You can have your solar panels
and your turbines on the hills;
You can use the warmth of sunshine
to reduce your heating bills.
You can dream you’re self-sufficient
as you weed your vegie bed;
As long as you make sure to keep
A diesel in the shed.
by Viv Forbes, Science Writer
When I was a kid on a dairy farm in Queensland, we relied on green energy – horses and human muscles provided motive power; fire-wood and beeswax candles supplied heat and light; windmills pumped water and the sun provided solar energy for growing crops, vegies and pastures. The only “non-green” energy used was a bit of kerosene for the kitchen lamp, and petrol for a small Ford utility.
Our life changed dramatically when we put a diesel in the dairy shed. This single-cylinder engine drove the milking machines, the cream separator and an electricity generator, which charged 16 lead-acid 2 volt batteries sitting on the veranda. This 32 volt DC system powered a modern marvel – bright light, at any time, in every room, at the touch of a switch.
There were no electric self-starters for diesels in those days – just a heavy crank handle. But all that effort, noise and fumes were superseded when every house and dairy got connected to clean silent “coal power by wire”. Suddenly the trusty “Southern Cross” diesel engines disappeared from Australian sheds and dairies.
In just one life-time, candles and kerosene were replaced by diesel, which was then replaced by clean silent ever-ready electricity.
Today, after Aussies have enjoyed decades of abundant reliable cheap electricity from coal, green energy gambling has taken Australia back to the era which kept a diesel in the shed.
Tasmania is the greenest state in Australia. It once had a vibrant economy that created mines, saw-mills, farms, orchards, oil and metal refineries, dams, hydro-power and railways. It is now a green no-go land. Greens have stopped new hydro developments, opposed mining, crippled the timber industry, prevented new wood-chip developments and will probably celebrate when their last refinery closes.
Tasmanians get their electricity mainly from hydro assets created long ago by their more productive ancestors. But recently a long drought caused a shortage of Tasmanian hydro-energy – they became reliant for up to 40% of their electricity needs on the Bass-link undersea cable bringing electricity from reliable coal-fired stations in Victoria and NSW. However the overloaded Bass Link cable failed, and an old gas-powered station was brought back into service (importing gas from Victoria) to keep the lights on. Subsequently their politicians hurriedly put 150 diesel generators in their shed (costing A$11 million per month).
South Australia is the next greenest state in Australia, hosting about 35% of Australia’s wind turbines. These were force-fed into existence by mandatory green energy targets and tax benefits. In a burst of green destruction they also closed their gas-fired power stations and demolished their coal-fired station. However wind power failed recently and a storm tore down their life-line bringing reliable coal power from Victoria. Now Premier Weatherill is planning to install up to 200 megawatts of diesel generators in his shed. Many residents are following his lead.
As some wag said: Question: “What did South Australians have before candles?” Answer: “Electricity”.
The UK has been badly infected by the green energy virus. Engineers warned that this intermittent and unpredictable supply had increased the risk of blackouts, so the UK government offered subsidies for emergency backup power. This subsidy, plus consumer concerns, put so many diesels in British sheds that they now provide a major backup capacity for UK electricity.
Many Spaniards found a diesel in the shed was very profitable. Their government had been drinking green-ale and offered attractive subsidies for solar power produced. The subsidy was very successful – so successful that someone eventually noticed that some suppliers were even producing “solar” power at night. It was coming from diesels in their sheds.
Finally, our green media likes to feature some green energy enthusiast who is “off the grid”. But it usually emerges later in the show that there is a diesel in their shed too.
Those who remember the days of relying on a noisy smelly diesel in the shed have no wish to be dragged back there by green zealots.
Yesterday in Federal Parliament of Australia, KAP Member for Kennedy Bob Katter moved that majority foreign owned interactive gambling agencies be barred from operating in Australia.
Mr Katter moved an amendment to the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 that any company that is majority foreign owned is not eligible for registration as a gambling agency in Australia.
Mr Katter said “I voted by myself on the amendment. At the present moment with gambling in Australia, the money is going overseas. I lived in an era where every single dollar (except if you went to a racecourse) — every single cent went into health services for the people. Now most of it is going overseas.
“If the proposition was put to people, do you want the money to go overseas or do you want it to go into health services for Australians, or to help our struggling retirees, or our single mothers trying to make ends meet with three children? I think 80 or 90 per cent of Australians would vote with me, yet I am regarded as the minority.”
The Bill Amendment is as follows:
Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016
23B At the end of section 5
(4) Despite subsection (3), a gambling service covered by subsection (1) is a prohibited interactive gambling service if the service is provided by a person who is:
(a) an individual not resident in Australia; or
(b) a corporation that is majority foreign-owned.
[majority foreign-owned providers]
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has warned there is something “fundamentally wrong and rotten” with Australia’s entire political system, claiming there are 10 huge companies with so much power and influence they have killed proper democratic process at the federal level in this country.
In a firebrand speech in Canberra this week, delivered with the enthusiasm of someone with their eye on the party leadership, Mr Dastyari told a Politics in the Pub audience that he thought he understood power before coming to Canberra as a senator.
Senator Sam Dastyari(ALP) lashes out at the “utter control” of federal politics by 10 major corporations as an “unprecedented concentration of corporate influence”
But his time in Parliament House has opened his eyes to the realities of the political-business nexus in Australia in a way he could not have anticipated.
“You will not find somebody who came more from the ALP machine than me,” Mr Dastyari told the audience, in a recording obtained by Fairfax Media.
“I’m a product of the machine like you would not believe. I joined the Labor Party when I was 16. I took over my first branches by the time I was 17 … [so] I thought I understood the brutality of politics simply by my time in the NSW Labor Party and my time in the NSW Labor machine.”
“[But] none of that braced me for an understanding of just how concentrated, brutal and aggressive a handful of businesses operate [in Australia], and the real corporate power where it actually rests in this country,” he said.
He then claimed there are 10 companies that wield the most incredible amount of power in Australia, to the point where it has stifled proper democratic and economic progress.
“Four banks, and we all know who they are – the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, and ANZ – three big mining companies, in Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Fortescue Metals, you’ve got your two big grocery chains, and you’ve got your big telco, which is Telstra,” Mr Dastyari said.
They have “unprecedented concentration of corporate influence” in Australia, he said.
“The entire political debate has become so dominated by the interests that they’re pushing, and the agenda that they’re pushing. And [we’ve] ended up with this complete crowding out of a proper political discourse in this country because there is one sectional interest that is so much louder than every other voice out there combined.”
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In this video Bob tells parliament to start working for constituents and not their political party as we have already lost our ability to produce our own goods anymore.
from Robert J Lee in Brisbane
Billy Gordon, the indigenous and invisible Member for the far northern Queensland seat of Cook, who shot to notoriety for sending SMS messages of his penis to several women, yesterday withdrew the complaint he made against Cairns woman, Christine Gibson.
In October Ms Gibson, 50, was charged with blackmail by police allegedly for demanding Mr Gordon give her $10,000 or she would show the media images of his penis.
Speaking on ABC radio this morning Mr Gordon said he had withdrawn the charges , in part, so he could “stay off the front pages for all the wrong reasons.”
After police charged Ms Gibson two other women came forward claiming they too had been sent lewd SMS messages of Mr Gordon’s appendage.
The solicitor acting for Ms Gibson, Paul Richardson, had asked police for copies of the statements from the two women who came forward, because they formed a part of the “factual matrix” of the case.
Mr Richardson said the requested documents had not been forthcoming and he planned to call for a directions hearing, however police offered no evidence at yesterday’s hearing in Cairns Magistrates Court and the case was dropped.
He said Ms Gibson was overjoyed with the decision. “She has been under significant stress and pressure since being charged.”
In defending claims on radio he is the “invisible member” Mr Gordon said he now planned to do his job as the state member and he hoped to visit his electorate helping constituents as best he could.
THIS CARNAGE OCCURS EVERY FIRE SEASON AND STILL THEY WILL NOT LEARN
The stupidity of the Victoria Country Fire Authority and the even more unintelligent Green Labor Government has seen 116 homes destroyed by fire because the Bolsheviks of the state Labor party forbid any hazard reduction burning in cooler months, removal of eucalypts trees near houses or any sensible fire prevention methods.
The government doesn’t use graders or bulldozers in their ‘pristine’ reserves in case a blade of grass or some ants are disturbed. The knuckle draggers of the state ALP should be prosecuted for this wanton carnage that will increase every insurance premium in the nation. Never mind the terrible consequences for those hapless home owners who have lost all of their possessions by not preparing their own fire breaks or providing sufficient water resources to fight bush fires.
Wakey wakey rural Victorians!
by Jenny Thompson HSI
I told you this summer how California passed a law (SB 277) that would throw kids out of day care and school if they didn’t get every vaccine the state required — including the flu shot.
But it looks like this foolish plan has gotten even more dangerous.
State health authorities are now requiring that doctors give flu shots laced with toxic levels of mercury to toddlers — even babies!
It’s a practice that was actually banned nearly a decade ago. And you’ll never believe the reason these California crazies are signing off on it now.
A poisonous poke
With the stroke of a pen, California Public Health Officer Karen Smith has just wiped off the books a law that was supposed to keep kids safe.
You see, nine years ago California actually banned the use of thimerosal in vaccines given to children. That’s a mercury preservative that should never be injected into anyone, but especially not young children with developing brains.
But now California is actually requiring doctors to endanger countless kids by giving them two doses of a thimerosal flu vaccine.
And it’s all because they’re claiming there wasn’t enough thimerosal-free vaccine made for kids this year.
Not enough flu vaccine? You’ve got to be kidding me! They’re practically selling two-liter bottles of the flu vaccine in the 7-11 this time of year!
But even if they’re running short (which sounds pretty dicey if you ask me), why on Earth would they rather have kids take their chances with mercury poisoning instead of flu?
Especially since mercury in vaccines has already been linked to:
- Damage to the brain and spinal cord
- Liver and kidney disease, and
California health officials are trying to cover their backsides by saying the law banning thimerosal flu vaccines for kids can actually be ignored in times of an epidemic. And they’ve gone right ahead and predicted a flu epidemic for this year.
But come on — they tell us there’s going to be an epidemic every year!
The fact is, no parents in their right minds would choose to have a thimerosal flu vaccine (which also includes cancer-causing formaldehyde and steroids) shot into their kids.
Especially when the flu shot has been proven borderline useless year after year.
But under California’s law — which, as I told you, requires a flu vaccination to attend school and even daycare — that decision is being taken right out of parents’ and grandparents’ hands.
If you live in California and your pediatrician claims he doesn’t have any thimerosal-free vaccine, shop around until you find a doc who does.
And if you don’t live in California, keep your ears open to see if this so-called shortage is affecting your state (I’ll be sure to provide you with updates as we learn more).
Because there’s a good chance your child or grandchild could end up getting one of these toxic shots without you ever knowing it.
And I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a risk that none of our children should ever be asked to take.
Remember, “you the people gave these politicians power at the ballot box they now use to poison children “
If an Islamic group burnt the Australian flag there would be public lynchings. How is this motley mob of fringe activists who disgrace the Aboriginal industry, who readily accept taxpayer-funded sit down money, are able to be ignored in the major media when carrying out an act of sedition? These ignorant activists should remember they owe their lives to a handful of indigenous military and thousands of white soldiers who saved their grandfather’s arses by keeping out the Japs in 1942. If the Japs had taken northern Australia there would be few Aborigines left today. Those who survived would now be speaking Japanese if it were not for brave, distinguished Australian and American troops. – Editor
|Noel Pearson and Warren Mundine effigies burned in Indigenous G20 rally|
|The Guardian – Sunday 16th November 2014
Public figures branded ‘elitist sellouts’ in Brisbane protest that also targeted academic Marcia Langton
Indigenous rights protesters burn the Australian flag during a rally on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Brisbane on Sunday. Photograph: Jamie McKinnell/AAP
By Joshua Robertson
Aboriginal activists burned effigies of prominent Indigenous figures Noel Pearson and Warren Mundine on the final day of protests during the G20 summit in Brisbane.
Wayne Wharton, the Brisbane Aboriginal sovereign embassy (Base) leader, told a rally of about 100 people the pair were “elitist sellouts”, as a crowd circled burning figures labelled “King Noel Pearson” and “King Warren Mundine”.
Protesters also burned the Australian flag and an effigy of Indigenous academic Marcia Langton, labelled “Queen Marcia Langton”.
The protest again highlighted the hostility of grassroots activists towards Pearson, a Cape York lawyer, and Mundine, a former national Australian Labor party president, and their perception by mainstream Australia.
Last week Base elders publicly interrupted a speech Pearson was giving at the Sir Paul Hasluck foundation dinner in Brisbane to attack his credibility as a spokesman for indigenous people.
Base has been the mainstay of the local protest movement during the G20 summit in Brisbane, leading the largest march of the event through the city on Saturday.
Those who challenged Pearson during his speech in Brisbane last week included long-time activist and perennial socialist political candidate Sam Watson.
Lawyer and academic Noel Pearson speaks at the Sydney Opera House in September. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP
Pearson accepted an invitation from Watson to meet Base elders and discuss his views on progress for the Indigenous community at Brisbane’s Musgrave park, a traditional meeting place and destination for protest marches throughout the G20.
Watson – who criticised Pearson for his “lopsided” views on Indigenous affairs as the latter gave his speech – told Guardian Australia Pearson’s profile was a source of frustration to many Indigenous people.
“We keep being told that there are these people here who are our leaders, you’ve got Pearson and others with the 10-gallon hats and everything, but you never see these people down at our community,” he said. “He’s not our leader.”
Pearson, who has often sought to emphasise personal responsibility as the way forward for Indigenous Australia, was speaking on constitutional changes to empower Indigenous people when he was interrupted last week.
In an exchange broadcast by ABC Radio National, Pearson told one interjector he had “never claimed to speak on behalf of anyone but myself”.
An elder who was not named replied: “You do every time you open your mouth. You speak [that] you are chosen to speak on behalf of black people. You have got no right to do that, stand there like a big strong black man. You’re not a strong black man, no way in the world.”
Watson said he had “a lot more to say but I didn’t think it was appropriate to canvass all the issues there”.
“I thought it was not an appropriate setting for a more complete and robust conversation about exactly what we see as Noel Pearson’s love affair with white Australia, in particular Tony Abbott and the Murdoch press,” he said.
“He still makes out that Aboriginal Australia are the masters of our own destiny and white Australia gets a free ride.”
Watson said his invitation to meet Base elders was genuine and that Pearson “readily accepted it in front of all his mob”.
“He’s on record now as saying he’d love to come up to Musgrave park and talk to us but no word [yet],” he said.
Another Base leader, Wayne Wharton, said Pearson was “always more comfortable where there’s no Aboriginal people or Aboriginal people that aren’t articulate”.
“That’s why Noel’s platforms are either in The Australian newspaper or taken up by Murdoch or Packer,” he said. “The only times he’s referred to as a leader is by non-Aboriginal groups.”
Pearson won national acclaim for his eulogy to Gough Whitlam at the late prime minister’s memorial service on 5 November in Sydney. Many commentators described the address as one of the country’s best political speeches.
Comment is being sought from Pearson..
New Global Challenge: Can We de-Rothschild The World? – Pravda.Ru
Russia Tells United States Citizens Not To Give Up Your Guns: We Learned From Experience Fighting Rothschild’s Banking Schemes!
October 2013 will be a month to remember, like September 2001. A few countries, bravely following Vladimir Putin and the proud and convincing Russian leadership, decided to awaken and to behave like nations, not courtiers.
New China has finally decided to challenge the authoritarian agenda of the global American dictator and has declared its intention to de-Americanize the world.
“What is the most urgent priority for Queensland’s newly-elected ALP government?”
The Queensland State election occurred on 31 January 2015, and the ALP surprised many people in going from having a mere 7 seats in the Parliament to having just enough seats to be able to form government in a House of 89 seats.
The Queensland Coalition government about 9 months ago had amended the Queensland Electoral Act to require an ordinary voter and a pre-poll voter to produce identification before being allowed to vote. This is a very sensible measure, and assists to prevent Vote Frauds such as multiple voting and voting in somebody else’s name.
By the time all the vote counting had finished, the Parliament did not sit in February, and in March sat for only four days, 24 to 27 March. It is not scheduled to sit in April, and will resume on 5 May.
So in those first four days in the Parliament, just what would you think would be the most urgent business of an incoming Labor government?
Perhaps they would be interested in jobs, hospitals, roads, schools, reforming the public service, police, ports or the environment.
No!! They set about abolishing the voter ID requirements in the Electoral Act. And gave citizens only a very short deadline till Friday 10 April to offer comments.
We in Australians for Honest Elections found out about this hasty move to abolish voter ID only on Friday morning 10 April, so hurriedly put together this Submission to the Parliamentary Committee just before the 4pm deadline:-
Dear Parliamentary Committee
I note the haste with which the recently-elected State government wants to repeal the current ID requirements in the Queensland Electoral Act 1992, sections 107 and 2.
The ALP Queensland State government thinks it important to do this as one of the very first things to be achieved in their term of government (however short or long that may be).
I am concerned at the lack of democratic consultation in that the government has set such a short timeframe within which comments may be received – the deadline is TODAY 10 april at 4pm !
Making Vote Frauds easier seems to be a higher priority to this ALP State Govt than issues like jobs, hospitals, roads, police, transport, schools, agriculture, railways, ports and the environment.
“ELECTORAL ACT 1992 – SECTION 107
107 Procedure for voting
(1) An elector (other than one who makes a pre-poll ordinary vote under section 112 or who makes, or must make, a declaration vote under subdivision 3) is to vote by following the procedures set out in this section.
(2) The elector is, during ordinary voting hours, to enter a polling booth for the electoral district for which the elector is enrolled.
(3) In the polling booth, the elector must—
(a) give the issuing officer the elector’s proof of identity document; and
(b) request a ballot paper from the issuing officer …..
ELECTORAL ACT 1992 – SECTION 2
proof of identity document means a document relating to proof of a person’s identity prescribed under a regulation.”
The Proof of Identity requirements in Electoral Regulation 2103, section 3A are very reasonable and are not onerous.
“ELECTORAL REGULATION 2013 – SECTION 3A
3A Proof of identity document—Act, s 2
For section 2 of the Act … each of the following is a proof of identity document—
(a) a current driver licence;
(b) a current Australian passport;
(c) a voter information letter issued by the commission;
(d) a recent document evidencing electoral enrolment;
(e) an identification card issued by the Commonwealth or State evidencing the person’s entitlement to a financial benefit;
Examples— a Commonwealth seniors health card, health care card, Medicare card,
pensioner concession card or repatriation health card
(f) an adult proof of age card issued by the State;
(g) a recent account or notice issued by a local government or a public utility provider;
Examples— a council rates notice, electricity account statement, gas account
statement or water bill
(h) a recent account statement, current account card or current credit card issued by a financial institution;
(i) a recent account statement issued by a … service provider as defined under …. (Cwlth);
Examples— a telephone bill or internet bill
(j) a recent notice of assessment issued under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cwlth)”
Even homeless persons and Aboriginals in remote areas would surely be in possession of a Medicare card, health care card, or a similar concession card.
(When I was western regional Road Safety Manager of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority 1990-97 I travelled a great deal in central western and far western NSW liaising with Aboriginal communities from the Vic border to the Q’ld border to the SA border, and I created the very first positions in Australia of ‘Aboriginal Road Safety Officer’, and I employed two – I and these two officers assisted many Aboriginals to get their drivers licence for the very first time)
Therefore I cannot see that anybody could realistically claim to be potentially or actually disadvantaged by the current ID requirements, which did work well during the recent Queensland State election.
However lack of ID does provide advantage to those who want to “vote early and vote often” and cheat in other ways such as voter impersonation, which does occur
— for example, when Alasdair Webster MP lost Macquarie in 1993 by only 164 votes, he learned that more than 164 Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious groups with conscientious objection, did NOT receive their customary letter after the election asking why they did not vote — IN OTHER WORDS due to lack of voter ID SOME HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAD VOTED FALSELY, COMMITTING VOTER IMPERSONATION.
A one-page summary of Alasdair Webster’s case is at:
This being a random sample leads us to the conclusion that the number of false enrolments was about 1,600 for the whole electorate at that time.
I note that the AEC admitted that there were 18,770 multiple votes in the September 2013 federal election, but provided no data on voter impersonations, which were made possible by lack of voter ID in the Commonwealth Electoral Act.
I urge that the current voter ID requirements be retained, and also be expanded to include more stringent identity requirements for Postal votes.