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Coober Pedy Council fights high power prices
The District Council of Coober Pedy has turned to a lobbyist to help get government support to reduce high power prices in the town.,br>
Mayor Steve Baines says the cost of electricity has drastically increased since off-grid subsidies began to be scaled down a few years ago.
He says some medium-sized Coober Pedy businesses can pay from $14,000 to $40,000 a month for power.
Councillor Baines says the council and a local business group have engaged a lobbyist to create a campaign.
"To develop and manage a strategy that encompasses political lobbying and a media campaign in the lead up to the
state election in March and I suppose the end result that we're looking for is to get a commitment from both major
parties for a policy of price equalisation," he said.
"We don't want any special privileges, we don't want any more than what anyone else is getting, we just want to
be treated fairly and equally and we're asking both political parties to develop a policy that would encompass that change."
Prayers in parliament: why we need them
From FamilyVoice Australia
“It was déjà vu on January 15 when Greens acting leader Richard Di Natale announced he
to abolish parliamentary prayers,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros
Phillips said today.
pointed out that the Greens have been doing this ever since October 1997, when
then Greens leader Bob Brown moved the same motion in the Senate.
Lee Rhiannon did likewise in September 2003 in the NSW upper
house. Both moves were soundly defeated.
Speaker and the President read out two short prayers at the beginning of each
parliamentary day,” Ros Phillips said. “They are an expression of the
Christian foundation of our nation. Our Westminster-style parliament and
democracy stem from our Christian heritage. The design of parliament,
with government and opposition members facing each other across the central
aisle, copies the choir stalls in the Westminster chapel where our
parliamentary system began.”
Phillips said the Greens’ move indicates their hypocrisy. “They support
the acknowledgement of Australia’s indigenous heritage which is also read out
daily in the Senate,” she said. “But they want to deny this nation’s
Christian heritage, which has given us the freedoms and prosperity we all
MP is required to be present during the prayers, or to join in praying them –
but they are an important reminder that ultimately, we must all answer to a
higher authority,” Ros Phillips said. “Almost all candidates who
responded to our
survey on family, faith and freedom issues before the 2013 federal election
said they would strongly support, or had no plans to remove, parliamentary
prayers. Only the Greens disagreed.”
‘The party’s over’ for IPCC
From http://australianclimatemadness.comIt's sure been great (for the climate rent-seekers and hangers-on, that is), but now
Maurice Newman, in The Australian:
"What we now see is the unravelling of years of shoddy science and sloppy
journalism. If it wasn't for independent Murdoch newspapers around the world, the
mainstream media would be almost completely captured by the IPCC establishment.
That is certainly true in Australia. For six or seven years we were bullied into
accepting that the IPCC's assessment reports were the climate science bible. Its
chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, told us the IPCC relied solely on peer-reviewed
literature. Then Murdoch papers alerted us to scientific scandals and Donna
Laframboise, in her book The Delinquent Teenager, astonished us with her
extraordinary revelation that of 18,000 references in the IPCC's AR4 report,
one-third were not peer reviewed. Some were Greenpeace press releases, others
student papers and working papers from a conference. In some chapters, the
majority of references were not peer reviewed. Many lead authors were
inexperienced, or linked to advocate groups like WWF and Greenpeace. Why are we
The IPCC was bound to be captured by the green movement. After all, it is a
political body. It is not a panel of scientists but a panel of governments driven
by the UN. Its sole purpose is to assess the risks of human-induced climate
change. It has spawned industries. One is scientists determined to find an
anthropogenic cause. Another is climate remediation. And, naturally, an industry
to redistribute taxes to sustain it all. With hundreds of billions of dollars at
stake, this cartel will deny all contrary evidence. Its very survival depends on
it. But the tide is turning and Mother Nature has signalled her intention not to
In the meantime, childish personal attacks on those who point out flaws in IPCC
reasoning and advice only increase scepticism. They are no substitute for
empirical evidence and are well into diminishing returns. The party's over.
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