The Backwater State

by Nico.

Bob Hawke and the Labour Party have a lot to answer for.

It was he and his mates who passed the World Heritage Act under the “treaties” powers of the Government. This provided a pulpit for every Green on earth to be outraged at Australia’s “failure” to protect frogs and things.

More importantly, it was passed quite cynically to prevent the Franklin Dam being built.

Tasmania has very few industrial resources, but one shining light is hydroelectric power generation. It’s hard to find anything which is more clean, green, environmentally friendly and less polluting than to generate electricity by using falling water.

Opposition to dam building in Tasmania from the Greens reveals their true purpose. It has nothing to do with lack of pollution, greenhouse gases or dirty industries. Freely available power at cheap rates will mean industrial development and population growth. Both of these in the green paradigm represent a nightmare.

Green philosophy has nothing to do with being Green; it has everything to do with being anti-development – anti-growth-at all costs. The idea of any kind of industrial machinery, no matter how neutral or harmless represents an object of fear. To talk to these deep Greens is to enter a nether world of delusion and darkness. Their ultimate aim is to return society to a pre-industrial state of agricultural smallholdings, individual plots and small family farms, all of which are supposed to be self-sustaining.

That’s fine for those who want that kind of thing. If some people want to go and live in a humpy in the sticks, grow their own vegetables and knit their own socks, then there is absolutely nothing to prevent them from pursuing that kind of lifestyle. However for most Australians that is not the way they want to live, and they are becoming increasingly resentful at the self-righteousness of Green politics which tells them that they should. That kind of lifestyle may give some satisfaction if you like it, but if it is not your way of life, then for most people it removes two main drivers for their lives; hope and ambition. Therein lies part of the Tasmanian malaise. There is no hope, and there is thwarted ambition.

The Greens are latter day Puritans, and nowhere in Australia is their presence more pervasive, stultifying and negative than in Tasmania. They are the new buckled shoe and black pointy hat brigade; self-righteous, overweening, hectoring, lecturing and dictating – determined to impose their so-called “progressive” agendas on a population which has the highest unemployment in the country, the lowest per capita income and the most dismal prospects for enterprise, manufacturing and retailing.

For the Greens, the rule of law is a minor irritation to be ignored, invoked when convenient, and contemptuously defied, by direct action, if necessary. For the Green left, personal ideology trumps law every time.

In Tasmania a clear economic case exists for the building of several more dams and more major infrastructure. The Basslink cable which joins Tasmania to the mainland is grossly underutilised, and potential exists to sell large amounts of energy to the mainland. This would also go a long way to alleviating the dismal condition of this state’s finances and help to lift Tasmania out of being the economic basket-case of Australia.

The Green left government of Lara Giddings has been an unmitigated disaster, and in the forthcoming 2014 election they are likely to be routed. Unfortunately, the Liberals under a lacklustre Will Hodgman do not inspire confidence either.

Hodgman acts as if afraid to tackle those things which need to be tackled, afraid to attack the attitudes which have been holding Tasmania back, and incapable of driving an inspiring media presence.

It seems that this backwater State is doomed to remain nothing more than the poor cousin of the rest of the Commonwealth. There is much potential which has been smothered by stultifying left-wing paralysis.

What the place needs is a conservative nationalist; someone who will raise the tone, provide optimism to working people, hope to businesses, ambition to school-leavers and,kick the Greens in their collective heads.

The Greens – society’s termites

TerpstraMilne’s Greens must condemn bestiality proponent, Peter Singer 

I see that Sarah HansonYoung is all worked up about Australians against redefining marriage. Redefining marriage won’t lead to polygamy, she assures us. Just trust the Greens. Except – oops! history teaches us otherwise. 

Also, don’t make slippery slope arguments about redefining marriage and bestiality or else “free speech” HansonYoung will fake outrage and cry bigotry. Except oops! Greens legend Peter Singer is a bestialityfriendly academic. 

How Orwellian. How Hanson-Young. If the Greens and their supporters want to act as Australia’s conscience on sexual politics, then they need to be completely frank about their past and their elders, including Singer. 

Here’s some history. According to the Greens, for example: 

With greatly increased membership after these successes, the party tackled the 1996 Federal election.  Our lead Senate candidate was Peter Singer, but we achieved only 2.9% of the vote statewide, largely because of a strong Democrats campaign led by Cheryl Kernot.  Within a month of the Federal election, the Greens took on both many local elections and a general State election.

Since then, Peter “sex with animals does not always involve cruelty” Singer has come out to defend bestiality. 

But moreover, Singer was one of the founding members of the Victorian Greens. Or as he told Talking Heads (28/05/2007): 

When Bob Brown and others decided that there should be a national Greens Party, obviously one aspect of that was forming a Victorian Greens, so I was one of the founding members, but I never thought that I would do anything more than, you know, just be an ordinary rank and file member until there was a by-election in Kooyong.

Then, there are his controversial positions on “afterbirth abortions” and the like. As The Australian reminds us:

But Greens leader Christine Milne defended him.

“Peter Singer . . . deserves his global reputation for challenging people to reconsider their views on ethical behaviour, animal welfare and the human condition,” she said.

Professor Singer co-wrote the 1996 manifesto for the Greens with former party leader Bob Brown.

Curious how the current leader of the Greens hasn’t distanced herself from a bestialityfriendly academic. Instead, Milne equates his name with terms such as “ethical behaviour” and “animal welfare.”

When bleating Greens attack pro-marriage conservatives, while blessing Peter “sex with animals does not always involve cruelty” Singer, it’s time to stand up for values. Just trust the Greens?

Ben-Peter Terpstra contributes to many publications including MH and Quadrant.

Green Religious Principles


Jim McCrudden resurects the spectre of Bob Brown who is thought to be visiting his "fellow eartheans" from his intergalactic perch somewhere in outer reaches of the universe. GC.Ed.@L.

Professor Bron Taylor, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Religion, himself a devoted Green, coined the idea that the Green movement is a religion. It has beliefs and practices, characterized by a basic belief that “nature is sacred, has intrinsic value, and is therefore due reverent care.”

He believes that this green religion possesses many of the characteristics of established religions, sacred texts (books like ‘Walden’), prophets (like Henry David Thoreau, Tim Flannery and Rachael Carson), rituals (like “soul surfers” meeting the ocean at dawn) and radical “eco-terrorists” (along the lines of Jihadists.)

Which explains a lot, and why evidence, or even common sense, can’t be driven into Greens’ heads with a supercharged, trillion volt,  atomic powered, diamond tipped nail gun – they are religious zealots.
Even the fact that the global warming models have more holes in them than Bonnie and Clyde does not penetrate their steel carapaces.

They have a sacred day – Earth Day – when they sit in the dark for an hour and reflect on the mystery of how climate change can cause blizzards and floods and icemelt while at the very same time it can cause bushfires and droughts and ice growth.

They have a set of beliefs known as the Green Creed, modelled after Christian Creeds.


We believe in one Planet,
Mother of us all: the Earth,
Fragile and endangered by pollution,
Both seen and unseen.
We believe in the Holy Government Agencies
the only thing standing between the Earth and oblivion,
directed by our Bishop, Gillard, to protect us.
Unquestioned and unquestionable, infallible,
Its decisions are begotten, not made.
The agencies are of one with the Father, our Government.
Through it all laws are made,
for us and for our salvation.
They hand down judgments as if from heaven:
They will never cease judging people and companies, whether living or dead,
And shall punish for insult,
And their kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Planet, the Earth, the giver of life,
which may soon be completely destroyed by man-caused global warming.
Unless saved by the IPCC and the EU.
It has spoken through the Prophet, Rachel Carson.
It acts through the Chosen Ones, Gore, Flannery, and the CSIRO.
We believe in climate change, regardless of what evidence may show.
We shamefully acknowledge that humans are the sole source of all environmental sins.
And that Earth would be better without them.
We loath and curse Carbon Dioxide and all its evils,
We hate and abominate coal and oil, and denounce mining of all kinds.
We look for redemption thorough recycling,
And for a world of Blessed Regulations,
That ensnares the unbelievers.


Jim McCrudden is a retired lawyer, an avid admirer of Dickens, Shakespeare and many others. He lives on the NSW South Coast, has a keen interest in politics and sits on local government.


Kevin Rudd Wins the Golden Fleece Award

The Carbon Sense Coalition has awarded its Inaugural Golden Fleece Award to Kevin Rudd and coal industry leaders for “flagrant fleecing of community savings" writes Viv Forbes

Its appropriate that the Golden Fleece award would recognise futile ‘research’ on Carbon Capture & Sequestration. A costly and complex process designed to capture and bury carbon dioxide gas produced by burning carbon fuels such as 'coal, oil and gas'.

It is obviously possible, in an engineering sense, to collect, separate, compress, pump and pipe gases, so new “research” is largely a waste of money. Engineers know how to do these things, and their likely costs. But only foolish green zealots would think of spending billions to bury a harmless, invisible, life-supporting gas in hopes of cooling the climate some time in the century ahead.

About 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide are produced for every tonne of coal burnt in a power station. To capture, compress and bury it could take at least 30% of the electricity produced, greatly increasing the cost of the limited amount of electricity left for sale – more coal used, increased electricity costs, for ZERO measurable benefits.

We have come to expect stupidity from politicians, but coal industry leaders who agreed to waste money on this should be sued by shareholders for negligence. Maybe they were just drooling at all the extra coal they would sell in order to produce the same electricity?

Kevin Rudd wins this award for “a Flagrant Fleece of $400 million taken from tax payers to fund the fatuous Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.” There is little to show for the millions already spent except a lot of receipts for high class salaries, consultants, travel, entertainment and “operational expenses”.

Pumping gases underground is sensible if it brings real benefits such as using waste gases to drive oil recovery from declining oil fields.

Normally, however, CCS will just produce more expensive electricity.

This result is not needed as politicians have already invented dozens of ways of doing just that.

More, as well as:

  • The Warming of the last Century is too Small to Notice
  • Clean Coal by Wire
  • The New Cold War
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • A revival of the Medieval Practice of Book Burning
  • The Beginning of the End

Read the full report: [PDF, 133 KB]

This article was reposted via Viv Forbes who writes from the Carbon Sense Coalition which can be reached at


Apparently the former leader of Getup has a more interesting political past then we were first led to believe. Vexnews is quoted as saying that "Sheikh is rumoured to have sought a very large donation from his fellow NSW Labor Right “Terrigals” sub-faction member and boss Eddie Obeid". The plot thickens in the race up to the next election. 


Greens to block plans to stop $10b fund

Just when you thought those pesky, green termites had been exterminated, they have re-surfaced to press for further bankruptcy of the nation. Perhaps someone knows of an effective pest exterminator? Remember green termites come September! GC.Ed.

THE Australian Greens have vowed to oppose a coalition attempt to freeze the $10 billion in a government climate change fund ahead of the September election.

The opposition's finance spokesman Andrew Robb and its climate action spokesman Greg Hunt have written to directors of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation warning them not to enter into any funding contracts.

The corporation begins funding new energy and technology ventures from July 1.

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