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Brake on NSW coal seam gas exploration extended until September 2015

September 26, 2014 - 00:16 -- Admin

The Hon Anthony Roberts MP Minister for Resources and EnergySpecial Minister of State MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 25 September 2014 FREEZE EXTENDED ON PETROLEUM EXPLORATION LICENCE APPLICATIONS Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts today announced an additional 12 month freeze on NSW Petroleum Exploration Licence Applications (PELAs

Abbott Government releases its 2014 Energy Green Paper - prepare to be underwhelmed

September 26, 2014 - 00:15 -- Admin

The Abbott Government released its Energy Green Paper on 23 September 2014.The document sketchily mentions renewable energy or forms of renewable energy a total of 134 times within its 92 pages, while mentioning conventional gas/unconventional gas a total of 434 times, coal 100 times and exports 131 times.Readers who care about Australia's sustainable energy future move onto the body this paper at their own risk.......

Letter Writing 101: never indulge your phantasies in a letter to the editor

September 25, 2014 - 06:27 -- Admin

The Daily Examiner carried this interesting exchange in its letters columns on 24 and 25 September 2014:Congrats DebrahSincere congratulations to Debrah Novak for her 20 years at The Daily Examiner.In my now 15 years of residence in retirement in the Clarence Valley, Debrah has always been incredibly honest and painstakingly fair on any project we worked together on.

Two polling companies, two different assessments of Tony Abbott & Co

September 25, 2014 - 00:16 -- Admin

This week News Corp and its part-owned polling company Newspoll was trumpeting a poll bounce for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the back of national security issues.However, another polling company Roy Morgan Research had a different assessment of how Australians reacted to Abbott’s national security media blitz.

Beware The Secret State - Part Three. Abbott Government to allow ASIO and federal police to 'creepy crawl' our homes

September 24, 2014 - 00:16 -- Admin

It was in the late 1960s that Australia became familiar with the term creepy crawl* which meant stealthily entering a home unbeknownst to its occupants. The 23 September 2014 media release below from Australian Attorney-General George Brandis demonstrates that this same hostile act is about to become part of federal law** in this country.

Who do you blame if the mounting hyper-spin on a 'terror threat' to Australia goes terribly wrong?

September 24, 2014 - 00:15 -- Admin

Who do you blame if tensions between different religious or ethnic groups (including natural-born Australians) rise dramatically, racially-inspired violence occurs or a ‘pay-back’ incident results in death and destruction because the Abbott Government is intent on making society both alert and alarmed over as yet unproven domestic terrorist plot/s allegedly instigated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) organisation?The following politicians are a good starting point: