on the rim of australian politics....
Tony Abbott reminds me of Rimmer in the TV comedy Red Dwarf...
Rimmer is full of self-promoting hubris and as such Rimmer, the Hologram, is the self-appointed captain of a garbage disposal ship lost in space for about 3 million years... The only difference is that Rimmer from time to time realises he's a waste of space, but Abbott never does, though he is the Hollowman... See Tony's latest grand scheme of fiddling with the northern rivers... It's a bit like going from BLUE ALERT to RED ALERT, as the tin-can robot, Kryten, masterly ask Rimmer if that really was what he wanted as all he had to do was change the coloured light bulb in the flashing sign...
I think Tony has risen far beyond his Peter Principle's station of incompetence — except he's still there a) because there is no one else who want the job... b) there is no one else who could do the job since all of those who put him there are way beyond their own levels of incompetence and c) hubris is the only thing that keeps him there...
The lunacy of his (old and discredited but rehashed) lastest damming scheme is the summit of crap, but Tony mentions Aboriginal people, to give "his idea" an illusion of moral depth...
The scheme still is a Rimmer style of doozie. And if your have any trace of nature conservation in your bones, throw him out with your next north shore council clean up...
An environment group has described a federal Coalition plan to irrigate northern Australia with dams as a "vampire that has to be slayed a few times".
A leaked draft discussion paper identifies 100 possible dam projects around the nation, with a heavy emphasis on irrigating a new "food bowl" in the Top End.
But Dr Stuart Blanch, director of the Northern Territory Environment Centre, says there is a lot of evidence the plan would not work.
"This thing keeps coming back from the dead," he said.
"I have spent many years trying to kill these dumb ideas, along with many people, including farmers and fishermen, Aboriginal communities, scientists.
"There is room for irrigation development in the north but it's not the food bowl, there's just not the scale."
Dr Blanch says it appears the Federal Coalition is running a strategy of encouraging public discussion about "hare-brained" schemes to develop northern Australia.
"(It seems they are saying) give us all your craziest, biggest ideas, that all the sort of good, solid, scientific reasons have said should never get up and we're gonna run with it," he said.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-14/northern-food-bowl-dam-report-leak-coalition-plan/4518818