Australians and their gas

In the 1950s, the Australian Government decided that we had to reduce our reliance on imported oil because the cost was making it difficult to keep the Australian dollar fixed to the pound. So the Menzies government passed the Petroleum Search Subsidy Act 1957 and encouraged the major resource companies to look for oil in Australia.  Read more

Canavan - Quarterly Essay

I sometimes feel very humbled that so many southern Australians care so much for a quaint little coal mine in the wilds of central Queensland, near where I, and my wife and five children live.  Read more

It's time to take action on Adani - The Courier Mail

IN THE inner-city Brisbane suburb of West End, business is booming. Cranes dot the skyline as new apartment blocks go up and new shops open their doors. That construction boom creates plenty of jobs – in fact, the unemployment rate in Brisbane is 5.8 per cent. Read more

Dale Last - Member for Burdekin - Speech at Bowen Anzac Day Dawn Service

This year I attended the Bowen Anzac Day Dawn Service where Dale Last, the Member for Burdekin, gave a speech to mark 100 years since the the Battle of Beersheba. Read more

ABC’s blind spot on Adani coal mine

The ABC passed an unhappy milestone recently — more than half its staff work from their inner-city Sydney headquarters. Perhaps that is why some of the ABC’s reporting on major issues fails to hear from those who live further away. For example, the ABC’s reporting on coal is, at times, nothing but “fake news”. Read more

It's right to consider Adani's request for loan - Australian Financial Review

On the first day of spring in 1961, Robert Menzies announced that the commonwealth government would provide the NSW government £2.65 million ($73 million in today's dollars) to upgrade coal loading facilities at Newcastle. The investment would support the then fledgling coal trade with Japan. Read more

Coal is essential for keeping the lights on and boosting economy - The Courier Mail

When Australians turn on their Christmas lights this year, on average, 60 per cent of them will rely on coal to power their festive display. Read more

Making the northern lights shine even brighter - The Australian

Northern Australia is an economic powerhouse. This breaks with the conventional wisdom of many who assume that northern development has failed in the past. Read more

Resource regions do deserve a better cut - The West Australian 13.9.16

One of the latest things to go viral on the internet is a video of an iron train from the view of someone stuck in Port Hedland waiting for it to pass. The challenge is to count the number of wagons. It is easy to lose concentration and everyone seems to come up with a different number. For the record, I counted 236. Read more

Farming wealth to come from the north - The Courier Mail

It has been a long-held goal of multiple governments to double Australia’s agricultural production. We can’t grow more food without water, and that means building dams so that we can store water, like money in a bank. Read more


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