Daily Links Sep 19

To refer yet again to Donald Horne, “Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate (a bit generous to the current lot) people who share its luck”. As this article observes, “We were building detention centres when we could have been investing in (solar) module manufacturing.”We are led by pillocks!https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-09-19/solar-panels-why-australia-stopped-making-them-china/100466342

Daily Links Sep 18

It will take years following the LNP being kicked out of office for the malign influence of their shills, henchmen (and women) and lackeys to subside. The longer they are in government and the more positions they fill with those who will do their bidding, the poorer our nation and our future becomes. Along with an independent Integrity Commission, we need an independent process for government appointments.https://reneweconomy.com.au/morrisons-coal-lump-supplier-former-advisor-appointed-australian-oecd-ambassador/

Daily Links Sep 17

Eighteen months to develop a plan to lock ourselves inextricably into America’s orbit and become a vassal state. Is Trump or some other Trumpian possible in 2024? For how long …

Daily Links Sep 16

I’m no ardent devotee of advertising but I do reckon Nike was on the money with their tag line ‘the secret to becoming number 1 is to train like you’re number’. And there’s also a lot of wisdom in the adage that it ain’t over till the corpulent diva sings. The ruthlessness of the Morrison government could easily trump a complacent Labor Party if they thought they were number 1 in waiting. There’s billions set aside to be ladled into pork barrels, just as there was in 2019.https://theconversation.com/labor-and-the-greens-need-to-sober-up-the-next-election-is-far-from-in-the-bag-167972

Daily Links Sep 15

Hmm. Perhaps it is a race after all. No, not the scramble to sign vaccine purchase agreements or vaccine rollouts. There is an unseemly haste to open the Beetaloo Basin before the social licence for new fossil fuel developments expires. Keith Pitt is not a good Minister.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-14/nt-federal-court-minister-keith-pitt-gas-company-beetaloo-basin/100459900

Daily Links Sep 14

Maelor’s lister Peter Boyer looks at the wilful neglect on the part of Tasmanian governments on environmental management. Sadly, this is not confined to Tasmania. Further, his analysis includes ‘Sinclair’s Law’; ‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it’. How easy it is to find examples!https://southwind.com.au/2021/09/14/the-murky-state-of-environmental-regulation/

Daily Links Sep 13

Now this is good news. ‘Coal’ Fitzgibbon has been a Labor millstone and great friend to the fossil fools. What’s the bet he follows Mar’n Ferguson into some sinecure in the resources sector? And just by the by, one doesn’t inherit a seat, they are not positions owned by anyone, they are earned on merit.https://www.news.com.au/national/joel-fitzgibbon-to-retire-from-parliament/video/70bf2e176046df0d105ea378e14f7d39

Daily Links Sep 12

With A  B de Feffel Johnson at the helm, Bookshelves Brandis watching for Australia’s interests and the possible involvement of UK Trade Envoy Mad Monk, is it surprising that climate …

Daily Links September 11

I expect to see op eds on the flatness of the earth, the logistics and delivery schedules of Santa Claus’ annual project and an economic analysis of the pricing criteria applied by the Tooth Fairy. There are views about all three in the public domain and NewsCorp says all views will get an airing. Their current op eds are as credible.https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/sep/11/news-corp-australia-wont-muzzle-commentators-as-it-ramps-up-climate-coverage

Daily Links Sep 10

Of course the lobbyists are the fossil fools, driving policy and sitting on key boards. But particularly alarming, two  characters, an exCEO and an exDeputy CEO of the Minerals Council …