Media release – Impacts of extreme weather on Border

IMPACTS OF EXTREME WEATHER ON BORDER – MEDIA RELEASE – 22.2.13 [Submitted by Lizette Salmon] Pigs unable to breed and thousands of local chickens dying; these are just two of the more unusual local consequences of this summer’s extreme heat.  “Bushfires, drought, crop losses and heat-related illnesses were consequences of climate change we anticipated in…

Stealing the dirt

Some comments on the Mining Tax from David Macilwain… In a collision of parallel universes – that of the ordinary taxpayer and that of the extraordinary non-taxpayer – the revelation of the new Mining Tax’s pitiful returns coincided with the concealment of Rio Tinto’s extraordinary tax-free profit.  The returns to the people’s fund from rattling…

Economic literacy for environmental advocates – notes from presentation by Richard Denniss (The Australia Institute)

MISLEADING ‘ECONOMIC’ ARGUMENTS We shouldn’t spend more money on renewables etc because Australia has a large deficit Politicians often refuse to spend more $ on pro-environmental actions, arguing it’s too costly and will increase the public deficit, BUT: We have the third lowest debt in the world. Many Australians go into debt to buy a…

Senate enquiry on Extreme Weather

In a few days time a senate enquiry will start looking at submissions and considering “Recent trends in and Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events”. The following submission was submitted on behalf of WATCH, written by myself, David Macilwain:-   Submission to Senate Enquiry on Extreme Weather, trends and preparedness.     I make this submission…

Australia’s commitment to Emissions reductions.

For anyone who’s been following our pretences in the international arena to emissions reductions under the Kyoto protocol, this weeks announcement of a ‘target’ under the second Kyoto period – 2013-20 -will come as no surprise; we don’t plan on making any further ‘cuts’.  In fact this isn’t quite true – we plan to make…