooty.com.

Thanks for reading.

01:59

Tropical Cyclone 10S (Kelvin) to make landfall over Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tropical Cyclone 10S has formed just off the coast of northern Western Australia on February 16, 2018. The cyclone, still named Tropical Low 1 (17U) by BOM and soon to be internationally known as Kelvin, is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall...... Read more

01:00

2017 2018 the the trends in nuclear construction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A year in review: the trends in nuclear construction http://www.constructionglobal.com/infrastructure/year-review-trends-nuclear-construction By DAN BRIGHTMORE Feb 12, 2018 

00:59

Disadvantages of thorium reactors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

High start-up costs: Huge investments are needed for thorium nuclear power reactor, as it requires significant amount of testing, analysis and licensing work. Also, there is uncertainty over returns on the investments in these reactors. For utilities, this factor can weigh on the decisions to go ahead with plans to deploy the reactors. The reactors also involve high fuel fabrication and reprocessing costs.

High melting point of thorium oxide: As melting point of thorium oxide is much higher compared to that of uranium oxide, high temperatures are needed to make high density ThO2 and ThO2based mixed oxide fuels. The fuel in nuclear fission reactors is usually based on the metal oxide.

Emission of gamma rays: Presence of Uranium-232 in irradiated thorium or thorium based fuels in large amounts is one of the major disadvantages of thorium nuclear power reactors. It can result in significant emissions of gamma rays.  http://nuclear.energy-business-review.com/news/major-pros-and-cons-of-thorium-nuclear-power-reactor-6058445

00:58

Britains nuclear test veterans to be DNA tested "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

DNA tests for UKs nuclear bomb veterans http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43075718 16 February 201...

00:52

Shameless: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

AEMC blasted for not providing robust signals for demand response technologies clearly the smartest, cleanest and cheapest option to solve many energy issues, but not one favoured by generators.

via Shameless: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried RenewEconomy

00:51

Labor MP calls for climate change action #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani #TorresStrait jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Queensland Labor MP Cynthia Lui has called for action on climate change during her maiden speech. Queensland Labor MP Cynthia Lui has called for more to be done about climate change in an emotional maiden speech to Queensland parliament. Ms Lui is the first Torres Strait Islander to sit as an MP in any Australian []

via Labor MP calls for climate change action #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani #TorresStrait jpratt27

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Friday, 16 February

22:00

February 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Today is the Fornacalia in Ancient Rome; the festival of ovens, bread and the oven goddess, Fornax, who taught us how to bake that yummy goodness that is bread.

1788 -  Rev. Johnson celebrated the first Communion in the colony. The service was held in Lieutenant Ralph Clark's tent, borrowed for the occasion. The event was recorded by Clark in his journal.
'I will keep this Table also as long as I live for it is the first Table that ever the Lords Supper was eat of in this country'

1788 - Lord Howe Island was innocently sitting in the ocean, soaking up the sun when Lieutenant Henry Ball (wonder what his mates called him? Ballsy Hal? Hank le Billiard? Crystal Ball Gypsy Harry?) tripped over it whilst commanding the ship HMAS Supply en route to that popular holiday resort Norfolk Island and promptly named it after some bloke.

1802 - Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, flinging names for all the features willy nilly on this day.
Pt Whidbey / Whidbey Isles were named after a friend of Flinders, the Master-Attendant at Sheerness, England.

1802 - French Explorer Nicholas Baudin was an equally busy bloke tossing titles all over the shop on this day.

1802 - Fortescue Bay was named Dolomieu Bay by Baudin after Deodat Guy Silvain Tancrede Gratet de Dolomieu (1750-1801), French mineralogist.

1802 - Cape Hauy was named after Ren Just Hay (1743-1822). French mineralogist, born at St. Just, in the department of Oise, educated at the colleges of Navarre and Lemoine, became a teacher at the latter and turned to natural history. He founded the science of crystallography.

1802 - Waterfall Bay was named Monge Bay by Baudin, 17.2.1802, after Gaspar Comte de Peluse Monge (1746-1818), French mathematician.

1802 - Forestier Peninsula named after Henry Verdean Forestier (1755-1806), French Minister for the Navy and administration.

1802 - Cape Surville was named after Louis Charles de Hautefort, Marquis de Surville (1658-1721), French Admiral.

1802 - Greenly Island was named by Flinders after Elizabeth Greenly of Titley Court, the lady to whom Sir Isaac Coffin was engaged. They were married in 1811 and Sir Isaac Coffin assumed the name and arms of Greenly as his wife didn't like the idea of being known as Lady Coffin.

1802 - Avoid Bay was thus dubbed by Flinders from its being exposed to the dangerous southern winds and there are rocks and breakers on each side of the entrance."

1803 - Cape Wilberforce was titled by Matthew Flinders on this day who named it after the Reformer, William Wilberforce.

1803 - The Bromby Islands were named by explorer Flinders on this day after Rev John Bromby of Hull who officiated in the marriage of Flinders to Anne Chappell.

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10:01

So far, 4 pro nuclear Submissions to Senate Committee on nuclear waste dump selection. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

My advice to those writing submissions is to take your time, and do it properly.

 

I have skimmed through the 4 submissions already published, and they are pretty crummy, repetitive pro nuclear stuff   all emphasising that the writer thinks that the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump is really a matter for the local, not the wider, community

 

The writers are: Denise Carpenter, Ian Carpenter, Chelsea Haywood and Janice Alex McInnis

10:00

Remembering Fallujah: War Crimes Committed Under Jim Mattis and Jim Molan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Bagdhad (AHT) Ross Caputi, a former Marine who was witness and accomplice to the atrocities committed in Fallujah in November 2004 during Operation Phantom Fury, wrote this about his units entry into the city:

Perhaps it was just too painful of a realization for many of us to make, because we saw ourselves as the liberators, the good guys, and to admit that we were hurting innocent people would have contradicted everything that we claimed to stand for. I can only speculate about what the motives were for the people who dreamed up that mission and decided to make the people of Fallujah flee into the desert. Was it also too painful for the decision makers to admit to themselves that we were hurting innocent people? Or were they so evil that they just did not care who we were hurting? Whatever their reasons for doing it were, the fact of the matter is that our entire command was aware that we had forced the majority of the citys population, about 200,000 people, into refugee status, but nobody took responsibility for their wellbeing, as international law required of us.

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Central to that command was Major General Andrew Jim Molan, an Australian who was seconded to the US military in 2004 and took overall command of US coalition forces in Iraq, alongside the current US defense secretary Jim Mattis.

What happened in the so-called second battle of Falluja however, went far beyond a failure to attend to the needs of the civilian population who were able to flee...

04:26

Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrinas Aboriginal people? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Brewarrina, or Bre as it is known, is an historic and fascinating town on the Barwon-Darling River. New South Wales.With 68% of the local population identifying as indigenous it is essentially an Aboriginal town. .
It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Aboriginal stone fish traps which, at 40,000 years old, may be the oldest man-made structures on the planet.

Brewarrina was the scene of a huge massacre of Aboriginals. They rounded them up like cattle, old and young, on the Quantambone plain, and shot them. It is said that there were about 400 and that was how Hospital Creek got its name

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04:24

Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...

04:09

The North Korean Olympic thaw- unwise to treat this with cynicism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The West risks missing a chance at peace if it continues to treat North Koreas change of heart with cynicism  Could it be that Trumps bombast over the airwaves cut through in Pyongyang in a way that conventional diplomacy had failed to do? The Independent UK, Mary Dejevsky  @IndyVoices 16 Feb 18

The mixed messages about the North Korean skaters, however, highlighted or so it seemed to me something else: a reluctance on the part of the foreign policy establishment, including the media, to look good news in the face, especially when it has not been expected.

How long ago was it in fact, a bare six weeks that Kim Jong-un and the US President were trading very public, very macho, insults, culminating in Donald Trumps memorable boast that his nuclear button was much bigger and more powerful than Kims and, what is more, my button works.

Even the most hardened pessimist would have to admit that between then and now there has been something of a mood swing. Less than three weeks after the big button exchange, North Korea suddenly acted on overtures in Kims New Year address to broach talks with the South, and even participated in the Olympics. The IOC delayed its deadline for entries, permitted North Koreas participation, and the next thing we knew was that North and South were concocting a joint ice hockey team, the Norths nonagenarian de facto head of state was on his way to Seoul, and Kim announced that his sister his sister would be going to the opening ceremony, too.

Far from haili...

04:08

04:07

South Australia a global leader in clean energy: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

IEEFA: South Aust among world leaders in transition to wind, solar, ECO News, By David Twomey -February 14, 2018 

04:03

Olympics 2020: the nuclear terrorism threat for Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Japan, IAEA agree to cooperate on Tokyo 2020 nuclear counterterrorism, Nikkei Asian Review, 16 Feb 18, VIENNA (Kyodo) The Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed an agreement on Thursday to work together to keep the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics safe from the threat of terrorism involving nuclear materials.
 According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the agreement includes measures to support IAEA experts participation in events relating to the Tokyo games, the exchange of information on nuclear security issues and the loan to Japan of equipment to detect radiation.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano observed the signing in Vienna before holding a meeting at which Kono said they agreed to flesh out cooperation in thwarting nuclear terrorism.

We want to thoroughly cooperate with the IAEA to make sure the Olympics are safe, Kono said at the outset of the meeting.....

03:59

Frances nuclear giant EDF plans a whopping radioactive garbage pool "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

EDF plans to build a giant nuclear garbage pool in Belleville-sur-Loire instead of stopping producing unmanageable waste! http://www.sortirdunucleaire.org/EDF-projette-de-construire-une-piscine-poubellePress release of February 13, 2018

On February 13, 2018, the Reporterre site revealed the new EDF project. In view of the prolongation of the operation of nuclear reactors and to unclog the four basins of the La Hague plant where used fuel is stored, the electrical firm wants to build a giant new pool of deactivation near the Belleville plant -sur-Loire (Cher). We strongly condemn this imposed, dangerous and expensive project. Rather than create a new trash, EDF must turn off the tap and dry up the production of unmanageable radioactive waste!

In France, spent fuel is stored in deactivation pools for the time needed to cool them (between 3 and 5 years). If each nuclear power plant has its own pool adjoining the reactor building, the La Hague plant (Manche) hosts 4 pools in which are immersed more than 10,000 tons of spent fuel, representing a hundred reactor cores waiting for a improbable reprocessing. Supposedly temporary, storage in these pools has been going on for 40 years. Consequences: the pools are full and the space is running out. Instead of starting a decline in spent fuel stocks by stopping the production of electricity from nuclear power, EDF is stubborn and plans to build an additional pool in Belleville-sur-Loire. But the experience of La Hague shows that the use of these pools goes hand in hand with disproportionate risks.

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03:52

Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This is the list of the events organized in various countries and towns worldwide for the commemoration of the March 11 2011 beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, ongoing for 7 years now. I will complete this list little by little by adding to this list any additional event about which the people will inform []

via Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

03:50

Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

via Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy

03:50

New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon just going to be the norm, says home builder Metricon. Already, theyre putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

via New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy

03:49

IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, at cost, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

via IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy

Thursday, 15 February

23:34

Joyce affair reveals Australias corrupt and crony political culture "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In many ways, the controversy over Barnaby Joyces affair is a distraction. The focus on the personal affair with a former journalist, who became a staffer in the media has the flavour of tabloid journalism about it. Personal relationships are much more complex and only those involved really know what is going on. Besides, he has done much worse then get his girlfriend pregnant and this is what the focus should be on.

Joyce has consistently been in the front line, attacking those on Centrelink benefits as welfare cheat.  her has played a leading role in  bringing in a list of measures, engineered to make life more difficult for the most vulnerable Australians.

While doing this, he has not been too shy to dip his own hands into the governments coffers.And he is accused of using public funds to cultivate an extramarital affair. And when he finally leaves Canberra, there will be no guilt about walking away with a bag of life-long perks and a pension that would provide a comfortable life for a whole bunch of other pensioners. You can bet he wont be calling himself a welfare cheat, even if this comes on top of his reputed wealth of around $18 million.

Time and time again, Barnaby Joyce has betrayed the ranks of the National Party, siding with Tony Abbott and then Malcolm Turnbull, to champion cut backs in services and privatisations. He once claimed to stand against this. No wonder that some in the National Party took to calling him Turncoat Barnaby. This has contributed to the shifting of a section of the partys base of support to One Nation.

Many more sins could be written about. At every turn, when a new measure that hurt ordinary Australians came, Barnaby was there, playing the role of the most reliable sycophant of a brutal  government without compassion and prepared to do anything to serve its own interests. .

If there is one positive thing to come out of the present affair, it is that it has given us a glimpse of the murky waters of the embedded culture of corruption and cronyism that envelopes Canberra.

This  is the most pressing political issue of our times. Corruption and cronyism is what is determining the type of government that we have and what lies behind so many measures are being put in place, which are hurting ordinary Australians.

The flip side is that  this situation has plunged trust in the political system to the lowest level ever. Before the Barnaby Joyce affair broke out, not many had any great trust in parliament, leading politicians and the big parties.  But now, the stocks have sunk even lower, and this has mainly goner...

23:23

Australian Constitution Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Putting aside the Barnaby Joyce affair, the people in the Australian Government have a much more serious issue that is not on a domestic scale but rather has global ramifications, that being a "Constitutional Crisis" that is (deliberately?) hidden in plain sight.

Please also note that a book from 1999 called AUSTRALIA The Concealed colony  by F.J. Coningham Ph.D. has been removed from bookshelves.  

From the video below (6m50s), these are the topics mentioned;


  • Australia is a colony as defined within the Constitution, therefore cannot have a matter in the International Court of Justice.

  • Royal signature (of QEII) a must for any law to be valid, where the signature is given by the Vice-Regal representative -> Governor-General.

  • A passport can only be issued by a nation and not a colony of the U.K.
  • No action has been taken by the Australian government on the Stern Hu matter as this could expose Australia's Constitutional issues.

  • In the 1990's Australia's Governor-General was appointed from a forged document.
  • U.K. chancellor Baron Falconer confirmed signature was a forgery,
  • Date of the document is after the design of the Royal Seal was changed.
  • Custody of the Royal Seal
  • The Australian people are governed in secrecy.
  • Australia given vast territories in the Antarctic by the United Nations.
  • The U.S. has bases on Australian territories searching for resources.
  • The Japanese are whaling in Australian territories as they comprehend that if the matter was to play out publicly in the international courts where it would be exposed that the U.N. cannot give territories to a colony.
The people in government will not do anything about this, due to the cushy government entitlements, where they'd rather keep the masses in the dark.




22:41

Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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Joyces slow, agonising spiral down "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Hair by agonising hair, day by painful day, the bandaid was pulled off.

It didnt have to be this way.

Barnaby Joyce and coalition MPs had about 24 hours where they thought he had pulled out of a death spiral that began nine days ago.

Nationals MPs were lined up behind their leader.

The flood of revelations about his affair with staffer Vikki Campion had dried up.

His party didnt want him gone.

Joyce leads 21 Nationals MPs in parliament and they are the only ones who can remove him, not the prime minister.

They see him as an electoral asset, a man who bombastically stands up for the regions, delivering money and votes.

His style isnt for everyone, but it does just fine for many, many people in the country.

After a testy week, Joyce looked to have avoided the death spirals his colleagues had taken.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop lasted 18 days before her inevitable resignation over taking a helicopter to a Liberal fundraiser.

Sussan Ley lasted 10 days before quitting the front bench over claiming travel expenses to buy a house on the Gold Coast.

Liberal MPs privately said they thought this scandal was going to end the same way, until Joyce appeared to pull it out of the fire on Wednesday.

Despite his mistakes, one MP summed up his worth to the coalition:Were better with him than without him.

Then Malcolm Turnbull pulled the bandaid off a bit further, ripping out some hairs with it.

He told parliament Joyce would be taking personal leave next week instead of being acting prime minister while Turnbull was in Washington.

Turnbull had not appeared fully confident in Joyce all week but that decision took him to the brink.

More questions then began to be raised about a rent-free townhouse Joyce was given to live in for six months, thanks to a rich business friend Greg Maguire.

Then there were questions about a function his department paid for at Maguires Armidale hotel.

And it was revealed Joyces push to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale meant taxpayers have spent almost $15,000 putting staff in that same hotel.

A passionate and strident Turnbull waited unt...

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South Korea's Ahn Hee-Jung on coal trade: after Paris 'everything should change' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australia sells South Korea $6bn of coal a year, so Canberra unease over the governor's anti-coal message is unsurprisingFor a South Korean presidential hopeful, Ahn Hee-Jung is not what you would expect. Related: Energy economics group says export market for Australian coal will decline Meeting South Korea's Governor An Hee-jung to discuss working together to meet regional challenges & #WinterOlympics2018 ~ pic.twitter.com/nnGrchOsSo Continue reading...

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