Five days to tell George Christensen’s committee we need a national bank!

Submissions to the Inquiry into Diversifying Australia’s Trade and Investment Profile, being conducted by Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth, close on Friday 31 July. If you haven’t yet made a submission, you have five days to tell the inquiry that the solution to having more diversity in trade and investment is a national bank. Currently investment in Australia is overwhelmingly dominated by the USA and UK, while trade is overwhelmingly dominated by raw materials exports to China. With a national development bank such as Bob Katter intends to introduce in Parliament soon, Australia could harness the $3 trillion in superannuation to invest in our own economic development of infrastructure and industries. The new industries we create, along with the expansion of existing value-adding industries, will lead to new export markets that diversify our trade. There’s no reason not to export iron ore to China, but we should use more of it ourselves and aim to export far more than iron ore, especially of value-added manufactures. For instance Australia is currently the largest exporter of lithium in the world, earning US$750 per tonne, but if we manufactured batteries the lithium would earn us $150,000 per tonne!

The Member for Dawson, George Christensen, is chairing the inquiry and he is keen for as many submissions as possible. Click here for information on the inquiry and making a submission.

What to Say?

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you, figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver

Human Rights Video #24: Right to Play

The lack of peace in certain regions is proof positive that these principles are actually valid and needed, more than ever. Please promote the Youth for Human Rights videos so more people are aware of and insist upon their rights so that we can live in a peaceful society.

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Quote from John Quincy Adams

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”  John Quincy Adams – 6th US President (1767 – 1848)

Human Rights Video #21: Right to Democracy

The lack of peace in certain regions is proof positive that these principles are actually valid and needed, more than ever. Please promote the Youth for Human Rights videos so more people are aware of and insist upon their rights so that we can live in a peaceful society.

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No Coal Seam Gas for Narrabri


Tomorrow I am allocated 5 minutes to present. This is what I will be saying. Fee free to borrow any of it for your submission.

Despite living in inner city Glebe, far removed from Narrabri, I eat, my children and grandchildren eat and I have a small health food manufacturing business. So the indefinite continuance of a good quality, nutrient dense and abundant food supply at an affordable price is very important to me.

One advantage of an external consultant is that they can bring different experience and a wide angle lens to the discussion.
If we were to have the luxury of an InterGalactic Planetary Consultant specialising in resource management, what would their recommendation be to us today?
If they were to do a thorough job they would presumably do an analysis of our history, human, intellectual and physical assets and liabilities as well as man’s past and current engineering, planning and management capabilities.
Historically the consultant may note that 8 of the 9 civilizations extant at the end of the bronze age, about 1200 BC, at the Eastern end of the Mediterranean were destroyed due to drought, famine and war.
As part of the analysis of our present situation the consultant may discover that this week the UN estimated if we continue as we are, we have less than 60 years left of arable farmland. This is potentially an extinction level event.
Assessing the quality control of our engineering, the consultant would presumably take into account the following:the use of nuclear power plants and the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters, the use of oil tankers and Exxon Valdez and other environmental disasters, the use of deep water offshore oil drilling and not only the Deepwater Horizon spill but the environmentally disastrous handling of it, the oil pipelines in the US and Canada and the hundreds of environmentally destructive leaks, the use of fracking and the many examples of aquifer and soil pollution the use of space rockets and the Appollo disaster and, closer to home, the calamatous mismanagement of the Murray-Darling
and accurately conclude that where there is a risk involved the current state of man’s development is inadequate to the task of preserving a safe, clean environment.
Poor soil management techniques, over-use of commercial fertilizers and lack of regenerative farming might also rate a mention.
If the consultant were really top notch they might also note the hardest illogic to spot, the missing elements that should be there but are not. Like the Bradfied and other schemes that, if constructed, would divert water to the West of the Great Dividing Range sufficient to permit Australia to be the world’s food bowl.
The consultant may conclude that the list of man’s accomplishments might be long but our level of unethical conduct, greed and under-engineering has led to an impressive list of failures.
So they would probably factor into their recommendation the gross mismanagement of our human and environmental resources as evidenced by:the depleting levels of aquifers and food reserves around the world, the unstable political climate, the unethical nature of much of our population, the profit motivation of corporations and inadequate supervisory managament or governance structures that appliy little to no restraint to the greed of many who make it to top management positions andthe disatrous under-engineering and poor quality control which sabotages our attempts at problem solving, ever more potentially to the level of species extinction.
The consultant may even look, as I did some time ago, at the sale of much of Australia’s agricultural land, water resources and food production to China and wondered how that would pan out if China had a food crisis and our Chinese owned food production was all shipped offshore.
Unfortunately, with the present drought in Northern China and the floods in the South and West, we may not have to wait too long to find out.
The consultant may even look at the Sun’s historical and future effect on our climate and agriculture and note we are due for a mini-Ice age in the next few decades which will lead to a reduced percentage of the world’s presnt farmland being arable and lower yields from that land.
Given the above, I suspect our consultant would advise us here in Australia that nationally rather than foreign owned, arable land and unpolluted aquifers were so high on the level of survival assets that absolutely nothing should be permitted to jeapardise the preservation, improvement, expansion and optimal use of them.
Probably being aware that the psychotic lives in the past, the neurotic in the present and only the sane plan for the future, I suspect our consultant would consider it insane to think otherwise.
Our consultant may even remind us that food was the top item on Maszlow’s list of hierachial needs and, harking back to the 8 civilizations that perished 3,000 years ago, ask, have we progressed a long way technically without a concurrent level of advance in our foresight and planning?
Unless we can improve the planning of our resources such that we can answer that question confidently and resoundlingly in the negative then potentially our grandchildren face a much bleaker future than I would like to leave them.
Thank you for your time.

Stop Narrabri CSG

Dear Tom,

It’s been an absolutely huge week in the campaign to stop Narrabri CSG. Hundreds of people are presenting at the IPC hearing and the vast majority are objecting to the project!

We’ve watched knitting nannas, local shire councillors, state MPs, CWA members, wildlife lovers, doctors, local landholders, townspeople from across the north west and many, many more, speaking passionately and knowledgeably against this destructive project.

We’ve made a huge impression this week. But it’s vital that we back this up with thousands of written submissions. Can you make a quick submission right now?

We’ve heard from farmers worried about what CSG production will do to the groundwater they rely on for all their food production.

Gomeroi Traditional Custodians told the Commission that preservation of the Pilliga Forest is essential to maintaining their cultural wellbeing.

Yesterday, my friend Dave Watt, a rural fire service volunteer who farms adjacent to the proposed gasfield, warned the Commission of the increased risk of bushfire Santos will bring to the “tinderbox” Pilliga Forest.

If you’ve been moved or outraged by the evidence you’ve heard this week, I urge you to take a few minutes to submit an objection to the project.

Today the IPC has heard five hours of riveting expert testimony about groundwater, salt waste, biodiversity, social impacts, economics and more.

We have strong arguments on our side, what we need now is a wave of thousands of submissions opposing the gasfield.

The deadline has now been extended until the 10th August. Use our handy guide to help you make a unique submission objecting to the Narrabri CSG Project.

Tom, we need your help at this crucial moment.

Please help us keep north west NSW gasfield free by lodging a submission and encouraging your friends to do the same.

Sally Hunter

NW NSW farmer

PS – if you’re keen to catch up on the action at the hearing, Lock the Gate is live streaming a daily debrief every afternoon from 5pm-6pm. Join us there tonight to hear the debrief from today’s expert and local presentations.

Lock the Gate Alliance

Australian Flu Stats 2009-2020

Australian Flu Stats 2009-2020

I wonder why the flu numbers in June 2020 were .37 of a percent of what they were 12 months ago? Could it be that they are counting flu cases as COVID-19 cases to scare us all? Nah, couldn’t be that. Our government wouldn’t do that. How would the government benefit from a population so scared they would do anything the government told them to do? A government that would steamroller through parliament unpopular legislation during a lockdown, suspend the right to protest against the government, imprison whistleblowers and raid journalists’ homes and offices, seize evidence, seal from public scrutiny for 99 years charges of child abuse by government ministers et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.