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  • Howes welcomes ALP-Greens break | Business Spectator
    movement Labor will say they don t want them because that suits for the electorate but they know only too well that it splits the voting system to their advantage What of course the Australian voters have to realise is that the Labor and Greens have aided and abetted the destruction of the Australian economy and should vote accordingly If Labor is serious which they are not they would be voting for electoral reform to eliminate the fringe parties and by doing so allow the elected government to govern There is no sign of this ever happening hence they are not serious Just playing the normal game Labor play Vern Scrimshaw Fri 2014 01 10 11 14 Hmmm this is getting monotonous some one else I agree with Onya Graeme Gerald lastName Fri 2014 01 10 09 54 The sniff of Ministerial leather is a powerful aphrodisiac Ian Macallan Sat 2014 01 11 01 12 unless they have an allergy to natural materials Mouse Shipway Sat 2014 01 11 13 53 That definitely depends on who has been sitting in the chair previously o Ian Macallan Sat 2014 01 11 15 45 Tainted love Silvano Porcaro Fri 2014 01 10 10 02 Firstly Howes is a nobody in this decision so why his opinion matters is beyond me Secondly if the Labor party were to have any credibility in respect to these hollow words they would place the Greens last on the ballot paper They did not do that in the federal election and my guess is that they will not do it in any of the forthcoming state elections Labor has a strong dependency on the Greens preference votes for mere political survival and given the chance to hold power would once again sell their souls without hesitation Vern Scrimshaw Fri 2014 01 10 11 18 Silvano Unfortunately Howes is not a nobody mores the pity Howes next step is into the Labor party just as that last nobody that is now LEADER of the union run Labor party Mouse Shipway Fri 2014 01 10 13 55 SNAP I have quietly been thinking that exact same thing howes has eyes further up the food chain and once ensconced could very well be a shortone look a like The unions have had a pretty good run haven t they first with gillard the union muppet and now shortone Just imagine their delight to get howes next Ahhhh now that d be union paradise lol o Ian Macallan Sat 2014 01 11 00 22 A howser wowser Up the food chain Is that like from a prawn to a sprat good for him for aspiring to be bigger he could have a whale of a time George Ossolinski Fri 2014 01 10 10 37 The Greens have more influence than their 10 percent of votes because they have a far greater say in the media particularly Fairfax Not enough reporting is done to question the economic sense of Green policies which have impacted so badly on Australia s economy in both private and union jobs R Ambrose Raven Fri 2014 01 10 10 42 In line with decades of class treachery would be Labor politicians such as Howes are anxious to demonstrate their support for the Big Business agenda of exploitation and expropriation That he view s the Greens as an extremist party not unlike a left wing version of Pauline Hanson s One Nation simply demonstrates his own Hard Right politics Indeed in saying it s incumbent on mainstream moderate Australian parties to expose the extremist nature of these parties and the real threat they pose to the rights and job security of working people in this country he was demonstrating the ultimate similarity of the Labor and Liberal Laberals Hence Labor criticism of the Greens for having a huge impact on national politics despite representation increasing only slowly due at least in part to past LibLab Laberal preference swaps to exclude Greens Hence Labor NSW Secretary Sam Dastyari s move to distance the party from the Greens and review preference arrangements Hence Victorian Labor in July 12 deciding to preference Family First ahead of the Greens in a by election for the state seat of Melbourne Hence AWU s national secretary Paul Howes saying other states should follow suit saying the Greens are the most dangerous fringe group in Australian politics In May 12 Australia s Worst Union national secretary Paul Howes told the National Press Club that he s a dig it up cut it down type of guy and is the coal and gas industry s best friend He wasn t of course because Ferguson and later Gray got there first As with his inexcusable call for the flog off of Medicare well outside his expertise or responsibilities his vocal support for fossil fuel projects naturally confirmed splits within the labour movement That Howes obsessively pro mining stance hurts other sectors of the economy including the manufacturing sector where many workers are represented by the AWU was clearly less importance than his ideological commitment to selling out working people So he certainly isn t going to like the Greens I like the Greens much better for not liking him Brent Mitchell Fri 2014 01 10 10 52 Same When I found out that Paul Howes was against the Greens I figured they must be doing something right and they went up in my estimation Being disliked by Paul Howes is a badge of honour and a sign of decency for his target The guy is a dodgy dodgy character So ironic that he labels others as untrustworthy Brent Mitchell Fri 2014 01 10 10 47 as proof the Greens were not trustworthy Maybe it hasn t been as well documented and gotten as much media attention but I haven t noticed the Greens being deceitful doing backflips reneging on promises lying to the electorate whilst I can think of many cases of such untrustworthy actions by both

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  • EU approves Snowden hearing | Business Spectator
    it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu EU approves Snowden hearing 10 Jan 3 17 AM Politics International News Europe EU Parliament committee gives all clear to hear Snowden speak You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AFP A European Parliament committee has approved plans to hear United States intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden whose revelations about snooping on EU leaders has sparked uproar against Washington Parliament s Civil Liberties committee voted 36 in favour two against to hear Snowden in an inter active video link from Russia where he has found temporary asylum Reports based on Snowden s leaked files have shown Washington running a global system backed up by allies such as Britain to listen in on Internet and telephone systems This included revelations that the US National Security Agency had even tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel Many MEPs have demanded Brussels take a hard line with Washington threatening the suspension of talks on a massive EU US free trade deal to drive the point home Some on the right are suspicious of Snowden saying he has harmed ties with a key ally and insisted he be heard in an inter active session facing questions rather than make a simple statement Snowden has endangered lives said MEP Timothy Kirkhope spokesman for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group The committee was clear that if Snowden is not willing to appear in an inter active session then the evidence must not go ahead Kirkhope said adding that he doubted if the hearing would ever happen If Snowden agrees the hearing could take

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  • Cabinet wary on SPC funding | Business Spectator
    Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Cabinet wary on SPC funding 10 Jan 1 52 AM 1 Politics National Affairs Industries Food and Beverages Senior MPs concerned about precedent of aid for food processor report You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Food processor SPC Ardmona is facing an uphill battle to win cabinet support for a request for 50 million from federal government coffers according to The Australian Financial Review With several other companies likely to be requesting assistance in the year ahead the Abbott government is seen wary to open the floodgates for aid It s not the amount it is the principle involved one senior Liberal MP told the AFR It sets the precedent and there are going to be a lot more The push for a government injection is seen as a divisive issue within the coalition with Victorian MP Sharman Stone yesterday igniting the debate by saying SPC was worthy of support Meanwhile trade minister Andrew Robb came out with comments hinting the government would offer little in the way of financial support to struggling businesses in remarks echoing those of Prime Minister Tony Abbott last month A decision on SPC funding is tipped to be made at a cabinet meeting toward the end of January Print this page Related articles 11 Jan Murray Goulburn mulls 10 WBC bid report 10 Jan Saputo increases WCB stake again 10 Jan Hedge funds key to WCB fight 10 Jan Saputo tipped to extend Warrnambool offer 09 Jan Saputo s Warrnambool stake now 20 per cent More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan

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  • Senate inquiry into audit to hold hearing | Business Spectator
    Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Senate inquiry into audit to hold hearing 9 Jan 4 03 PM Politics National Affairs Commission due to deliver interim report before end of month You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP A Senate committee examining the Abbott government s commission of audit may hold its first public hearing in Canberra as early as next week The commission is due to deliver an interim report before the end of January That report and another due in March may not be made public until the May budget The Labor Greens dominated upper house committee is in discussion with commission members about their appearance before a hearing at Parliament House possibly next Wednesday So far only one organisation the Grattan Institute has made a written submission to the inquiry It says tough budget choices cannot be put off indefinitely predicting a decade of deficits some as high as 60 billion Government budgets cannot simply grow out of trouble and the next decade may well be economically more difficult than the last the independent think tank said It proposes a package that could add 37 billion a year to the budget broadening the GST to include fresh food and private spending on health and education raising the access age to superannuation and the age pension removing the exemption for owner occupied housing from the assets test for the age pension and limiting tax concessions on superannuation contributions It also suggests plausible spending cuts including to transport infrastructure industry support school class sizes higher education subsidies pharmaceuticals health services and defence Collectively they would improve the budget by 23 billion a year The institute concedes that the execution risks are high

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  • A hideous beast awaits Abbott's return | Business Spectator
    of rage and fury from which you are now drinking and it is time to sober up really learn your history and understand that unless you are some multimillionaire corporate elite the liberal party doesn t count you as their core constituency Joseph Ellul Tue 2014 01 07 10 46 Dementia works miracles for communist Krudd and Juliar worshippers The long trek is here again Where is Mao Tse Tung when you need him Denby Angus Tue 2014 01 07 09 29 A most interesting article Rob Adding to all this speculation are the time it will take for the High Court to decide whether to order a fresh election some reports suggest they may not determine the matter until after July 1 and the impact of mooted Senate electoral reform such as banning preference party deals more flexible above the line voting etc Do you have any comments about these issues Phil Clarke Tue 2014 01 07 10 08 There is a far more important matter that Abbott will have to confront and that is the recognition in Conservative ranks that Abbott is not likely ever to become a respected and trusted popular leader with the electorate Abbott is a dud The arguments and the propaganda that brought Abbott the Prime Ministership have now faded In four months the Abbott leadership have made enough mistakes and done so little to improve the living standards of the majority of the electorate that the slate is virtually wiped clean Abbott is judged on who he is not what his predecessors were The election is long over The public is greatly concerned about the housing situation that is denying the new generation their own homes especially when they see vacant apartments purchased by overseas investors and left empty as speculative vacancies The public are very concerned about Foreign Invesment generally including in rural areas in essential services and even land Current erratic severe weather trends are defining Abbott s core belief Climate Change denial in the public perception as a lie There is great concern at percieved attacks on minimum wage levels and on collective bargaining especially in the light of recent events in countries international companies use as a source for cheap labour riots in Thailand workers shot dead in Cambodia protests that have been repressed within China factories collapsing in Bangla Desh chronically bad conditions in India The Australian public wonders just how we are supposed to compete with what clearly does not work elsewhere They do not want Austerity Our foreign relations are a mess Our Foreign Minister was deliberately insulted by the Chinese The Indonesians are furious Our Prime Minister is a lauging stock in the world arena for his denial of Climate Change at a time when the slowest nations to grasp the extent of the threat are now introducing emissions policies and Carbon taxes Abbott is being caricatured as a dope This can t go on Abbotts real danger comes from his own party a recognition that the Coalition is far less stable as an Abbott Government than Murdoch media Abbotts puppet master pretends it to be Conservatism is beginning to recognise it is always a bit slow on the uptake that Abbott s worldview needs to be dumped so that Australian Conservatism can take a different path dumping many of his policies including those fraudulent covers for inaction on Carbon Emissions For there to be a better chance of a non hostile Senate in July the entire Abbott front has to go Conservatism like the Left in the recent past needs a palace revolution Increasingly it will be seen as the only viable option to a lame duck Government that doesn t even quack as the entire nation is sold out The senate is not the issue The issue is Abbott himself and the deluded fossils that put him where he is in the last major internal Conservative upheaval Get out of the way Grandpa and find yourself a nice retirement home the nation need leaders with a firm grip on the real nature of the universe and of the modern world not your illusions of a return to a conservative golden Age that never in fact existed We don t have time for this rubbish Michael Speed Tue 2014 01 07 13 28 Hello Phil and yes a very good retort there O M Just to pour the proverbial can of petroleum over the right wing flaming I suspect not one of them is aware of China s massive investment in Africa and it s mineral resources Once those come on line we can see the Chinese bailing out of anything to do with this country faster than a bullet from a barrel The mining sector crash will cause it s own tsunami here as business sentiment will flush itself away in large part driven by the poor quality journalism available to the sheeple via murdochs various mouthpieces The author of this article is actually missing the real large flatulent burping beast in the corner well several really But the biggest will be mineral exports to China Well assuming it s own debt bubble does not burst first bringing the whole charade down in a smouldering pile of poo The Voter sentiment in W A is a toned down reflection of the rest of the country We are watching this uncouth throwback of a prime minister quite literally wreck many many decades of careful work by goverment s of both colours flavours Quite apart from blatantly insulting the Indonesians the Chinese the Americans who think the man is a total and utter amateur who should be locked away in a broom closet until they pay him off with a few shells so he can sell us out with the TPP Trans Pacific Partnership of which you can read all about on the Wikileaks web site if your brave enough The VLAD laws not to mention the associated party laws which will result in family functions raided by police who will not need warrant s this is any gathering of a dozen people or more BTW and should dad decide to tell them where to go he can expect a 10k fine not to mention some prison time In what will probably be a privatised prison system in QLD who will be sucked in to the never ending contract morass as seen in most US states where law makers need to pass ever more draconian laws so more people are incarcerated or the state pays fines to the prison operators if prison populations typically fall below 80 capacity This is the rosy future the people of this country do not want Corporations driving state legislation with the TPP in place large American corporations can ignore supreme court rulings This is what the throwback has in plan for us Go visit fortress Darwin and go have a look at the size of the american base being built on the eastern side of the harbour Australia the unsinkable aircraft carrier for american interests currently being imported here in great numbers While thinking all things american only have to look at Kshama Sawant in Seattle who has just been elected on a ticket of raising minimum wage to US 15 Per Hour While nationally food industry workers are constantly striking for a minimum wage of 10 15 an hour so they can live without the aid of food stamps Better not mention the 48 million people in the US who have no health insurance or the death sentence a diagnosis of cancer is as most commit suicide as they can not afford the treatment without selling the family home to pay for treatment While we still have a PBS and medicare under the throwback he will do his best to destroy both of those followed by a final knife through the heart as the tax free threshold will be reduced from it s current level of 18k back to 6k of old Without going in to depth regarding the absolutely rapacious destruction of farming land in QLD as a result of fracking or the destruction of the great artesian basin If any of you rocket scientists can tell me where we will grow food when the artesian basin is polluted beyond use I would dearly love to know You can t eat a share portfolio or drink oil While Victoria sinks in to massive unemployment as Holden and Ford walk away the 5 2 Billion dollars of Wind renewable investment that the State Liberal govt killed through the most bloody minded anti wind farm legislation on the planet is it any real wonder why state after state voter upon voter are now looking at the throwback let alone the liberals and just saying No more I am only skimming the surface here but I think you get the idea The collective horror at what has been elected is resulting in associated polling numbers I must say having met the throwback and his little mate Hockey on several occasions neither of whom would be capable of balancing the float at a School tuck shop let alone the national economy like many I have absolutely no faith in the bunch of amateurs currently in the driving seat Double digit unemployment interest rates soaring towards 12 inflation will be at lest 9 or higher by this time next year will be a very easy Liberal govt achievement to view regardless of location on this big brown polluted land Joseph Ellul Tue 2014 01 07 10 42 Get out of the way Grandpa and find yourself a nice retirement home This is you Phil Clarke I so long for those buffon days of Krudd and Giliar Those were the days Lie to me Baby Hit me hit me Electrocute the boys and burn those houses Tax me tax me I love it when you tax me with black stuff and give the proceeds to the bludgoholics Who cares My kids can work until 70 Who cares Andrew Wright Tue 2014 01 07 11 39 One does not need to support the Rudd Gillard catastrophe to believe that Abbott too lacks the competency to govern the country Abbott is a victim of his own ambition He campaigned on a theme of government lies and a budget emergency He has shown himself as incapable of reducing debt indeed the debt ceiling has been abolished by uniting with the Greens of all parties He then tried to abandon his unity ticket with Labor on Gonski by telling us we had all misunderstood him and the meaning of unity ticket Add in his inability to say no to the expensive and unfunded NDIS because his fear of losing the election outweighed prudent pledges and we have a man who is caught in a web of his own making Anthony Element Tue 2014 01 07 11 49 Joseph sadly your comment is becoming increasingly typical of the hysterical Right You forgot one little thing in your humorous diatribe A single fact Oz Bubble Tue 2014 01 07 14 28 Easy to see who drank the Koolaid Oz Bubble Tue 2014 01 07 14 29 Joesph drank the Koolaid Jason Dow Wed 2014 01 08 20 15 grow up you child i think the republicans in America are running low of idiots to sacrifice on fox news you should volunteer Graeme Crawford Tue 2014 01 07 11 23 If you are predicting that the cards fall the wrong way for the coalition then Abbott will have to consider a double dissolution and get rid of the swill from both houses Then Australian s will finally have to decide whether they want a government to govern or be held to ransom by an unrepresentative group of independents and the Greens Australia is on the cusp of a crisis both socially and economically and given our ridiculous electoral system there is no brake on turning it around The socialist Labor and the Greens should be held accountable for this mess but the left media continue to have their heads firmly buried in the sand and have allowed them to get away with it Mouse Shipway Tue 2014 01 07 11 46 While I agree with your argument about a DD forgive me but the thought of Labor Greens and all the left media with their heads in the sand made me think that at least now the Canberrians will have somewhere to park their pushbikes lol o Colin Barsby Tue 2014 01 07 12 42 LOL I first saw that idea in a little cartoon book called 101 uses for the unemployed Ahead of it s Time Tim Bullen Tue 2014 01 07 16 33 completely agree graeme our electoral system specifically preferential voting results in a perversion of the democratic process here s to the crisis happening that will bring REAL reform to our country what we have now is way past it s use by date and little more than a hangover from our colonial past one day Australia will grow up and become a real country rather than something handed down from England we are obscenely over governed having per capita 6 times more politicians than America and 4 times more than England we are strangled by regulations foisted on us by labor green cabal that has done great damage to our national treasury Abbott may not be to the liking of rusted on laborites which is too bad for them since they have to wear it for another 3 years but if he can begin repairing the national balance sheet majority of Australians will thank him for it by giving him another 3 years Brad not available Wed 2014 01 08 09 34 Not all people are rusted on Labourites because they did not vote for Abbott I can t stand the man and I have never voted for Labour in my life Hence the micro parties received a bounty of essentially protest votes due to the disgraceful choice offered by the two hopeless major parties I agree we are over governed Lets get rid of state and local governemnts and replace them with regional governments so we only have two layers Graham Plowman Wed 2014 01 08 15 29 Tim Just a small correction preferential voting was most definitely not a hangover from our Colonial past the UK has had first past the post for centuries Similarly the levels of government we have here are not inherrited from the UK the UK doesn t have States I do however agree that getting rid of preferential voting is a top priority Preferential voting is based on the principal of giving value to what people didn t vote for and minimising the value of what they did vote for It is a fraud and does not represent the will of the electorate In the UK we always used to say that PR Preferential systems were purposely design to keep Labour in power permanently and minimise every other party s votes At the same time we should allow more than two parties in our system and we should disallow one policy parties they are not political parties they are just lobby groups Graeme Crawford Tue 2014 01 07 11 38 Joseph I like it Phil Clarke is besotted with his own rhetoric and continues daily to trot out a diatribe Poor fellow must live in a bitter world with so much time in his hands to surf the internet for his material I think he was previously employed by the twisted McTernan to write such dribble for Gillard Colin Barsby Tue 2014 01 07 12 46 Pardon my different view Phil s clearly articulated thoughts enable a useful perspective against which we can balance the inane Sell the Farm to Save the Farm lunacy Ken not available Tue 2014 01 07 14 27 Colin how eloquently said or as Jim Cairns used to say It s time to buy back the farm We got rid of those damned yanks in South Australia imagine trying to build cars in Oz let them use their own subsidies Phil Clarke Tue 2014 01 07 13 04 I am glad you recognise Graeme that I indeed do spend a great deal of time checking information on the internet I recommend it to others too It is a very bad idea to delude oneself that there are experts in professional media that can be totally relied on That is a bit like tuning one s radio to Alan Jones and deriving all one s opinions from his programme some would say any opinion I would far prefer to read material so accurate and so strongly written from a perspective that serves the interests of all Australians that I was left with the conviction that no further comment was necessary I turn on my computer at around seven most mornings whilst my wife is still sleeping and truly hope this is so But I find myself surrounded on one international and national webpage after another with a barrage of nonsense mostly stemming from a Conservative Right worldwide dominated by American Republican Tea Party and foreign policy idiocy that simply can t just be left to fall flat on its face The stupidity and selfishness of the Right is doing too much damage to the point where Democracy is in danger Churchill looked on similar stupidity in the nineteen thirties and called it the Gathering Storm The world s population are not about to allow themselves to be permanently divided into privileged and dispossessed That is the message people like you Graeme need to get into your heads What matters is the manner in which we travel towards a fairer and more advanced society Technology brings more and more disruptive and murderous power to the disaffected We have been lucky so far the understandably enraged have yet to gain the tools they would need to destroy us all But truly I wonder if some commentators on the Spectators and its forums recognise how dire the situation is There is no time for the kind of domineering and bullying selfishness that shaped the world in the past We co operate as a society of equals that celebrates individual freedom and initiative or we perish if there is an Apocalypse it will be an entirely human creation derived from the incompetence stupidity selfishness violence and brutality of a pig ignorant Conservative Right if one can actually goad members of it into properly researching their views instead of slavishly following populist puppets set up for them by monopolistic media empires I think one will have done the world a service Oz Bubble Tue 2014 01 07 14 33 As usual Graeme you are big on personal insults but have no facts or any form of relevant argument to back them up These are sure signs of a fossiled intelligence Brent Mitchell Tue 2014 01 07 14 44 Such an insult to Phil accusing him of writing posts that include facts and show a level of research Phil and Chrispy it s so much easier to avoid anything resembling facts or knowledge and post short insults and slogans as many people here do Of course no one does or even can counter your position with any facts of their own so they resort to petty bullying and insults like you live in a bitter world and surf the internet for material or accusing you of being leftist I would love to use similar insults against the far right folk that frequent these comments section but alas accusing them of posting facts and backing up their stance with reason is something I have yet to see Brad not available Wed 2014 01 08 09 39 I disagree It s better to get a range of views even if you disagree with them than to only hear the side of the story you want to hear and already agree with You may learn something new instead of hearing what you already supposedly know Anthony Element Tue 2014 01 07 11 47 We can but hope Australia needs all the help it can get to protect the national interest from what is shaping up to to be the worst government in our history and in particular the most inept PM in our history GWB lite is putting it mildly Don Gilbert Tue 2014 01 07 12 01 The electorate s pay taxes and Government s to manage Not to prance around pushing their own barrows I do not care if Labor or Conservatives Start managing The Public Sector bureaucrats and politicians with no little stake risk reward as in Private Sector are paid way way way too much their entitlements blow the Private Sector out of the water And Australia is going down the gurgler on debt And Projected Debt No fix the swear swear swear problem Properly And I mean properly 50 0 to 60 0 on top scales working back Don Gilbert Tue 2014 01 07 12 02 No Now Colin Barry Tue 2014 01 07 12 45 Don you make a compelling argument here I think everyone knows where my allegiances lay for which I have good reason But you are right on all accounts we need a government that will fix the problems facing this country not exacerbate them Now for the record I think the Conservative party is best placed to achieve that because unlike Labor they do recognise Australia is part of a global system and we can t do it alone Only time will tell Phil Clarke Tue 2014 01 07 13 10 How much time do you want Colin and how much more damage It is a bit like watching a child smash up all his toys whilst saying I m sure it will all work out well in the end The Conservatives themselves are indeed best placed to rectify this mess They need to do it by throwing out the entire present deluded leadership and giving us a proper Government Colin Barry Tue 2014 01 07 14 12 I doubt if Abbott has caused any damage as the damage you constantly harp on about was Labor s mess Gillard made it very clear during the last 18 months of her tenure as PM that she was going to make it as hard as possible for Abbott to fix up You see Phil she had already smashed the toys by then and that s why she knew she was on the outer because she did Labor had six years to make the mess so lets be fair how about 6 years to fix it up But no I guess those like you expect Abbott to wave a magic wand and everything will be back to order I really thought you were more learned then that Phil Ken not available Tue 2014 01 07 14 34 Bring back Jim Cairns so we can buy back the farm from the poms and the yanks Brian Dirou Wed 2014 01 08 06 42 Bravo Don Graeme Crawford Tue 2014 01 07 13 22 Phil I think you have deluded yourself that your views are well researched and not selective However you have pushed the same nonsense for a long time and must have a very narrow view of the situation I think the electorate has said very clearly that they prefer an Abbott led Government to the rabble of Gillard and Milne Obviously you are not prepared to accept that and shut up for a while Give Abbott time to fix an awful mess left behind by Gillard and Milne and I am sure you will have nothing to complain about However I am sure that won t stop you pushing the socialist barrow Bullwinkle J Moose Tue 2014 01 07 16 11 Graeme Agree or disagree with Phil s views all you like but the idea that he should simply shut up because the other side won an election is codswallop The ability for someone to show dissent whether it be comments on an internet article or out protesting in a main square should always be protected hell ENCOURAGED If more people held their elected officials to a higher standard stood up and said im mad as hell and im not taking it anymore then perhaps we wouldn t be in the pickle we are Brad not available Wed 2014 01 08 09 46 I think the electorate has said very clearly that they prefer an Abbott led Government to the rabble of Gillard and Milne Is that why Abbott does not control the senate and is already behind on the polls The first 3 5 months have been just as shambolic as the 6 years of Labour Gordon Hinds Tue 2014 01 07 14 11 I think Phil Clarke and Rob Burgess should go a long holiday together and not write anything not even a postcard Rob is the voice of doom for the the Abbott government and Phil Clarke is simply an old ALP hack trying to whip up hysteria against the Abbott government Maybe they should move to Cairo Or join the shortlist for the Mars colonisation I get pretty sick of reading such poorly done speculation and thinly veiled groundless attacks on the Abbott government which seems to be trying to instil some much needed rational policy approach after what was one of the worst governments we have had in a long time that spent like there was no tomorrow Ken not available Tue 2014 01 07 14 40 Bring back Jim Cairns so we can buy back the farm We need more marching bands and get rid of that damned free press you never know what the bastards will say Bullwinkle J Moose Tue 2014 01 07 16 15 The attack must be quite well veiled actually because im failing to see it The entire article is speculation about the possible outcome of a senate re run in WA and the consequences for the coalitions election promises where s the attack Phil Clarke Tue 2014 01 07 16 56 I wish Gordon you could have been a fly on the wall the day I had our local Labor State MP bailed up in the corner of our local supermarket as I considered whether to wring his bloody neck over a development issue I seem to remember I d had a fair few slugs of Malamatina Retsina an old favourite of mine at the time Or maybe it would help to have read some of the letters I wrote to Labor Councillors when I got particularly fed up with our local Council with them at the helm Or there were the times I wrote to our Federal Labor MP telliing them what i thought of current Labor policy As Party hacks go I would be worst nightmare of those who hijacked a once great party And that remark would go for both the Labor Party and the Liberal Party The only real difference between the two is that Labor has now had a major cleansing and the Liberals still need it i d be happy to supply the lavatory brush As for the Greens last time I looked they seemed to be part of the Coalition on a crucial budget vote and still battling against any suggestion that this country reduces its Carbon footprint massively by building properly run and maintained nuclear power stations To return to the Greek theme the way things are going it could all end up like the last few minutes of Zorba the Greek A man needs a little madness or else he never dares cut the rope and be free One day we may look at the disastrous rubble left after Abbott s entire policy framework collapses and say did you ever see a more splendiferous crash If you can laugh too then we will throw back the ouzo link arms and dance on the strand Yasou Oz Bubble Tue 2014 01 07 14 35 I can only hope that the W A voters are going to vote for a politician with a intelligence and vision However I pity them for the selection available to them K Bee Tue 2014 01 07 15 48 Fortunately Juliar has hung up her Ruby slippers and Krudd has clapped out As for the alternatives they have none It is the time of the Conservatives Phil I am sure I can hear Mother Russia calling you home or maybe Kim Jong Communism has been so successful in the past surely u can continue to advocate for its return Happy to agree with you on RAbbott but he is what we have until Turnball gathers his courage and challenges But even a Conservative Fool is a better choice than the lost lot you had us voting for The deliberate Malice and Ego drove this country more quickly into debt than any other Perhaps you can convince Keating to moderate his Hubris and make a return I might be prepared to vote Labour for him Ken not available Tue 2014 01 07 16 08 You mean the man who opened up Australia to free trade The one that told us we would become a banana republic unless we started to create industry The man who floated our currency so international capital could flow into Australia The one who allowed our trade barriers tarifs to be pulled down so we could have competitive prices The one who opened up trade agreement with China Surely you are kidding the mans a communist look at how he opened this country up Before Keating we were just a beautiful retirement destination where you could go to rest your weary bones after a hard day at the footie In the days before Japanese cars dominated our streets the days when we owned Vegemite and Pitt street farmers The days when going to the bank meant lining up to speak to a teller or going home to make a phone call the days when you had to know your bank manager to get a loan the days when the shops closed at 5 o clock and opened on Saturday morning How can you even talk of a man who opened this country up Nah we need some of these big parades like they have in Korea with all those marching bands and a cast of millions Mouse Shipway Tue 2014 01 07 16 24 but Ken we do it s called Canberra lol o K Bee Tue 2014 01 07 16 49 Some good stuff there Ken John Delahunt Tue 2014 01 07 16 16 Whatever happened to R Ambrose Raving to day Joseph Ellul Tue 2014 01 07 16 46 I do not think that Tony Abbott planned for the future of Australia He is a battler and hits hard at the target He has the support of a good portion of the voters to blow up those Labor mine fields and time bombs Tony will get collateral damage due to the way those explosive devices were planted by Labor among the population not unlike Al Qaeda plants their bombs Gillard will be remembered as the PM who fragmented both the LP and the nation literary Peter Wildwest Tue 2014 01 07 17 29 Dear Phil Clarke I often see your long contributions I like to read reasoned arguments from both sides You emphasize the importance of checking facts but today I didn t find a single fact cited in your 10 08 13 04 13 10 or 16 56 posts today Merely anti Abbott diatribe I read Business Spectator in my lunch break but when do you work Or is this your work Phil Clarke Tue 2014 01 07 23 45 i have explained before Peter We have a small family business in which I play a relatively minor role these days I am retired long retired after a career of some 29 false starts in three or four countries depending on your method of counting This career path took me from my birthplace in bombed out Islington London to West Berlin where I developed my love of Wagner wearing working boots to Deutsch Oper Unlike the thousand buck Melbourne version I saw it all in Berlin in a Bayreuth version for about twenty or thirty bucks It was worth every Groschen as was crossing into East Berlin to see the original Brecht productions at the Berliner Ensemble This was followed by a long spell in Italy all the time working as a civilian on Nato Bases laughing and playing with military families of three nations some of the finest people I have known My convoluted path placed me on the campuses of a rather unusual number of Universities mostly for no particular reason but starting with the Oxford of some 55 years ago I have never bothered Business Spectator readers with full details of my career and life path which included teaching working for an Economic news agency Courts Administration and the Public Service and killing rats and working as a market trader on a stall in a Jewish Market The figure of 29 was arrived at when I tried to write out a Curriculum Vita many years ago to apply for a job I started at both ends but failed to meet in the middle which might have been around the period I spent working for a stockbroker and living next door to a marijuana plant that got out of hand and had to be disposed of in the only way I and the avant guarde jazz band I was living with could think of at the time We were all young once In all this I got to know people from similarly odd backgrounds including acquaintances of both Hitler and Guevara oh and Madame Mao and Chou En Lai I have had dinner with Governor Generals on a couple of occasions and attended legal partner conferences but not as a lawyer This might explain a somewhat unusual and I think clearer and more compassionate view of the nonsense that goes on in this world You might meet me and people like me in unusual places including exclusive golf clubs University gatherings military dinners and aboriginal embassies that was where I was when Cathy Freeman won her Gold Medal I think I am probably clearest as myself in posts such as the end of 16 56 and would add a Nietzsche quote And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music If I were to describe myself to many of you out there I would probably wax Biblical dad was a deacon in one of the dozen or so denominations that have been part of my life and say I am the writing on your wall We are way off topic and to answer your question I have been almost inexcusably self indulgent for which I apologise to those disinterested But I ll leave it with another quote I would believe only in a god who could dance And when I saw my devil I found him serious thorough profound and solemn it was the spirit of gravity through him all things fall Thus Spake Zarathustra Many of my generation are haunted by past tragedy and a determination that it must never happen again When we forget to laugh and dance the world dies I trust that answers your question Peter Murray not available Wed 2014 01 08 21 43 Phil I wondered whether you were the same Phil Clarke with whom I had the pleasure of working with at a large can manufacturing company some 20 30 years ago It would seem not I suspect he is a bit older than you in any event I enjoy your commentary Don t let the

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  • VIDEO: Siemens Energy CTO on the energy revolution | Business Spectator
    to embed video A few days ago I wrote about how former Prime Minister John Howard could recognise that humans have an incredible capability to come up with technologies to counter resource constraints Reading Howard s sceptic mind November 6 Yet this belief seemed to stop at the idea of being able to develop affordable substitutes for fossil fuels or at least mop up the CO2 from fossil fuels It struck me that Howard was rejecting the idea that global warming was a problem not because of a deeply informed evaluation of the science but because he felt the solution was unpalatable and represented an underlying socialist political agenda This was echoed by the government stating this week they would reject climate change policies they saw as socialism masquerading as environmentalism Howard and I suspect a fair chunk of our parliamentarians including on the Labor side seem to believe that substantial reductions in carbon emissions must involve widespread sacrifice and government control over all those things that energy supply makes possible Yet human ingenuity doesn t suddenly halt in the area of developing substitutes for fossil fuels or mopping up its CO2 emissions There seems to be no limit to the wonderful ideas and innovations talented engineers are dreaming up to address this challenge And I suspect it is these engineers that we need to hear more from if we are to persuade people aligned with Howard to accept global warming as a problem I met one of those engineers this week Professor Michael Weinhold chief technology officer of Siemens global energy division For him global warming doesn t represent an irresolvable problem to run away from so much as a great stimulating challenge to embrace During our chat I said to him that plenty of people want to move to wind and solar yet the reality is that the wind doesn t always blow and the sun doesn t always shine His response stood out to me as symbolic of what I encounter with a number of talented technologists I have the fortune of meeting Yeah well some people at that time say oh boy it will not work let s stop Some say hey that s where the business starts let s do it And that s how I am thinking Let s work out the solution I ve been working for more than eight years as an assistant planner designing energy systems And this is fun work for system planners to design a system that works perfectly under such conditions Coming from Siemens Energy s chief technology officer this should count for something Around 20 per cent of the globe s electricity supply is generated by Siemens equipment And they aren t just in the renewables business they supply a fair chunk of the steam and gas turbines burning fossil fuels around the world Their equipment also happens to make up an important part of electricity transmission and distribution systems that transport and regulate our power supply It s worth noting that Weinhold isn t a one eyed renewables guy He notes that coal will be important to development in China and India but he is optimistic about capturing and sequestering CO2 He also points out the value of using gas where new turbines can go from idle to full output within 30 minutes helping to temper the variability of wind and solar And he is far from convinced that solar PV in conjunction with batteries will represent a cost effective option that will allow for large scale abandonment of the grid by households What comes across from Weinhold is that there is an almost unlimited set of technological possibilities that will help us reduce carbon emissions with the only limit being our imagination He s like a machine gun of ideas covering such diverse topics as The potential for LED lighting heat pumps and electric vehicles to reduce our energy demand while supporting a more flexible electricity system thinking of heating and cooling of homes as a source of energy storage expanding the grid rather than abandoning it to level out variability of renewables increasing the flexibility of fossil fuel power plants and even mixing in hydrogen to complement renewables and using the vastly increased computing power we now have available to forecast plan and manage a grid with variable renewables Australia can choose to bet on humanity s endless appetite to gobble up more and more resources No doubt this bet will pay off for the next 10 years But beyond this I wouldn t want to bet against human ingenuity to dream up alternatives to fossil fuels Print this page More from Tristan Edis 10 Jan Marking the milestones of 2013 09 Jan Five good things about Direct Action 09 Jan Pinning down the real money in a wind war 08 Jan Energy efficiency faces a political check in 2014 07 Jan An energy debate in smelt down Related articles 10 Jan Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist 10 Jan PM takes aim at RET again 10 Jan Marking the milestones of 2013 09 Jan Aust hits 2 million solar 08 Jan German minister delivers renewables check More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Diego Matter Fri 2013 11 22 13 29 Australia can choose to bet on humanity s endless appetite to gobble up more and more resources No doubt this bet will pay off for the next 10 years But beyond this I wouldn t want to bet against human ingenuity to dream up alternatives to fossil fuels I m with you Tristan You always write what I am thinking But still there is the Liberal Party that in my opinion just doesn t get it It s like they only have a short term thinking Exactly the

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  • Sydney to avoid house bubble | Business Spectator
    certainly don t want to be in a situation in January next year where we are again talking about another year of 15 per cent price growth he told the AFR Mr Dale said it was crucial the 2013 recovery in new dwelling construction continued into 2014 to ensure price growth could be kept at a sustainable level Print this page Related articles 10 Jan Unemployment coming to a suburb near you 10 Jan Robb casts doubt on handouts 10 Jan Alcoa gives up on aid report 09 Jan A fast to follow the spending binge 09 Jan MP stirs pot on SPC aid More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Ken not available Mon 2014 01 06 10 08 We certainly don t want to be in a situation what is that supposed to reasure Sydney siders that we dont have unbalanced housing appreciation It s a double edged sword either we build more houses and flats very rapidly or we face a housing bubble However if we do build more acmodation then the population of Sydney will rise What ever happened to de centralization Oh thats right it got sucked into the bubble Linda Jones Tue 2014 01 07 15 24 As a busy mom working from home has been perfect for me I love being about to choose my own hours and not have to put the kids in daycare but still earn a paycheck doing interesting work If you re interested in learning more and change your life please visit this link W W W M A X 4 7 C O M David Bonus Mon 2014 01 06 10 54 What about removing the investor speculator from the market including SMSF s with their recently gifted borrowing ability Bet if they were removed then 15 price growth next year would not be a concern It might even free up investment capacity for something useful like business and infrastructure While they are at it they could installl a useful watchdog at the stamp duty office to make sure that buyers are bona fide Australian citizens Ken not available Mon 2014 01 06 11 11 Yep it all about investment and that is the problem that has dragged on from the GFC While housing investment sucks the capital from other businesses then there will be no new jobs Graham Middleton Mon 2014 01 06 12 32 David Bonus The most recent figures statistical summary on SMSF s by the Australian Taxation Office indicates that only 3 6 percent of total SMSF assets is invested in residential property The number of SMSF s borrowing has increased to 3 7 percent of total funds This would include borrowing to purchase non residential property assets such as business premises The media coverage of SMSF borrowing is a product of fund

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