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The Morrison Coalition Government
Australia, August 2018 – ?

The Morrison Government is totally out of touch with what the Australian people want and with the reality of the twenty-first century; renewable energy is the future, coal is the past. The Morrison Government is shamelessly corrupt and in the pocket of the fossil fuel lobby.

I have argued elsewhere that for a person in a position of power to knowingly lie to slow the adoption of renewable energy and support the fossil fuel industry is to commit the greatest crime in the history of humanity – due to its extremely serious and harmful consequences, not only to future humans, but to all life on Earth. This may seem extreme but it is an easily supported argument. People guilty of that crime should be prosecuted and jailed. I've often wondered why this point is not raised more often.

Unfortunately for the world, Prime Minister Morrison may well believe that climate change is part of his God's plan for the earth and not want to 'stand in the way of God's work'!

We can only hope, for the sake of the world and all who come after us, that the pain inflicted by the Morrison Government will be over soon and sanity and some degree of ethical government will return.

This page was written 2018/10/10, modified 2019/07/10
Contact: email daveclarkecb@yahoo.com (David K. Clarke) – ©
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PM Morrison and God


 
Clare polling booth, 2019/05/18
Our future
School kids Niamh and Emma asking for the world that they will inherit to be protected

What would God think of PM Morrison damaging God's creation?

Prime Minister Morrison makes no secret of his Christian beliefs. How would God feel about the damage that PM Morrison is complicit in doing to God's creation through climate change and related problems. How could God be anything other than angry about the way that Morrison is treating God's creation?

Many of the world's religious leaders are demanding more action on climate change, they seem to think that God would want his creation to be protected.

But PM Morrison is not in a main-stream church, he's Pentecostal, so rational argument doesn't seem to apply.

Does PM Morrison see climate change damage as God's will?

Following his surprise election Morrison said that "miracles do happen". Perhaps he believes that it is God's plan to end 'Creation' and that he (Morrison) sees himself as one of God's chosen instruments to help bring about Armageddon.

What hope is there if any of our leaders think in ways like this and if the Australian people continue to elect such leaders?

The delusions of the man who will be in charge of our country for the next three years are terrifying

I'm shocked. I thought that we would have to deal with a man who was in the pocket of the mining industry but who would at least be amenable to reason. It's worse than that. His life is solidly founded in delusion. Read The Devil and Scott Morrison by James Boyce.
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Last ditch scare campaign

In the last weeks before the May 18th election, which all the polling was predicting that the Morrison Government would lose, the COALition was running a shamelessly dishonest scare campaign.

 

He's back, 2019/05/20

Scott Morrison's Coalition government won the election of two days ago, to the surprise of most people, including the experts, in Australia. He had help from the filthy-rich coal billionaire Clive Palmer and the shamelessly biased Murdoch media empire.
They were claiming that Labor would wreak the economy (in their six years in government the Coalition had not had a single budget surplus), but perhaps their most dishonest claim was that Labor's renewable energy target of 50% by 2030 would be cripplingly expensive. South Australia went from near zero renewable energy in 2003 to over 50% by 2018 at practically no cost to the tax payers. Why shouldn't Australia be able to do something similar?

Not only could Labor's targets be reached at little cost to the taxpayers, but they would provide a boost to the economy and provide thousands of jobs. See the 2019 Clean Energy Australia Report by the Clean Energy Council.

Labor is also promising to reduce Australia’s pollution by 45 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030. While Labor's aims are less than is needed they are far better than the Coalition's energy/emissions/climate-change-action paralysis of the last six years.

The future of the planet and everybody's children and grandchildren is at stake.



Ministers in the Morrison Government

 
Clements Gap Wind Farm
A wind farm
Energy Minister Taylor is particularly opposed to wind power having notoriously, and very stupidly, called it 'gobsmackingly inefficient'.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison

ScoMo first came to prominence when he took a lump of coal into the Australian parliament and made a big point of telling people it was nothing to be afraid of.

Perhaps PM Morrison's biggest lie is in claiming that fossil fuels, coal in particular, are the key to lowering power prices. The fact that renewables are now cheaper than new-build coal fired power stations has been given a huge amount of publicity recently from many sources. Just one is the very recent (at the time of my writing this) article by Steven Long on the ABC Web site, 2018/01/03, "The reality is new coal power is not the answer for cheaper electricity bills". Mr Long wrote:

"The tipping point's been reached: renewable energy is now a cheaper source of power for Australia's future electricity needs than coal."
Mr Long quoted the Australian Energy Market Operator:
"The lowest cost replacement for this retiring capacity [Australia's fleet of ageing coal fired power stations] and energy will be a portfolio of resources, including solar (28 gigawatts), wind (10.5 GW) and storage (17 GW and 90 GWh), complemented by 500 megawatts of flexible gas plant and transmission investment."
PM Morrison also continues the pretence that coal has a strong future. In fact it is a dying industry.

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Environment Minister Melissa Price

Melissa Price showed that she was effectively bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry following a report by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change released on 2018/10/08.

Giles Parkinson wrote a piece for RenewEconomy the following day covering the Morrison Government's "breathtakingly stupid response to IPCC climate report" in which the 'Environment Minister' featured strongly.

It seems that Ms Price's credentials to call herself Environment Minister are as good, or bad, as those of Rupert Murdoch's man Graham Lloyd to call himself an Environment Reporter.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor

I will not write much about Mr Taylor on this page, I have another page dedicated to the man. I would think that he would have to be the most biased and dishonest Australian Energy Minister ever.

Great Barrier Reef Special Envoy, Warren Entsch

 
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Rosemary Bolger and Nick Baker reported for SBS in late May 2019 that newly appointed Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef Warren Entsch has claimed that "the reef didn't need saving" and refused to accept that climate change was the greatest threat to the reef. This is totally at odds with what the world's climate scientists are telling us.

He went on to complain about adults "coaching" young people who quite rightly expressed deep concern for their, and the planet's, future. He said of the adults "They're frightening the living hell out of kids. It's like child abuse and I think they should be held accountable". If there was any justice in this world people like Warren Entsch would be held accountable.

This government seems hell-bent on destroying the future that these kids will live through.

Chief of staff John Kunkel

Prime minister Scott Morisson's chief of staff is John Kunkel, the former deputy CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia, one of the main coal lobbying groups.


Criminals

 
The people of Beijing are reminded of what a clear sky looks like
Beijing smog
Much of the smog is due to the burning of coal
Attribution "Feng Li/Getty Images"
In a world in which government ministers were held properly to account, PM Scott Morrison, Environment Minister Melissa Price and Energy Minister Angus Taylor would all be tried and convicted of a crime against humanity and against the biosphere. What crime can there be greater than for a person in a position of power to knowingly lie in order to support actions that will damage the planet for all future generations of humans and for all life on earth?

Their actions will not even have an economic advantage, there can be no doubt that renewable energy is cheaper than new-build coal. The only groups to win (and then only in the short term) if the Morrison Government slows renewables development and encourages coal will be the coal industry and their puppets in government. Australia and the world will suffer, economically and environmentally.

A life choice

We all have a choice in what we do with our lives. Why would anyone choose to take a course in their lives that would earn them the disgust and condemnation of future generations as these people have done? Do they believe that the short term benefits to them are sufficient to justify going down in history as the worst of criminals? Or do they simply not see the big picture?

Rats leaving the sinking ship

Probably unprecedented in Australia political history at the beginning of March 2019 seven ministers or former ministers had announced, or were expected to announce, that they intended to resign from Parliament at the coming election due in May. They were:
  • Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne;
  • Indigenous Affaires Minister Nigel Scullion;
  • Jobs Minister Kelly O'Dwyer;
  • Human Services Minister Michael Keenan;
  • Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Defence Industry Minister Steven Ciobo and Small Business Minister Craig Laundy were also expected to announce their departure.

It would seem likely that these people were motivated by one or a combination of the following reasons:

  1. They were fed-up with the culture in the Parliamentary Liberal Party;
  2. They could see no future for themselves if they remained with the Parliamentary Liberal Party;
  3. They had had enough of the in-fighting in the Parliamentary Liberal Party;
  4. They had had enough of the failure of the Parliamentary Liberal Party to act in any way decisively on greenhouse emissions or climate change;
  5. They could see that the Liberal-National coalition was very likely to lose the coming election and they didn't want to serve one, or probably more, terms in opposition;
  6. They simply saw that their future prospects would be improved by terminating their parliamentary careers.
It would be nice to be able to believe that number four was the main reason for the resignations, but to credit major party politicians with altruistic, rather than selfish, motivations would be hard to justify.
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The Morrison Government is out of touch with the Australian people, out of touch with reality, shamelessly dishonest and doing its best to stop Australia from grasping huge economic opportunities.

What do the Australian people want?

A Lowy Institute poll carried out on 1,200 Australian adults on 2018/06/20 showed that 84% of Australians wanted the government to "focus on renewables, even if this means we may need to invest more in infrastructure to make the system more reliable".
 

December 2018

The Morrison Government reached a new level of self-delusion. A press release from Energy Minister Angus Taylor foresaw "no further investment in large scale renewables, and no more significant emissions cuts – from 2022 all the way through to 2030", should it stay in power.

At the time of writing this note wind farms and utility-scale solar farms were being built at record rates and both wind and solar power were as cheap, or almost as cheap, as power from existing coal-fired power stations and substantially cheaper than new-build coal, and their cost was steadily falling. By 2022 renewables will be replacing old coal-fired power stations hand-over-hand purely for economic reasons.

The ABC reported NSW (Coalition government) Energy Minister Don Harwin saying after the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting of December 2018 "it's absolutely imperative that we end the Canberra climate wars, it's absolutely imperative that we get a sensible national approach which brings climate and energy policy together". The Queensland energy minister said that "we were completely blocked by Angus Taylor", "every state was in unison regarding climate change policy".

A poll of the people in Energy Minister Taylor's electorate showed that almost twice as many wanted to see Australia decrease its emissions faster, rather than slower.

Blind Freddy could see that there is no future in the coal industry and that Australia's energy future is in renewables but the Morrison Government is trying to deny this great opportunity to Australia.

Plainly the Australian people want renewable energy, not more coal power.
Plainly the Australian people want action on climate change.
Plainly the world's and Australia's future is with renewable energy not fossil fuels.

By the time of writing it was clear that renewable energy in the forms of wind and solar PV was cheaper than new-built coal-fired power. As decarbonisation becomes more urgent any coal-fired power station is likely to have a short life, further eroding its financial justification. No company is interested in building a coal-fired power station, it would simply be incapable of competing economically with renewables. The only way a new coal-fired power station will be built in Australia is with heavy subsidisation from the Australian tax-payers, and they plainly do not want it.

Has there ever been a federal government more out of touch with what the Australian people want, what is best for Australia and what the world needs?

I've written about who wants renewable energy? elsewhere on this site.



 
Nyngan solar farm
Solar farm
At the time of my visit, April 2017, I believe this was the biggest solar farm in Australia, at 102MW.

The potential for economic growth in the energy sector is with renewables, not fossil fuels

The world outside of the Australian government recognises that renewable energy is the future, fossil fuels are the past.

I've written below of just one renewable energy project that has huge economic potential that, if the Morrison Government had its way, would probably not go ahead. Fortunately, like so many other renewable energy developments, it seems likely to happen in spite of the best efforts of the federal government to halt progress.

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Huge opportunities for economic development thrown away

Australia has wind and solar renewable energy resources that are well up among the best in the world.

South Australia has shown very well that wind power can provide about half of an electricity supply with minimal changes to a power grid. The nation is seeing that solar PV power can also generate substantial percentages of the electricity that the Australian people want and need. At the time of writing utility-scale solar PV power installations are being built at a great rate.

 

German ambassador's visit

On 2019/02/26 Shannon Beattie wrote an article in the West Australian about the German Ambassador, Dr Anna Prinz, who visited Karratha to learn about the hydrogen-producing potential of the Pilbara region. She intends to visit again.
In the Pilbara the Asian Renewable Energy Hub project, backed by the Macquarie Group and with a value of $22 billion, has been proposed with the intention of exporting electricity by undersea cable to Java and possibly Singapore.

At the time of writing there are a number of pilot projects around Australia testing the economic viability of using our abundant renewable energy to produce clean hydrogen. Hydrogen can be exported as a gas or it can easily be converted into ammonia which can be exported or used for many purposes including the production of fertilisers; and ammonia can be converted back into hydrogen after exporting, if required. There seems to be strong optimism in the energy industry that if clean hydrogen is not yet economically very competitive it soon will be.

Again at the time of writing, Energy Minister Angus Taylor, who seems to have an ideological hatred of wind power, was holding up a feasibility study for what could be Australia's first off-shore wind farm, The Star of the South.

The Morrison Government has turned its back on these current and future industries because they don't involve coal.

Wind, solar and energy storage in one form or another are plainly the future of the nation, but the Morrison Government can't see beyond coal, coal and more coal.

With any new industry the advantage is with the early adopters; the Morrison Government has not provided any support for the development of these innovative projects, thus allowing Australia's competitors a head start.

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A decade of transition in the Australian electricity sector

 
Change in terawatt-hours generated in the National Electricity Market between 2008 and 2018.
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Image credit: Simon Holmes à Court, The Guardian
The graph on the right records the change in Australia's energy mix in the decade from 2008 to 2018.

In spite of the best efforts of the recent coalition governments, from the Abbott Government starting in September 2013 to the MorrisonGov.html, doing all they can to support the coal industry and slow the growth of sustainable energy, renewables have made great inroads into power generation in Australia.

Quoting Simon Holmes à Court in the Guardian article that published the graph:

"Highly polluting brown coal use is down 36.6% and black coal (still dirty!) has fallen 9.4%, mostly replaced by wind and solar."
At the time of writing it was looking like the rate of renewable energy installation and coal power station retirement was only going to increase.

These governments have been nothing short of criminal in their opposition to action on climate change, but fortunately they have been notably ineffectual in their efforts to stop the transition to renewable energy.

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We need a federal Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)

The Morrison Government is opposing a federal Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), just as the Turnbull Government opposed a royal commission into the financial industries.

PM Turnbull was forced into allowing a royal commission into the financial industries and it uncovered a huge amount of exploitative, even criminal, behaviour.

I suspect that a federal ICAC would unearth just as much sculduggery as did the royal commission on the financial industries.

Of course Scomo doesn't want an ICAC, it would uncover his misdeeds and those of others in or close to government.

For more information see The Chaser.

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Cynical wastefulness

 
Sundrop Farms – the 40 MW solar thermal installation that powers a huge greenhouses at Port Augusta
Sundrop Farms solar
If Scomo really wanted to do some good for reducing emissions he would make sure that the proposed Aurora Solar Reserve solar thermal power station with energy storage project went ahead at Port Augusta.
Photo taken by my drone 2016/03/14
In what appears to be a desperate last-ditch attempt to gain some emissions reduction credibility PM Morrison has proposed a scheme that is breathtaking in its cynicism, shocking in its wastefulness, useless in its effects on emissions, shameful in its failure to grasp clearly visible opportunities and criminal in its betrayal of future generations.

The Emissions Reduction Fund renamed as the Climate Solutions Fund

Ian A. MacKenzie, Senior Lecturer in Economics with the University of Queensland wrote a piece for The Conversation on 2019/02/26 titled "The government’s $2bn climate fund: a rebadged rehash of old mistakes".
"The government has put a new name on an existing scheme, while steadfastly refusing to learn from mistakes made along the way. In cruder terms, it’s slapped a gleaming coat of lipstick onto a pig of a policy."


Giving money supposedly aimed at reducing emissions to companies so that they can burn more fossil fuels

Paying a foreign-owned company to burn gas

Adam Morton wrote a piece in The Guardian, 2019/02/25, titled "Emissions reduction fund to pay for fossil fuel plant that would be built anyway".

As part of their Emissions Reduction Fund (rebadged a "Climate Solutions" fund) the Morrison Government announced that it was giving a million dollars of taxpayers' money to South African-owned gold miner Gold Fields to pay for a gas turbine powered electricity generator.

The gold miner stated that they would have built the gas turbine anyway.

If the Morrison Government really wanted to reduce emissions or find climate solutions they would have encouraged Gold Fields to build a solar farm or wind farm rather than installing a gas turbine.

Paying Rio Tinto to burn diesel

In an article by the Australian Conservation Foundation the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Kelly O’Shanassy, said:
“Rio Tinto is one of the world’s largest companies. It is disturbing that it will receive what looks to amount to several million dollars from government climate change programs to switch from burning one fossil fuel to another."
To make matters even worse, Adam Morton wrote for The Guardian, 2019/02/26, that the generator had already been commissioned before the Climate Solutions fund opened.

The Morrison Government is blocking a project that will cost the taxpayers nothing but will reduce emissions by about five million tonnes annually.

At the same time as PM Morrison announced his Climate Solutions Fund, Energy Minister Angus Taylor, who has justifiably been accused of having a "blind hatred toward renewable energy", was blocking progress on a feasibility study for Australia's first offshore wind farm, the Star of the South offshore wind farm in Bass Strait.

I have written about Minister Taylor and his hatred of wind power in particular on another page on this site.



Criminal

I have argued elsewhere on these pages that for a person in a position of power to knowingly lie in order to slow action on climate change has to be the greatest crime in the history of humanity. Surely PM Morrison's and Energy Minister Taylor's actions would have to be condemned as criminal.
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Just one project is sufficient to demonstrate the stupidity of the Morrison Government

The Morrison Government sees the future as being black; all about coal, fossil fuels generally, uncontrolled climate change, ocean acidification, air pollution, the loss of thousands of species and the Great Barrier Reef and great damage to the world that our children and grandchildren will inherit from us.

Others, such as British Billionaire Sanjeev Gupta (who is investing $1 billion in renewable energy in Australia), famous investor Warren Buffet (who has invested $1 billion in renewables) and Macquarie Bank (which has invested more than $20 billion in green energy globally) and who are backing the proposed $22 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub can see that the future is green, sustainable and clean.

Peter Williams wrote a piece for the West Australian on 2018/10/08 about the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH). Its scale is truely breathtaking:

  • A total installed capacity of 11 GW+ (average electricity consumption for the whole of NSW on the national grid is about 8 GW);
  • More than 1400 wind turbines, more than 7.5 GW (more than ten times the size of the largest existing wind farm in Australia);
  • More than 3.5 GW of solar generation (more than ten times the size of the biggest solar farm currently in Australia).
The Morrison government, corrupted by the influence of the fossil fuel industry, would deny Australia projects such as this. The AREH Web site mentions that "the Governments of Indonesia, Singapore and Western Australia have been engaged", but significantly not the government of Australia.

Incredibly, Energy Minister Angus Taylor is on record as saying that wind turbines are "gobsmackingly inefficient". This is the depth to which the quality of our government has sunk!

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Fair dinkum power

Prime Minister Scot Morrison was talking to shock jock Alan Jones and said that he wanted 'dispatchable power'. Jones told the PM not to use that term because "people don't know what it means". In response to Jones, the PM said "real power, fair dinkum power". And from then on PM Morrison and his Energy Minister Angus Taylor have been using the 'fair dinkum power' catch phrase ad-nauseam. (See Media Watch, 2018/10/29.)

 

Coal power stations have been unreliable

Contrary to the claims made by PM Morrison and the rest of the coal lobby the record shows that coal fired power stations are not reliable. On average there was one break down every three days in an Australian coal fired power station during 2018; with the misleadingly named HELE (in truth neither High-Efficiency nor Low-Emissions) power stations failing more often than older black-coal fired stations.
Has this clarified anything? I doubt it.

In any case, PM Morrison seems to be under the misunderstanding that coal power is dispatchable, of course it is not. Coal power is base load, that is, coal power is suited for providing electricity at a steady rate; dispatchable power is, as the name suggests, capable of being dispatched as required.

PM Morrison likes to make statements implying that coal-fired power stations are available all the time; ignoring the fact that they are typically unavailable about 15% of the time due to maintenance or breakdown.

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Victorian election of November 2018

The Labor Daniel Andrews Victorian Government faced an election on 2018/11/24. Most predictions were that the result would be close but would probably go to Labor.

What actually resulted was a Labor landslide; very unusually there was a huge 4.8% swing toward the Government; if there are big swings they are more often than not against a sitting government. The morning after the election it was looking like Labor would get 55 seats in the 88-seat Lower House.

No one was in any doubt that federal politics had a big influence on the Victorian result; the policies of the Morrison Government had a lot to do with this devastation of the Victorian Liberal/National coalition.

What do the Australian people want?

 
Peterborough Solar Farm
Peterborough Solar Farm
Photo taken with my drone, 2018/05/12
A Lowy Institute poll carried out on 1,200 Australian adults on 2018/06/20 showed that 84% of Australians wanted the government to "focus on renewables, even if this means we may need to invest more in infrastructure to make the system more reliable".

A poll of the people in the Morrison Government's Energy Minister Angus Taylor's electorate showed that almost twice as many wanted to see Australia decrease its emissions faster, rather than slower.

A poll carried out by a local newspaper concerning a proposed energy park (wind, solar, storage) near my house indicated 83% support for the project.

Blind Freddy could see that there is no future in the coal industry and that Australia's energy future is in renewables but PM Morrison and Minister Taylor is trying to deny this great opportunity to Australia.

Plainly the Australian people want renewable energy, not more coal power.
Plainly the Australian people want action on climate change.
Plainly Mr Taylor is out of touch with what the people in his electorate want.
Plainly the world's and Australia's future is with renewable energy not fossil fuels.

Has there ever been a federal government more out of touch with what the Australian people want, what is best for Australia and what the world needs?

I've written about how I see Australia's energy future and who wants renewable energy elsewhere on this site.

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Arms spending: Under the Morrison Government Australia has become unjustifiably militaristic

 

Ethics

The arms business is notoriously dirty and unethical. When a nation exports arms for sale they lose all control over what those arms are used for; often they are used in dirty wars, such as that between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
When a nation spends more money than necessary on armaments there is less money available for looking after the people of that nation. North Korea is the classic example of this, its military is given huge amounts of money while most of its development is vary backward and many of it people live in poverty. The USA, too, spends enormous amounts of money on arms while the US people suffer.

Another problem is that any nation that spends more money than can be reasonably justified on armaments causes mistrust among it neighbours. They wonder whether aggression is being seriously considered.

At the time I wrote this section of this page Australia faced no more credible outside threats than most other nations.

While it ranked 53rd in population among the world's nations Forbs ranked it 12th in arms spending. Among the 15 nations with the highest arms spending there were only four that spent more per capita on arms than Australia: in order of decreasing per capita arms spending these were the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the USA.

Money that is spent on armaments is not available for education, health, emissions reduction, infrastructure, welfare and many other desirable services. The quality of life of the nation's people is degraded unnecessarily.

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Refugee invasion scare

In mid February 2019 a bill passed through both houses of Australian parliament allowing "asylum seekers to be transferred to Australia [from offshore detention centres] for medical attention if two doctors say they need it, unless the Home Affairs Minister rejects it on security concerns (ABC)."

While this bill sounds perfectly reasonable to most people, it was very important because it passed in spite of being opposed by the Morrison Government. "It's the first time in 90 years that a sitting government has lost a vote on its own legislation" (The Guardian).

Following the historical defeat in parliament PM Morrison immediately started a scare campaign foreshadowing an invasion by refugees organised by people-smugglers.

It would suit the Morrison Government very well if a couple of boat-loads of refugees were to turn up on an Australian shore.

Considering the total lack of ethical standards shown by the Morrison Government (and partly documented on this page) we should not be surprised if they or there supporters were to pay people smugglers to ship some refugees to Australia.

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Bushfires

 
Sediment in Crystal Brook following the Bangor fire
Ash in creek
The Bangor fire was finally extinguished by 60 mm of rain. At Crystal Brook, where this photo was taken, many kilometres downstream of the burned land, the ash and silt (grey in this photo) was conspicuous.
Photo 2014/02/15
Scientists tell us, and recent experience has shown us, that with climate change bushfires will become more and more frequent and fierce. The Morrison Government's refusal to take climate change seriously will be a disaster for Australia through property loss and the damage inflicted on environments and soils through bushfires.

From an article in Scientific American, June 2011.

"If climate change drives temperature up a degree or two," goes the common dismissal, "how bad could that be?"

Here's an example: Higher temperatures draw moisture out of live and dead trees and brush, making them more flammable. The heat also can alter precipitation ... lengthening the fire season. A one degree Celsius climb in average global temperature could cause the median area burned annually by wildfires in parts of the American West to increase up to sixfold.
A one degree rise in temperatures could occur well before 2050.

If global warming will make the US forests more flammable, it will do the same thing in Australia.

Bangor fire, South Australia, 2014

The Bangor fire, near my home in Crystal Brook, burned largely in steep inaccessible country for a month before being extinguished by heavy rains. The rain on the soil left totally bare by the fires caused terrible erosion.

The photo on the right is of debris including soil and ash left in the Crystal Brook in the town of the same name. The upper parts of the Crystal Brook catchment were burned in the Bangor fire.

The native vegetation will recover to a large extent in a few years following a fire like this, but the soil will take hundreds or thousands of years to be replaced.

Increased frequency and ferocity of fires will be disastrous for Australia's fragile soils.






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On this site...

 
Relating to government...

Australian governments...
Abbott
Howard
Rudd
Turnbull

Party policy...
Liberals war on renewables

Angus Taylor; a gobsmackingly dishonest Environment Minister

Australia's energy future

Dishonestly or corruptly opposing renewable energy is a crime against humanity.

Dishonestly opposing renewable energy from a position of power is arguably the greatest crime in the history of humanity.

End of coal: why the coal industry has a very limited future.

Ethics: a subject that many in the Morrison government would do well to learn about.

A green or a black future

Greenhouse/climate change: the greatest threat currently facing mankind.

Killer coal: how the burning of coal kills millions of people world-wide each year.

Selfishness or altruism?: self or all?

South Australia's success in changing toward renewable energy

Stop These Things; a very dishonest anti-wind power Web site admired by, and contributed to by, Mr Taylor

Who wants renewable energy?

Why accept climate science

Why support wind power

Wind power lies; Mr Taylor features strongly

Wind power opposition: almost universally dishonest.

External links...

Several links are scattered through the text above and many are provided in the other pages on my site.

Adam Morton wrote a piece for The Guardian, 2019/03/01, titled "Out on its own: Australia the only country to use climate funding to upgrade coal-fired plants".

RenewEconomy, Lip service and lies: Coalition’s response to the IPCC report; written by Joshua S Hill, 2018/10/12.

RenewEconomy, the Morrison Government's "breathtakingly stupid response to IPCC climate report", by Giles Parkinson, 2018/10/09.

Xihhua is one of many news organisations that have reported on British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta's statement that he can show that renewable are cheaper than coal for electricity generation.

The Conversation factcheck, 2017/08/14, concluded that while power from existing coal-fired power stations is cheaper than new-built wind power, "as things stand today – wind power would be cheaper than coal as a new-build source of electricity." Prices for wind and particularly solar PV power continue to fall.

The Conversation reported that "Big firms voice lack of faith in ‘cumbersome’ and ‘impractical’ Emissions Reduction Fund", while Environment Minister Melissa Price wanted to continue with it.






Index

Arms spending: Australia is unjustifiably militaristic
Blocking Star of the South
Bushfires
Criminals
Cynical wastefulness
A decade of transition in the Australian electricity sector
Warren Entch, Great Barrier Reef Special Envoy
Energy Minister Angus Taylor
Environment Minister Melissa Price
Fair dinkum power
God and PM Morrison
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
Last ditch scare campaign
A life choice
Ministers in the Morrison Government
Just one project shows the stupidity of the Morrison Government
Opportunities for economic development thrown away
Out of touch
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Rats leaving the sinking ship
Refugee invasion scare
Related pages
Victorian election of November 2018


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