Tuesday 21st of August 2018

malcolm did not really understand what he really said or did....


saving nemo...

The Turnbull government will establish a special $1 billion fund to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the ravages of climate change and declining water quality.

The Reef Fund – to be announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Queensland on Monday – will invest in clean energy projects across the reef's catchment area in a bid to keep the World Heritage-listed icon healthy.




The Turnbull is talking shit. If he meant what he said, he would not have authorised the development of more coal mining in Queensland and would not let Larry Dumbdumb destroy the CSIRO. Turnbull is bullshitting ever more than ever. 


spraying bullshit like election fertiliser...


The government believes that a key way to improve the resilience of the reef to climate change, bleaching events and crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks is to improve water quality.

The fund will seek to do this by supporting projects that reduce run-off of pollutants, fertiliser and sediment. Such projects could include the wide-scale installation of more energy and water-efficient irrigation systems on agricultural land. Other projects could support more energy efficient pesticide sprayers and fertiliser application systems.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-coalitions-1-billion-funding-promise-for-great-barrier-reef-20160612-gphd86.html#ixzz4BSFgnNz7 
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And build a gigantic coal terminal at Abbot point?... 


Meanwhile, little Malco Turnbull little mate in New South Wales, Mike, is about to "lawfully" (change the present legislation) unleash massive environmental degradation like never before by allowing farmers to remove more trees from their paddocks, while federal Labor wants their mates in queensland to do more to protect nature which the previous Turnbull's mates, the Liberals (CONservatives) under Newman, encouraged to be massively destroyed by farmers. The environmental record from the Liberals (CONservatives) is terrible. So when Turnbull announces some patch up coastal solutions, he does not really want to talk about the real cause of global warming: burning coal and other fossil fuels, especially the mining thereof.

smoke and mirrors in coalition's reef 'rescue'

Smoke and mirrors in Coalition's Reef 'rescue'

You have to hand it to the Coalition when it comes to their climate policy, it's the ultimate confidence trick ("Coalition's $1 billion funding promise for Great Barrier Reef". smh.com.au June 13). This is evident in the announcement of a "special $1 billion fund to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the ravages of climate change and declining water quality".

Look more closely and what you see is a directive that $1 billion of existing funds already allocated to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation be used in the reef catchment area. As if building a wind farm on the Atherton Tablelands will somehow magically reduce emissions affecting the reef. Memo to government: you have to close down coal power stations to do this, not open up new ones fuelled by mega coal mines.

There is no new money and no admission that the weak emission reduction policies of the Coalition are contributing to the problem. The reef is dying from high ocean temperatures due to global warming.

Making irrigation pumps more energy efficient and reducing chemical run-off will not save the reef. Most of the dying coral is in the northern section, unaffected by farming. What is needed is real climate action to reduce Australia's emissions, no new coal mines, and calls for urgent action globally.

Harry Creamer Port Macquarie

I was appalled to read the Prime Minister would announce $1 billion for green energy projects to save the Great Barrier Reef. Appalled because he is in government and had the power to do that before the election.  Why do we need to have an election to do what should be done?

Gail Cornford Teralba 

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global warming...



May was 13th Straight Month to Smash Previous Temperature Records

JUNE 17, 2016

Last month was the hottest May on record. It was the 13th straight month to set a new record, amid increasing global warming. This comes as the Central United States is slated to experience a sweltering heat wave over the weekend. Meanwhile, hundreds of people in Southern California have been evacuated from their homes near Santa Barbara as a drought-fueled wildfire exploded in size Thursday. Scientists have linked the increase in wildfires to climate change.




chinese meltings...

A university in China has responded to complaints about a lack of air conditioning in student residences by ordering huge chunks of ice to cool people down.

Lushan College - in the southern city of Liuzhou - brought in a lorry-load of ice each evening as temperatures top 35C, Beijing News reports. The college, which is part of the Guangxi University of Science and Technology, has spent 5,000 yuan ($750; £565) on 28 tonnes in total, the report says.

Images from the campus show students breaking off chunks of the large ice blocks and filling buckets to take back to their dormitories. One man tells the China News Service he'll use it to keep drinks cool in his residence, but on social media most users think the university just needs to sort out some air conditioning.

"This is not a permanent solution," says one person on the Sina Weibo microblogging site. Another points out that the situation is far from unique, as most universities in the region have no air conditioning. But one user approves, writing: "I think this is very good, it's environmentally friendly."

A university official tells the paper that air conditioners can't be installed yet because the local power grid doesn't have enough capacity to cope with the extra demand, so the ice is an interim solution.

In recent weeks, students at other universities have complained about scorching temperatures making life uncomfortable in their housing blocks. Some opted to sleep outside, while others shared images online to show how they're beating the heat, using the hashtag #UniDormsWithoutAirCon. Among them, a group of male students inflated a large paddling pool in their bedroom, with one rather riskily setting up a little desk for his laptop above the water line

read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36703487

$ one billion of hot air and billions tonnes of CO2...



The recent election campaign provided a perfect example. Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference in Townsville to announce a $1 billion Reef Fund “for projects that will both reduce emissions, use clean energy and, of course, protect the reef”. Farmers living near the reef could get loans from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for solar-powered or energy-efficient projects to reduce agricultural runoff. Solar could “substitute for diesel”, drive water-efficient irrigation, or power electric fences to keep cattle out of creeks. 

Turnbull didn’t say how much CO2 would be saved by the undoubtedly worthwhile projects supported by the Reef Fund. Progress to date with the government’s Emissions Reduction Fund suggests eight million tonnes a year might be achievable. Pretty impressive, except that the carbon pollution exported in our coal negates that saving every three days. We’re meant to ignore such facts, but take the environmental commitment seriously.

It’s the same with approval processes for new coalmines and export terminals, all subject, as Turnbull’s government says each time, to the “strictest conditions in Australian history”. From protecting endangered species and water quality, to requiring dredging spoil to be disposed on land, we’re assured no stone is unturned. When then environment minister Greg Hunt approved the largest coalmine in Australian history, he said the conditions would ensure “that all impacts, including cumulative impacts, are avoided, mitigated or offset”. Except one, which happens to be the biggest by far: the emissions that occur when the coal is eventually used. 


Read more: https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/07/23/truth-about-australias-coal-industry-and-climate-policy/14691960003525


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adani solar panels

Adani, which is vying to build Australia’s largest coalmine, has announced the site of a $200m solar farm near a central Queensland mining town.

The Indian energy conglomerate plans to build a 100-200 MW solar plant on 600ha that was formerly part of the Rugby Run grazing property near Moranbah.

Adani, India’s largest solar generator, said on Thursday the Rugby Run solar farm would be “one of the world’s most advanced solar energy plants”.

The company’s first solar foray in Australia has prompted rare praise from environmental groups, including one that has taken it on in court over its bitterly contested Carmichael coal project near Bowen.

Peter McCallum, of Mackay Conservation Group, said on Monday the company’s latest move would bring it far more widespread support. 

“Adani is fundamentally an energy company, not a miner, and its expertise is shifting rapidly towards becoming a clean energy producer in India and now in Australia.”

Rugby Run is the first of a number of solar projects through which Adani plans to provide up to 1500MW in Australia within the next five years.



Why is Mr Adani not building his solar plant in INDIA? Is it because Solar Energy is viewed as "funny" electricity? Is he for real? Are Australians becoming so dumb as to allow this man place a foot in this country? Don't answer this last question, please... Illusions, illusions, ... tada.

cooling waters...

A proposal to use $9m to pump cold water on to the Great Barrier Reef’s tourist hotspots to stave off coral bleaching has been described as a “band-aid” solution, which does little to address the fundamental threats to the world’s largest living structure. 

The plan, proposed by the tourism industry and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, seeks to protect six reefs with high economic or environmental value near Cairns and Port Douglas.

It would involve using low-energy technology to push adjacent cold water from a depth of about 40 metres to the surface. The aim is to use the cooler waters to alleviate bleaching, which is caused by global warming-induced rises in sea surface temperatures.

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bleeching transparent bleetings...

The Turnbull government is facing pressure to explain why it awarded nearly half a billion dollars to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation during a private meeting in April between the foundation’s chairman, John Schubert, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and Frydenberg.

The $443.8m grant was awarded without a competitive tender process or any application for the money, at a time when the foundation had just six full-time staff.

A parliamentary inquiry has been examining the process by which the grant was awarded, with Labor and the Greens pressing the government to explain what was said in the private meeting in April.

But Frydenberg has dismissed concerns about the grant process, saying the government did nothing wrong.

“Firstly, we have complied with the governance guidelines on grants,” he told the ABC’s 7.30 program on Thursday night.

“We have reached an extensive partnership agreement with the foundation which is public. The Australian Audit Office will be able to follow the money, and there will continue to be close cooperation between the foundation, the federal government, and the Queensland government.”

Asked if it was standard practice for the federal government to hand $400m to an organisation without any tender process or transparency, Frydenberg said the process had “a lot of transparency”.

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A lot of transparency IS NOT ENOUGH... The whole thing smells of "job" (mostly cash) for the mates in the Liberal CONservative camp about limiting the damage that real sciences could show.... UNLESS, say for example that the Great Barrier Reef Foundation finds that the bleeching is due to a fast growing global warming due to burning fossil fuels, then the Liberal CONservatives will have nowhere to go... Very smart Malcolm... But should the Great Barrier Reef Foundation not touch this issue, THEN YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS A CROCK.

Over to you, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation... Do your job without favours, despite having been given a rorting one.

a dodgy stench about it...

The Prime Minister claims the funding process was above board and transparent, but this has not satisfied anyone outside of the Liberal Party.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie told IA that the whole deal is “at best, a collapse in proper process” and has “a dodgy stench about it”.

The May Budget revealed the grant, $443 million plus change, to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which until it was thrust into the media spotlight with this huge cash injection, had flown under the radar for most people.

To say that it took established environmental groups and most of us by surprise is an understatement. According to Andrew Wilkie, the GBRF is “an obscure organisation” that was gifted nearly half a billion dollars (more when the interest it will earn the Foundation is calculated) “without any tender process.”

It seems that even the GBRF’s own executive was a little taken aback by the Government’s generosity.

The Foundation’s chief executive, Anna Marsden, expressed her surprise and told a Fairfax journalist that it felt like winning the Lotto:

"We didn’t have much time before the announcement to be prepared for it. It’s like we’ve just won lotto — we’re getting calls from a lot of friends."

Well, yes, except the Great Barrier Reef Foundation didn’t actually buy a ticket in that particular lottery. It turns out, we learned this past week, that the Foundation had not even asked for the money — it was handed over on a whim by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In early April, there was a private meeting in Sydney between Turnbull, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg and the chair of the GBRF. The Foundation did not ask for the money and did not have the capacity to manage such a large injection of funds.

Indeed, the Foundation had six staff on its books and, in 2017, a turnover of just $8 million. This hardly put it in the position to become the lead organisation charged with coordinating efforts to save the Barrier Reef, from coral bleaching, eroding water quality and the effects of climate change.

That’s OK then, because it has now emerged that climate change is not even mentioned in the publicly available documentation outlining the terms and conditions of this extraordinary gift.

And there’s no mention at all of the damage being caused to the Reef by fossil fuel consumption, or anything at all about proposals for more coal-laden bulk carriers to traverse fragile areas of the reef transporting brown coal to China and Japan.

This is surprising, because scientists and environmental groups have identified the shipment of coal through the Reef as perhaps the most important threat to its ecosystem.

Another little snippet that adds further intrigue to this already curious tale is that the organisation that made the May 2016 claim that transporting coal is detrimental to reef health was the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

This might leave you wondering why the Centre was not the recipient of the $443 million handout; or why other groups were overlooked.

Well, if there had been a competitive tendering process – the usual way such grant funds are distributed – maybe other groups with a good track record of work on reef recovery might have been given a share of the funds?

But, as we now know, there was no tendering process. The whole deal was concocted, cooked up, conceived and consummated with unseemly haste and in secret, away from public scrutiny.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg tried to clean up the spillage late in the week in a series of media appearances and, finally, Turnbull himself fronted the media and gave a grim press conference that repeated the assertion the deal was above the waterline, but he gave no relevant details.


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Read from top... The Great Barrier Reef Foundation sounds a bit like a charitable organisation to support ailing holiday resorts on the reef...

maaaaate! you just won lotto without a ticket...!

The Reefgate rort may be the biggest scandal in Australian political history — but is just the latest in a long line of taxpayer cash splashes from Turnbull to his cronies, including the Murdochs.


MALCOLM TURNBULL giving almost half-a-billion dollars of public money to his business cronies is, perhaps, the biggest rort in Australian political history.

But the fact this so-called #Reefgate scandal has scarcely made a ripple in Australia’s mainstream media says everything you need to know about where this nation is in 2018.

Let’s look back over the facts.


In a private meeting on 9 April this year, Prime Minister Turnbull met with an old business acquaintance. There was no public servant at this meeting, just one other cabinet minister.

The Prime Minister told his old mate that the small charity he chaired, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF), was to be given almost half-a-billion dollars of public money. The GBRF chair was surprised. He had never tendered for the money. Had never even asked for it. Indeed, he had no immediate way to spend the money, his charity having only six full-time employees. But he accepted the money nonetheless.

When the GBRF told his managing director about the meeting, she said it was “like we had just won the Lotto!”

She was understating the magnitude of the prize, however. No lottery in Australia’s history had ever given out even a quarter of that amount, let alone to someone who hadn’t entered and didn’t have a ticket.

Last week, an application document eventually emerged. It was only half filled out, with key details missing.

Yesterday, 8 August 2018, news emerged that the Government had broken its own rules by not putting the grant through a competitive tendering process and also that the auditor general was considering investigating the scandal. It is hard to imagine a bigger schemozzle.

But here’s where it gets truly concerning.

In what could be construed as a calculated insult to environmentalists, the scientific community and everyone who actually cares about the future of the Great Barrier Reef, the Foundation’s “partners”make up a veritable "Who’s Who" of big business and the mining industry, including Qantas, Boeing, Rio Tinto, BHP, Peabody Energy, Shell, Downer EDI Mining, Worley Parsons, Wesfarmers and Aurizon — the very ones, arguably, responsible for the Reef becoming bleached in the first place.

And the chair of the Foundation? The one who was in that 9 April meeting with Turnbull and Energy and Environment Minister Frydenberg? That was former BHP director and Esso Australia CEO John Schubert. Esso is the Australian subsidiary of ExxonMobil — not only the world’s biggest oil company, but also the world’s biggest funder of climate change denial. They also sank the Exxon Valdez oil tanker off Alaska, causing one of the most devastating environmental disasters in human history — so they do have some experience dealing with damaged coastlines.

When asked in Senate Estimates whether they would lobby governments about emissions reductions, land clearing, or the approval of new coal mines, the Foundation said it had no plans to do so. No surprises there, because this Foundation is not designed to save the Great Barrier Reef. It’s aim is to provide a public relations fig-leaf to the very polluters that are sending it to a watery grave. This insidious practice is known as “greenwashing” in environmental circles. The idea the Government would give this organisation – of any organisation – the biggest environmental grant in Australian history is beyond perverse, it is downright diabolical.

As Opposition environment spokesperson Tony Burke said on ABC Insiders on Sunday − in the brief 90 seconds they allowed him to discuss the subject – the situation is absurd. The Government has cut $100 million from the CSIRO, so that if the CSIRO wants to study the Great Barrier Reef, it will need to apply for a grant from this private Foundation run by bankers and fossil fuel company executives.

And just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any worse, it has emerged that two colleagues of Turnbull’s from his Goldman Sachs days were directors when Turnbull gave Schubert the good news in April.


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lying con brio...

SINCE #REEFGATE hit the news about ten days ago, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg – and others in the Government – have made the following assertion scores of times:

“Under Labor, the Great Barrier Reef was put on the UNESCO Watch List.”

The problem with this claim is that, while UNESCO has a "World Heritage" list, a "Tentative" list, and an "In Danger" list, there is no such thing as a UNESCO "Watch List”. Moreover, the Great Barrier Reef has never been on the UNESCO “In Danger” list ever in its history — under either Labor or the Coalition. So Turnbull and Frydenberg are categorically lying — not that anyone in the mainstream media has called them out on it so far, even with Opposition environment spokesperson Tony Burke repeatedly alerting them to the truth.


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wearing a beige cardigan on a hot day at the beach because mum said so...

while rome floods, the palace burns...


The government was warned that there was a “significant” risk that on-the-ground projects for the Great Barrier Reef could be delayed because of a $443.8m grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, documents reveal.

The documents, obtained by the Guardian under freedom of information laws, also show the environment department and the office of the environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, discussing a $5m “reef islands” grant, but do not contain any mention of the much larger grant until after the 9 April meeting where it was offered.

According to the material, Frydenberg’s office was aware of the risks of the unusually large grant. “The rapid increase in operational scale for the foundation poses significant capacity, governance and capability challenges,” it states.


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Accounting trick frames reef grant 

“It’s a most cynical piece of accounting trickery. A piece of chicanery. That’s the only way I can describe it.”

Mike Seccombe  The government’s surprise $444 million grant to a private foundation is allegedly being used to fudge its commitment to UNESCO on Barrier Reef protection.


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