Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Barnett hits back over Browse - The West Australian

Barnett hits back over Browse - The West Australian:

Premier Colin Barnett has hit back at both sides of Federal politics over their support for floating offshore gas processing, arguing that development of the giant Browse gas field is about more than ensuring riches flow to Canberra.

It was the first time Barnet argued that a land-backed Browse hub would deliver sequential development benefits in other areas including the gas-rich Carnarvon basin

1 comment:

  1. He is getting closer to having to tell the truth about his JPP plans for the vast very heavy industrial area around the gas hub.
    How much longer before he has to spill the beans?


    AS with the 3 strikes laws in the US some of these kids have only stolen a can of Coke.AND not one of the bankers who were responsible for the GFC have been charged let alone jailed!

    Not one of Barnetts cronies look like being charged for their blatant corruption.


    Legal action taken over housing juveniles in prison

    A Perth lawyer has launched legal action against a decision to house juvenile offenders in an adult prison.

    Shine Lawyers' George Newhouse says dozens of young offenders, aged as young as 10, are being held at Hakea Prison.

    They were moved there after a riot by juveniles at the Banksia Hill detention centre in January.

    They are not being kept in the same area as adult prisoners.

    Mr Newhouse claims some of the young prisoners have been assaulted and kept in isolation, and have limited access to education at Hakea.

    He says negotiations with the Department of Corrective Services have broken down, and the detainees' families are getting desperate.

    "I've spoken to mothers who have told me that their children are in there for stealing cans of coke three times," he said.

    "Now, that is not a hardened criminal and that is not a child that should be kept in an adult prison."

    Mr Newhouse says the families have been forced to take legal action.

    "Why children who have never been convicted of any crime whatsoever are actually in an adult prison, they should be diverted out of the prison system, they can be saved from the prison system," he said.

    The department rejects any claims of mistreatment.


    Climate change report prompts calls for action

    The Conservation Council of WA is hoping a new report on climate change will prompt both the state and federal governments to act quickly on the issue.

    A report by the Climate Commission released today shows climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather in Australia.

    The council's Jamie Hanson says current measures are doing little to avert the serious effects of climate change.

    "At the moment we're heading towards four, five or six degrees of warming and that will devastate the ecological systems that we depend on to sustain our lifestyles," he said.

    "It will devastate the places we love and it will fundamentally change the nature of our agricultural industries."

    Mr Hanson says some coastal communities could be at risk of inundation if more is not done to tackle climate change.

    "When we factor that in with the possibility of increased storms and so on, we'll see coastal communities like Mandurah for instance threatened by inundation," he said.

    He also says governments need to help WA's farming regions to adapt.

    "They actually really need to start coming up with adaptation strategies to help these communities deal with the impacts of climate change," he said.

    "We know there's going to be less rain, it's time to start preparing agricultural communities for a future in which maybe some of the practices they've been using to date won't be viable."