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Adani and coal mining tsunami takes out the Qld Labor Party

by Viv Forbes, science writer

The proposed Adani mine has been wading through a green swamp of political obstacles for nine long years. Other coal optimists have struggled to develop coal in the Galilee Basin for over 40 years. Federal Labor, State Labor and the Greens have taken turns to man the anti-coal barricades.

In these bad new days, before anyone can open a mine they need multiple approvals, each one providing opportunities for do-nothing activists to raise new hurdles at every hearing. The whole process of judicial judgements and reviews, enquiries, objections, hearings and re-hearings has been a gold mine for lawyers and barristers and a bottomless pit into which mine optimists throw money.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk decided on Monday after the election she does like coal after all

Nine years ago, Labor Premier Anna Bligh declared Adani “a significant project for Queensland”.

The Queensland Co-ordinator General gave Adani approval to proceed in 2014.

The Federal Government also gave its approval to proceed in 2014 but that approval was set aside because of complaints by the Mackay Conservation Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation and others that the yakka skink, the ornamental snake, koalas, the waxy cabbage palm and the black throated finch would be disturbed.

And of course the Great Barrier Reef, the coastal seagrass and inland ground water would be threatened.

The ACF and the Greens have also cowed most Australian banks into denying finance to the Carmichael Project. Native title rights have been asserted by two groups, and Greenpeace and the Climate Council have run scare campaigns on Greenhouse gas emissions should Adani go ahead. Naturally the ABC gives all Adani opponents good air time.

Just 5 months ago the anti-Adani Deputy Premier of Queensland, Jacki Trad, said she did not believe the Adani project would ever get off the ground.

But immediately after the recent Federal election landslide which left the ALP holding zero federal seats north of Brisbane, and winning only one of the six Queensland senate vacancies, Queensland Premier Palaszczuk flew north to Mackay and demanded that her departments produce firm timeline for Adani decisions “by Friday” (today).

What a difference a day makes.

 

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Labor/Greens cow fart bags should be deflated by voters

Keep voting for the major parties and watching or listening to the ABC and this is what you will get

Bob Brown, Queensland Labor and the ABC want to save the planet with these cow fart bags.

Queensland has about 9 million cattle. Will Bob Brown, Bill Shorten and the Qld Deputy Premier Jackie Trad go west to fit the bags? Naturally the cattle producer would have to buy them first.

Jackie ‘Mad’ Trad had better slip into her jeans, buy an Akubra and get day insurance because she is heading off to a ‘bag fitting’ rodeo event.

There could be a new rodeo event named ‘bag fitting.’

Who empties them when they are filled with gas? What happens when a cow walks under a prickly acacia tree and the bag gets punctured. Got any patches Jackie or do you take the cow to Beaurepaires?

A vote for the major partiers in the next state election will perpetuate this madness.

Member for Cook rattles ALP members by shifting office

The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, has ended speculation she plans to relocate her Mareeba electorate office to Cairns.

In a media release Ms Lui confirmed she will shift the office to Cairns but had not taken the decision lightly.

ALP sources reveal a condition of endorsement for Cynthia Lui, the Member for Cook, was to keep open an electorate office in Mareeba. Labor members are incensed she has broken this promise and her future in the Labor Party looked ‘bleak’, a source said.

“This year, I have been out talking and listening to the people of Cook and one issue that was raised time and time again was having an office space that is readily accessible to everyone,” Ms Lui said.

“I acknowledge the view that Cairns is not in the Cook electorate, it is however, the most central location for the large number of constituents who live in the Cook electorate.

“Historically the Cook electorate office has been in Cairns. The move to Mareeba was a decision made during the Campbell Newman Government.

“I will still continue to work hard for the people of Mareeba by visiting regularly and holding mobile offices.”

Speculation has been mounting for several weeks among Mareeba Labor Party members that Ms Lui had asked the Speaker of Parliament, Curtis Pitt to relocate the Post Office Arcade office to Cairns.

A spokesman for the Speaker said it was up to each Member to decide the location of their electorate office and “it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

Mareeba ALP member Anne-Marie Keating said she was “very disappointed” that Ms Lui had decided to “disenfranchise Mareeba residents, leaving them no representation.

“Pensioners and indigenous people won’t be able to get help with government agencies because the office is in Cairns and trying to sort out issues over the phone will be impossible,” Ms Keating said.

“Just because Ms Lui and her staff live in Cairns is not an excuse to move the office. She promised not to shift the office at the pre-selection meeting and this was one of the conditions on which she was nominated as a candidate.”

Ms Lui also has an office on Thursday Island.

ALP/LNP duopoly threaten Robbie Katter to denounce Senator Anning’s immigration speech

from Jim O’Toole

The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has joined up with the thought police demanding Katters Australian Party state MP’s denounce the now famous immigration speech of Senator Fraser Anning.

In an overt threat to leader Robbie Katter’s political liberty, she has demanded he disown Anning’s call for a national referendum on immigration or she will remove his staff.

This blackmail has been rejected by legal opinion as unlawful and a direct threat to deny free speech to a member of parliament.

LNP MP Anne Leahy, left,  skating on thin legal ice.

,Robbie Katter has vowed his party will not bow to threats from the Queensland Labor Government and LNP to remove resources because they were ‘offended’ by comments made by KAP Senator Fraser Anning.

“Labor and LNP threats to remove KAP resources because of Fraser Anning’s comments are a fundamental attack on freedom of speech and diversity of representation in the Parliament,’’ he said.

“It is frightening to think that the major parties feel it is appropriate to threaten other MPs with punishment because they express an alternate view.

“From the LNP’s response to Senator Anning’s speech, it is now clear they have fallen in-line behind the politically correct Labor left.

Qld Liberal Leader Deb Frecklington and Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could face criminal charges for trying to blackmail KAP leader Robbie Katter into denouncing Senator Annings’ famous immigration speech

“LNP member for Warrego, Ann Leahy, asked the Government to reduce KAP resources and the LNP endorsed Labor’s position on immigration when they supported a Labor motion in Parliament last Thursday.’’

Mr Katter has welcomed any review of the State KAP Members and staff performance so long as the LNP Opposition are subject to the same scrutiny. 

“The facts are the KAP has three elected members in Parliament and we have introduced three private members Bills in this term, the LNP have 39 MPs and they haven’t introduced a single Bill,’’ he said.

“The KAP is the third largest party in the Queensland parliament but most people think we are the opposition.

“If Labor and the LNP want to try and threaten and intimidate us, I say bring it on.

“Queenslanders will not tolerate the blatant hypocrisy of Labor and the LNP working together to try and curb free speech and shut down debate on immigration”.

Meanwhile Katter warned the Premier and the Liberal MP Anne Leahy,  they are skating on thin legal ice and he has retaliated by seeking legal advice on a prosecution under Section 83.4 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Katter’s next move could see the Premier arrested and charged under 83.4, Interference with Political Rights and Duties, (1) (a) (b) (c) (d) which would prevent her from sitting in Parliament until the matter is dealt with in court.

If convicted the penalty is up to three years imprisonment.

Such a move would throw the ALP into disarray leaving the Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, to take over as leader.

Queensland will rue the day should ‘mad Trad’ a rabid, self-confessed greenie lead the State.

Croc fisherman dragged back to court: $7000 fine demanded by State ALP

from Jim O’Toole

The Queensland Police Service, under pressure from the Labor Party is attempting to crucify a 69 year old Cairns resident, Errol Copley, for catching a 3 metre crocodile on a 68lb mackerel fishing line. The croc eventually died.

Wildlife officers from the Environment Department came across the dead croc when looking for ‘illegal’ fish nets in a creek running through Mr Copley’s farm at Deeral, south of Cairns

The officers set up a covert camera which caught Mr Copley disposing of the dead croc on January 18.

He was subsequently fined $500 in the Cairns Magistrates Court.

Cairns farmer Errol Copley was surprised when he caught a 3m crocodile on a 69lb line. Photo: Cairns Post

Mr Copley said he had no intention of catching such a large croc on a set, light line but due to its short length the croc was unable to return to the water after the hook pierced the gut wall and lodged in the reptile’s heart.

The semi-retired cane farmer and commercial fisherman removes mangrove shoots on mud flats near the Cairns Esplanade as a part-time job.

Police want to make an example of Mr Copley by dragging him back to the Magistrates Court arguing his original $500 fine and  no conviction would not deter farmers from slaughtering crocs.

Police and the Labor Party’s environment department want the fine increased to $7000.

Herein lies Mr Copley’s defence.

Ever since former Premier Peter Beattie in 2001 unlawfully altered the Queensland Constitution by copyrighting Acts of Parliament to himself including the Public Service Act and removing the Queen, public servants are now responsible only to political party corporations.

Police, employed by the corporation and held to the Public Service Act since then have been unlawfully operating as judge, jury and executioner. Demanding any penalty is unlawful.

A Magistrate sitting in an unconstitutional court can determine the amount of a fine however Mr Copley would be foolish if he paid it.

The corporate State Labor government and its public servants are so far out of touch they have no idea how many crocs have been killed over the past decade by fed-up farmers, fishermen, Aborigines and tourists.

Anecdotal evidence would suggest many hundreds of crocs are killed each year across the north yet their numbers have exploded in places where the dangerous saurians have never been seen before.

Cairns News encourages farmers to rid the rivers of ferocious salt water crocodiles by whatever means possible.

The police allege Mr Copley’s crime was serious because the death occurred “over a prolonged period” and taking the carcass exasperated the offence.

Mr Copley said he removed the dead croc and performed an autopsy so he could get his hook back.

Why would he leave a dead croc in a waterway to pollute the water?

Well done Mr Copley you have performed an honourable public safety service. – Cairns News editorial board.

Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo get Chinese government funds for India’s Adani coal mine

22 November 2017: Bob Katter MP, Federal Member for Kennedy,  is furious former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took part in selling Adani to China after news the Adani Group is close to securing finance for its coal mine and railway track in coming weeks with Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies backing the venture.

Media reports a director of Adani Mining said just days ago they would no longer need funding from Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and a formal announcement of a financial close was imminent. It was reported in The Australian on Nov 14th Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo wrote to top Chinese officials to vouch for Indian giant Adani. The report said they sent a letter to the chairman of China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission saying they welcomed “foreign lending to support the development of major projects in Australia”.

Katter calls Liberals Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo traitors for brokering Chinese Government funds to help Adani open Australia’s largest coal mine creating thousands of Chinese jobs in Central Queensland

“If you sell your country out, then you’re a traitor,” Mr Katter said.

It was also reported Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China, effectively shifting work out of Australia and undermining Adani’s claims its project will create many thousands of additional jobs for Queensland.

“Half Australia’s coal reserves will be controlled by whoever owns that railway line. It was not good enough for the ALP and  LNP to sell our coal seam gas, now worth $25b a year.  This is enough money to restore our outpatients at our hospitals, and give every pensioner and young families 10 grand each and every year.

“We sold the gas for 6 cents a unit we are now buying it back for $16 a unit – our own Australian gas. And now we are going to do the same thing with coal.

“Does anyone think a spineless Government in Canberra are going to stand up to the Chinese Government when they take over all of our unexploited coal reserves? The Greenies think they will stand up to that? Do they think the  spineless ALP Government will stand up against the Chinese Government? No, they won’t.

“This will go down as the biggest sell out in our country in Australian history, and will let all the world know that Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and LNP PM Malcolm Turnbull will go down in the history of Australia in infamy,” Mr Katter said.

Responsible citizen shoots 5.2m crocodile near Rockhampton

from the Guardian

A massive saltwater crocodile – said to be one of the biggest ever seen in Queensland – has been found shot dead in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton.

Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2-metre male reptile was found with a bullet in its head in the Fitzroy river in Rockhampton on Thursday.

The crocodile was taken to the nearby Koorana crocodile farm, where it will be buried once a necropsy is carried out. Farm owner John Leaver said a five-metre crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 20 to 30 years.

A responsible shooter shot this large salt water croc performing a public duty. The ALP/LNP junta has combined forces to prevent a KAP bill being presented in State Parliament which will protect the public, livestock and animals from croc attack.

“There may have been some others shot in the wild that we don’t know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest,” he said on Friday.

Leaver, who ran a crocodile removal service across the state for 20 years, said the largest one he ever caught was 4.95m in the late 1980s. “We caught that one up near Airlie beach [in Queensland],” he said.

Leaver said it was not unusual for a crocodile of that size to be found so far south. The farmer said Rockhampton locals used to shoot crocodiles “equal to that size” in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, before it was illegal.

It is believed the 5.2m reptile had been dead for a few days before a member of the public spotted it floating and notified environmental officers.

Leaver said the gunshot had caused a large hole in the top of the saltwater crocodile’s skull, suggesting the bullet came from a “fairly large-calibre rifle”.

“I would say that someone felt very threatened,” he said, when asked why he thought it had been shot.

Innisfail man charged with shooting a croc

A north Queensland man has been charged with killing and decapitating a crocodile to keep its skull as a trophy.

The crocodile skull was allegedly found during a raid of a home at Eubenangee, north of Innisfail in the state’s far north, on 1 June.

The environment and heritage protection department is still working to confirm if the crocodile skull came from the carcass of a four-metre crocodile that was found dead on a creek bed on a private property at Innisfail in April.

The man has been charged with a number of offences, including taking a protected animal, as well as weapons and drugs offences.

The maximum penalty for killing a crocodile without authorisation is $27,425.

The 60-year-old is due to face Innisfail magistrates court on 10 July.

Comment

Cairns News has been told by indigenous people of several large crocs living near the tip of Cape York that are more than 5.2 metres in length. The Mareeba crocodile farm has at least one croc measuring 5 metres in captivity. Aboriginal communities on both the east coast and west coast of Cape York report large crocodiles menacing their communities.

Recently a dog was grabbed on mudflats near Daintree. The owner was next to the dog when the 4.5m croc, camouflaged in mud, grabbed the unlucky canine and the lucky owner nearly had a heart attack.

We have had numerous reports of crocs that have been shot in the north over the past 12 months. The hopeless and stupefied LNP and ALP have thrown the people of the north to the crocs, by holding up the Katter’s Safer Waterways bill.  We say we don’t blame fed-up people shooting crocs. We also say the corporation has no power to prosecute a citizen.

It is a puerile argument to expect the understaffed, under-resourced and uncaring EPA to respond to a crocodile sighting or facilitate their removal, by any means.

Crocodile in cane field attacks worker near Mareeba

A cane harvesting contractor had to prise open the jaws of a salt water crocodile with a large spanner to remove the hand of a worker who attempted to move the 1.4 metre reptile from a cane paddock.

The attack occurred Sunday at a Peters Road farm, three kilometres from the Mareeba CBD when company work place safety officer Daryl Bell was called by a harvesting machine operator to capture the croc and tape its jaws before removing it.

The injured animal “latched onto my hand puncturing my thumb and fingers and it would not let go,” Mr Bell said.

A saltwater crocodile had its jaws prised open with a spanner after it latched onto cane worker Daryl Bell’s hand(left) in a sugar cane paddock near Mareeba. Harvesting contractor Bruce Craven is standing next to the irrigation channel in which several crocs had been seen

“The operator grabbed the tail and I grabbed the jaws but its skin started to peel off, I lost my grip and it grabbed my hand.

“Its teeth went right through my thumb nail and a finger.

“I felt sorry for the croc because it had been burnt and I had no intention of hurting it.”

Mr Bell was taken to Mareeba Hospital to get treatment and was released after his hand had been bandaged and treated to prevent infection.

Owner of Harvest Mareeba, Bruce Craven said he prised open the animal’s jaws to remove Mr Bell’s hand.

Threats of prosecution made by Environment and Heritage Protection officers to local farmers should they interfere with crocodiles, led Mr Craven to contact the department in Cairns for advice about the injured reptile.

He said it took more than two hours to get an officer on the phone.

“They told us to take it to a vet who then euthanized it,” he said.

Cane worker Daryl Bell had to get hospital treatment after a 1.4 metre crocodile bit and punctured his thumb and finger

Mr Craven said the croc had been burnt the previous day in a cane fire and was not discovered until the machine operator saw it while he was harvesting standing cane.

“Having crocodiles in a cane paddock places my men in a dangerous situation and this croc should not have been in the cane.

“They are not supposed to be on the Tablelands,” Mr Craven said.

“Children ride bikes along this road next to the irrigation channel where the crocs live.

“The EHP has been contacted in the past about removing crocs from this area but they refuse to do anything about the danger.”

This croc had to have its jaws prised open to remove a cane worker’s hand

Julatten cane harvesting contractor Gordon Rasmussen, the Katters Australian Party candidate for Cook, was at the scene and was critical of the State Government for “dragging its feet”, trying to prevent the KAP’s ‘Safe Waterways’ legislation from being introduced into Parliament before the upcoming election.

“Shane Knuth (Member for Dalrymple) has the bill ready to go so we can do something about controlling the explosion of crocs in the Mareeba area and throughout the north,” Mr Rasmussen said.

“There should be no salt water crocodiles on the Tablelands and here we have a serious incident that has been reported to the Workplace Health and Safety Department by medical authorities because this was a work place accident.

“The State Government seems quite happy for farmers to be attacked by crocs and I can understand why farmers are reluctant to remove dangerous crocs because the Environment Department will chase them through the courts for a $25,000 fine.

“Mr Knuth said he will try to have the bill debated and passed in August.

“We have to do something now.”

 

Qld Govt at war with itself over $7m cattle property purchase

More jaundiced reporting from the ABC about Springvale Station west of Cooktown that the Queensland Environment Department bought for $7 million to prevent sediment runoff into the ocean.

The only problem is that bogus data was used to base the purchase, when in fact the Government’s own previously published scientific data clearly showed Springvale Station was responsible for less than one per cent runoff into Princess Charlotte Bay.

See story Cairns News: ‘Lakefield National Park contributes more reef runoff than all combined cattle properties in the catchment’

from ABC

In what could be a storyline from the satirical TV series Yes Minister, the Queensland Government has gone to war with itself.

Key points:

  • The Mines Department is considering an application to mine a river on state-owned land for gold and tin
  • The Environment Department bought the land in a bid to halt sediment reaching the reef
  • The two departments are in a legal fight in the Land Court

The ABC has learned one Queensland Government department has lodged a legal objection to another department over a plan to mine a river on state-owned land.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is taking on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines in a stoush in the Land Court over Springvale Station on Cape York.

The Queensland Government bought the massive cattle station for $7 million last year.

The idea was to stop, or at least reduce, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sediment from the property washing from the West Normanby River into the Great Barrier Reef.

But it seems — in the best traditions of Yes Minister — the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing.

At the same time the Environment Department was buying the property to prevent damaging sediment flowing down the river, the Natural Resources Department was considering an application to mine the river at Springvale Station for gold and tin ore.

Now the case is before the Queensland Land Court.

In its objection, the Environment Department argues “the public right and interest will be prejudiced by the proposed mining activity as it will directly and negatively impact the biodiversity values for which the property was acquired”.

It says research suggests that “Springvale Station is the source of approximately 460,000 tonnes of sediment runoff every year, which is around 40 per cent of all gully erosion-derived sediment in the Normanby River catchment”.

The West Normanby River joins the eastern branch of the river before draining into Princess Charlotte Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

“The proposed mining activity will likely further destabilise the alluvial and colluvial soils of the West Normanby River and increase soil erosion and sediment loss,” the Environment Department said in its objection.

“… The long-term economic benefits of enhancing environmental outcomes through this acquisition will far exceed the economic and employment benefits of this small mining operation.”

The department also warns sedimentation blocks light for coral, smothers marine organisms and reduces coral and seagrass growth.

It states the northern section of the reef has been significantly affected by coral bleaching, with “high levels of coral mortality”.

“For those corals to have the best chance of recovery, the water quality needs to be as good as possible,” the Environment Department wrote.

Endangered plants, animals on land: Environment Department

The State Government has already begun removing cattle from Springvale Station in a bid to reduce sediment run-off.

The Environment Department said it would invest a substantial amount of public money for conservation work on the property to further reduce run-off, with the price tag set at $30,000 a hectare.

The department also said the property was home to endangered or vulnerable flora and fauna species, including the northern quoll, red goshawk, brown antelope orchid and spectacled flying fox.

In a statement to the ABC, the Environment Department said it was the Government’s “intention that Springvale Station be declared a nature refuge”.

But it said such a declaration would “not necessarily preclude the commencement of activities proposed under the mining lease application”.

A spokesman for the Land Court said the objection to the proposed mine would be heard in August.

Government feeding tourist to their crocs

The Queensland Government has allowed crocodile numbers to reach endemic proportions killing people and virtually closing tourist traffic to some northern areas of the state. The looney Green agenda driven by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Environment Minister Stephen Miles forced them so far out of their depth a croc will get ’em. Click on the video below:

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