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[10 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,231 views ]

JUST before his ministerial responsibilities were significantly reduced, Peter Garrett made one of Australia’s great political understatements.
The former Midnight Oil frontman said of Labor’s insulation program: “We’re seeing a relatively small number of complaints in the system, given the scale of the system, about 0.5 per cent of complaints given the totality of the system. It has been a very successful program . . .” Two weeks later he was demoted and the program was cancelled.
As Coalition education spokesman Christopher Pyne pointed out last week, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd …

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[12 Sep 2009 | No Comment | 1,583 views ]

A RECENT decision in the NSW Land and Environment Court means developers and investors in that state (and potentially the nation) now have no idea where they stand.
The decision of judge David Lloyd on August31 exposes land developers in NSW to crippling uncertainty.
Perhaps more worrying is the fact that the state Labor government and the planning minister in particular immediately signalled that they would not challenge the decision. The handling of this crucial planning matter highlights the weakness of the government, which does not appear to have the courage to …

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[25 Aug 2008 | No Comment | 949 views ]

There’s been a predictable black and white response over the last fortnight to former federal resources minister Ian Macfarlane’s advocacy of nuclear power as a realistic energy option for reducing greenhouse emissions.
But what has largely been ignored is the role of gas-fired energy generation.
The deleterious impact of emissions trading on our economy will be felt most severely in the Latrobe Valley of Victoria where such a scheme will result in significant job losses in a number of brown-coal fired power stations. The same applies to New South Wales, because …