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Tuesday, 22 May

10:10

Soft indicators "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Driven round the bend

For something a bit different, here's a look at what's happening in Western Australia with regards to new car financing. 

At the peak of the resources boom there had been a grand surge in new vehicle finance commitments.

I can well remember seeing the same dynamic up in the Northern Territory; it was literally driven by the same factors.

The number of new cars and station wagons financed remains at the lowest level since 2010, reflecting the low level of consumer confidence.


On the other hand, the annual number of used vehicles financed has now been rising for 11 months.

There are quite a number of indicators that have followed this pattern, suggesting that the worst of the downturn is now in the rear view mirror for the WA economy. 

06:45

Turnbulls Reef rescue plan must address deforestation and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Friday, 27 April 2018 - 2:42pm

 

  • Turnbulls Reef rescue plan must address deforestation and climate change to help save Great Barrier Reef
  • Deforestation threatens Great Barrier Reef40% of Qld clearing is in Reef catchments
  • Turnbull Government has failed to control deforestation with EPBC Act powers
  • $400 million Reef fund could be undone by scale of deforestation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls rumoured Reef rescue package must address Queenslands deforestation crisis and climate change if theres to be any hope in saving the Great Barrier Reef.

Today The Australian reported that the Turnbull Government was proposing a $400 million Reef rescue package in the next Budget after Fairfax revealed on the weekend that Turnbull Government reef funding had dropped $58 million.

Deforestation is Australias greatest hidden environmental crisis, said Wilderness Society Nature Campaigner Jessica Panegyres. It is a big contributor to the declining health of the Great Barrier Reef. When forests are bulldozed, soil is eroded, runs down rivers and smothers the Reef. This damaging process has worsened on the Turnbull Governments watch.

Queensland has seen a huge surge in deforestation in recent years to about 400,000 hectares a year due to the combination of weakened laws in Queensland and systemic inaction by the Turnbull Government. This clearing releases 45 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, when climate change is the greatest long-term threat to the Reef. Forty percent of this deforestation is happening in Great Barrier Reef catchments, directly threatening our already struggling natural treasure. Clearing in Reef catchments has increased almost 50 per cent in 2015-16 to 158,000 hectares.

This is despite a promise from the Turnbull Government to UNESCO to use federal laws to protect the Reef from excessive land clearing and arrest the decline of water quality. The government has powers under the EPBC Act to control this destruction, but whenever these powers look to be used, you see aggressive meddling and threats from the National Party and land clearing lobbyists. The result is a massive escalation of deforestation in Reef catchments that the Federal Government has failed to stop.

The Liberal National Party is desperately split over this issue. On the one hand the Queensland LNP and prominent Nat...

06:36

Queensland parliament passes new deforestation laws: good step forward for nature, climate and Reef "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 2:30pm

 

  • New laws vital first step for tackling Queenslands deforestation crisis
  • Laws end HVA clearing; curtail thinning and increase Reef catchment protection
  • Laws do not protect all rivers or threatened species habitat and exemptions remain

The Queensland Parliaments new deforestation laws are a vital first step to ending the states deforestation crisis, the Wilderness Society said after the legislation was passed late tonight.

Today the Queensland Government showed leadership in passing new laws to tackle the states deforestation crisis, which is seeing a Gabba-sized area of forest and bushland bulldozed every three minutes, said the Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman.

Queenslands deforestation rate puts us on a list of global deforestation frontsmaking Australia the only developed country on that list. The deforestation of 395,000ha in 2015-16 had a devastating impact on wildlife and the climate, with nearly 45 million animals killed; thats one animal killed every second. That deforestation created 45 million tonnes of carbon emissionswhich is like adding more than 10 million cars to Australias already crowded roads.

These laws are a vital first step in stopping Queenslands globally significant deforestation crisis, but there are some loopholes in the legislation that need to be closed if these laws are going to truly end Queenslands deforestation crisis. We would like to see the protection of all threatened species habitat and vegetation around all rivers, as well as the curbing of deforestation in Category X exempt areas. There is more work to be done.

But, right now, we can all celebrate the fact that a decisive first step has been taken to ending Queenslands deforestation crisis.


More information

For further comment, please contact Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman on 0423 044 431.

Click here for photos, videos and a brief about deforestation in Queensland.

comms team

03:40

Maules Creek CCC Meeting 16.5.2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

These are notes and not the official minutes from the Maules Creek coal mine Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting held on 16 May 2018 at the Boggabri Golf Club, Gunnedah Road, Boggabri NSW 2382.

The official minutes wont be approved and released until the 16.8.2018 and due to the interest in declining groundwater levels at Maules Creek these notes are put up on the website for the information of the community. A functioning CCC is a condition in Schedule 5 of the Project Approval.

 

The CCC guidelines can be found here. Under Section 6 Communication with the broader community, the guidelines say;

Committee members are encouraged to discuss concerns and disseminate information about the project to the wider community, including stakeholder groups.


Attendees: Darren Swain (DS) WHC, Cr Robert Kneale (RK) Narrabri Council, Peter Wilkinson (PWi) WHC, Scott Mitchell (SM) WHC, Carolyn Nancarrow (CN) Community, Cath Collyer (CC) Community, Libby Laird (LL) Community, Anna Christie (AC) Environmental Representative (alternate) Kristen Golly WHC, Lindsay Fulloon, Megan Proust- EPA, Rebecca Scriviner- EPA.

Apologies: Steve Eather (SE), Jack Warnock (JW) Community, Simmone Moodie (SM) Community Aboriginal Representative, Kerrie Clarke (KC) Environmental Representative.

 

Independent Chair: David Ross (DR)

D.S: Excellent safety record.

Community: (Incredulous.) Does this exclude all the accidents in April?

DS: Yes.

Discussion of injured person. Flown to hospital. One has shoulder injury. Not well.

The other has slight injury. Bruising.

AC: what about the digge......

01:29

Reef money for foundation with mining industry links "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

We always knew that there is a connection between the promotion of climate denial and it is always useful to be armed with evidence, showing that these are peddlers of lies for short-term greed.

It is well known that specialist public relations firms that were once engaged to build public opinion around the belief that there is no proof that smoking is bad for you. They also worked for oil. now they have turned their talents, to saying there is no proof that the worlds climate is rising.

Any connection between interests standing to gain from polluting the Great Barrier Reef and and the need to protect it, should concern everyone.

Of the recent$500 million provided in the recent budget for the reef, $144 million of it will be going  to a partnership between the government and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The trouble with this, is that the foundations , major patron was by Peabody Energy, which had been heavily involved in funding the climate change denial campaign. This corporation went into receivership and no longer exists. But there are others, including Mitsubishi, Rio Tinto, BHP, Origin Energy, AGL and ConocoPhillips Australia. This is enough to suggest that the Great Barrier Reef fondation is compromised. This sort of patronage does not exist without reason.

We know that the Turnbull government is under immense pressure, to look like its doing something to protect the Reef. This certainly fits the bill, with the added benefit of providing a cover for what it really wants to do.

Perhaps there are those within or associated with the foundation, who genuinely want positive action. But this does not get away from the fact that it is compromised by its ties.

The funding is said to be marked for improving water quality, tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish, and expanding reef restoration, and to develop coral that is more resistant to high temperatures and light stress.

There is concern that there will be a new emphasis on promoting solutions through management, without having to do anything about the threat of global arming.

Behind all the fanfare about a newly discovered concern for the future of the worlds biggest reef system, nothing has been done to stop exploration for mineral and gas resources. The danger is that the companies patronising the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, stand first in line to benefit from any discoveries.....

00:51

Govt says it wont split tax-cut plan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

CANBERRA, AAP Labor has left the door open to supporting the second stage of the Turnbull governments income tax plan, but the coalition still wont be splitting its package.

The opposition already supports the first part of the income tax cut plan, which starts with a reduction of up to $530 a year under a low and middle-income tax offset.

It remains coy on changes to certain tax brackets at various stages, awaiting further details.

Labor finance spokesman Jim Chalmers says the party is still discussing the second phase.

Were going to have a conversation about it internally. Weve said were not wild about stage three; we said were keen on 1 July; were still having a conversation about stage two, he told Sky News.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen insists Labor wants more details.

We support the 2018 tax cuts, we have grave reservations about the 2024 tax cuts, we want more information about the 2022 tax cuts, he told reporters in Canberra.

The treasurer wants the parliament to vote on these tax cuts but he wont release the year on year costing.

But Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has reaffirmed the government will not be splitting the package.

We are focused on securing the passage of the whole plan, he said.

Labor will have to decide whether they will stand in the way of income tax relief.

The plan is due to be debated in parliament on Tuesday.

The government has the numbers in the lower house to pass the draft laws this sitting fortnight.

Hanson backflips

But the real negotiations will come to a head when the Senate sits in late June just days out from when the first round of cuts are due to start.

And Pauline Hanson, whose One Nation party holds three key Senate seats, now says shes not convinced the cuts will deliver the governments promised jobs growth, The Australian reported on Tuesday.

But cabinet minister Peter Dutton denies this means One Nation has killed off the package, saying negotiations are continuing.

She is a wiley operator, Pauline. She will put out there she is supporting it, she is not supporting it, she is not supporting it, he told Nine Network.

She understands the benefit of tax cuts in an economy like ours.

Senator Hanson says the cuts havent been well received in the community and is critical of their slow phase-in.

This government is talking about it six or eight years down the track. Well, thats not good enough, she told The Australian.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann defended this, saying t...

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