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Flynn, newly created central Queensland seat running from west of Longreach to Gladstone, prime target for Nationals

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

The Nationals were pinning their hopes on a clutch of east-coast seats, particularly the newly cre­ated electorate of Flynn in Queensland and other recently redistributed seats in New South Wales, wrote Cath Hart in The Australian (15/10/2007).

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Posted in Election, Federal, Queensland, Volume 2604 | Leave a Comment »

CO2 categorised as industrial waste in London Convention; likely to restrict disposal in sea-bed, says AGO repor

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

On one view CCS (carbon dumps) may be viewed as contravening the spirit of the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) – conversely, the FCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) might be used to support the argument that prevention of release of gaseous carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by CCS was consistent with UNCLOS, according to “A Report to the Australian Greenhouse Office on Property Rights and Associated Liability Issues, 2005” (8/8/2007, p.113).

CO2 ‘industrial waste’: ” … when the 1996 Protocol enters into force, it will supersede the London Convention as between parties to the 1996 Protocol which are also parties to the London Convention. However, Australia will continue to be bound by the London Convention in relation to nation-states that do not fall into this category. Accordingly, the application of both the London Convention and the 1996 Protocol to CCS is considered below. With respect to the London Convention, some commentators have suggested that carbon dioxide would likely be categorised as industrial waste, which is defined in the Convention as ‘waste materials generated by manufacturing or processing operations’ (Annex 1).

Restricting disposal: “If this is the case, the London Convention is likely to restrict the opportunities for the ‘disposal’ of carbon dioxide under the seabed. However, such views are not definitive, and it remains unclear whether carbon dioxide would be considered a waste for the purposes of the Convention. In addition, as previously mentioned, it is unclear whether the London Convention covers sub-seabed disposal of wastes (this is not an issue under the 1996 Protocol). In contrast, the 1996 Protocol does not contain the prohibition on ‘industrial waste’. Nevertheless, the reverse-list of allowable materials, which is essentially identical to the list contained in the London Convention, would likely mean that the same restrictions would apply when addressing the Protocol,” the report added.

Reference: Carbon Capture and Storage Section 6 – “A Report to the Australian Greenhouse Office on Property Rights and Associated Liability Issues, 2005”, p.113.

Contact: The Communications Director, Australian Greenhouse Office, Department of the Environment and Heritage, GPO Box 787, Canberra ACT 2601. Email:

Posted in CO2 Dump, CO2 dumps, Federal, Geosequestration, Greenhouse Trades, International, Law, Volume 2604 | Leave a Comment »

Bill provides for national system of public health surveillance; greater cooperation between governments; notifiable disease list

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Speaking on 20 September 2007 in the Commonwealth House of Representatives on the National Health Security Bill 2007, a bill to give effect to the International Health Regulations 2005, Nicola Roxon said it was a substantial bill with several constituent parts.

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Posted in Federal, Policy, Surveillance, Volume 2604 | Leave a Comment »

Greens leader wants plebiscites to allow local input on all major infrastructure decisions: pulp mills, desal, nuclear power plants and Queensland council mergers

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 deserved support, said Greens leader Senator Bob Brown in the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Federal, Infrastructure, Policy, Tasmania, Volume 2601 | Leave a Comment »

Federal Government’s IR department broke its own laws in November 2005, says judge

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

The Federal Government’s industrial relations department broke its own laws when it ordered public servants not to go to an ACTU protest rally in November 2005, reported The Age (7/9/2007, p. 2). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Federal, Law, Unions, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »

Resource deals announced during APEC not the fruit of APEC deliberations, says newspaper

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

APEC had nothing to do with the numerous resource deals announced during the conference, according to The Age (8/9/2007, p. B3).

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Posted in Federal, LNG, Policy, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »

Fed Govt prefers voluntary fuel efficiency targets to mandatory CO2 emission standards for motor vehicles

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull, responding to written questions by Labor MP John Murphy, said in the Federal House of Representatives on 11 September 2007 that the government had not set carbon dioxide emission standards for motor vehicles, whether imported to Australia or made locally, but relied on a voluntary national average fuel consumption target.

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Posted in Federal, Fuel, Greenhouse Trades, Liquids, Petrol, Policy, Regulation, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »