Wednesday 3rd of September 2014

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-09-03 15:59


A solar farm that has been billed as Australia's largest has officially opened at Royalla, south of Canberra.

The Royalla Solar Farm was developed by a Spanish company, is made up of 83,000 solar panels and has the capacity to power more than 4,500 ACT homes.

The ACT Government said it was the first large-scale solar farm to be connected to the national electricity grid.

Environment Minister Simon Corbell said it was an important step towards achieving the ACT Government's target of 90 per cent renewable energy for the territory by 2020.

"Over its lifetime the farm will save over half a million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

"This is a nation-leading project. This is the largest operation solar farm in Australia to date.

"It is expected to generate an average 37,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy each year for the next 20 years."

The project is owned by Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and the opening was attended by the Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

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My apologies to Spanish people... The upside-down exclamation mark at the beginning of olé turns into an i when posted... Bum... But congratulations to the Spanish Foreign Minister for showing the way to the morons in Canberra, not the ACT, but in that house of mostly mad men on the hill... My Spanish is a bit rusty but am still able to read papers...


Canberra (Australia), 3 sep (EFECOM).- El ministro español de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, José Manuel García-Margallo, inauguró hoy en Canberra la planta solar Royalla Solar Farm, construida por la empresa española Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), la mayor instalación de este tipo que existe en Australia.

García-Margallo, de gira por varios países de Asia y Oceanía, llegó hoy a Canberra para inaugurar esta planta, situada a 23 kilómetros al sur de la capital australiana.

La planta, con una superficie de casi 50 hectáreas, tiene una capacidad de 24 megavatios y generará energía suficiente para abastecer a unos 4.500 hogares de la zona, evitando la emisión de 950 toneladas de CO2 al año.

García-Margallo estuvo acompañado por el consejero delegado de Fotowatio, Rafael Benjumea; el embajador de España en Australia, Enrique Viguera; el ministro australiano regional de Infraestructuras, Medio Ambiente y Energía, Simon Corbell; y el director general de Medio Ambiente y Dirección de Ordenación del Gobierno del Territorio de la capital australiana, Dorte Ekelund.

El ministro destacó la satisfacción de ver cómo empresas españolas construyen "en la otra parte del mundo" una planta solar, la más grande de este tipo que opera en Australia.

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-09-03 14:43


do us a favour, press the seat ejector-button, tony...

At around 4pm, Sky News's David Speers interviewed the Iraqi ambassador to Australia. The arms Australia was providing should be going to the central government, he told Speers, not straight to the Kurdish regional government, comparing the situation to Iraq providing weapons to the Victorian government rather than the federal government. And he hadn't even had a discussion with the government about the issue; he was hoping for one sometime this week, perhaps when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrives back from the South Pacific. The fact that no one in the Abbott government had bothered to speak to the ambassador of the country we're about to return military forces to was a staggering revelation.

This, naturally, sat very poorly with Abbott's claim of Iraqi support, leaving the Prime Minister looking as though he had misled Parliament on the very serious matter of putting our defence forces in harm's way.

Fortunately, the Iraqi ambassador's memory was jogged overnight. This morning, at an impromptu media conference as he emerged from the ABC's press gallery offices, he explained that the Iraqi government did indeed support Australia's arming of the Kurds, that Iraq had been consulted via "all the right channels between the two sides" "a couple of days ago" and that his remarks on Sky had been "misquoted" and "taken out of context" (presumably by himself). Baghdad, he explained, was quite happy for the Kurds to be armed. "They're Iraqis," he said, smiling, a statement that might draw a somewhat mixed response in Erbil.


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Meanwhile Labor has been swallowing whole again this US set up con-trick delivered by our own Turd-in-Chief, as Labor, led by that "nice" Simon Crean (later on, backstabber of Julia), back then, swallowed the con-trick of hands from Rattus Howard, when that trilogy of liars decided to invade Iraq... Boy!... When will these grand idiots at labor learn that war or sending weapons is not an option... All it will do is increase the stakes of a bigger war and more terrorism...

Anthony Abbott argues that the beheading of someone justifies "his" intervention in Iraq... Bollocks... This year the Saudis have beheaded 41 people, of which more than half were foreigners. Are we going to drop bombs on the Saudis for beheading people? No... We accept for whatever crook reason in our bend-heart that this represents "justice"... It does not. Beheadings in Saudi Arabia are as bad as those of Isil. All of these beheadings are performed under Wahhbist religious fervour... UGLY ON ALL COUNT.

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-09-03 13:19

The Tasmanian government has repealed the state’s forestry peace deal after both houses of parliament passed a vote to scrap the plan on Tuesday evening.

The termination of the four-year peace deal, which ended a 30-year battle between environmentalists and loggers over Tasmania’s forests, will remove 400,000 hectares (988,000 acres) of state-wide native forest from reserves for logging.

The Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) bill passed the Liberal-dominated lower house after being amended in Tasmania’s upper house.

The bill scraps the forestry peace deal, introduced by the previous Labor government, to allow widespread logging in the protected 400,000-hectare area in six years’ time. The peace deal had provided payment to loggers to move away from felling native forests.

The specialty timber sector will have access to a wider 1.1m hectares of previously protected forest for selective logging.

The Liberal state government, which won power earlier this year with a pledge to rip up the forestry peace deal, claims the protection of vast swaths of forest has hindered job creation.

Will Hodgman, Tasmania’s premier, said: “For more than 30 years, environmentalists, with the help of Labor and the Greens, have progressively locked up hectare after hectare of productive forests, destroying businesses and jobs, regional communities and livelihoods.

“We took a clear plan to the election to say “enough is enough” and rip up the job-destroying forest deal.”

But the scrapping of the deal could restart some of the fervent protests previously seen in Tasmania’s forests. The government has introducedtough anti-protest laws, aimed squarely at activists who disrupt timber operations.

Environmentalists argue that the state’s native forests are far more valuable left standing, to be used for carbon storage and also for tourism. Tasmania’s tourism industry employs around 15% of the state’s workforce, compared to around 1% of people employed in the forestry sector.

Jenny Weber, campaigner at the Bob Brown Foundation, said, “Tasmania’s government has issued a licence for native forest annihilation in an era when native forest logging should cease, for climate mitigation and ecosystem benefits.

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-09-03 10:23

It seems the Government has just stopped caring about climate change action, and some media organisations have decided to no longer even pretend to hold them to account on the issue, writes Greg Jericho.

The review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) released last week served to highlight that rejection of the science on climate change is at the very core of this Government.

The selection of Dick Warburton to head the review of the RET was not an anomaly - it worked nicely in hand with the previous appointment of fellow climate change "sceptic" Maurice Newman as the head of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, and Tony Shepherd (former head of the Business Council of Australia - a group strongly in favour of the removal of the carbon price) as the head of the Commission of Audit.

Most governments never hold an inquiry unless they know the outcome, but what is new is the Government's lack of subtlety. In appointing Warburton, Shepherd and Newman to their respective posts, the Government not only ensured it got the result it wanted, it let everyone know it was ensuring that would be the case.

This shift to display no pretence about their position on climate change is present not only in Government, but also - and perhaps not coincidently - in right-wing sections of the media.

The Australian, for example, has recently taken to performing some activist journalism that one could suggest is privileging "the views of activist groups over the views of the wider community". Despite a majority of Australians agreeing with the science, The Australian's activism against climate-change science has recently seen it publish claims that the Bureau of Meteorology has fiddled its temperature data in an effort to suggest warming has occurred.

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Read article at top... There is 80 per cent chance that summer 2014-15 will be torrid... 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-09-03 10:08

Australian workers will be "demonstrably worse off" under the Federal Government's deal to scrap the mining tax, the superannuation industry says.

The Government announced yesterday it had reached an agreement with the Palmer United Party (PUP) to get rid of the controversial tax, whereby the schoolkids bonus would be retained until after the next election and super increases put on hold until 2021.

Treasurer Joe Hockey said the deal - which will cost the budget $6.5 billion - was not the Government's "preferred option" but was still a "damn good deal" for the Australian people.

However, Industry Super Australia chief executive David Whiteley said the freeze was not good news for Australians.

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-09-03 08:53


Monkeys at the top and bottom of the social pecking order have physically different brains, research has found.

A particular network of brain areas was bigger in dominant animals, while other regions were bigger in subordinates.

The study suggests that primate brains, including ours, can be specialised for life at either end of the hierarchy.

The differences might reflect inherited tendencies toward leading or following, or the brain adapting to an animal's role in life - or a little of both.

Neuroscientists made the discovery, which appears in the journal Plos Biology, by comparing brain scans from 25 macaque monkeys that were already "on file" as part of ongoing research at the University of Oxford.



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There we are, with more eugenics to look into — not so much based on race and breed, but on ability to "lead" or be ruthless to stay on top... In fact this reflect favourably with my discreet analysis of our ability to be socio-psychopath (or psycho-sociopath which is the same here with a possibility of slight variation in intensity). The monkey who leads needs to be sure of himself and bash pretenders by caring less about them in this situation, though the study did not say much about females (whom I guess are there to submit). It seems that in most monkey groups, the dominant is a male with big balls, bad temper and a small shitty brain. The same goes with humans, except that, as well, dominant males have a small dick and are devious. My empirical observations of politicians who lie under oath or for an election and then dismantle the social fabric for their own advantage and that of their mates. In the case of Uncle Rupe and Abbott it difficult to distinguish between the master and the organ grinder... but both qualify for the top award of lying ape. 


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-09-03 08:19

The millionaire Palmer United party leader had presented himself as the protector of the little man – determined to keep three of the programs that had been “paid for” from the mining tax and that the government had promised to axe along with it.

He said he would never agree to the axing of the low income superannuation contribution – $500 a year paid by the government into the super accounts of people earning less than $37,000 a year – or the schoolkids bonus – a means-tested payment of $420 for every primary school child and $840 for high school students – or the income support bonus – a $200-a-year supplement to help pensioners get by.

But in fact he did agree to their abolition, just delayed by three years. And the trade-off was that he also agreed to freeze for seven years the superannuation contribution paid by all employers to all employees.

That was also another big broken promise for a government that had pledged “no further adverse changes” to superannuation – although the prime minister (who takes a black is white approach to these questions) insisted it wasn’t a broken promise at all because he had promised a two-year freeze and a seven-year freeze was pretty much the same thing.

Not really, according to examples provided by Labor. A seven-year freeze would mean a 25 year old earning $55,000 will have $9,215 less in retirement savings by 2025 and a 35 year old earning $75,000 will have $12,977 less.

And as for that hero of the little guy, Palmer, he saved the $500-a-year low-income super payment for someone on $37,000 a year for the next three years, but cost them so much in superannuation payments that in the long term that they’ll be $10,000 worse off by 2025. Great deal, Clive.

Perhaps it’s because, like some in the government, Palmer is not so keen on compulsory superannuation in the first place.

Abbott once described compulsory super as “one of the biggest con jobs ever foisted by government on the Australian people”.

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I am now waiting for Sir to be added to Clive Palmer... Sir Clive Palmer "for service to the Abbott's nation"... A con job by shit people...

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2014-09-02 21:51

Mr Palmer rejected the suggestion that it was a conflict of interest for him, as a politician with mining interests, to be negotiating on the repeal of the mining tax.

"We all pay tax, does that mean that members of Parliament don't vote on income tax bills?" he said.

Mr Palmer said his party had only reached a deal with the government on Tuesday and as recently as Tuesday morning talks were continuing over sticking points.

Labor and the Greens attacked the government for what Labor Senator Penny Wong called "a dirty deal".

"We have another deal… another dirty deal where they try to ram through the chamber just like we've seen before," she said.

Greens Leader Christine Milne called the move to gag debate on the amended bill "contempt for the Senate".

"I can't remember a time when we had amendments dropped on the desk with no attempt to explain what they mean," she said.

Senator Cormann rejected accusations the government was rushing the legislation through.

"This is three hours more than the previous government spent on the whole debate in the first place," he said.

Senator Cormann said the deal  would benefit the economy.

"A strong mining industry... is good for Australia, good for the economy and it's an important part of generating more jobs," he said.

Senator Milne called the deal "an absolute disgrace" that would hurt the super entitlements of millions of working Australians.

"This is exactly what the Australian people were concerned about at the prospect of a mining billionaire coming in here."

I would remind readers that one of the biggest miners in Australia, Glencore, pays so little tax on a profit of about $15 billions, one needs a microscope to see it.

The Mining Tax was designed to remedy this unsavoury situation somewhat...

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2014-09-02 16:59

"They are the reasons why we expect a pretty tough season for most of NSW," he said.

Nationally, maximum temperatures are running the second-highest on record for the past year, at 1.33 degrees above the long-run average, according to David Jones, head of climate monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology.

"The heat this year is even more pronounced in the eastern states," Dr Jones said. Mean temperatures for NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria were 1.08 degrees above average over the past 12 months, eclipsing the previous record anomaly of 1.02 degrees set only last year.

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2014-09-02 16:48

The Senate has voted to repeal the mining tax after the Federal Government and the Palmer United Party (PUP) struck a deal to keep the schoolkids bonus until after the next election.

But the agreement also further delays superannuation increases for Australian workers, putting them on hold until 2021.

PUP had insisted it would not back the mining tax repeal unless the schoolkids bonus and other assistance measures were retained.

The legislation passed the Upper House this afternoon and will now head back to the House of Representatives, where its passage is guaranteed.

Earlier Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced the breakthrough in the Senate.

"I am pleased to announce that the Government has received indications from a majority of senators in this chamber that they will support our mining tax repeal package subject to amendments which are currently being circulated in the chamber," he said.