Category Archives: Environment

THE ADANI ELECTION

Queenslanders go to the polls on Saturday, 25 November, to elect a State Government. Ostensibly, it is a contest between Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tim Nicholls as to who will be Premier of the Queensland Parliament, It is absolutely not. The battle … Continue reading

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Climate Trumped

Everything that Donald Trump does is a combination of good and bad and both are always out on the extremes. His decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Change Accord is a typical example of classic Trump. He deservedly won praise … Continue reading

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BIRTH OF A RAILWAY

Shortly after John Howard was elected Prime Minister of Australia in 1996, I visited him at Parliament to outline a plan that I had to build an Inland Railway from Melbourne to Darwin via Parkes, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Gladstone, Mount Isa and … Continue reading

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WARPED WELFARE WAILING

Contrary to what we are told by politicians and the media, the cost of welfare is not a major element among the issues that we face in achieving and sustaining the financial viability of Australia. Currently, the crippling costs to the economy are – … Continue reading

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THE YEAR THE MUSIC STOPPED

My end of year travels enabled me to take in some Christmas functions in Adelaide Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane. Inevitably, the conversations got to focus on the sad state of politics and a few facts became indelibly clear. Malcolm Turnbull has reached rock bottom and few … Continue reading

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EVERALD’s ELECTION EDICT

We are two weeks into the 2016 Australian Election and I have waited in vain to hear any policies of vision and conviction from either the Coalition, the Opposition or the Greens that will stir my passion as a proud Australian who wants to build … Continue reading

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IN SEARCH OF A NATION BUILDER

Australia is a disgracefully underdeveloped and poorly planned nation, the result of hugely neglectful politics over a long period of time. Because no thought has ever been given to balanced development, most of our population is crammed into capital cities where … Continue reading

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THE WINDSOR KNOT

Tony Windsor has made a decision that will change the political culture of Australia and instigate a long era of minority governments. He will challenge Barnaby Joyce for the Seat of New England in the 2016 Federal Election and he … Continue reading

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2016 – Turnbull year of destiny

My holiday reading included a very readable book called Born to Rule, an unauthorised biography of Malcolm Turnbull by veteran journalist Paddy Manning. I enjoyed it immensely. Paddy makes it clear he is not a Turnbull fan, but he treats … Continue reading

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The Remains of a Year of Tumult

I have been around for 84 years, none of them ever boring, but 2015 has been a corker. Happily, the two most incompetent political leaders of my era were removed from power – Tony Abbott in Canberra and Campbell Newman … Continue reading

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THE CLIMATE GUYS HIT PARIS

I am a committed environmentalist, actually a conservative Green, but I am convinced that Climate Change Conferences are a colossal waste of time and money, as was proved by the ridiculous disaster of Copenhagen a few short years ago.

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TONY ABBOTT AND THE LONG SEARCH FOR YESTERDAY

Whenever our nation is in crisis we yearn for the good old days when threats like this did not happen. Whenever we avoid a crisis we say it is because we honoured old traditions that were certain to keep us … Continue reading

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THE POPE AND THE ENVIRONMENT – HAS FRANCIS CROSSED THE LINE

Pope Francis has issued an encyclical on the Environment called Laudato Si in which he firmly and clearly outlines his views on global warming, climate change and pollution, while linking them with poverty, employment, economics, science and religion.

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SENIORS ARMY WILL MARCH FOR WATER

Last week, I outlined a plan to drought proof our Australian continent by sending tropical water south via dry river beds and connecting channels. The concept is fundamentally sound, but it will become a reality only if the private sector provides … Continue reading

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WITHOUT WATER, LIFE IS IMPOSSIBLE

Australia is the driest continent on earth. Yet we invest tiny dollars in water even though we are aware that Australia has the potential to become the food bowl of the world. Unaccountably, we are willing to risk only miserable dollars in … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Challenges of 2015 – Economy – Environment – Religion

ECONOMY — ENVIRONMENT — RELIGION 2014 was not the greatest year in history. Be this as it may, the one element of life that will never be lost is Hope. This means that we can plan for 2015 to be … Continue reading

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Economic Growth or Quality of Life – measuring the progress of a nation.

Politicians and economists calculate the stature and prosperity of a nation by the annual percentage increase in its Gross Domestic Product. Governments rise and fall on the basis of this statistic, mainly because nations are declared to be in recession … Continue reading

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The Search for Clean Coal

The coal industry is at a crisis point worldwide, and any fallout from its decline will impact heavily on the Australian economy. Barack Obama has stated that his goal is to gradually shut-down every coal fired power station in the … Continue reading

Posted in Business and Enterprise, Carbon Debate, Community and Values, Environment, Everald@Large Newsletter 2013, Government, Mining and Resources, Nuclear

Carbon – A debate without end.

In his Budget Reply speech last month, Tony Abbott resoundingly confirmed his previously-stated intention to immediately repeal the Carbon Tax if he is elected Prime Minister in September. This means that the nation as a whole now needs to consider … Continue reading

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The Quest for Energy will dominate.

The Quest for Energy will dominate the politics of the future The provision of energy to meet the growing needs of billions of people worldwide is an enormous economic challenge for every nation on earth. Half of the world does … Continue reading

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