Posts Tagged ‘ The Greens ’

Will Labor wake up?


That question could well cover a number of current ALP policies – or lack there of – but let’s concentrate on their unholy alliance with the Greens for the moment.

With the Greens’ unwillingness to compromise on the asylum seeker issue last week apparently being the straw that broke the camel’s back, at least one Labor MP, former Defence Minister and chief government whip, Joel Fitzgibbon, says it’s time to take the Greens head-on.

Mr Fitzgibbon’s anger with the Greens echoes the frustration privately expressed with many Labor MPs who believe that Ms Gillard should tear up the agreement with them.

I don’t think that would save Labor the next election, but it might save them some future credibility.

Tim Blair on the Greens:

Too many observers treat the Greens as a political movement rather than as a political party. Until very recently, when the Greens’ senate balance of power made it unavoidable, the Greens have dodged the scorching cynicism commonly aimed at other parties and politicians.

In fact, the Greens may be the most cynical of all parties in the current parliament. They exploit public perceptions of them as caring and altruistic in order to pursue agendas that are economically destructive and, in the case of asylum seekers, cost lives.

Now that Bob Brown has left the scene, perhaps these prissy care-fakers will receive the examination they’ve well and truly earned. The next election should not be a judgment restricted to Labor and the coalition.

Indeed.

PS

With a number of Labor MPs unhappy with the Greens’ alliance, can we also infer they are unhappy with the carbon tax? After all, this was a tax the PM promised not to impose, only to do so after the election at the Greens’ insistence.

Good Riddance Bob Brown


Finally, he’s out of politics.

Andrew Bolt predicts a slow decline for the Greens.

Hope so. The Bob Brown cancer on Australian politics has metastasized enough.

The climate debate of 2011: round-up


Professor Bob Carter, a geologist, discusses “the the most important events which influenced the climate debate in 2011.”

2011, and the Unlucky Country finally gets a carbon dioxide tax

Australian voters entered 2011 with the pre-election commitment of Prime Minister Julia Gillard still sounding in their ears –

There will be no carbon [dioxide] tax under a government that I lead.

Nonetheless, cognitive dissonance had already arrived on the Canberra political scene, in the shape of the Multi-Party Committee on Climate Change (MPCCC) that was established in late 2010 in order to plan for the introduction of just such a tax.

Thereafter, the political year yielded a spectacular display of chicanery, scientific malfeasance, media bias and economic and social irresponsibility, all underpinned by a confusion of both purpose and morality and accompanied by an uncertainty of outcomes: and that’s just the global warming picture.

It is fitting, therefore, that the year should have ended shortly after the closure of the IPCC’s COP-17 climate conference in Durban, the outcome of which was a politically wonderful Clayton’s agreement regarding global warming – which is to say, it was the type of agreement that you have when there is in fact no agreement. As one commentator put it, the Durban partner nations’ statement appears to have agreed to an agreement to agree in future to an undefined agreement. Science magazine Naturecommented that “Despite the celebratory atmosphere, the platform represents an exercise in legalese that does little or nothing to reduce emissions, and defers action for almost a decade”.

Read on.

H/T & H/T

Oh, and why does a geologist’s opinion matter?

Carter’s view of climate science is profoundly influenced by the fact that he’s a geologist. He thinks in terms of geological time – eras and epochs. When compared to those timescales, 150 years of thermometer readings is a mere blink of an eye. As he writes in his accessible, well-argued book:

By overemphasizing the trivially short instrumental record, and greatly underemphasizing the varied changes that exist in geological records…the IPCC signals its failure to comprehend that climate change is as much a geological phenomenon as it is a meteorological one.

Meanwhile, as it becomes increasingly evident that drastic government measures to curb a problem that likely doesn’t exist will lead to so much pain with negligible gain, and as it becomes increasingly evident that alternative energy is outlandishly expensive and grossly inefficient, the Australian Greens leader, Bob Brown, continues to demonstrate his complete and utter lack of economic literacy.

This time he wants to make changes to our Super (i.e. increase taxes on it) that will hurt those worse off and punish those who want to contribute.

This once almost quaint quirk in Australian politics is weilding far, far too much influence for just one senator from a remote, sparsely populated region of the nation.

Labor pains


With the national ALP conference looming, Tom Quinn, a politics professor at La Trobe University, takes a look at why Labor is fast becoming a shadow of the party it once was.

Rock-bottom support. Plummeting membership. A broken structure. Labor is in trouble and its very existence is at stake. But if the hacks are serious about fixing the party at its national conference this weekend, they must deal with one issue underpinning all of Labor’s woes – the collapse of the party’s traditional base.

While opinion polls this year have hammered home the dire level of support for Labor, with its primary vote often wallowing in the 20s, the party’s main concern is the plummeting number of paid-up members. Official numbers are hard to come by, but insiders report that membership is now below 20,000, the lowest level in decades and half the number the party had as recently as 2007 when Kevin Rudd was elected. The swiftness of this loss is compounded by the changing nature of Australian society, presenting the question of whether numbers can be regained quickly or indeed ever.

The first part of the piece is quite good explaining the downsizing of Labor’s base – manual laborers – coupled with the realisation that the base’s core needs such as free healthcare and education have been met thus pushing those traditional core values towards the cliff of irrelevance.

There are a few sticking points with Quinn’s argument however.

Take Labor’s current approach to asylum seekers. Its strategy is centred on ”tough on refugees” posturing and playing up the threat to national security.

Excuse me, but just how is Labor “tough” on asylum seekers? What? Tough like a shiatsu massage? Just how is closing the offshore processing centres we had that reduced illegal boat arrivals to almost zero which led to a gargantuan spike in arrivals (and deaths at sea) considered “tough”? How is quickly processing illegal arrivals and releasing them on welfare into the community “tough”?

Next, Quinn argues that mirroring the Liberal party won’t bear fruit.

Why choose Liberal-lite when you can vote for the real thing?

Memo to Tom: Kevin Rudd won the 2007 federal election for the ALP precisely by portraying himself as Howard-lite.

Labor is consistently missing the opportunity to build community support for a more progressive Australia, primarily because it no longer understands its former base.

An odd line. I would argue Labor is wallowing in the polls and losing its base precisely because it has become too progressive since winning the 2007 (and 2010) election; Greens-lite if you will.

You can see where this going, right? Just in case “politics academic” didn’t toll the warning bells…

As the impacts of climate change accelerate…

Don’tcha just love how in so many circles, the above phrase is so casually bandied about and accepted without the slightest hint of critique.

Never mind that it hasn’t warmed in about 15 years, and that on average 2011 has been colder than all the other years this century and even cooler that 1988.

Never mind parts of the world experienced their coldest winter in a decade last year.

Never mind sea level rises are actually decelerating from the normal 3mm per year we’ve seen since the end of the little ice age to a mere 1.8mm at the moment.

Never mind the intensity and frequency on average of hurricanes and the like has actually decreased over the past three decades.

Never mind the “endangered” polar bear has seen its numbers increase five-fold, from 5000 to 25,000 since the 1950s and that there are so many now, hunting season is open again.

Never mind changes in the sun’s thermal output.

Never mind the Climategate 1.0 and 2.0 emails.

Never mind reality vs innaccurate models, just repeat the man-made global warming mantra; brainwash the kids with it to the point where you can say “as the impacts of climate change accelerate”, and not an eyelid is batted.

Argh!

But let’s move on to the final fisk…

Trapped between parties of fear and vision, Labor is being squeezed into irrelevance.

So the Liberals are a party of “fear” and the Greens are a party of “vision”. Have I got that right, Tom?

I guess “fear” must be scary stuff like balancing the budget and lowering taxes.

I guess “vision” must entail such luminous ideas taking away freedom of the press and scrapping Australia’s sovereignty by means of a one world undemocratic government.

UPDATE

‘Nuff said.

Tom Quinn has worked for the Green Building Council of Australia for a number of years…

Interesting


Certainly seems cosy if nothing else…

GREENS Leader Bob Brown faces a possible investigation by the Senate’s powerful privileges committee over an allegation he used his parliamentary position to advance the interests of a major political donor.

Remember that woodchip mill that was bought by a Greens donor – a donor to the tune of $1.6 mil – who said he’d shut it down after a bit?

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Two of Australia’s wealthiest entrepreneurs have bought a Tasmanian woodchip mill, throwing the future of the state’s forest industry into doubt.

Wotif creator and Australian Greens donor Graeme Wood and Kathmandu clothing founder Jan Cameron signed the contracts to buy Gunns’ Triabunna mill today.

They’re paying $10 million for the operation. They say they’ll continue to run it as a woodchipping facility, but for the term of the current contract.

Their long-term aim is to make Triabunna a mecca for tourism on Tasmania’s east coast.

Bob Brown (from the Greens website):

Tourism contributes 5 times more to the Tasmanian economy than the native-forest logging industry“, said Senator Bob Brown today at the release of a discussion paper on tourism.

Would’ve been nice if Bob had provided a link to that because the info is – let’s just say – not that easy to find.

Makes you wonder; if his claim is so legit, then why is it so hard to verify?

Seriously, I’ve been scouring the internet, budget papers, links, all kinds of key word search entries, going through page after page of search results for about two hours now.

Nadda.

Wouldn’t it be in Bob Brown’s interest, if said claims are true, to provide ready access to verifiable links?

Dirty deals done dir… er, expensively


So in the dead of night, at 3:30am this morning, the Mineral Resource Rental Tax (MRRT) was finally passed.

But what a price did Labor have to pay? A cool $100 mil in a secret deal to the Greens.

THE Federal Government today revealed details of an extraordinary multi-million dollar pact with the Greens that secured Parliamentary support for a new law.

The deal means the Government will defer concessions for foreign banks to get $20 million a year in revenue the Greens want spent on public facilities.

Today’s announcement ended 12 hours of secrecy in which the Greens and Labor kept from Parliament and voters details of the deal to get the Mineral Resource Rental Tax (MRRT) through the House of Representatives early this morning.

Greens leader Bob Brown said today his party wanted the deal made public last night.

The tax on mining super profits will raise about $11 billion over four years.

But will it? Continue reading

The carbon tax that saved the planet (and the man who wanted it destroyed)


We were lucky.

As you are most surely well aware, Opposition leader Tony Abbott had been planning to redirect a giant asteroid, the size of an aircraft carrier, into planet Earth, and most likely Australia’s eastern seaboard.

The damage done, had he gotten away with his wicked plan, would have been immeasurable.

Fortunately, with the help of the righteous Greens, our gallant PM Julia Gillard was able to avert the disaster thanks to the quick passage of the carbon tax bills through the Senate yesterday.

Barely hours old, the carbon tax was so effective that it managed to push the giant asteroid a full 1.38 million kilometres away – barely a hair’s breadth in galactic terms, but enough nonetheless.

Already we are witness to the immeasurable difference the carbon tax has had, and will have on the earth.

Foiled: carbon tax saves humanity from deadly Abbott death rock

Could our chief scientist be any more ironic?


Ian Chubb:

AUSTRALIA’S chief scientist has urged the local scientific community to “stand up and be counted” to lift public understanding in the national climate change debate.

Professor Ian Chubb told a parliamentary inquiry the debate should be a “contest of ideas” and not an agenda-driven conflict.

“The scientific community as a whole has a great deal of responsibility to ensure science is elevated to where it once used to be, and not to be subject to attacks by people with all sorts of agendas,” Professor Chubb told the joint select committee inquiry in Canberra.

Australian Greens senator and committee member Christine Milne had asked Professor Chubb for his view on the success of sceptics in painting climate change science as a quasi-religion, with believers and non-believers.

How ironic that an agenda-driven scientist complains of driven agendas.

If our chief scientist wants to look at “agenda-driven” science, he’d best look no further than into a mirror, or perhaps across his desk at Greens MP, Christine Milne.

We have thousands upon thousands of people all banking on this trace gas quack theory. There’s the CSRIO, the agenda-driven IPCC, the ICLEI, Agenda 21, calls for more taxation, calls by the Greens for “global governance”, propaganda being presented to our kids in school… even my beloved F1 is being attacked.

If Chubb is so concerned about agendas, he’d best quit his job and shut the hell up.

Green Day


No pizza.

And this is just day one (essentially).

PETROL will be excluded from the carbon tax but the Greens have won a sweeping Productivity Commission inquiry that will probe whether future excises should be levied according to a fuel’s carbon content and whether road-user charges are needed to discourage driving.

No more pizza delivery.

Not least because Pizza Hut won’t have any electricity to fire its ovens.

SHUTTING down the Australian coal industry would cost the economy between $29 billion and $36bn a year and have no effect on global carbon emission levels.

The Greens want coal gone, and a windmill does not a pizza make.

Own goal?


The Greens raise a lot of money from individual donations. It seems new senator Lee Rhiannon wants that and only that.

“We shouldn’t have any of those political donations going to political parties from organisations or corporations,” she said told the Ten Network yesterday.

Oh. And basically shut down both major parties, whilst also severely hampering her own? Interesting that part of her portfolio is democracy.

The Workers’ Party of North Korea doesn’t rely on donations from corporations or organisations, either.

Green deceivers


The latest Green commercial states that “storms are more extreme and more frequent”.

This is flat out wrong. In fact, the opposite is true.

Yes. Storm frequency and intensity has actually gone down the past 30 years. Here’s data collected by Dr. Ryan Maue Ph.D at Florida State University.

Frequency:

Intensity:

And as for Bob’s renewables? Here’s a link detailing why renewables won’t work to power our cities.

UPDATE

Bob Brown doesn’t have a clue. He’s openly called for a one world government.This dangerous idiot now has the balance of power in both Houses of Parliament. Can you imagine what would happen to Australia if we lost our sovereignty, if we lost our democratic vote? Can you imagine what all the tyrants in the world would do to us? The UN is corrupt enough as it is, however it would pale in caparison to Bob’s brainwave.

(It’s right at the start of the podcast.)

PS Speaking of the UN, North Korea is heading the Conference on Disarmament???

The sooner free sovereign nations stop paying their dues to the UN and pull out, the better. The US is mad to keep paying the UN’s bills.

UPDATE II

A good point made in the podcast:

How can Bob Brown be so against Australian profits going offshore (essentially, they don’t anyway) yet in the same breath wants Australian sovereignty to go offshore?

Getting hip and down in Brown Town


Via everyone’s favourite dog, Spot!

TGIF…WBB


“TGIF” you understand, right? Thank God It’s Friday.

“WBB”?

With Bob Brown.

With any luck, tomorrow will be a cracker. Either that, or Australia’s Favourite Happy Senator™ won’t be available.

And I’m sorry, but what everyone’s thinking has to be said. Bob Brown wants to do to Australia what he does to his boyfriend… minus the consent.

Too far?

Can’t be worse than Bolt’s Brown STrAINED.

More Alan Jones. No more Bobbing on the Brown.

Whatever. Had a gut, Bob.

Fuck You You Stupid Fucking Lefty Twat

FYYSFLT

Seriously, this thing, Brown, is like a bad heroin addiction we have to get off. A little hit at the start felt kinda good, we/he upped the dose to feel even better, then the dose was upped to feel the same, and then worse, and worse, and worse until Green politics will finally kill the West unless we say NO to this economic, social, and political vandalism on the best way of life ever conceived.

And the planet will do just fine, regardless.

Gee, thanks (updated)


You’d think a pro-Palestinian activist would be welcome in the territory.

A SALAFIST group of radical Islamists killed an Italian activist after kidnapping him in Gaza, a Hamas security official said today.

“The Italian was killed by suffocation and his body was found in a street of the city of Gaza,” a spokesman for the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip said.

Of course, hardly any one needs reminding that it’s actually usually not us who most terrorists go after.

INDONESIAN police say a bomb went off at a mosque in the West Java town of Cirebon, killing at least one person and wounding 17.

“We suspect it was a suicide bombing,” West Java police chief Suparni Parto told Elshinta radio after the blast.

One man, the suspected bomber, was killed in the explosion.

Nice own goal there, idiot.

Meanwhile, the Greens are lamely defending themselves for their pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli stance (coz, you know, the Juice are so evil).

DAMNING criticism of a Marrickville Council boycott of Israeli products is a “straw man” designed to smear the Greens at a state and federal level, the party says.

The Greens-led inner-west Sydney council is under extreme pressure to drop its boycott of Israeli products, with NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell intimating he could sack it, and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd calling it “nuts”.

Councillors voted to implement the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy in December, in protest at the alleged mistreatment of Palestinians.

UPDATE

Oops, forgot the Indonesian link. Well, here’s another one.

The man was apparently wearing a suicide vest beneath his black Islamic robes and sitting among dozens of worshippers when he set off the bomb, said Agus Riyanto, a police spokesman. The bomber shouted “God is Great” as he detonated his device, authorities said.

A Muslim mate hates this shit more than we do…

Green extremists


Good to see the Greens are finally beginning to receive some proper media scrutiny.

Greg Sheridan:

THE depth and longstanding nature of the Greens’ visceral hostility to Israel reveals something very unpleasant about the nature of the Greens themselves.

They are essentially a party of extremists. Like most extremists operating in a democratic space, they try to garner support on broadly populist issues while still servicing their extremist activist base with extremist positions and campaigns.

The language of a number of the Greens senators about Israel – rogue state, apartheid, should be boycotted – is the language of political sectarianism and prejudice.

Read on.

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