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July 29, 2012

The Australian Financial Review's Nielsen poll shows that the strong push from the NSW Right before this month’s state Labor conference to abandon automatic preferencing of the Greens is not shared by the broader ALP support base. This contrasts with Liberal-National Party voters’ views on the Greens, where 67 per cent say Labor is too close to the Greens and 67 per cent say the Greens should be put last in preferences.

So the NSW Right is out of touch with the ALP's Labor base, who say that the ALP's relationship with the Greens is about right or not close enough.

RoweDAFROlympics.jpg David Rowe

Why the disconnect? The NSW Right just love open cut coal mining. The more exports of coal the merrier, even if prime agricultural land is dug up in the Hunter Valley and tourism is damaged.

Just under 90 per cent of NSW's energy needs are currently met by locally mined coal, but that is just a fraction of what the state exports internationally. NSW exports just under three times as much coal as it supplies for domestic use and exports will double. No doubt you can holiday amongst a sea of open-cast mines.

Australia’s corridors of power are increasingly being mined to roll back environmental regulation to do with climate change and shifting to wards a more sustainable Australian economy. That shift is deemed to be left wing---The Greens are in favour of increased regulation to protect the environment---and this ideology must be opposed.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 6:41 PM | | Comments (8)
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Gary I wish the differences were over evidence-based policy or even over ideology - at least then one could have some respect for the Labor careerists' point of view, even while disagreeing with it. But I'm afraid their motives are much more base and personal; they have been single-mindedly accumulating political power within their little domains for decades and simply cannot abide the thought of having to share it with anyone. I'm sure they would prefer to go into terminal opposition and decline rather than contemplate any kind of genuine power-sharing arrangement. At least they'll be in absolute control of whose music the band plays as the ship goes down, and that's all that matters to them.

Ken_L
I agree with you. It saddens me to admit it.

The conservative state government in Victoria strong support for the fossil fuel industry suffered a set back when the Gillard Government withdraw its $100 million grant from the proponents of a proposed new coal-fired power station, HRL.

The polluting HRL coal-fired power station now appears to be all but buried without government subsidy. Maybe the Baillieu Govt in Victoria can cough up the subsidy --after all they love coal.

"The polluting HRL coal-fired power station now appears to be all but buried without government subsidy. Maybe the Baillieu Govt in Victoria can cough up the subsidy --after all they love coal."

The next step is to close down Hazelwood, the least efficient and dirtiest power station in Australia. All the so called ‘clean coal’ projects have continuously failed to deliver.

Rolling back environmentalism should be easier if they can get their way with internet censorship, which is why I agree with Nan and Ken.
Nonetheless, progressives must outline a clearer picture of the future.
We saw tonight on the news the consequences of an ineffective power grid in India and the phasing out of inefficient units like Hazelwood must be shown to be necessary against the back drop of their superfluity in practical terms, to a modern power system heading into the future.

An example of the roll back of environmental legislation is the overturn” Wild Rivers by the Newman Government to allow resource companies to mine in the Cape York Peninsula region.

re environmental rollback--Abbott has insisted he will repeal the carbon tax, get rid of the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation and scrap Solar Flagships.

The NSW Right and the Liberal Party are on the same page in their hostility to renewables and their defence of the fossil fuel industry.