Double standards rankle - CQ Today

If there is an attribute that distinguishes an Australian it is our unique notion of a fair go. We don’t like double standards. We don’t like Johnny getting paid more than Jill for the same day’s work. Read more

Industries put CQ in good shape to weather Covid - CQ Today

Twenty per cent of jobs in Central Queensland rely on the agriculture, mining and manufacturing industries. That is double the rate for the rest of Australia, just 10 per cent of Australians are employed in these sectors. These industries are essential and we are realising just how essential during the coronavirus pandemic. Food has been kept on our shelves thanks to our farmers and our national wealth has held up because our mines are still running. Our manufacturing industries have responded by producing enormous quantities of hand sanitisers and life saving ventilators. We should take pride in the wealth that these industries produce for the nation from Central Queensland and the central role they have played in helping Australia respond to the coronavirus. Read more

CQ should be thinking big - CQ Today

When Australia was created in 1901, Rockhampton was the third biggest city in Queensland - 4 per cent of Queenslanders lived here. Today we are just the 8th biggest town and less than two per cent of Queenslanders live here. We should have a much larger population in Central Queensland given our abundant natural resources. The mighty Fitzroy River is the second largest water catchment on our east coast, behind only the Murray-Darling. Yet there is just one major dam in it (the Fairbairn at Emerald). The coal and gas resources inland of Rockhampton are some of the richest in the world yet most of the royalties from there ends up building rail lines and tunnels in Brisbane. Read more

The coal, hard fact is we must put jobs first in this economic climate - The Australian

As the biblical saying goes, you can’t serve two masters. For a decade we have been trying to con ourselves we could. We thought you could serve the master of ­climate change and keep a strong manufacturing sector. The data doesn’t lie. You can’t. While we have reduced our emissions by 5 per cent (largely by making it illegal for farmers to clear their own land), our manufacturing industry has gone backwards for the first time. During the past decade Australian manufacturing has declined in real, absolute terms. The 1990s and 2000s were not boom times for manu­facturing but the sector still managed to grow by 10 per cent each decade. Since 2010, it has shrunk by 5 per cent. Read more

Has Annastacia Palaszczuk closed the borders to keep out Bob Brown and his rabble? - The Spectator

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has come under pressure this week to explain the continuing closure of Queensland’s borders. The case for its ongoing closure seems weak given that new coronavirus cases have slowed to a trickle. But that is looking at the Premier’s decision through a health lens. Perhaps she has other reasons. For example, if the government can keep the borders shut past October, she can keep out Bob Brown and avoid a sequel to the widely-acclaimed, diesel-powered, Stop Adani convoy of last year’s election. Read more

Woke to the threat - The Daily Telegraph

Twiggy Forrest has done a great service to the nation. He was wrong to suggest that Australia should change its stance on an independent inquiry into the Wuhan coronavirus. But the Chinese threats of retribution over such an inquiry have turned a huge spotlight on to a major problem.. Chinese officials have suggested that they may buy less from Australia unless we drop our insistence on a transparent inquiry into the virus. Business leaders are concerned about the economic costs of potential Chinese retribution. If we have an economy that is so vulnerable to one country’s threatening demands, we had better work to reduce that vulnerability as soon as possible. Read more

Green Ain't Green - The Spectator

Normally I waste many hours of my working day sitting in a big red chamber while something mistakenly called Question Time drags on. Like many things in government Question Time actually is the opposite of what it says, questions are not asked and answers are not given. It at least gives me time to reflect on some real questions. Like how are the lights on in this building when it is a still and cloudy day? Hasn’t the ACT declared that it is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy? Read more

Zero net emissions: Look no further than New Zealand for economic impacts - The Australian

In some respects, the Labor Party is as Australian as the Magic Pudding, both revel in fantasy. According to past Labor leaders, high public spending won’t raise taxes and, in any case, high taxes won’t damage economic growth. Now we have Labor’s greatest magic pudding yet, we can cut our carbon emissions to zero and no coal miner will lose their job. Read more

We could be a superpower, too - The Spectator

Back in 2008, Kevin Rudd announced a new ‘Green Car Plan’ which in his words would ‘make the automotive industry more economically and environmentally sustainable by 2020.’ As per much of what Kevin Rudd promised for 2020, things haven’t gone to plan. This week General Motors announced that it would retire the Holden brand by the end of this year. It is a useful reminder of the Tim Blair principle, that nothing green ever works. Like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, however, constant failure does not seem to stop constant trying. Read more

Coal-fired power stations create jobs and give a free kick to rivals - The Australian

In 1970 Gough Whitlam welcomed the federal government’s announcement that it would finance the building of the Gladstone Power Station. Whitlam said “power was the determining factor in the development of natural resources in the area and the attraction of greater human resources to the area”. Read more


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