Coal not the answer
The Adani coal proposal in the Carmichael basin raises some serious issues and contradictions.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is busy in India shaking hands with Adani, saying a ‘‘$1 billion railway taxpayer loan will be duly assessed with no special treatment’’.
This is a joke. He has declared his hand.
Parliament earlier this year rushed through a bill declaring this project was of national importance. Don’t expect anything but a skewed assessment, I’d suggest.
The very public shaking of Adani’s hand is a dangerous signal.
What about carbon emissions, in mining and burning coal? Ninety-seven per cent of climate scientists say that all remaining coal should ‘‘stay in the ground’’ if we are to address climate change and keep global warming to less than 20°°C (as Australia agreed to do in Paris and the CoP21 agreement we signed).
Carbon emissions are directly contributing to the death of our national asset, the Great Barrier Reef, a big tourism revenue earner.
The Prime Minister makes no mention that the Barrier Reef last year suffered more coral bleaching than ever before.
The reef is dying as the sea temperatures rise. This is attributed to carbon emissions, and coal is the primary cause.
Then there is further reef damage from dredging through the reef for coal ships.
The Prime Minister knows this, but chooses a ‘‘business as usual’’ path. This project proposal is anything but.
Tax revenue, or mining royalties? Adani, as an Indian company, has its offices in Singapore (not India), with the parent company in the Cayman Islands, a tax haven.
It’s hard to believe Adani will be paying much at all for the Carmichael coal.
Australian policy appears all over the place in its desperation to mine coal before it becomes a massive stranded asset.
We are not a good global citizen with such hypocrisy.
If we are seriously interested in helping India’s energy challenges, partnerships in renewable energy is the clean option, and it’s where the smart investment is going. We must stop Adani while we can and show some national vision for a future we can recognise, a smarter Australia investing in jobs across the country in local renewable energy generation and ownership. Coal is no answer. — Peter Lockyer, BEAM Mitchell Environment Group secretary
Sad story from the army
A C Company, 8RAR, Enoggera, June 1971 — Captain Hall denied Private Jano Guljas, 21, a leave pass to travel to Melbourne to welcome his beloved sister at the pier when her boat came in from Yugoslavia.
He hadn’t seen her since seven years earlier when, from the ship’s stern, he had waved her goodbye as he was Australia-bound with his parents.
His sister had remained in Yugoslavia with her uncle and aunt because in 1964 the Communist authorities wouldn’t permit a 16-year-old girl to leave the country.
Jano was fair-haired, played the guitar and was full of fun, but didn’t read or write English.
Unfortunately, on the way to the Night Owl for some hot cabana at midnight after the Friday night party, the Cortina, driven by a newlyarrived drunkard soldier from 1RAR, crashed into the Alderley corner power pole. The driver was killed.
Jano was comatosed in the Royal Brisbane Hospital when his heartbroken sister and parents arrived.
At I Mil. Yeronga Army Hospital, I thanked the nurses for taking care of the skin and bone Jano shortly before he died on August 12, 1971.
Soldiers from Puckapunyal fired the salute over National Serviceman Private Jano Guljas’ grave at the Altona Memorial Park.
Captain Hall wrote a comprehensive history: Combat Battalion; the 8th Battalion in Vietnam, but in my eyes he was unfit to be an Australian Army captain. Jano Guljas, rest in peace. — John J. Maher,