Thursday, September 15, 2016

Senator Malcolm Roberts:  Maiden speech to the Australian Senate:

A speech giving a strong summary of climate skepticism. He represents a minor conservative party that is very critical of immigration.  The Greens walked out, much to his satisfaction, but most of the mainstream conservatives would have listened with interest.  Roberts has been studying the climate hoax for many years so is very familiar with his subject

    My qualifications include an honours engineering degree - covering atmospheric gases including carbon dioxide - from the University of Queensland. Also, an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, famous for rigorous statistical analysis.

    In the real world I obtained statutory qualifications covering atmospheric gases with rigorous responsibilities for hundreds of people’s lives.

    My studies reinforced the importance of relying on empirical facts – hard data and physical observations – needed to prove cause and effect. My area of studies focused on earth sciences and geology.

    Australians should be able to rely on the information from Australian government bodies and institutions, but we can’t.

    I have used FOI requests, correspondence and reports from the heads of CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, UN, and universities to show there is no data proving human use of hydrocarbon fuels effects climate.

    We use Australia’s resources - that is gas, coal, oil — to produce energy. These resources contain hydrogen and carbon that produce water and carbon dioxide. Both are essential for life on earth. Yet the core climate claim is that carbon dioxide from human activity will catastrophically warm our planet.

    Like Socrates I love asking questions to get to the truth.

    So I ask the question; over the last 130 years what was the longest single temperature trend? Is not the inconvenient truth this .... that from the 1930’s to the 70’s during the period of the greatest industrialisation in human history when our carbon dioxide output increased greatly, atmospheric temperatures cooled for forty years straight?

    Another inconvenient fact; temperatures statistically have not been warming since 1995. Records show there have been warmer periods in Australia’s history then the current decade.

    Temperatures are now cooler than 130 years ago. This is the reverse of what we’re blatantly told by the Bureau of Metrology that has manipulated cooling trends into false warming trends.

    Mr President here are more undeniable facts proven by data; firstly, changes in the carbon dioxide level are a result of changes in temperature, not a cause. That’s the reverse of what we’re told. Second, we do not and cannot affect the level of carbon dioxide in air. Reverse of what we’re told. We cannot and do not affect global climate. Third, warming is beneficial – after all science classifies past warmer periods as climate optimums. Again, the reverse of what we’re told.

    It’s basic. The sun warms earth’s surface. The surface by contact warms the moving circulating atmosphere. • That means the atmosphere cools the surface. • How can anything that cools the surface warm it? It can’t. • That’s why their computer models are wrong. The UN’s claim is absurd.

    Instead of science, activists invoke morality, imply natural weather events are unusual, appeal to authority, use name calling-ridicule-and emotion, avoid discussing facts, and rely on pictures of cute smiling dolphins. These are not evidence of human effect on climate.

    If it is clear that climate change is a scam, and also our prosperity relies on the human endeavours of industry and production, then why is it that in this great parliament there are extremist advocates of an agenda to de-industrialise our nation? Let me make it clear, I will stand firm against any political organisation whose primary aim is to destroy our prosperity and future.

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Pauline Hanson says Australia is in danger of being ‘swamped by Muslims’ in Senate speech

Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech in the Senate was every bit the anti-Islam diatribe many expected.

The One Nation senator for Queensland referred to her infamous maiden speech in the House of Representatives 20 years ago in which she said Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians, saying now it was Islam that represented the biggest threat to the Australian way of life.

“In my first speech I said we were in danger of being swamped by Asians,” she said. “Now we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims who bear a culture and ideology incompatible with our own.”

She took aim at Family Law, as she did in her first maiden speech, and claimed women make “frivolous claims” and that unless there were changes “we will continue to see murders out of sheer frustration”.

She began by saying “I’m back, but not alone”. She warned globalisation, free trade and ethnic diversity have “seen the countries decline”. She called for a ban on burkas, Muslim immigration and Australian companies paying for Halal certification.

Senator Hanson also called for existing Islamic schools to be monitored of what they teach “until the present crisis is over”.

She went on to call for a halt on all immigration as well. “The only stimulation happening is welfare handouts many going to immigrants unable to get a job,” she said.  “I call for a halt to further immigration and look out for the aged, sick and helpless first.”

Mothers on welfare also came under Senator Hanson’s sights.  She said a mother should receive payments for their first child, but not after that. “If they have more there will be no increase to the welfare payment get a job and start taking responsibility for your own actions,” she said.


Turnbull banks a win in a year of living dangerously

We have now seen the yin and yang of the Turnbull government’s future; the possibilities and the susceptibilities that will shape its existence and determine its success. By striking a compromise deal on the so-called omnibus bill of budget savings, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have taken a significant step forward in demonstrating their ability to manage the budget and the parliament. But by allowing the announcement to be made by Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen they again were left flat-footed by an opposition determined to dictate terms and play the hunger games of federal politics with an appetite that is never sated.

The Prime Minister and his Treasurer can pocket $6.3 billion in savings that will sail through parliament with support from Labor, rendering the Greens and crossbench senators impotent. This is the sort of major party co-operation on fiscal repair this newspaper has been advocating because it is vital for the national interest and places economic power in the hands of politicians who are accountable rather than with fringe groups and single-issue activists. So the Coalition and Labor deserve credit for this outcome. But we are not dewy-eyed about future prospects. The fiscal repair task is at least tenfold larger than these measures deliver and we don’t expect the bipartisan resolve to extend much further, much as we may hope.

By getting out early, the opposition created the optics of authority and claimed much of the credit. This was agile work and, no doubt, annoying for the Coalition. But they will tolerate it because in financial and political terms the win is really theirs. Labor previously had backed all the proposed savings measures, so it is symptomatic of the present climate that any negotiation was necessary.

To halve cuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Labor proposed dropping the reintroduction of baby bonuses for non-working parents. It agreed to withhold clean energy supplements from new recipients of Family Tax Benefits and the Seniors Health Card. There are suggestions the Coalition and Labor could come to an agreement on superannuation tax concessions — a contentious area of saving that, as we said yesterday, could hurt future budgets if incentives for self-funded retirees were reduced.

With $85bn more in spending than revenue forecast across the next four years, the agreed savings are only a start on the fiscal repair task. Still, if Mr Turnbull can do deals with Labor on super and perhaps company tax cuts for smaller businesses, he will have started to notch up some of the achievements he has struggled to list for today’s first anniversary.

Then he needs to pass his election trigger bills to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission and lift accountability for union executives. These could pass parliament, or might not.

Labor shows every sign of blocking the gay marriage plebiscite — presumably because Mr Shorten sees the reform as a lower priority than trying to foment internal divisions within the Coalition — and is pushing further revenue grabs on real estate and capital gains rather than supporting more cuts.

Labor’s dealing now may have been to inoculate itself from criticism over the obstructionism to come. “This mob have got no mandate,” spat Labor senator Doug Cameron on the ABC’s Q&A this week, “this mob have got absolutely no mandate.” So, for some, the election mattered little. Mr Turnbull will need to compromise when he can, force the issue at other times and, above all else, learn to advocate much more energetically and effectively than he has done so far.


Far North Queenslanders becoming fed up with crocodile protection

There's hundreds of thousands of them.  What about people protection?

The carcass of a four-metre saltwater crocodile has been found in the Mulgrave River south of Cairns, and authorities are concerned it was killed deliberately to keep it away from nearby swimming holes.

The bloated crocodile's jaw was stuck open with a stick when it was discovered on the bank of the river at Deeral, just south of Cairns.

It was found about 20 kilometres downstream from river swimming holes at Aloomba and Green Patch, a distance easily covered by an animal of that size.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) northern wildlife manager Michael Joyce said officers were told about the dead crocodile on Sunday but had not yet found the animal. "We haven't seen the animal ourselves, I have no idea how it died," he said.

The death comes after a three-metre crocodile was photographed by a council worker at the swimming hole in May.

Cairns Regional Council northern beaches councillor Brett Olds said crocodile numbers had become out of control in the region and he was concerned people were taking matters into their own hands.

"It's really dangerous — big fines if these guys get caught," he said.  "We want these crocodiles in local swimming holes caught and moved to crocodile farms where they can live their days out fat and happy."

It is a sentiment that echoed by far northern Surf Lifesaving manager Col Sparkes.

He said several large crocodiles had taken up home on the beaches of Cairns, including a four-metre croc at Kewarra Beach. "These are our tourist beaches that the far north relies so heavily on," he said.

Mr Sparkes said it might be time to consider culling crocs. "I've been very reluctant to use that word but I think we've got to look at possibly a cull. Or let's get fair dinkum and catch these ones and get them out of the system."

Several large crocodiles recently caught. But Mr Joyce said there was no evidence there had been an increase or decrease in crocodile numbers.

EHP has recently caught several large crocodiles in the region, including a 4.2-metre crocodile trapped at the Dicksons Inlet in the tourist town of Port Douglas.

It was caught in one of several traps deployed across the region including at Kurrimine Beach, north of Cairns, and the Cairns suburb of Lake Placid.

But Mr Joyce said some traps had been tampered with. "Both have been closed by somebody," he said.

"Any interference is illegal and really dangerous and if anyone sees anyone tampering with a crocodile trap I'd ask them to call the crocodile hotline straight away."

The maximum penalty for anyone convicted of killing a crocodile is $24,750.


The Leftist hunger to find racism everywhere

Now you have to be trained to see it!

ANTI-racism “training” being used by schools, universities and other organisations has been labelled patronising and divisive.

Say No to Racism workshops are being rolled out to encourage people to take “safe and constructive” action against racism.

The training involves putting participants in realistic situations “with the opportunity to experience and overcome the barriers to intervention” while learning the “tools and language” needed for safe intervention.

Workshop facilitators promise that after training is completed participants will be able “to understand the individual and ambiguous nature of everyday and casual forms of racism”.

“(They will) recognise the potential of bystander action in creating anti-racist social norms,” they said.

Devised by the City of Darebin, the Say No to Racism project was initially funded by a $50,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Diversity and Social Cohesion program.

The council was given the taxpayer dollars “to address the lack of response by the general public to racist incidents”.

Workshops were due to be held this month at places including Monash University and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

A Monash staff member, who requested anonymity, was concerned with the assumption that racism existed in every “nook and cranny” and that people had to be trained to see it.

“The great contradiction is that if we are such a racist and intolerant society why are we such a popular destination for people from all over the world,” the staff member said.

Swinburne adjunct professor of sociology Katherine Betts said an overemphasis on other people’s backgrounds through such training could inhibit normal interaction.

“It could discourage making friends with people from different ethnic backgrounds,” she said.


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