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EYE-BALL Opinion – The Reasons for our Anger – we are living our own destruction …

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Title:
– The Reasons for our Anger –
- we are living our own self-destruction –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th July 2013 |
The  efforts from within our society to fight the injustice and the tyranny by our leaders at Local Council, State and Federal Government levels is a frustrating and lonely road.   Most won’t even think about challenging the problem let alone speak out against it – yet the corruption within our Leader groups is what we most often ponder about.

It also includes how we feel about the private sector and how CEO’s and the like abuse their perks and make bonus’ that sicken the soul when revealed.

It even goes to how we ponder and feel about the outward signs from our neighbours, or the person you sit next to on a train, it is most often about why our own life is not blessed with what others appear to have.

We all know about the increasingly difficult struggle to make ends meet on a day-to-day basis, and that eternal question nags at us – why is it that everybody else seems to be making a better go of it?   The West has nothing to complain about when it comes to poverty and opportunity to better oneself.

The truth is are all in the same mortgage ‘trap’, those who don’t have one want one, and those who have one live every day not knowing whether the next day will be when it all falls apart.   To those I say – take a look at third world Nations and tell yourself you deserve a better, or an easier life.

The western world is asleep and oblivious to the hardships of real live being lived in distant lands.   Yet – western civilisation has lost sight of what life should really be about.  They live their lives day in and day out thinking they are happier and have the joyous rewards yet over time the battle has been lost and now all that remains is the anger at what they have to do to try to find happiness and joy.

The reality is that Western civilisation has lost the ability to enjoy life and the pursuit of financial independence has consume society.  Financial rewards has become the trigger we all think will make our lives happier and filled with joy.

They don’t understand that the more they struggle for it, the more it eludes them.  We are all in a life struggle we don’t really understand and have little awareness of.

The real struggle for life survival is in refugee camps, on the high seas, and amongst the ever increasing homeless … the world is getting darker and soon the lights we turn on at night to make us feel safer will dim, and we will all realise just how asleep we have become to what has really been happening all around us.

Real life and the survival of humanity is being played out in distant lands – out of sight and out of mind.  When it comes to our doorstep we will regret not getting involved.

When our society becomes dependent and at the mercy of military law, we will realise just how wrong we were to allow our Leaders to ‘dip their wicks’ and abuse their responsibilities over the last 50 odd years.

Public service should be about the struggle and want to do public good – not about the decadence and exuberances our Leaders believe they have entitlement to.

In the darkness fast approaching – a lone and despised voice speaks out – one might say a light shines in all that darkness and this voice of reason and accountability might be the voice we should at least listen to – a sample of that message is reproduced below:

Lack of transparency undermines our democracy


| Author: Julian Assange | Date: 25th July 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE federal parliament has received enormous attention in the past year not because of the eloquence of its debates but because the behaviour in its chambers and in its backrooms has been so Machiavellian that the world has looked on in amazement.

What has been even more disappointing has been the stealth with which our elected representatives have worked together (often across party lines) to pass laws without proper public consultation. In the past month alone Labor and the Coalition have come under fire for agreeing to remove several federal departments from the reach of the Freedom of Information Act.

Commentators argue that Australians are sick of the childish and bullying behaviour in Canberra but I think what Australians are really tired of is the way in which government in all its forms operates behind closed doors.

Whether it is superannuation entitlements for politicians or decisions about who should be prime minister, the doors in Canberra remain closed to the scrutiny of the average Australian.

The results are distrust and scepticism that anything enacted by the federal parliament is genuinely motivated by the wellbeing of all Australians.

According to classic notions of parliamentary government, the legislature imposes accountability on the executive government through legislation and inquiry. The original purpose of a parliamentary system is not only to represent voters but to ensure that the government is held to account for its actions between elections. This sort of accountability has been embarrassingly absent in Australian politics for years.

There is an implied assumption that all MPs should act in the interests of their electorate, but that doesn’t mean they do. The WikiLeaks Party will demand that the policies and legislation debated in the two houses will be the same debate that goes on elsewhere in the building.

One of the first actions of the WikiLeaks Party in the Senate would be to insist that there be full disclosure of the asylum-seeker arrangements with the Papua New Guinea government that Kevin Rudd announced last Friday, including host arrangements; the provision of resources and details of adequate medical and psycho-social health resources and personnel; the construct of the refugee claims review process and of subsequent judicial review; and of the conditions of resettlement for those whose applications are successful. Under the Migration Act 1958, Australia retains an obligation to Australia-bound asylum-seekers it may “transfer” to PNG. Considering PNG’s developing country status, the Australian government must disclose how it will assist PNG to financially support resettled refugees.

WikiLeaks Party’s core values of transparency, accountability and justice are the template against which we will examine any important issues for Australians: tax reform, asylum-seekers, climate-change policy and more. We will not accept legislation or government policy that is based on inaccurate, poorly disclosed or inadequate information. In this way our positions will always reflect fairness, good government policy and practice, and protecting the interests of all Australians.

True parliamentary democracy is a system that facilitates the obligation to dissent. The WikiLeaks Party recognises the need to scrutinise government activity and to defend the legislature against the executive government. We will stand as a constant reminder to MPs and senators that the proper function of the Senate is to be independent of the government of the day, something that has been forgotten in Canberra. The vigour of this scrutiny can be maintained only if the government does not hold a majority in the Senate.

The WikiLeaks Party is a party of investigation and oversight, at one with the Senate’s constitutional ideals. WLP senators will act as agents of independent oversight precisely because we are not a party of government, of factional deals, of big business or of the environmental lobby.

Our senators will seek to ensure that all legislation reflects the WLP values: transparency, accountability and justice.

Putting the WLP in the Senate is the same as putting Australia’s best investigative journalists in the Senate. That is what the dishonest Canberra establishment fears most.

Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks Party, is a federal Senate candidate for Victoria.

Sorry if the intro was a bit graphic – but the despair all around us cannot be disputed.

Whilst new PM Mr Rudd and Opposition would be PM Mr Abbott joust for political gain, positive media coverage, and the hearts and minds of the voters – those who are sceptics and cynics to the future of democracy focus on the greater evils.

An award-winning documentary that is a must watch for everyone titled:

“Decadence Decline of the Western World” - linked here – the bit-torrent download link provided here …

… presents a luminous scenario as to why western civilisation has become such a struggle – why the last 50 years our society has given in to the excess of the seven deadly sins, and become the basis for our existence.  Those sins represent the decadence our society now represents and the future holds no bounds for misery and misfortune.

If we are to be brutally honest with ourselves those seven deadly sins have become the norm in how we live our lives … taken over our purpose and the way we live – they are –

All of these exuberances have played their part in the demise of past and historic civilisations, i.e. Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and the like – and are most of the reasons why the current 300 odd years of our current Western civilisation finds itself in the death throes of a new and historic era change.

The greatest concern is that we have not realised we are the designers and masters of our own destruction.  We alone are responsible – just as Rome became decadent in its last days, so has western civilisation and just as they did in the demise of the Romans – these things always end badly.

Be it the GFC and its ongoing crisis management lurching us further and further toward the abyss, or the doomsday forecasts about climate change and environmental destruction, to the demise and division of a muslim verses christianity holy crusade that has been a backdrop for over 2000 years, the summary is that there is no one, or no group of people who have the answers to fix the problems the world faces today.

It is unfixable given the ego’s involved and the history of conflict that runs so deep within those Nations – Nations that were largely decided in post WWI and WWII carve ups.

The current era of Western civilisation started around the time of America’s discovery – people flooded the new world looking for escape and opportunity.  I ask – where can one now go to do the same thing?  There is nowhere where new frontiers are to be discovered unless we talk of off planet or beneath the oceans.

We are forever stuck and tied to what is about to follow – and that only seems fair given that we are all responsible for the mess we have made.

Please – try to watch the doco via the links provided – it truly will open your eyes …

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EYE-BALL Opinion – Claims of Climate Change Answers – Akin to Lucifer and the evil men do -

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Title:
– Claims of Climate Change Answers –
- Akin to Lucifer and the evil men do -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 16th Jan 2013|
The Australia Summer for 2012-13 is half over and everybody is experiencing the heat, the bushfires, the smoke, and believing that this summer represents something bigger than it really is.

The climate ‘alarmist’s’ are out there spreading the news about how this summer is proof positive that climate change is here.   To the sceptics it is as if Lucifer himself is out there feeding the ‘Climate Change’ debate.

Is it possible to look at a weather extreme these days without ‘Climate Change’ being blamed?

Every weather pattern forecaster indicated the ‘El Nino’ effect on Australia would be more pronounced this summer off the back of ‘La Nina’ weather patterns the previous 3 years.  During that period we saw our dams full, the Queensland and Victorian floods, the milder temperatures,  and now in a full-blown summer of bushfire and extremes of heat – where has all the moisture gone?

For starters the back burning that would have happened during winters a decade or so ago would have prepared the undergrowth for a hot summer and the bushfires we have today would not have been as extreme.   All the scare mongering about under growth equalling fuel is true and we are seeing it this summer.   What would be the score if forestry rangers have been able to burn off the ‘fuel load’ in winter like they used to … would there have been less CO2 emitted as compared with the current bushfire cycle imposing its hell and brimstone?

Scientists tell us about millennium old weather patterns … and the question between alarmist and sceptic is divided … having once been an alarmist from the mid 90’s and up until the Rudd election – with the ‘moral challenge of the 21st century’ statement I became more widely read and began to ask questions in why I believed in the ‘alarmist’ rhetoric.

I reversed my position – I now believe that we owe it to ourselves to become more efficient users of what energy resources we have left and to find new ways that are not fossil fuel dependent.  I also believe that mother nature will take care of its own without fervor or favour to humans.

What does it mean if sea levels do rise?  Will floods become more ravaging, typhoons, cyclones, and hurricanes more damaging – if so it will be because the human habitat has encroached on natures providence without regard or respect to history,  or accounting for the long-term damage damming and blocking river flows has caused.

Man has found in a short 200 years ways to capture natures abundant harvest – the question I ask – have we harvested too much too quickly, and without regard to the consequences of the explosive human population and the greed man has as his motive in those last 200 years?

Over this Summer period there has been a series of media fed stories again questioning the long-range human induced climate change predictions. One such article was published in The Australian today and was about the predicted rise of sea levels … read caption below:

Caution on tying heat to climate change


| Author: Matthew Denholm, Tasmania Correspondent | Date: Jan 16th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

AUSTRALIA can expect more heatwaves and bushfires in the decades ahead but scientists caution against blaming this year’s record temperatures and devastating blazes on climate change.

Several leading climate scientists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting in Hobart yesterday warned that heatwaves might become six times more frequent in Australia within 30 years. However, they also said this summer’s bushfire disasters and record temperatures across many states could not be judged to be a result of climate change.

“You need to look over longer periods of time and take into account variations over a longer period of time to make a careful assessment,” said Scott Power, Bureau of Meteorology senior principal research scientist.

“But it’s clear that these sorts of things do become more common under climate change and it’s clear that Australia has warmed up, the world has warmed up, coastal sea levels have warmed up, global sea levels have warmed up.”

rest of story linked here

This story in isolation was tame and not hardly worth the notice – however in context with the extremes of our current summer, and the other stories being printed around the globe and at home – it forms a piece of the jig-saw that forms the debate.

Presented below are links to other current and active media stories from around the World on the ‘Climate Change':

And then there is the ‘Climate Madness’ side of the debate …

Look – in my mindset the debate is far from clear yet the ‘alarmist’s’ have the sway by a yardstick measure that is not reflected within the scientific community. Nations around the world have committed to spending trillions’ over coming decades in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions.

In the known universe and history of our planet – our mother nature takes care of itself, volcanic eruptions, ice cap melts and re-freeze, northern and southern hemisphere oscillations – in a life time we all get to see and experience the extremes of a time freeze second of the Planets history – yet we have hubris the think that we can predict the future from that spec of time and out living in that moment.  Just how arrogant do we think we are?

In that same second of time freeze our scientists have calculated that the current atmospheric CO2 level emission rise, from 35 parts per million to 39 parts per million, has the consequence of challenging life’s existence on this planet within a 100 years or so.

I cannot accept how portions of the global scientific community can predict that it is only CO2 that has caused any perceived warming and sea level rises?   Surely human population and the planets ability to sustain population at current and increased levels form a part of the debate and the solution.

Bushfires produce CO2 and other gas emissions, a decade ago Indonesia was burning rainforests for a number of years to clear land for farming purposes … the Amazon has been doing this as well – hell some 30 years ago we were told that the Amazon rainforest was needed to save the planet – yet 50% of that rainforest has already been turned into pasture and urban development … how series is the fight for rainforests if they are the conduit to keep CO2 levels stable.

Al Gore has much to answer for with his alarmist ‘Inconvenient Truth’ story … yes it was a story as seen through a story tellers eyes, and as always the human race saw a tale and believed it without so much as a questioning to its purpose, its accuracy, or its moral integrity.

Since then – Governments all over the world have fallen over themselves funding grant applications from any scientist wanting to prove climate change.  Conversely – the scientist who wants to disprove the theory does not get the same funding or resources.

Vested interests support vested interests … and that leads to the question all Australia wants answered – what is the real motive behind Gillards ‘Carbon Tax’ reversal?

Was it to gain power as PM with the support of the Greens when only a month earlier she declared there would be no ‘carbon tax under a government she led’.   Or, was it because in that same month she became a converted alarmist … the answer is obvious to all!

In fact she used Kevin Rudd’s ‘Climate Change’ claim that it was to be the – ‘moral challenge of the 21st century’ to help roll him.   It was this statement and the Copenhagen disaster that was the beginning of the end for Rudd – he became isolated and the Union thugs behind the scene began to mold and position themselves for their coup.

The ‘Climate Change’ debate is a brainwash being put upon a populace as culpable as the religious ‘heaven verses hell’ debate.

Nobody can claim they have even visited ‘Heaven’ or ‘Hell’  – it is a mindset belief and a faith choice – ‘climate change’ alarmist’s are asking us to look into the future and believe what scientist are being paid tell us.

All the ‘alarmist’ can tell us that this ‘climate change’ Armageddon is a result of human interface – we are responsible for the change, we are the ones killing our planet – yet nobody is taking about a real solution to human induced climate change – that is to reduce the human population … can you imagine Governments around the world selling a solution like ‘human culling’ as a means to cut carbon emissions?

The rejection in facing the truth and lack of want to sell such an answer, has the world leaders embracing the ‘carbon tax’ solution – this is the greatest hoax in all history bar one – the selling of a perceived ‘heaven and hell’ existance after death.

Nobody has the answer to either question – the formation of Earth as a part of the Big Bang theory, as opposed to God building Earth in seven days divides the global opinion on the miracle of life.

When one thinks about life and how it came to be … one has to acknowledge the genius of evolution or of another factor … nobody has all the answers and in an ever increasing cynical world opinion on almost everything we face today … believing that a ‘carbon tax’ is going to fix any perceived ‘climate change’ is Lucifer in bed with the Politicians and playing inside our heads.


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EYE-BALL Opinion – Climate Change & The Human Factor – The Silent Debate nobody wants to talk about -

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– Climate Change & The Human Factor  –
- The Silent Debate nobody wants to talk about -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 27th Dec 2012 |
There has been trillions of words written on the human impact on climate change – yet the amount of words written about a ceiling on a sustainable level for a global human population could fit on a small flash drive.

For as long as this EYE-BALL site has been up and running – the Carbon-Tax ‘fix’ to the climate-change debate has been taken to task.

All the talk about ‘human-cause’ and the remedy debate used in the ‘carbon-tax’ policy, leading to the $trillion’s to be spent on ‘clean-energy’ in the coming decades has almost fooled everybody, yet not those who think outside the square.

The OECD has a report titled – Outlook for 2050‘ – the full report is linked here – a short summary of some of the top-sheet findings in the report are presented below:

The Consequences of Inaction – Key Facts and Figures include:

  1. Socioeconomic Developments:
  • World population is expected to increase from 7 billion today to over 9 billion in 2050. A growing population is likely to increase pressures on the natural resources that supply energy and food.
  • World GDP is projected to almost quadruple by 2050, despite the recent recession.
  • Average GDP growth rates are projected to slow gradually in the coming decades in China and India. While Africa will remain the poorest continent, it is projected to see the world’s highest economic growth rate between 2030 and 2050.
  • Over a quarter of population in OECD countries is projected to be over 65 years of age in 2050 compared to about 15% today. China and India are also likely to see significant population ageing, with China’s workforce actually shrinking by 2050.
  • Cities are likely to absorb the total world population growth between 2010 and 2050. By 2050, nearly 70% of the world population is projected to be living in urban areas.
  1. Energy and Land Use

By 2050, without new policies…

  • A world economy four times larger than today is projected to need 80% more energy in 2050 without new policy action.
  • Global energy mix in 2050 will not differ significantly from today, with the share of fossil energy at about 85%, renewables including biofuels just over 10%, and the balance nuclear. The BRIICS are projected to become major energy users, increasing their reliance on fossil fuels.
  • To feed a growing population with changing dietary preferences, agricultural land is projected to expand globally in the next decade to match the increase in food demand, but at a diminishing rate. A substantial increase in competition for scarce land is expected in the coming decades.
  1. Climate Change:

By 2050, without new policies…

  • Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions projected to increase by 50%, primarily due to a 70% growth in energy-related CO2 emissions.
  • The atmospheric concentration of GHGs could reach 685 parts per million (ppm) CO2- equivalents by 2050. As a result, global average temperature is projected to be 3 degrees celsius to 6 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, exceeding the internationally agreed goal of limiting it to 2 degrees celsius.
  • The GHG mitigation actions pledged by countries in the Cancún Agreements at the United Nations Climate Change Conference will not be enough to prevent the global average temperature from exceeding the 2 degrees celsius threshold, unless very rapid and costly emission reductions are realised after 2020. They are more in line with a 3 degrees celsius increase.

It then highlights what will happen if inaction is the course of action adopted:

What if we act…

  • It makes environmental and economic sense. The Outlook suggests that global carbon pricing sufficient to lower GHG emissions by nearly 70% in 2050 compared to the Baseline scenario and limit GHG concentrations to 450 ppm would slow economic growth by only 0.2 percentage points per year on average. This would cost roughly 5.5% of global GDP in 2050. This pales alongside the potential cost of inaction on climate change, which some estimate could be as high as 14% of average world consumption per capita.
  • Carbon pricing can raise revenues. If the emission reduction pledges that industrialised countries indicated in the Cancún Agreements were to be implemented through carbon taxes or cap-andtrade schemes with fully auctioned permits, the fiscal revenues could amount to over 0.6% of their GDP in 2020, i.e. more than USD 250 billion.
  • Delaying action is costly. Delayed or only moderate action up to 2020 (such as implementing the Copenhagen/Cancún pledges only, or waiting for better technologies to come on stream) would increase the pace and scale of efforts needed after 2020. It would lead to 50% higher costs in 2050 compared to timely action, and potentially entail higher environmental risk.
  • Reform fossil fuel subsidies. Support to fossil fuel production and use amounted to between USD 45-75 billion per annum in recent years in OECD countries. Developing and emerging economies provided over USD 400 billion in fossil fuel consumer subsidies in 2010 according to IEA estimates (IEA).
  • OECD Outlook simulation shows that phasing out fossil fuels subsidies in developing countries could reduce by 6% global energy-related GHG emissions, provide incentives for increased energy efficiency and renewable energy and also increase public finance for climate action. However, fossil fuel subsidy reforms should be implemented carefully while addressing potential negative impacts on households through appropriate measures.

EYE-BALL Comment:

It amazes that even a ‘think-tank’ like the OECD has not raised the most obvious of issues in its synopsis as presented above – if population is the cause of expected further climate change influence and so many other socioeconomic complications for the planet – why is there no debate on a population ceiling for the planet?

They themselves talk of the ‘carbon-tax’ remedy …

Where is the forecast predictions on what an unrestrained verses a restrained population growth has on the climate change debate?

No politician talks about this – Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has been given several opportunities to respond to this type of logic in the past, yet no response has ever been received.  This post will be sent to Mr Combet and the Opposition Climate Change spokesperson,  Mr Greg Hunt, again looking for a response.

Further OECD key highlights continue via this link – and are well worth the read.

But I ask you to think upon the core issue behind all the climate change promoters who think it caused by human influence – not one of them has prompted any debate on a planet population ceiling … that must drive the though process in asking why not – how can anyone blame humans for the climate change influence when the remedies proposed have no debate on control over population growth?

The only logical conclusion can be the weakness in Global Leadership to raise the population ceiling debate at any forum.  The alternative is the acceptance of the new tax’s collected from any climate change reversal measures – it would seem these tax collects are more important and needed Government revenues than finding a long-term solution based on the cause of the problem.


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EYE-BALL Opinion – Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality – The World is not listening to the real facts -

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– 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed –


– 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings –


– 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard –


– 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective –


– 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded –


– 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer –


– 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up –


– 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture –


– 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer … –


– 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made –


– 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility –


– 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: –
– Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament –


– 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day –


– 8th Nov – RUDD fires a broadside aimed at GILLARD – done under a burka to hide its true intent –


– 6th Nov – Gillard’s caucus and union support in revolt – her position becoming more untenable by the day –


– 5th Nov – Referendum Discussion Part 1 – Compulsory Voting – Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” –


– 4th Nov – Gillard Sunburnt – the flames of discontent begin to impact –


– 2nd Nov – A Montage of AWU Scandal Reports – Gillard to become “Open-Season” –


– 1st Nov – Education … A white Elephant – Politicising the future of young Australians –


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Title:
– Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality –
- The World is not listening to the real facts –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 3rd Dec 2012 |
The Government v Opposition’s continued debate on the ‘Carbon-Tax’ gives rise to the electorate turn-off.  Someone once said to sell a particular point of view, one should say it with pictures.  To that end a friend sent an e-mail with the following pictures and text – his name is Colin S – and I thought it warranted a share.

THE FACTS

  • China has 19% of the world’s population,
  • It consumes 53% of the world’s cement,
  • 48% of the world’s iron ore,
  • 47% of the world’s coal, … and the majority of just about every other major commodity.
  • In 2010, China produced 11 times more steel than the United States.
  • New World Record: China made and sold 18 million vehicles in 2010.
  • There are more pigs in China than in the next 43 pork producing nations combined.
  • China currently has the world’s fastest train and the world’s largest high-speed rail network.
  • China is currently the number one producer in the world of wind and solar power.  But don’t use it themselves.
  • They manufacture 80% of the world’s solar panels,
  • They install less than 5% and build a new coal fired power station every week.
  • In 1 year they turn on more new coal powered electricity than Australia ‘s total output.
  • China currently controls more than 90% of the total global supply of rare earth elements.
  • In the past 15 years, China has moved from 14th place to 2nd place in the world in published scientific research articles.
  • China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the entire globe.
  • At the end of March 2011, China accumulated US$3.04 trillion in foreign currency reserves – the largest stockpile on the entire globe.
  • Chinese consume 50,000 cigarettes every second …
  • They are already the largest carbon dioxide emitter and their output will rise 70% by 2020 !
  • And these little Vegemites tell us all that we are saving the planet …
  • … with the help … err … demands of these people …

Does that make it any clearer … hope so …

The World is a competitive place and Australia is competing with the rest of the world and we are losing badly. Labour costs are at the heart of the problem. Can you see Australian’s willingly take a pay cut for the Nation to become more competitive … and therein is the problem.

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EYE-BALL Guru on – Foreign Minister Bob Carr & Wife – “An Australian Asset” -

October 25, 2012 3 comments
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Title:
– Foreign Minister Bob Carr & Wife –
- An Australian asset  –
| Author: EYE-BALL Guru | 25th Oct 2012 |
Astory released by ‘The Age’ today covered the overseas expenses accredited to Bob Carr’s wife in the eight of nine trips in which she has accompanied him since he became Foreign Minister in March/April 2012.

The expense contribution amounts to $123,000 and if one was to ponder that expense further – one might ask who approved the expenditure?

‘The Age’ story appears below:

Carr’s wife travels at taxpayers’ expense


| Author:  Adam Gartrell, AAP Diplomatic Correspondent | Date: Oct 25th 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

AAP

Bob Carr’s wife Helena has accompanied him on almost every overseas trip he has made as foreign minister, costing taxpayers about $120,000 in mostly business class airfares in just six months.

Documents released under Freedom of Information laws show Mrs Carr travelled with her husband on eight of the nine trips he took in the months between late March and early September.

The arrangement is highly unusual for a foreign minister. AAP understands Senator Carr’s Labor predecessors Stephen Smith and Kevin Rudd rarely if ever took their wives on official overseas trips.

But Senator Carr has defended the arrangement, saying the cost is “absolutely justified” because his wife is an “asset to Australia”.

“I’m proud that Helena has accompanied me on every trip I’ve done. Because while I’m talking to the foreign minister, she’s inspecting aid projects, or talking to groups of women,” he told reporters.

“It’s very, very good that Helena has been there with me.”

Senator Carr said it had also been an “advantage” to be accompanied by a Malaysian wife of Indian and Chinese descent as he lobbied for Australia’s spot on the United Nations Security Council.

The total cost of Senator Carr’s nine trips was an estimated $828,754, the documents obtained by AAP show.

Of that, Mrs Carr’s airfares – the vast majority of which were business class – accounted for an estimated $123,928.

Her meals and incidentals cost a further estimated $8000.

The figures come from pre-travel estimates provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to Senator Carr’s office.

A spokesman for Senator Carr conceded the figures were “pretty close” to the actual costs.

The spokesman said Senator Carr and his office had always followed the relevant ministerial guidelines and all of Mrs Carr’s travel had been approved by the prime minister’s office.

Those guidelines say ministers are “generally not accompanied on official overseas travel by his or her spouse or de facto partner”. But exceptions are made when host countries have extended an invitation to the spouse and where an official program of engagements has been arranged.

“It’s by no means a holiday. You have a full day,” the spokesman told AAP.

Destinations do include countries to which Australia gives aid, including Cambodia, Burma and the Solomon Islands.

But they also include repeated visits to the US and the UK, and visits to wealthy Asian nations like Singapore and Japan.

The documents do not include the trip Senator Carr took to New Zealand before he was sworn in, or any of his travel in the past seven weeks. It is believed Mrs Carr accompanied her husband most of that time.

The only trip listed in the documents that Mrs Carr did not go on was a 24-hour visit her husband made to Fiji – at a steep cost of more than $42,000.

For that trip, Senator Carr took a special purpose aircraft at a cost of about $35,000 rather than fly commercially.

Senator Carr’s spokesman said he opted for the private plane because he had to be back in Canberra for pre-budget cabinet meetings and commercial schedules were not suitable.

Overall, Senator Carr is spending more days abroad than Kevin Rudd, who was sometimes called Kevin 747.

One could make a case that since Julia Gillard appointed Bob Carr from obscurity serving penance for the mess he left NSW in after serving as NSW Premier for a decade or more, Mr Carr has become highest spending Senator on record. Every other Foreign Minister served in the HOR, and Mr Carr folding probably the fourth most important position in Government behind, the PM, The Speaker and the Treasurer. The GG is probably above him as well.

None the less – this magnitude of Bob Carr’s $1 million expenditure with the recent UN Security Council trips to be added to the $828k total, he has to have the best travelers job in the world. First class all the way, dining with royalty where ever he goes and his wife gets to tag along as bed comfort or some other vital ‘Australian asset’.

What does Bob Carr mean when he justifys the expenditure when he says as quoted from above –

But Senator Carr has defended the arrangement, saying the cost is “absolutely justified” because his wife is an “asset to Australia”.

“I’m proud that Helena has accompanied me on every trip I’ve done. Because while I’m talking to the foreign minister, she’s inspecting aid projects, or talking to groups of women,” he told reporters.

“It’s very, very good that Helena has been there with me.”

Senator Carr said it had also been an “advantage” to be accompanied by a Malaysian wife of Indian and Chinese descent as he lobbied for Australia’s spot on the United Nations Security Council.

Does it mean she was able to do the job he could not … or that her language skills allowed him to communicate with counterparts … I have no problem if she is essential and if so why is she not on the Government payroll …

Come on Bob – your were semi retired after the NSW Premier job – you don’t need the money after you receive the NSW Premier’s pension … if the job is that important to you stand up and had back the money attributed to your wife’s expenditure.

Foreign Ministers before you only took their wives on overseas trips on special occasions … if it was a condition granted so you would take the job when Gillard asked – tell the Australian public else you will be crucified in the press on this. A million spent in some seven months … you seem to be well ahead of Peter Slipper’s class when it comes to travel rorts …


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EYE-BALL Guru on – Communications Minister Stephen Conroy – one of Gillard’s Lap-dogs – untrained and unleashed -

October 25, 2012 1 comment
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– 22nd Oct – Treasurer Wayne Swan – Mini Budget Part 1 – paints a false mirage to protect his legacy –


– 21st Oct – Penny Wong – On the mid-year accounts –


– 16th Oct – The First Home Owners Grant – the fallout and a reflection on a stupid stupid Government policy …


– 10th Oct – Tony Abbott Talks the Talk – but he is on empty when it comes to detail –


– 25th Sept – Wayne Swan – nothing graceful – but a turkey that needs roasting …


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Aug 15th: – The Value of the A$ – Part I – a report from ‘The Australian’s’ David Uren –


Aug 3rd: – Media Economic Commentary on June 2012 Retail Sales Figures – just naive …


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July 27th: – Superannuation – a great big rip-off – Part III!!!


July 19th: The “LIBOR” Scandal …Part III – Banks a conduit for crime and corruption!!!


July 14th: – Link to Part IIThe LIBOR Scandal … The Banks are in Trouble … again!!!


July 8th: – Link to Part IThe LIBOR Scandal … about to explode …


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Title:
– Communications Minister Stephen Conroy –
- one of Gillard’s Lap-dogs-untrained and unleashed –
| Author: EYE-BALL Guru | 25th Oct 2012 |
The National Broadband Network [NBN] was a part of the ALP Government’s answer to the GFC tsunami spreading across the globe.   The initial 2008 forecast NBN spend was announced as somewhere between $30-$40 billion.  It was a hasty decision and was very much more about economic rhetoric than anything that came about from a sound policy initiative based on an extensive formal research undertaking.

The Australian electorate has had to suffer Minister Conroy and the NBN from the outset.  He has had some five years as the Communications Minister when appointed under PM Rudd in 2007 as a then Senator with some 8 years Parliamentary experience.

Mr Conroy’s Bio according to the APH website states his credentials before entering Parliament as –

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament – [linked here]

  • BEc (ANU) – (May 1985)
  • Superannuation Officer, Transport Workers’ Union.
  • Research assistant.

What is more impressive than the career he had before he joined Parliament – is the detail provided on his APH website outlining his continued education provided for by the Parliament since he became a Senator.  [linked here.]

There have been a multitude of taxpayer-funded overseas study trips to help him complete his education, and he has sat on numerous committees since he became a Federal Senator in 1999.  Prior to this appointment he served as a Senator in the Victorian Parliament since 1996, and he was a Local Councilor before that.

A recent enquiry with the ANU provided his Graduation having been completed in May 1985.  So at age 22 Mr Conroy joined the workforce as a research assistant, and his elevation to a Minister in the Federal Government is probably something that was not seen as a career path at that stage.

The debate on whether he has over achieved is still ongoing – but from my perspective … Mr Conroy is languishing so far out of his depth as a Minister – I don’t think there is any way he will ever be consider one of Labour’s poster boy success stories. He is a fine example of a Union boy made good and in this Government with a coral full of unleashed and untamed lap-dogs, Gillard can call on any of them to do her bidding whenever she wants.

I do not know anything about Mr Conroy other than what I have read and been exposed to through the media as a Politician – he has never had my attention until he became the Government spokesperson for the NBN.

It is obvious to me that Minister Conroy is not a naturally gifted speaker, nor someone that has a ‘quick wit’,  or someone who comes across as a ‘good and likeable bloke’.   He seems ‘nerdy’ and twitchy at times and I judge that to be about his over-reach and that he is not comfortable in his environment.  The only conversations I have with him are very one-sided and take place in front of a TV when he speaks … the TV often ends up with ‘chop-suey’ all over it.

His shifty eyes and mannerisms are not made for TV interviews and I tell him so often … yet with all the media coaching and training he has received – what we get to see now is as good as he will ever be.

Please – don’t mistake this as a directed and/or personal attack – the poor bloke was just not made for modern TV where image and charisma is everything.

I have no doubt he is a hard worker and does his best – but come on – from a research assistant, to a Superannuation Officer with a BEc, to overseeing a $50 billion NBN rollout – the first of its kind in the world, and at a time when this Government had been out of office for some 12 years – Rudd was forced to pick him in his Cabinet to keep the Union heavyweights on side.

Given the slide in time – all Mr RUDD’s Cabinet post have to now be considered tainted.   Mr Conroy was a Union official – how high up is not known, but that was his meal ticket to a Unionised Cabinet that had an agenda that was not played out until the fateful night that Julia Gillard knifed Kevin Rudd in Jun 2010.

Whatever Mr Conroy’s credentials before he entered Parliament – his credentials now paint him as someone completely lost with the management and responsibility for the NBN …

What he knows and understands about Business and how to run a Company and its workforce – is something he could only answer if he so chose to respond to.   He did what he thought was the right thing in hiring qualified people, paid them millions in remunerations, and gave them bonus options – and some 4 years later all we hear about is the staff costs eating away at the budget and no subscribers signing up.

Plenty are waiting but the roll-out is some 12 months behind schedule, and as indications represented on ABC’s ‘7:30 Report’ last night, consumers are furious at the delays.

Mr Conroy is very much aligned with Julia Gillard – a tempting conclusion draws a suggestion that from mediocrity, comes more mediocrity …

Minister Conroy’s counterpart – Mr Turnbull sits in the HOR and does not get to face off with Minister Conroy … they don’t appear on TV shows together.  I’m sure Mr Conroy has ben advised to stay away from Turnbull because he would find himself chewed-up and spat-out if he stepped into the ring with Turnbull – on an intellectual basis.  Just as I am sure from the Conroy Union history, his background would have him primed for a physical stoush if that was what would resolve the issues of the day …

Gillard has surrounded herself with these unleashed ‘hand-bag fillies’, an ‘lap-dogs’ and they all seem loyal to a fault.

The likes of the ‘Hand-Bag’ crew – Roxon, Plibersek, Macklin, Ellis, and the ‘lap-dogs’ – Conroy, Shorten, Bourke, Garrett, Swan, Bowen, Crean – all trotted out to bag Kevin Rudd in March this year when the Leadership spill was on … all to the instructions of Julia Gillard and in her defence, and all to prove loyalty against the Cabinet reshuffle announced before the spill.   Gillard barks – and these loyal lieutenants stand to attention.

At a time when Leadership has never been more important – Gillard has again this week played the ‘misogynist sexist’ card over comments about the baby-bonus mini-budget changes.

Next weeks Parliamentary sitting will be very important in how the tone of the Government is perceived given the –

  • release of the Maxine McKew book titled – “Tales From the Political Trenches”
  • The Thompson home raid by NSW Police acting on behalf of the Victorian police,
  • The continuing Slipper/Ashby court drama
  • the mini-budget desperation and the swiss cheese excuses coming forth from Treasurer Swan in defence of his economic management …
  • and finally – Hedley Thomas had Gillard on the ‘rack’ and one time Gillard accomplice Ralph Blewitt has bled himself to see Gillard burn at the stake for the fraud she has perpetrated upon the Australian people.

The House sits for four days next week before it rises again until the 26th Nov for the final four-day sessions before the Christmas break.   Will Gillard still be the PM – will Labour still be the Government – anything could happen and that is why the media do not have to be good at their job anymore.

P.S.

At the risk of the ‘misogynist’ name tag being hurled again – I would like to say – it has been my experience where women have chosen to pursue a career over motherhood, i.e. a life with no children, than the outcome response to their life as it begins to stack up and they try to measure their worth and the difference they have made in career terms, many begin to fall apart when the opportunity of motherhood has passed … from then onwards they look to women with children and all that that brings with an envy that leaves a bitterness within.  That sour taste becomes an anger directed outwards because to direct it at themselves would mean having to accept that their choices made their life what it was.

I make this comment our of respect for mothers who made the choice and are content with their role as a mother and their contribution to their family.   For those who chose a career – then your lot is attached to the way men feel about their lives … they will never even have what a mother has … and we are all less because of it.   Please as a message to all Politicians – please let mother be mothers and give them whatever it takes for them to be at home with their children if that is what they want.   Childcare is no way to raise a child.


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EYE-BALL Guru on – Climate Change Minister Greg Combet – The Carbon Tax – Emissions Trading scheme -

October 24, 2012 2 comments
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– 21st Oct – Penny Wong – On the mid-year accounts –


– 16th Oct – The First Home Owners Grant – the fallout and a reflection on a stupid stupid Government policy …


– 10th Oct – Tony Abbott Talks the Talk – but he is on empty when it comes to detail –


– 25th Sept – Wayne Swan – nothing graceful – but a turkey that needs roasting …


17th Sept – “Twiggy” – What went wrong?


12th Sept: – The “Window” of life nobody wants to look through


19th Aug: – The ‘Lucky Country’ Tag – if you say it enough it must be true –


Aug 18th: – The Value of the A$ – Part II – another report from ‘The Australian’s’ David Uren –


Aug 15th: – The Value of the A$ – Part I – a report from ‘The Australian’s’ David Uren –


Aug 3rd: – Media Economic Commentary on June 2012 Retail Sales Figures – just naive …


Aug 2nd: – The Rise of the Australian $ – Finally someone from Academia Land agrees –


July 30th: – Greece – – Should they be allowed to leave the Eurozone –


July 27th: – Superannuation – a great big rip-off – Part III!!!


July 19th: The “LIBOR” Scandal …Part III – Banks a conduit for crime and corruption!!!


July 14th: – Link to Part IIThe LIBOR Scandal … The Banks are in Trouble … again!!!


July 8th: – Link to Part IThe LIBOR Scandal … about to explode …


July 7th: – The “CARBON v CLIMATE CHANGE” Debate – Part I – OIL and its Contribution –


June 15th: – The GFC – the right of reply … the right to question …


June 8th: – A Global Economic Snapshot …


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Title:
– Climate Change Minister Greg Combet –
- The Carbon Tax – emissions Trading scheme –
| Author: EYE-BALL Guru | 24th Oct 2012 |
The Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Industry, and Innovation – Mr Greg Combet, gave a speech to the 4th Annual Australian and New Zealand Investment Conference at the – SHERATON ON THE PARK, SYDNEY today.

Mr Combet’s Ministerial office provided a full text of the speech and it can be read using this link [opens a PDF file.]

Mr Combet was addressing Financial Market Executives and expressed the Government’s position in how they see climate change policy interacting with Market initiatives and products.  Mr Combet’s speech was commented on by ‘The Australian’ journalist Scott Murdoch when he filed the following Story:

Carbon tax repeal a threat: Combet


| Author: Scott Murdoch | Date: 24th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

CLIMATE Change minister Greg Combet has warned Tony Abbott’s promise to repeal the carbon tax will threaten Australia’s sovereign risk rating because of the major uncertainty created by the move.

In a speech to the Citigroup conference, Mr Combet attacked the opposition’s climate change policy which centers on a direct action plan rather than Labor’s planned transition from the carbon price to an emissions trading scheme in 2015.

Mr Abbott has promised to scrap the carbon tax, now set at $23 a tonne, if he wins the election due next year.

However, Mr Combet said businesses and industry leaders were now supporting the carbon tax after the “sky didn’t fall in” once it came into effect in July this year.

“It creates so much uncertainty, people are making very large investment decisions in the energy sector for example in assets with a life of 30 to 50 years,” he said referring to the coalition’s plan.

“If he (Mr Abbott) is doing what he proposes then it creates uncertainty and people will stand back and go ‘what’s going on here?’.

“Those investors are international investors and they know what’s going on. They know the carbon prices around the world, they know it’s inevitable and they know that this is rational policy response.”

Mr Combet said he would campaign against the opposition’s carbon policy “every day until the next election”.

This news report by journalist Mr Murdoch is no more than a ‘headline’ grab and is representative of the mono-logic lip service journalists have these days to a real story.

This speech was about so much more and there was as much not said as what was said and this is where the mainstream media are completely out of touch with what their job description requires them to do.

Whether it be Editors having ‘control’ issues, or proprietors having political agenda’s journalists are required to report about – the result is that we can no longer trust our media to be both objective and perform to a standard the keeps us informed about the real issues the we should all be concerned about.

What I derived from this speech is summarised hereto … Mr Combet made the following comments as his Introduction –

Page 1 …

Introduction

Thank you for the opportunity to speak at this investment conference.

What do fund managers, bankers, financiers, analysts and investors have to do with climate change?

Everything.

Climate change is a classic example of how we can harness the power of markets, and investment markets in particular, to reduce risks, underwrite economic prosperity and deliver social welfare.

Climate change is the most serious environmental problem the world faces today.

Left unchecked, it will impose significant economic, environmental, social and human costs on future generations.

The scientific advice is clear: to tackle climate change, the world needs to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases we release into the atmosphere.

In turn, this requires the world to invest in cleaner ways of producing the goods and services of modern economies:

  • We need to adopt cleaner sources of energy.
  • We need to use energy more efficiently in our factories, offices and homes.
  •   And we need to commercialise the innovative clean technologies and production processes

that will decouple economic growth from growth in carbon pollution.

The investment community has a large part to play in bringing about these changes.

So does government.

Indeed government policies to tackle climate change will be central to the investment decisions you and your clients make in coming years.

That is why it is important to understand that there are two sharply different policy approaches on offer in Australian politics today for driving the economic transformation needed to tackle climate change.

Under the first approach, the government places a price signal on carbon pollution and allows the choices and investment decisions of individual businesses, investors and consumers – in other words the market – to drive the economic changes needed.

Under the second approach, the government eschews markets, decides which businesses should take which actions to reduce pollution and hands out taxpayer subsidies to finance those actions.

The first approach – according to institutions like the federal Treasury, the Productivity Commission, the OECD and the IMF – is the most efficient and lowest cost way of reducing carbon pollution.

The second approach has been widely criticised as imposing higher costs, delivering less efficient outcomes and offering no certainty that the pollution reductions will even be achieved.

It may seem strange to some, but it is the Labor Party which has implemented the low-cost market-based approach while the Liberal Party wants to scrap this and replace it with the high-cost, anti-market approach of subsidies and central planning.

To help you understand the importance of this policy choice, and its relevance for the investment community, I want to use this speech to do three things.

First, to explain how the Government’s carbon price and wider Clean Energy Future package works.

Second, to outline the central role of investment in tackling climate change.

And finally, to make the case for why investors should support the Government’s pro-market climate change policies and reject the Opposition’s anti-market nostrums.

Perhaps I should state my position before I comment on Mr Combet’s speech and views.

I was a climate change supporter from the mid-90’s and up until the Carbon Tax debate began three years ago. I began to read material from both sides of the debate and when I understood where the concerns of the pro lobby group in the increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere I began to ask more questions and failed to get the answers needed to convince me.

I don’t support the Carbon Tax – I do not think it will in any way reduce carbon emissions in any time frame that this Government and International Climate Change action groups see as a need to prevent further environmental damage.

You see – I can accept that humans have had an impact due to fossil fuel usage and that is as much a population problem as an energy need problem. Yet in all the global debate I have read and searched – nobody is talking about a population ceiling/reduction as a means to contain energy needs of the reduction of carbon emission.

This is where the Carbon Tax proposal lost creditability in my opinion. Creating a new tax as a deterrent to try to induce carbon polluters to switch over to a cleaner energy source has no real function or purpose.  Especially when subsidies are introduced to offset the cost of the carbon tax to smaller polluters and pensioned consumers, and only the largest polluters are levied the new tax.

Yet the passed on cost of the new tax still feeds directly into the consumer energy market in a real way that forces up electricity/energy prices and adds to all essential cost of living expense.

So – when Mr Combet speaks to a room full of Financial Market executives trying to have them embrace a ‘carbon’ market via an emissions trading scheme, I ponder whether Mr Combet and his Government really has put the chicken before the egg …

Further into Mr Combet’s speech he made the following comments:

How the Gillard Government is acting

The scientific advice is that the world faces significant impacts from climate change unless carbon pollution is curtailed.

Governments around the world have agreed to seek to limit the average global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The science indicates that stabilising the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million gives a 50/50 chance of not exceeding that temperature goal.
Countries around the world are acting. Ninety countries, accounting for over 80 per cent of global emissions, have committed to reduce or limit emissions by 2020.

And at last year’s climate change conference in Durban, the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change decided to negotiate a new international agreement – this new agreement will impose binding obligations for emissions reductions from 2020.

Importantly the two biggest emitters, the United States and China, agreed to this mandate.
Australia needs to play its part: as a responsible global citizen; as the world’s 15th largest emitter; and as the highest per-capita emitter of all developed economies.

We also need to play our part because a new global climate change regime is coming.
If we do not prepare for the imposition of binding obligations to cut emissions from 2020 we will face a significant economic shock and potential trade retaliation.

It is in Australia’s economic interests, especially given the importance of our trading relationships in the Asia-Pacific, to deal effectively with this issue.

In fact, it is pivotal to our economic future that we foster investment in clean technologies.

That is why the Gillard Government has designed, legislated and implemented a comprehensive policy package to achieve this transformation: the Clean Energy Future plan.

This plan comprises four key elements:

  • a carbon pricing mechanism that will create the incentive for businesses to cut pollution and invest in cleaner energy sources;
  • strong support for renewable energy including the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation which will invest in businesses seeking to get innovative clean energy proposals and technologies off the ground – this support, together with the carbon price and the Renewable Energy Target, will drive $20 billion of investment in renewable energy over the next eight years and $100 billion to 2050;
  • measures to encourage energy efficiency in businesses and households, including the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs which is driving investment in energy efficient and low pollution equipment in manufacturing businesses;
  • the Carbon Farming Initiative and other measures to promote the storage of carbon on the land through improved agricultural and land management practices.

These policies will ensure Australia meets its bipartisan target of reducing emissions to at least five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.

Carbon pricing is at the heart of the Government’s Clean Energy Future package.

A carbon price effectively means the country’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases must buy a permit for every tonne of pollution they release into the atmosphere.

This creates a powerful financial incentive for businesses to reduce their emissions. Individual businesses will decide the cheapest way to achieve this.

Carbon pricing will also spur investment in clean energy by making it more competitive with coal-fired electricity generation.

The carbon price will initially apply to around 350 of the nation’s biggest polluters – mainly facilities that emit 25,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases a year.
With the start of the carbon price, large emitters have a choice: reduce emissions or pay the carbon price.

Where it is cheaper to reduce a tonne of emissions than to buy a carbon permit, businesses will make the reduction.

This not only drives emissions reductions, it ensures they occur at the lowest cost.

For the first three years, the carbon price will be fixed, starting at $23 a tonne in 2012-13.

The three year fixed price period is transitional. It gets Australia on the road to an emissions trading scheme (ETS) where the carbon price is set by the market.

Under the ETS that will start on 1 July 2015, the Government will set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore the number of permits that are sold. This cap will be reduced each year, which is how we will meet our emissions reduction targets.

An ETS also enables nations to link their efforts to cut emissions. With linking, a business that is a large emitter in one country can purchase a permit in another, leading to a common carbon price.

The Government has secured agreement to link Australia’s ETS with the European Union Emissions Trading System.

This means that from 1 July 2015 Australia’s carbon price will be the same as the carbon price in 30 other countries – including Great Britain, Germany and France – and the same as applies to 530 million people.

Linking our ETS with Europe is a historically significant outcome. It is a major step in countries joining together in their efforts to tackle climate change.

In time the Government intends linking with emissions trading schemes in New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with Australia’s largest trading partners.

We are now seeing increasing evidence of the development of carbon markets in key trading partners like Korea and China precisely because it is the least cost way to reduce emissions.

I make the point again – there is no discussion or thought in any plan to tackle perceived reasons for the carbon emission problems that hinge on a population ceiling as a means to tackle the problem.

Australia do not have a population problem – in fact we could live for another 4-500 odd years and still struggle to meet the population numbers of the USA and Europe basis our current immigration and birth renewal numbers.

We could feed ourselves and with the island isolation from the Northern Hemisphere polluters – our air becomes contaminated via their pollution as opposed to what we ourselves generate.

To me this whole debate is askew – it does not make sense that a small Nation and small polluter like Australia in gross terms, not per capita terms – that we are out in front of this debate and so much so that we have committed billions in forward spending estimates.  And this done when the PM made a pledge before the 2010 election that there – ‘would be no carbon tax under a parliament I lead.’

This policy has become an anchor weigh around the PM’s neck when she did a deal with the Greens Bob Brown that allowed her to form Government.

When one looks to the Green’s vote – some 11.8% of first preferences at the 2010 election – far less than the informal – @ [5.6%] and no-show’ @ [7.3%] – for a total of  12.9% of voters – why then is the Government allowing the Greens to dictate a policy that is so decisive?   A question that remains for all Australian’s and want to ask is – why is this Government pursuing this new ‘carbon-tax’ in the aggressive way it has?

Any solution to any perceived human induced carbon emissions responsible for climate change cannot be based on Australian pollution emissions.  Yet the debate to solve the global problem does not include a debate on a global population ceiling and a number for a sustainable global population that can be agreed upon.   Why Australia with a population of 23 million out of a global population in excess of 8 billion is in front of this carbon tax revolution to restrict CO2 emissions can only be really explained by those responsible for its introduction.

Wars will be fought over trying to solve a problem like population control in Nations around the world.   One can understand this … but to base any solution to the human influence toward climate change has to embrace this question and resolve the answers.

But the reality is that this Government is looking to the future with no idea, or vision to a future with no understanding as to what the planets sustainable population can or might be.   What if we have already past a sustainable population number?

In addition and as a statement of fact – this Government has no electoral mandate to pursue this Carbon Tax policy.

A chart below exposes the explosion in Global population in the last 100 years demonstrates this theory.

‘… The human population growth of the last century has been truly phenomenal. It required only 40 years after 1950 for the population to double from 2.5 billion to 5 billion. This doubling time is less than the average human lifetime. The world population passed 6 billion just before the end of the 20th century. Present estimates are for the population to reach 8-12 billion before the end of the 21st century. During each lecture hour, more than 10,000 new people enter the world, a rate of ~3 per second! …’

Read more …

Mr Combet has a Unionist background – his opinion on Climate Change and carbon emission damage is relying on the science written by scientist with a vested interest in supporting the Government for their livelihood.   Many independent studies refute the science and as more Government funds are thrown at scientist to write more confirming evidence, the sceptics are on the side of a losing battle because Government’s won’t fund their research to disprove the findings the want to believe in.

The rest of Mr Combet’s speech is related and directed at the Financial Markets and what they can do and how they can play their part in supporting the Government’s policy.  The whole speech can be read using this link.

Society has become this beast that looks upon the world through the eyes of our Media presentations – TV news, TV Current affairs, and Social Media interaction.   It is hardly unbiased or not presented with an agenda in mind.   It’s corrupted and winning the media over is how politics is played these days.

In the recent US Presidential debates – the winner is declared on who had the better posture, and eye contact … volumes have been written and all to fed an insatiable appetite of the public’s demand to have their news delivered in video or 140 character or less …

Te Globe went viral over the speech the PM gave on ‘misogyny’ and directed at the Opposition Leader – yet nobody on the world stage understands that the speech was based on a hypocrisy support for The Speaker who is a serial misogynist text tweeter as court documents released with the content of his text messages revealed.

The World has got it so wrong on this speech – I can agree that is was great theatre and Gillard excelled – but when you become aware that as she was speaking to the House – the Speaker was already making up his mind to resign anyway … and yet the PM continues to stand on her soap-box and accepts the praise with no-mind to correct the misinterpretation attached to her oration.

The PM wants to bathe in the spotlight and take advantage of the media profile in a popularity contest with Mr Abbott – and the media foster her efforts to do so.

This is what is wrong with the world – truth and justice is but a distant memory – it’s all about wining the minds of a senseless population dumbed down to a level where vision is all that is needed to sway opinion.

Sorry Mr Combet – to win my vote and those who support this blog site – you and your Government will have to be more forthcoming …


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