Category Archives: Mining and Resources

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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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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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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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

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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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Is there a prosperous future for the Australian Bush?

Have we killed the legacy of John Flynn? Out where the sun goes down, the people of the bush call him “Flynn of the Inland”. He was the man who, in the first half of the Twentieth Century, made a … Continue reading

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Can Australia survive without mining?

Any nation that aspires to have sustainable prosperity should have an economy that is equally reliant on agriculture, manufacturing, professional services, tourism, education, retailing and mining. It must be led by a lean, enlightened and compassionate government that creates a … Continue reading

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Is the mining boom over?

Is the mining boom over? No!  BHP’s panic decision not to proceed with the expansion of their mine at Olympic Dam reflects bad management of what was once Australia’s greatest company.  Is there a softening of world demand for resources? Yes!  … Continue reading

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Is it a sin to sell the farm?

The gossip around town is that a majority of Australians believe that, when foreigners invest in farming in Australia, they actually dig-up the land and take it back home, lamentably leaving us with a continent which is just a massive … Continue reading

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Twiggy Forrest

The latest saga to annoy us while we try to eat our poached eggs at breakfast is the revelation of a taxation deal that Twiggy almost made with Kevin Rudd in the dying hours of the Rudd era. For a number of reasons, we … Continue reading

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How Green was my Valley?

My headline has stolen the title of a great novel that I read back in my school days. Written by Richard Llewellyn, it told the story of humble people who lived in a lovely valley in Wales where suddenly, out of nowhere, miners found lots … Continue reading

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Too much luck!

Paul Cleary is a senior writer with The Australian — one of their better ones. He is also a researcher with the Australian National University, and has written a very readable book called Too Much Luck, which is about the mining boom and its possible adverse impact on Australia’s … Continue reading

Posted in Everald@Large Newsletter 2011, Mining and Resources

Food Water and Minerals – why can’t we have them all?

The conscience of the nation has been stirred by the ever intensifying and increasingly bitter battle between farmers and miners and coal seam gas producers about land, water and the environment. This newsletter has been constant in its efforts to remind governments that they … Continue reading

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Fair Contribution to Society from Miners

What constitutes a FAIR CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY from Miners? The debate on the role and responsibility of mining companies in Australian is rapidly becoming a volatile one, with residents of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales and the City of Toowoomba in Queensland becoming quite militant … Continue reading

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Farmers V Miners – The battle gets serious.

The New South Wales and Queensland Governments are planning to implement and/or change legislation to protect strategic cropping land from encroachment by mining and gas ventures. This has been made inevitable by the high profile of the issue in the recent New South Wales … Continue reading

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The Wandoan Project

On the issue of clean coal, we should all take a look at a new power station that will be built at Wandoan in Central Queensland. It is called the Wandoan Consortium, and is a joint venture between the Stanwell … Continue reading

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Going Nuclear

The Anti-Nuclear people have had a field day of ranting and raving about the nuclear problems that Japan is battling. They are absolutely delighted that Japan’s tsunami gave them a new platform to parade their delusions. Their hypocrisy has driven … Continue reading

Posted in Everald@Large Newsletter 2011, Mining and Resources, Nuclear

Clean Coal – The Greatest Moral Challenge of our Time

Bob Brown has said that coal companies should pay the costs of all flood damage because the use of coal is (supposedly) the basic cause of climate change, and is specifically responsible for the violent rains that have hit eastern Australia. As leader of a … Continue reading

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