Environmentalist Barnaby The Only One On The Ball … Again

14 Jun

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 14 June 2011:

So Mt Morgan Mine does need to be fixed?

In April I visited the Mt Morgan Mine site near Rockhampton in QLD. Following briefings from locals, I warned that people had grave fears about the potential for the old tailings dam to contaminate the river system. This risk had been seemingly neglected by the Queensland Labor government.

My criticism of the Queensland State Environment Minister Kate Jones was not appreciated by the Queensland Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining, Sterling Hinchliffe, who at the time said that I was “irresponsible, scaremongering and blatant politicking” and that it was all under control with the “completion of a $1.8 million upgrade of the water treatment plant”.

Today it seems that Minister Hinchliffe has changed his tune, announcing a $24.2 million funding package to fix the problem. He said that, “historic mines such as Mt Morgan and Mt Oxide are a legacy of old mining practices and need safe management.”

Far be it for me to say to Minister Hinchliffe, I told you so, but thankfully now they are doing something.

As I said back in April, it is problems like these facing the environment that we can fix and should fix immediately and leave alone the ones that are simply a spurious means of balancing the Labor party’s books by taxing the air we breathe.

More Information- Matthew Canavan – 0458 709433

This is far from the first time that Barnaby has proven himself to be the only one on the ball.

And, it’s far from the first time that Barnaby has been ridiculed for sounding a warning.

Only to be proven right in the end.

Barnaby is right.

5 Responses to “Environmentalist Barnaby The Only One On The Ball … Again”

  1. JMD June 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Errr….. where did they get the 24.2 million? Last I heard the Queensland government was skint, come to think of it so is the NSW government.

    Since there’s nothing new under the sun (in in skint governments), check out this timeline of NSW Premier ‘We don’t owe the Bank of England as much as a bent sixpence’ Lang;

    27/3/1931 – Sydney. Premier Lang says NSW unable to pay interest due to British bondholders.

    22/4/1931 – NSW State Savings Bank closes its doors following a rush of heavy withdrawals by depositors.

    19/7/1931 – Canberrra. Premier Lang arrives to seek Federal assistance for empty state coffers. Public servants cannot be paid.

    22/7/1931 – Canberra. PM Scullen says NSW will be loaned 500 000 pounds.

    29/1/1931 – Sydney. Premier Lang says NSW will default again unless loan council approves application for (another) 500 000 pounds.

    2/2/1932 – Canberra. Lang turned down by loan council.

    11/5/1932 – Sydney. In an effort to raise 7 million pounds, Premier Lang introduces bill to tax mortgages by 10%.

    13/5/1932 – Sydney. Premier Lang dismissed by governor.

    • JMD June 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm #


    • The Blissful Ignoramus June 15, 2011 at 6:51 am #

      Where’d you find that info JMD? Very interesting, I’d like to dig.

      Out of interest, did you know that according to the AOFM, the Commonwealth has guaranteed $31bn in Qld govt securities, and $20bn in NSW govt securities? That’s on top of the $185bn in Commonwealth securities on issue at March 2011.

      • JMD June 15, 2011 at 9:35 am #

        It’s from my ‘Chronicle of the 20th Century’, there is much more & I only have the Australasian edition.

        Didn’t Barnaby mention the possibility of states defaulting on their debt a while back?

        Default leads to certain consequences, here’s an example;

        14/4/1932 – NZ civil service pay cuts cause country’s worst ever riots. 23 police & hundreds of rioters hurt (no doubt by police). Shops damaged & looted in Auckland.

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