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New Queensland ethanol plant gets $2.2 million funding, will create 400 jobs in construction phase

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

A new ethanol plant fuelled by 200,000 tonnes of corn, wheat, sorghum and bar­ley was to be built at Casino, in the far north-east of Queensland, within two years wrote Shan Goodwin in The Land (11/10/2007, p. 6). Funding boost of $2.2 million: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Agriculture, Biofuels, Policy, Queensland, 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 »

Cleaning up communities: pornographic TV, roadhouses and rental housing all targeted in response law

Posted by gasweek on 12 October, 2007

Introducing the Second Reading of the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation Bill 2007, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Mal Brough said in the House of Representtaives on 20 September 2007 the government’s recent legislation included prohibitions on the possession, control and supply in prescribed areas of pornographic material.

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Posted in Northern Territory, Policy, Volume 2604 | Leave a Comment »

Shopper dockets a possible test case for the government’s controversial new predatory pricing laws: ACCC needs to issue guidelines

Posted by gasweek on 10 October, 2007

Shopper docket critics said the number of independents forced out of the market demonstrates purpose. And the 4c a litre reduction, often larger, could mean petrol being sold below cost.

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Posted in Australia, Petrol, Policy, Regulation, Volume 2603 | Leave a Comment »

Reports that say nothing, in mire of red tape: what happens when govts protect powerful interests and offend no one, says business academic

Posted by gasweek on 4 October, 2007

The Nationals have long employed sham committees to protect sacred cows – the classic was Warren Truss’s Mickey Mouse 2004 Wheat Marketing Review committee, established with terms of reference that specifically excluded consideration of the single desk’s future, which delivered an eight-page report saying nothing, wrote Professor Paul Kerin, teacher of strategy at Melbourne Business School, in The Australian (25/9/2007, p.30).

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Posted in Policy, Volume 2602 | Leave a Comment »

Howard ignores explicit advice of hand-picked task group; wind has cost advantage, therefore soaks up most of energy subsidy plan

Posted by gasweek on 4 October, 2007

A 2004 government estimate that encouraging 10 per cent of power generation by 2020 to come from clean energy sources would cost $23 billion has been either ignored or quietly put to one side, according to an editorial in The Australian (25/9/2007, p.15).

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US suspends all land travel by diplomats and civilian officials in Iraq after law-immune US-paid mercenaries kill 20 Iraqis: Iraq’s Ministry of Defence confirms deaths

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

The US has suspended all land travel by diplomats and civilian officials in Iraq outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, amid mounting outrage over the alleged killing of civilians by the US Embassy’s security provider Blackwater USA, reported The Mercury (20/9/2007, p. 20). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Defense, Iraq, Liquids, Middle East, oil, Policy, Security, US, Volume 2601 | 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 »

Greg Rudd, banned from lobbying any federal government headed by brother Kevin, gets onto WA government’s register Greg

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Rudd, an elder brother of federal Labor leader Kevin Rudd, had just successfully applied, via his lobbying business, Open Door Consulting, to be added to the Western Australian government’s register of lobbyists, reported The Australian Financial Review (25/9/2007, p. 50). What to do when one door closes: The register was introduced after it emerged that Grill and his mate Brian Burke had cabinet ministers and senior bureaucrats wrapped around their little fingers. The list of Open Door’s clients published on the register just last week was hardly blue chip, the AFR wrote, but it did show that Rudd was intent on picking up new business in booming WA — especially after Kevin announced that Greg would be banned from lobbying a future Rudd Labor government so as to avoid claims of a conflict of interest. For the record, Open Door’s clients include Ernst & Young, Phoenix Eagle Alcan South Pacific, BlueScope Water, Karcher, Workpac International, Diversified Construction Corporation, Heritage Properties and Hear & Say Centre.

The Australian Financial Review, 25/9/2007, p. 50

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APEC-wide free trade agreement a good idea for future, especially if Doha fails, says Aus Trade Minister

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Existing free-trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region could form the basis of an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation group-wide free-trade area, said Trade Minister Warren Truss on the eve of a new report on the feasibility of merging existing FTAs, reported The Australian Financial Review (3/9/2007, p.7). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Australia, Gas, Policy, Trade, Volume 2601 | Leave a Comment »

Burmese protests began after sudden fuel-price rises: now a mass movement against military repression and economic hardship

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

At least three monks were killed in clashes with Burmese security forces who cracked down on anti­-government protests in Rangoon, reported The Daily Telegraph (27/9/2007, p.27). Read the rest of this entry »

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Proposed Vic enviro protection regs: large commercial and industrial energy, water users to develop Environment and Resource Efficiency Plan (EREP)

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Notice was given in accordance with section ii of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 of the proposed making of the Environment Protection (Environment, and Resource Efficiency Plans) Regulations 2007, in The Age (21/9/2007, p.17). Read the rest of this entry »

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Israel and US at war with Syria and Iran: mystery explosion at Syrian military installation near Aleppo followed by 6 September F-15Is bomber attack

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

The Syria installation where the July 26 explosion occurred is in the same general area as the alSafir site where the Israeli air attack was carried out on September 6 but there has thus far not been any indication of a connection between the two events. Jane’s Defence Weekly, a respected British journal, reported an explosion in a Syrian military installation near Aleppo on July 26 killed 15 Syrian soldiers and dozens of Iranian weapons engineers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran unveils new home-grown fighter jet: “Our forces like a thunderbolt will blind the eyes of the enemies of our land”

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

Iran has unveiled a new home-grown fighter jet amid growing tensions with the United States, and said the plane could “blind the eyes” of its enemies, reported The Canberra Times (22/9/2007, p.15). Read the rest of this entry »

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“The Iraq war is largely about oil”, says ex-US Fed Reserve chair, Alan Greenspan

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

 Former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan created another Iraq-related crisis for the Bush Administration, alleging in his new memoir that “the Iraq war is largely about oil”, reported The Canberra Times (18/9/2007, p.7).

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Snoop-troops: Wide police “terrorist” powers used to snoop on ordinary folks who question Federal Govt policies

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

Before the APEC meeting began, police and politicians repeatedly talked up the prospect of protests turning violent and boasted about how they would crack down hard, according to Brian Toohey reported The Australian Financial review (8/9/2007, p. 62). Read the rest of this entry »

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APEC’s outcome: police and government demonstrate how far they can go to squash dissent in a free country

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

APEC was disrupting the lives of four million people for a week in the interests, we are told, of a greater good, according to Adele Horin,  in The Australian (7/9/2007, p. 29).

Australians stripped of right to march through city: “But a protest march that may dis­rupt the city for a few hours – for the legitimate purpose of expressing dissent – is deemed unacceptable,” wrote Horin. “Welcome, George Bush, to Australia, your steadfast ally in the mission to spread freedom to the darkest corners of the globe. In his style of genial naivety Bush at his first media conference mentioned one such dark corner, Burma, where demon­strators were recently detained by the military regime. It was ‘inexcusable’, he said, ‘that people who march for freedom’ are threatened by a repressive state. In NSW the police have succeeded in strip­ping people of their right to march through the city to protest against the policies of Bush, which are conservatively estimated to have led to the deaths of more than 77,000 Iraqi civilians (or 650,000 if The Lancet medical journal is right) and 3700 American soldiers.”

Protestors consistently get it right: “It is in the interests of liberal democracies to give people the widest possible opportunity to express dissent, and to protest against a government,” wrote Horin. “Australian protesters have a dis­tinguished history of getting it right. The anti-Vietnam moratoriums, the anti-Springbok rallies, and the early anti-Iraq war marches are instances where the people were right and the government wrong. Protest marches disrupt the traffic, and some people get out of hand. But the right of citizens to demonstrate their anger with government policy is a feature that distinguishes Australia from Burma, or from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.”

Greens defeat intimidation: “Police told the judge they intended to put a fence – another one – near Mar­tin Place as permitted under the new APEC Meeting (Police Powers) Act 2007, and it would present a danger to public safety if the march ended at this new fence. The judge had to agree,” Horin wrote. “Not content with targeting the Stop Bush Coalition, the police also wrote to the Greens, threatening to take them to court if they persisted in holding an event with speeches and street theatre at Martin Place. If people can eat their lunch there (it is in the designated ‘security’, but not the ‘restricted’ zone), people should have the right to make a political statement in a public place. The Greens held their line, and this time the intimidation didn’t work; the police backed down.”

Outcome predicted: “What will we get for the $330 million APEC bill?” asked Horin. “No significant progress on cli­mate change, fair trade or the elimination of poverty. But the police and government will have demonstrated just how far they can go in a free country to squash the legitimate expression of dissent.”

The Australian, 7/9/2007, p. 29

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CO2 dump approved: Chevron Australia puts cost for storage scheme and first 10 years of operations at $850 million

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

Chevron Australia general manager Colin Beckett said his company’s Barrow island project, to put carbon dioxide underground to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, would be larger than any other geosequestration scheme currently contemplated or in production, reported The Mercury (8/9/2007, p. 15).

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Posted in CO2 Dump, CO2 dumps, Policy, Regulation, Remediation, Volume 2520, WA, Western Australia | Leave a Comment »

APEC was where a “a lame duck president met a dead duck prime minister”: news stories and images, largely negative

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

According to Mark Day, APEC news stories and images were largely negative . He said last week’s reports from the Northern Territory featured some very angry voters, shouting at the PM as he toured a shopping mall demanding that he get his hands off territory affairs. Placards unsubtly suggested he was not welcome. As a backdrop to the news report, these images convey their own message, in the PM’s case an unwelcome one, he wrote in The Australian, (6/9/2007), p. 40. Read the rest of this entry »

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Consumers should not underwrite GasNet’s commercial credit risks; lack of planning report for Carisbrook Loop augmentation equals lack of GasNet support

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

TRUenergy had asked the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER)  to get Victorian transmission provider, GasNet’s capital expenditure forecast justified and supported by expansion studies completed by VENCorp. TRUenergy  objected to a GasNet  plan to pass through any debts incurred by defaulting shippers, and other clauses.

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Posted in Policy, Victoria, 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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Taiwan President, Chen Shui-bian, not allowed to attend the APEC leaders’ meeting because of Chinese objections, sends head of ACER, instead

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

Taiwan was deeply unhappy that its President, Chen Shui-bian, has not been allowed to attend the APEC leaders’ meeting because of Chinese objections.

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CO2 dump rules in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland: none appear to deal with earthquake, water quality or leak risks, or, long-term liability

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

South Australia had amended the Petroleum Act 2000 to include CO2 as a regulated substance which can be transported by pipeline. This Act also provides for the granting of a licence to store CO2 in natural reservoirs.

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Los Angeles Times labels APEC a “festival of fakery” and anti-Kyoto grandstanding

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

John Howard may have talked up his Sydney Declaration but a leading US newspaper has attacked the APEC climate change plan as “vague” and “useless for anything but padding a fading prime minister’s environmental resume,” reported The Australian (10/9/2007, p.9).

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APEC media revolt: Journalists, led by Michelle Grattan, tell APEC press managers politicians don’t decide which questions to take, or from whom

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Members of the Australian media did not have it so good. Journalists were stunned into silence on 9 September when told that John Howard would hold a press conference on the final day of APEC but “media must submit their name, name of the media organisation and the question” ahead of time, reported The Australian (10/9/2007, p.9).

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6 Sept: Terror suspect refused bail despite Supreme Court Judge criticising strip-search and shackling

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Terror suspect Ezzit Raad has been refused bail despite a Supreme Court Judge criticising the onerous conditions in which he is being held, reported The Age (7/9/2007, p.2).

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Accredited New Zealand journalist says she was escorted out of final APEC media session in Sydney because Chinese officials felt “uneasy”

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

An accredited New Zealand journalist says she was escorted out of the final APEC media session in Sydney because Chinese officials felt “uneasy” about her presence, reported The Canberra Times (11/9/2007, p.4).

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Anyone who’s politically active in Aus now lives with anxiety about crossing “unknown threshold”, says Australia Institute chief

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Anyone who was politically active in Australia, especially if they were critical of the Federal Government, must live with low-level anxiety about what might happen to them or their families if some unknown threshold was crossed, said Clive Hamilton, executive director of the Australia Institute, in The Sydney Morning Herald (7/9/2007, p.26).

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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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APEC-hurry-up to CO2-dump approval, gives piece of the profits to Japan: as WA approves Chevron’s Gorgon dump

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

West Australian Environment Minister David Templeman issued environmental approvals and imposed 36 conditions on the undertaking and Chevron Australia managing director Jay Johnson said the company was in talks with Japanese customers about taking a minority equity stake in Gorgon. “Chevron has been working with three Japanese customers and there are provisions for equity participation and purchase of LNG from Chevron,” he said to The Advertiser, (8/9/2007, p.86).

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