Let’s just have our say
IT COULD be a case of One Nation to the rescue.
At least, they are promising real cash to build a coal- fired power station in North Queensland — $ 1.4 billion to be precise.
This is money they intend to redirect from Brisbane’s $ 5.4 billion Cross River Tunnel project which for northerners will be a very appealing policy.
Too much money is being spent in Brisbane anyway, isn’t there?
The One Nation position compares with pledges by the LNP to fast- track approvals for someone – as yet undisclosed – to build a coal- fired power station.
Labor is promising to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build transmission lines to connect remote renewable energy sites at Kidston and Hughenden to boost supply.
Given, One Nation could very well hold the balance of power in the next State Government, perhaps it’s worth looking at where a coal- fired power station could be built. This is not a new idea. Northern development authorities have been pushing for a big power station for decades.
Townsville Enterprise and other bodies funded a North Queensland Energy Study, compiled by energy consultant Roam Consulting, in 2007.
It came up with four power station locations.
They were Moranbah, using coal seam methane, Goonyella/ Riverside near Moranbah and Bowen, both using lower value reject coal from existing mines, and Pentland using mined coal.
It found coal washery rejects and coal seam gas were the most competitive fuels for a new power station although the big hikes in gas prices might have changed that proposition. Export quality coal was not considered an option because of its premium value.
Meanwhile, Australian Energy Council CEO Matthew Warren says there does not appear to be a pressing commercial case for a new coal- fired generator in North Queensland but that the Adani coal mine could provide a new supply of lower cost coal for a future power station. Lefties need to stop whingeing about the same sex marriage plebiscite and just convince people to vote yes or no.
The press gallery lost its collective mind when the Government did what it promised and found a way to give you a say on the issue.
Many of them have lost all objectivity and are in full campaign mode.
At a press conference on Monday, they screamed at the PM about the process and jumped the shark when they started to ask questions about whether the Facebook generation would know how the process works.
If young, old or anyone else can’t answer a yes no question on a piece of paper, lick the envelope and send it back, same sex marriage is the least of our problems.
For the record, I will be voting yes. A big red line was crossed this week by “protesters” in Melbourne who threw paint at the Lord Mayor’s house following the council’s decision to move homeless people away from the area near Flinders St station.
It’s the second time they have attacked his home.
This is beyond not on. Targeting public figures’ homes is never acceptable and should be met with a serious response by police and anyone who cares about a civil society.
Sadly, it’s not just the physical attacks that go way too far.
You don’t have to dig that deep into the internet to find people trying to work out where public figures live with the express purpose of threatening them.
True, in public life when you lead with your chin someone is going to take the metaphoric swing at it. But family is off limits.
Sure, play the ball hard, but not the man or woman trying their best. How is it legal that a serving politician can take money from anyone but the public while they are in office?
This week we learnt that the former and very effective Small Business Minister Bruce Bilson was paid by the ‘ Franchise Council’ while he was still an MP.
He’s gone on to work for them in his post politics life.
Amazingly, the reaction of the major political parties wasn’t to close this loophole, only to say it was regrettable.
We have strict rules that cover dual citizenship and making extra money off the Commonwealth that have seen senators lose their jobs because that activity gives the perception of divided loyalties.
Surely getting paid by a lobby group while you are an MP is worse than either of these fatal ‘ mistakes’?
But when the club sees no urgency to change this system our ever shrinking faith in politics falls even lower.
Joining Paul on the program this Monday ( August 14) are Graham Richardson, Ross Cameron and Janine Perrett.
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YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF ONE RULE FOR CANBERRA