This brief article is in response to the following #comment-232844">comment made during forum discussion on John Quiggin's blog on 31 Mar 09 in respons to my article
Dear Premier Anna Bligh and Treasurer Andrew Fraser,
I will be standing as an Independent pro-democracy candidate in the state electorate of Mount Coot-tha in the forthcoming state elections.
In part, my purpose in standing is to raise critical policy issues, which I believe will otherwise not be drawn to the attention of the Queensland public.
Overloading Australia (Envirobook) 2008, by Mark O'Connor and William Lines states, "We Australians are currently unable to sustain our present population without doing deplorable environmental damage" (p95).
#MoneyAsDebt " id="MoneyAsDebt">Film Night - Money As Debt
Paul Grignon's engaging animation answers the question that is never asked in school or the media:
Where: 79 Johnston St Annandale, Sydney 2038
When: Saturday, 7 March 2009
Contact: hereward: m. 0415 059675
For further information: visitwww.wearechange.org.au
#OverloadingAustralia-QldLaunch" id="OverloadingAustralia-QldLaunch">Mark O'Connor, to launch "Overloading Australia" in Queensland
Where:Redland Performing Arts Centre Auditorium
When:Friday 20 February 2
Time:4.30pm (refreshments served from 4pm)
Mark will also be appearing at other locations:
Where: Caloundra Events Centre, Minchinton Street, Caloundra
When: Saturday 21st February at 1:00 - 1:30pm (followed by a SEQ Regional Plan Workshop until 4:00pm)
University of Queensland
Where: Goddard Building (8). Room #139
When: Monday 23rd February, 1:30 - 3:00pm
Brisbane City Council Library
Where: Brisbane Square, 266 George Street, Brisbane
Monday 23rd February, 4:00 - 5:30pm
For further information: see "Redlands to host Queensland launch of 'Overloading Australia'"
#QldParlmt-10feb09" id="QldParlmt-10feb09">Rally Parliament House ... tell the Govt how you feel about fluoride and recycled water
Where: Outside Queensland Parliament, Cnr of George and Alice Streets
When: Tuesday, 10 February 2009 (Opening Day of Parliament)
Time: 9am - 11 am
Bring your friends, bring your banners and let the politicians know what you
Tell the Government what you think of Drinking Sewage and Fluoridated Water!!
Contact: Jeanie : 0408006544 info [ AT ] qawf.org
For further information: www.qawf.org
A fluoride fighter has very kindly organised fluoride t shirts for purchase
Please contact Wiesia Smolka wiesias [ AT ] aapt.net.au if you would to see what the T-shirts look like.
If you like to order and need T shirts posted, then you need to order a
MINIMUM of TWO, at $10 per tee posted.
But to pay: Wiesia has ordered 200 to start with (let’s hope it becomes 1000 or more!). Contact Wiesia for bank accout details.
Please send your postal details, and, Cheques payable to: W. Smolka PO Box 3454 Nerang DC Qld 4211
Ph : 07 5594 1482 M: 0411 203 177
Please proudly wear these from when you get them; but especially, on the day of the rally ... The print has been designed to SHOUT your message, for
the brief seconds if the camera’s are pointed at you in the crowd!
Tell Captain Anna, all pollies and the ignorant others, just what you think of S6 Fluorosilicate Poison, in your drinking water!
Let Wiesia know your (tentative) order and size numbers, and colours. And, what size ie. S, M, L, XLg, XXLg - Sizes will be a whole range, enough to choose from. Printer said he has a fair idea how many of each so…. Orders please. eg. Joe Blogg’s family, Black Sm x 1, M x 2; White Lg x 3
Andrew Bolt of Murdoch's Herald Sun newspaper Melbourne in his article "Melbourne is wrecked and full" of 30 January 2009 pointed out to his readers how population growth deliberately encouraged by the Victorian Government in recent years had placed too great a strain on Melbourne's infrastructure, causi
In "Council amalgamation costs blow out another $100 million" in the Courier Mail of 29 Jan 09 Hannah Davies, reported:
"THE cost of Queensland's controversial local council amalgamations is spiralling, with ratepayers set to fork out a further $100 million to foot the bill.
The following article has been adapted from an article which was published in Gympie Life on 30 Sep 08.
Secret State Land Deal
The Queensland State Govt. is preparing to gift $100 million worth of public beach land to private developer.
Is the public purse now underwriting land developer risk in Queensland?
Anna's plan to fill the dam - foolhardy
With SE Qld combined dams capacity over 40% and heavy rains predicted soon and in the next few months, there has been growing speculation as to whether recycled water, sourced from sewerage treatment plants will still be added to Wivenhoe Dam for domestic use.
Nov 11th, 2008, Armistice Day, 90 years on and our rights are in jeopardy.
It is now 90 years since Armistice Day, the day set aside to remember World War 1, the War to end all Wars.
Over 330,000 Australians enlisted in World War 1 and 61,000 died, a further 150,000 were injured.
You are invited to attend the
Public meeting at West End, Brisbane on Nov 15th
The Dark Side of Water Treatments by Queensland Government
Date: Saturday, 15th November, 2008
Venue: Ahimsa house 26 HoranStreet, West End, Brisbane
Recycled water - experts arguing over safety
For the information of Queensland MPs, Councillors, Media and Public
What you can do: attend Virtual Inaugural meeting of Immigrants' Memorial Association to be held 19 Oct 08.
Friends of Felton media release, 24 August 2008
Friends of Felton welcome the announcement that the Bligh Government has scrapped the proposed $14b shale oil mining project in the Whitsundays.
We also welcome the declaration that other big developments will be stopped if they threaten Queensland’s pristine environment, and that legislation will be passed to prohibit new shale oil mines anywhere in Queensland.
We call on the Premier to confirm that this ban will include Ambre Energy’s proposed development at Felton, 30 km SW of Toowoomba, on the Darling Downs. This proposal includes a 12 million tonne/year open-cut coal mine, and a petrochemical plant to convert the coal into liquid fuel.
This project would devastate one of this country’s most beautiful & fertile valleys, contaminate underground aquifers, pollute the Murray Darling river system, destroy nationally significant populations of rare & endangered species, and produce huge quantities of Greenhouse gases.
Ms Bligh was quoted as saying "Our environment must come first".
Will the Felton environment come first too?
Friends of Felton media release, 24 August 2008
The Premier recently announced a ban on new shale oil developments in Queensland for environmental reasons. In state parliament last week, the Minister for Mines & Energy stated that no new entitlements would be granted until a 2 year review had been carried out.
Friends of Felton were informed by the Premier's dept on 27th August that the Felton project proposed by Ambre Energy was not affected by the ban.
Friends of Felton call for the Felton project to be included in the shale oil ban on the following grounds -
- The coal-to-liquids process at Felton is very similar to the process planned for the Whitsundays.
- Shale has been identified in the resource at Felton ( Ambre Energy IAS 15 Feb 2008, pp 10-11).
- The Whitsundays project threatened the Barrier Reef, the Felton project threatens the Murray Darling Basin.
- Both projects would emit huge amounts of CO2 - at Felton, Ambre Energy themselves say 3t CO2 per 1t fuel.
- The technology involved in both projects is equally unproven.
The Premier was quoted as saying "The environment must come first". By including Felton in the shale oil ban, she will demonstrate her concern for the natural environment as well as the political environment.
See also: www.friendsoffelton.blogspot.com, Qld farmers want new rules for mining in Sunshine Coast Daily of 2 Sep 08, Farmers take on coal project in GLW of 7 Sep 08, comment added on 17 Nov 2011 and reposted here.
Waratah Coals proposal for a massive mine, railway and Shoalwater Bay Coal port could be given the red light if Environment Minister Peter Garrett uses his existing powers and declares it clearly unacceptable under the provisions of the EPBC act (Section 74 B)
The Premier Anna Bligh recently announced a Coal Port project which is proposed for development within Shoalwater Bay.
The high environmental values of Shoalwater Bay are well known and the historical threat of sand mining back in the 1980's was vehemently opposed and quashed by an active community voice and conservation lobby. The Commonwealth Commission of Enquiry 1994 found that Shoalwater Bay provides significant intangible benefits to society through the existence of its highly significant conservation values.
These high environmental values are associated with its relatively undisturbed state, coastal landforms, size and health of its component ecosystems and arise from the area as a whole rather than considering individual parts in a fragmented way.
Capricorn Conservation Council is shocked that a project which would see fragmentation of this important wilderness could even be considered and questions the Premiers declaration of support. Such large tracts of wilderness are rare along Queenslands east coast and conservation of this area should be a priority for the Government.
Capricorn Conservation Council is inviting members of community to come along and have their say on Shoalwater Bay at a Public Meeting at Yeppoon Town Hall, Normanby Street, at 7 pm on Wed 30 July.
For more information please call Sara Hanggi Coordinator on (07) 4927 8644 or email ccc [AT] cqnet com au
See also: www.shoalwaterbay.org, www.cccqld.org.au, Shoalwater Bay Wilderness Awareness Group opposes new coal terminalCapricornia Conservation Council fights expansion of Queensland coal industry, Coal port proposal another insult to Queensland's biggest wilderness region.
What you can do: attend public meeting at Yeppoon Town Hall, Wednesday 30th July at 7pm. Phone 07 4938 1818.
Joint Media Release: of Friends of the Earth, the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia and Peace Convergence
18 July 08
Friends of the Earth Brisbane and the Peace Convergence are concerned at a proposal to build a new coal port on Australian Defence Force land at Shoalwater Bay in central Queensland. The port puts at risk Queensland's largest coastal wilderness area and increases the states contribution to climate change.
The Shoalwater Bay region, with RAMSAR listed wetlands and subject to two migratory bird treaties feeds into the seagrass meadows that fed Queensland's endangered dugong population. It has been the focus of community opposition to military activities in recent years.
Environmental spokesperson for the Peace Convergence, Kim Stewart, says, "This area is already at risk of toxic pollution and structural damage from the activities of the military. A coal port will lead to the further destruction of this unique area. The Shoalwater region should be returned to it's traditional owners to be managed."
Pat O'Brien, spokesperson for the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia says, "As Premier Bligh says, this development is of significance to the state, but for other reasons than profit of the coal industry. If we lose Shoalwater Bay to industry and development, we risk losing a significant site of natural heritage and contribute to the extinction of dugong and green sea turtles and the endemic species of flora found there."
Climate Justice spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Brisbane, Emma Brindal, says, "It's climate insanity to be further opening up the coal industry and doubly so because of the unfortunate choice of location for a port at Shoalwater. Premier Bligh has a duty to stop this development and set Queensland on the sustainable energy path.
"An opportunity exists for Premier Bligh to protect this important area from further development and enhance it's protection as a national treasure and for future generations."
Wildlife Protection Association of Australia: Pat O'Brien 0408 711 344
Peace Convergence & Friends of the Earth: Kim Stewart 0413 397839
The following is a media relase sent to me by Ian Herbert, President of the Capricornia Conservation Council on 21 July 08 - JS
The announcement by Premier Anna Bligh for a Coal Export Port to be built in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area has horrified many people in Central Qld.
In response, CCC is organising a Public Meeting at Yeppoon Town Hall, Normanby Street, at 7 pm on Wed 30 July to allow members of the public to express their views on this issue.
We see this project as a re-run of a similar discredited proposal by Joh Bjelke-Peterson 30 or so years ago. During the 1980s and 1990s there was a long and difficult environmental battle to prevent sand mining in Byfield and Shoalwater Bay which culminated in a Commonwealth Commission of Enquiry. This recommended that Shoalwater Bay's natural values were so high that there should be no sand mining and that the area should be preserved in its natural state under the continuing good management of the Defence Dept.
We are appalled at the Premier's enthusiastic support for this proposal from Waratah Coal, which has been keenly endorsed by Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten, and Mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council, Brad Carter. We have not heard a single voice from any member of any level of government in support of the environmental values of Shoalwater Bay.
While it may be some years before this proposal is approved, we believe that all levels of government should be left in no doubt as to the feelings of the community right now. We therefore urge you to attend this crucial meeting.
For further information: contact the Capricornia Conservation Council
PO Box 4011
phone (07) 4938 1818
Public meeting to be held at Yeppon Town Hall 7PM Wed 30 July to save Shoalwater Bay and fight Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's plans to expand Queensland's climate-changing coal industry.
In 2007 the Queensland Government forcibly acquired the water assets of South East Queensland local governments. Because local governments are not recognised under Australia's constitution they are totally subject to the whim of their respective state governments.
Had the promises of the growth merchants over past decades been realised, Queenslanders, having had their population more than double from 2 million in 1972 to its current 4,258,351#main-fn1">1, would today be enjoying a blissful caref
Canals should be fixed by owners
There's a new council in town and promises made by Maroochy to its millionaire landowners need not necessarily apply now.
These people along the canals bought land that had been cleared from an old swamp. Their land and the mosquito pond in front of them is the lowest point on the landscape.
The article below was adapted from a post made to Online Opinion in response to an article "An end to big fish in small, shallow ponds" by Dr Paul Reynolds, Lecturer in Australian Politics and Australian Political behaviour at the University of Queensland
The argument in favour of forced amalgamations has been comprehensively demolished by, amongst others, Professor Brian Dollery of the University of New England in an interview on ABC Radio National's Bush Telegraph of 31 July (transcript not available but audio file can be downloaded from web site for another three weeks). In an article "Counting the Merger Costs" (see below) printed in the Courier Mail on the same day, he demonstrtated that the report from the the Local Government Reform Commission was seriously flawed.
He noted that the Local Government 'Reform' Commission handed down its conclusion just two months after submissions were closed on 25 May.
"In other words, we are expected to believe that in a mere two months it was able to consider tens of thousands of pages of submissions, carefully weigh in the evidence and deliver sound policy advice. ...
"It is hardly surprising that the final report is seriously deficient in several respects."
- no evaluation of the costs of alternative courses of action,
- No attempt to determine the costs attached to amalgamation and the implementation of structural reform (admitted on page 38, chapter 3 of the report)
- No account taken of experiences of amalgamation in Victoria, South Australia or Victoria, nor evidence from Canada, nor the 2007 Lyons report into British local Government.
Professor Dollery concludes :
"Evidence-free policy-making of this kind is alarming. State Government politicians should ask themselves a simple question before embarking on a potentially destructive forced amalgamation program.
"Why do financial problems persist in other Australian states that have already compulsorily amalgamated local councils if amalgamation is indeed a silver bullet for all the ills of local government?"
Deborah Tabart, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Koala Foundation has written to the Queensland Environment Minister (see #letter">below) asking the the status of Koalas in the South East Queensland bio-region be upgraded from their current listing of 'vulnerable' to 'endangered' as a result of the alarming recent increase of Koala deaths. Deborah Tabart wrote:
In Redland Shire alone a total of 362 koalas were taken into care, only 96 animals appear to have survived. A shocking 73.5% death rate. What is more disturbing from these statistics is that the deaths appear to be mainly disease related, which is clearly an indication of stress, which could well be caused by habitat loss. Although many blame cars and dogs as a primary cause of koala deaths, these statistics indicate that those deaths were minor, compared to the diseased animals. This is a disturbing trend.
The letter concluded:
Given these high death rates, it is hard to imagine that koala births in the Redland's Shire are outweighing the deaths, a sure sign of impending localised extinction.
I call on you to immediately upgrade the koala listing to Endangered and give South-East Queensland's koalas a better chance for survival.
Human population growth driving Koalas to extinction
The underlying driver which threatens the Koala with extinction has been the population growth deliberately encouraged by successive Queensland Governments. Since 1974, Queensland's total population has more than doubled from 2 million in 1974 to well over 4 million today. So, it should be little wonder that with their habitats encroached upon by residential estates, roads, industrial estates, quarries, power lines and other infrastructure that the numbers of Koalas and other Australian native wildlife has declined steeply.
Yet, in spite of this, the growing water shortages, the strains on electricity generation, traffic congestion and the overall decline in the quality of life for the human residents of Queensland, the Queensland Government persists with its reckless policy of encouragement of population growth. The latest episode in this saga are to be the planned Work, Live and Play in Queensland" expositions in Sydney from 17-19 August and in Melbourne from 5-7 August. This is to in order to fulfil the plans of the Queensland Government decreed in its 2004 South East Queensland Regional Plan to cram another 1 million into South East Queensland alone by 2026, presumably to suit the property development sector, which funds the Labor Party even more generously than the trade unions.
Unless this population growth is stopped the fight to save the Koala, as well as to preserve what quality is left in the lives of ordinary Queenslanders is doomed.
What you can do
- Write to Lindy Nelson-Carr Queensland Minister for Environment and Multiculturalism to support the Australian Koala Foundation's call to have the Koala listed as 'endangered' in South East Queensland. (E-mail EandM|AT|ministerial qld gov au or see #letter">below for phone numbers or postal address.)
- Become a supporter of the Australian Koala Foundation
- Join the Australian Wildlife Protection Council at www.awpc.org.au/newsite/join.php
- Participate in protests by the 'People Power' group against over development in Redland shire. To Contact the 'People Power' group e-mail people_power |AT| hotmail . com. (For further information visit /SaveMountCotton)
- Contact the Queensland Government and demand an end to their policy of encouraging population growth
- Contact the Commonwealth Government and demand an end to their policy of population
- High immigration (currently at an unofficial, but real, record annual rate of 300,000 up from 68,000 in 1996 - see Ross Gittins' article "Backscratching at a National Level" of 12 June in the Sydney Morning Herald
- Treasurer Peter Costello's $3,000 baby bonus
- Vote against politicians who fail to protect Australian wildlife or who encourage population growth
- Set up an account on this site, if you do not already have one, by visiting /user/registerso that you can contribute your knowledge and ideas. (You may still post comments anonymously but you may have to await the approval of the site administrator, before they are published.)