South Australians Vote 1 for Nick Xenophon; Victorians Vote 1 for John Madigan

Australians are earnestly counting the number of sleeps until they bid adieu to the worst and most incompetent Federal Government since Federation.

STT tips that the Coalition will cruise home and enjoy a comfortable majority of some 20 seats in the Lower House.

The Coalition are sharpening their knives ready for an all out assault on waffly, feel-good “green” schemes and taxpayer backed “green” slush funds.

Joe Hockey has outlined massive cuts to the various funding streams currently available to back “green” scams. The greentard bloggers, the Climate Speculator, ruin-economy and yes2ruining-us are in a flat panic, as if the world really was about to end – and for good reason.

The head boy has already signalled his plan to cut the Commonwealth public service to shreds with 12,000 cushy, taxpayer funded jobs to go.

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Bucket list: make energy policy work for Australians, again.

The various limbs of the Climate Change Department have employed up to 1,100 – although “employed” isn’t perhaps the right term – that suggests there is some product being generated through the efforts of all that labour.

No-one is really sure just what this ENORMOUS team has achieved, except building a well-padded empire and ensuring that a solid stream of taxpayer subsidies is shovelled to their mates in the wind scamming business.

When we say “enormous” we mean enormous – the 800 (it was over 1,100) that clock on at the Climate Change Department and its various offices, compares with the 800 lawyers and 190 partners that work for Australia’s largest law firm Herbert Smith Freehills with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Except that the latter rakes in a fat pile of cash in exchange for high-end legal services that their clients are happy to pay for, whereas the former, well they …. OK, we’ve got no idea?

Tony Abbott has made no secret that the Climate Change Department will be wound up as soon as he takes office – Joe Hockey spelled it out in clear and simple terms this week. The ARENA fund and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will be the first to go – the Coalition will also abolish the Climate Change Commission, the Climate Change Authority and the Energy Security Fund.

The Coalition has announced its support for the Xenophon/Madigan Excessive Noise Bill, as well as pushing for fully funded independent research into the adverse health effects caused by giant industrial wind turbines. That little addition – which has the wind weasels furious – for some unknown reason – was down to the tireless work of the former member for Hume, Alby Schultz.

Craig Kelly has taken the baton on that score and – along with Chris Back, Sean Edwards and a team of others – is ready to hammer the wind industry into behaving more like Australian citizens and less like Taliban warlords.

But it’s in the Senate where the outcome counts in the battle to bring the wind industry to heel, once and for all.

STT has been saying it for some time – when the dust settles the most likely outcome is that South Australia’s favourite Greek, Nick Xenophon will hold the balance of power along with the blacksmith from Ballarat, John Madigan.

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SA’s favourite Greek is in the mask –
but he’s got nothing to hide.

These boys have made no secret of their hostility to the great wind power fraud.

In an effort to prevent the inevitable – Vestas have poured $millions into the Green’s campaign coffers which they are using to prop up the chances of Sarah Hanson-Young – and they’ve made no secret of it – but the Greens are a little more coy about where the big bucks are coming from.

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I do “nasty and scheming” just as well as “deranged looking”

The Greens have been pressed about just how they are paying for millions of dollars worth of political advertising. Never able to give a straight answer – Hanson-Young has been fudging the obvious and claiming that: “there have been individuals who have been generous and given what they can”.

In response to the National Rally Vestas made it very clear that they would be pouring buckets of cash into the Green’s campaign – but, as we’ve said before, Vestas should have kept its money at home to stave off its inevitable insolvency.

South Australians love Nick and hold him up as a rare bastion of honesty and integrity in politics – a concept entirely lost on the Greens.

Don’t forget that when John Madigan stood up in the Senate and called for an investigation into the REC fraud at Waubra back in March – the Greens voted AGAINST what STT thinks was an obvious and sensible step to root out those behind an enormous fraud against the Commonwealth and Australian electricity consumers – yes, FRAUD, pure and simple.

Put another way – the Greens and the Labor goons who voted against Madigan’s move to investigate how Acciona is and was wrongly accredited to receive RECs ($85 million worth, so far) voted FOR the continuation of the greatest fraud ever committed against the Commonwealth.

Acciona operates its Waubra wind farm in flagrant breach of Victorian law, and has done for 5 years now – that wind farm does not, and can never, satisfy the noise conditions of its planning consent. Its operation is, therefore, unlawful, in breach of State law and it should have never been accredited to receive RECs. Expect to see more on this story in The Australian this week.

Back to Nick. What drew the ire of the struggling Danish fan maker is that Nick is all set to help the Coalition rewrite energy policy – as The Australian put it today:

Wind power is one of the issues over which Xenophon and the Greens have clashed; he’s no fan of the industry and teamed with Madigan in the Senate to introduce a bill to abate noise from turbines.

But the Excessive Noise Bill is just the beginning – Nick is a very keen supporter of geo-thermal and hydro power – well, renewables generally, provided they are available on demand – which, of course, rules out intermittent and unreliable wind power.

Nick has commissioned a report from Frontier Economics which looks at the ridiculous costs of wind power – its failure to reduce Co2 emissions (as wildly claimed by the CEC) – and the impact on power prices.

Nick is acutely aware of the impact of power prices on small business, manufacturing and struggling families – his home state now suffers the highest electricity prices in the world: 50,000 homes have had their power cut-off and some 30,000 families are on “payment plans” with electricity retailers – as they struggle to pay crippling electricity costs.

Anyway, back to the politicking. The Greens have reacted like a bunch of jilted Stalinists to Nick’s decision to send his preferences equally to the Liberals and Labor. Here’s The Australian’s take on the latest round of Green’s skulduggery.

A lesson for Greens: never cross Nick Xenophon
The Australian
Jamie Walker
31 August 2013

IT kicked off when Nick Xenophon went into bat for his friend and fellow independent in federal parliament, Andrew Wilkie, and for the Greens this was one fight they should never have had.

Senator Xenophon is the last man you want coming after you in South Australia, where he is head and shoulders the state’s most popular politician, a man who doesn’t need the preferences of any political party to be re-elected next Saturday but whose surplus votes are set to be crucial to the make-up of the incoming Senate.

As matters stand, the Greens’ immigration spokeswoman and darling of the Left, Sarah Hanson-Young, is in acute danger of losing her spot after Xenophon turned on her, potentially costing the minority party a future leader.

But the fallout goes beyond her immediate fate. A Coalition senator promises to take Hanson-Young’s place, putting Tony Abbott within grasp of controlling the upper house of parliament if he wins the election.

As Kevin Rudd and Labor lurch towards almost certain defeat, attention will turn to how Abbott is likely to govern.

Central to those calculations are the numbers in the Senate, where the minor parties and Xenophon will hold sway, one way or another. Bob Katter’s Australian Party is a strong chance to break into the Senate in Queensland through star recruit James Blundell, the country music singer. A hopeful Katter says: “God willing, after this election . . . we will be in a much more serious position to influence things.”

In SA, the accusations are flying between Xenophon and the Greens, who have accused the one-time No-Pokies MP of betraying progressive voters and giving the Opposition Leader a “leg up” to implement his deeply contested legislative agenda, starting with the repeal of Labor’s carbon pricing scheme should he come up trumps on September 7.

Bob Brown, the Greens’ founder and leader emeritus, says the bitter feud has nothing to do with principle and everything to do with Xenophon’s ambition to be the kingpin in the next Senate, just like the wily Tasmanian Brian Harradine was during much of the last conservative government under John Howard.

“It’s a manoeuvre by Nick pure and simple to put himself into a Harradine-type situation in the Senate,” says Brown, who has immersed himself in Hanson-Young’s big-spending campaign. Hanson-Young is equally scathing, telling The Weekend Australian that Xenophon has sided with the Liberals to get rid of her. “This is Nick making a political decision, just like any other politician. He’s no different and he has to take responsibility for his actions.”

Xenophon insists he acted in good faith at every turn and the Greens would probably have had his support had they not tried to “stitch up” Wilkie, a fellow-advocate of curbing gambling.

Wilkie says he is bewildered that the Greens preferenced Labor ahead of him in his Hobart-based seat of Denison when he can’t remember an occasion that he failed to vote with them in parliament. “It’s proof that despite the Greens liking to think that they occupy the moral high ground, when it comes to self-interest they are just as bad as all the rest,” Wilkie fumes.

Alliances are fracturing in the heat of the fisticuffs and while this is on the sidelines of the main bout between Abbott and the Prime Minister, the ramifications weigh heavy for the next parliament. The Coalition entered the campaign with 34 senators but no real prospect of winning control of the upper house in its own right, as Howard did in 2004.

But here’s the thing. Provided it retains the seats it has at the half-Senate poll – and central to this is fending off the challenge in NSW to frontbencher and Howard’s former chief-of-staff Arthur Sinodinos by One Nation founder Pauline Hanson – Abbott needs only to pick up two extra Senate places to have a shot of controlling the upper house with crossbench support from Xenophon, the DLP’s John Madigan and possibly Blundell, whose chances in Queensland have been boosted by a deal with Labor to preference Katter’s Australian Party.

In addition to the danger to Hanson-Young in SA, the Greens risk losing Scott Ludlam in Western Australia.

Xenophon is the nearest thing there is in politics to a certainty to be returned in the seat he won in 2007 on the back of grabbing an astonishing 20.5 per cent of the vote in the SA upper house at the state election the year before, pulling through a running mate on his coat-tails.

He secured a Senate quota in his own right six years ago, even though his name did not appear above the line on the ballot paper owing to his failure to register his ticket as a political party. This time it will, backed by his No 2, retail marketing analyst Stirling Griff. A then 25-year-old Hanson-Young sneaked through in 2007 with a primary vote of just 6.49 per cent, less than half a quota. In the absence of a double dissolution of both houses of parliament, senators serve a six-year term. In 2010, with Xenophon out of the fray, the Greens’ Senate vote in SA rebounded to 13.3 per cent.

The concern that Xenophon will again cannabalise their vote is well founded. Back in 2007, he preferenced Hanson-Young ahead of the major parties, giving her a small but welcome lift. Not this time, though she has never needed his support more. As Xenophon tells it, the rot started when he got wind that the Greens were going after Wilkie.

Brown met Xenophon in Canberra on May 14 to try to do a deal.

He agrees the South Australian raised his concerns about Greens preferencing against Wilkie, but was at a loss to understand what that had to do with Hanson-Young and SA. “It was a strange arrangement,” Brown says.

Brown told Xenophon there was nothing he could do for Wilkie: the independent was running an open ticket and wouldn’t be directing preferences to anyone, including the Greens. “I just said to Nick, ‘The problem is Andrew won’t talk to us’,” Brown recalls. Xenophon says he made his position clear to Brown that he wouldn’t stand by while Wilkie was done over by an “act of bastardry”. “I kept hearing that the Greens were going to shaft Andrew as part of a broader preference deal with Labor and that’s exactly what happened,” he says.

Hanson-Young revved up her criticism of Xenophon on Thursday, warning SA voters that if they went with him “your vote will end up helping Tony Abbott get effective control of the Senate”.

This was after Xenophon complained to the Australian Electoral Commission that the Greens’ TV advertising in SA featuring Brown and Hanson-Young was misleading in alleging his preferences would aid the Liberals. The AEC declined to investigate.

Xenophon opened a further line of attack on the Greens by warning that his supporters would not wear him preferencing the party ahead of Labor and the Coalition, as he did six years ago. On the Labor side of his split ticket, the Greens are placed after the ALP, but before Family First and the Liberals. On the Liberal side, the Greens place behind the Liberals, Family First and Labor.

Xenophon argues nine-tenths of those who vote for him in the Senate support Labor or the Liberals in the lower house, and he would be breaching faith with them to preference the Greens: “It just seemed to me the safest course was to go to the major parties first and trickle down to the Left and Right side of politics.”

Hanson-Young rejects this, saying Xenophon needs to take responsibility for his actions. She argues that Labor will struggle to get two Senate quotas in SA, so the fight for the last quota is between her and the Liberals. “This is Nick Xenophon and the Liberals ganging up to get rid of me,” she complains. “Tony Abbott knows he needs this seat, he is desperate to get it, and I think South Australian voters are shocked to find out that Nick Xenophon has given him a helping hand.”

According to Liberal sources, Xenophon’s base vote in the Senate is tracking at between 17 and 22 per cent in their internal polling. That would leave up to half a surplus quota after electing him – not sufficient to get up his running mate, Griff, but conceivably enough to cruel Hanson-Young’s chances. Political historian Clem Macintyre, of Adelaide University, says the No 3 on the Liberal ticket, metallurgist Cathie Webb, is well placed to take the last Senate spot in SA after Xenophon’s intervention.

But when he plays around with the numbers – a big Liberal primary vote, against a low one for the Greens, for example – curious outcomes emerge. Family First is in with an outside chance, Macintyre says. And wait for this: because the Greens ranked the No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics party ahead of Griff, he says there is a possibility – albeit remote – that it could bolt in, having cut preference deals with a raft of the Senate minnows.

“One can only wonder what the comment will be if a Greens’ preference goes to elect somebody who is philosophically much further away from them than they accept Nick Xenophon and his running mate are,” Macintyre says.

The Greens are certainly throwing all they can at saving Hanson-Young. Xenophon says he will outlay $500,000-plus on his campaign, funded partly by a mortgage on his own home. But he estimates the Greens are spending three times that amount in their wall-to-wall TV ad blitz.

Hanson-Young has refused to say who is bankrolling her campaign – “there have been individuals who have been generous and given what they can,” was her comment this week – but there is speculation that SA’s sizeable wind energy sector has dug deep.

Wind power is one of the issues over which Xenophon and the Greens have clashed; he’s no fan of the industry and teamed with Madigan in the Senate to introduce a bill to abate noise from turbines.

There has been niggle in the chamber between Xenophon and Hanson-Young, who has built a national profile through her pursuit of the rights of asylum-seekers. Many question whether SA is big enough for both of them.

Xenophon denies it’s personal from his side, and says he will be happy to work with the Greens in the new parliament.

Xenophon warns, however, Australians will be back at the polls within a year if an Abbott government is elected and the Greens continue to control the Senate with Labor.

“There is no love lost between the Greens and Tony Abbott so I think it is inevitable there will be a double dissolution if they hold the balance of power,” he says. “I think we need to go to the commonsense centre of politics.”

Either way, the Greens will be unforgiving if Hanson-Young is defeated. “She has done the right thing by him and he has done the wrong thing by her,” Brown says.

Hanson-Young, for her part, says Xenophon has made a tough campaign that much tougher. She points to how commentators wrote her off in 2007. “It’s not a foregone conclusion by any means,” she insists. “It just makes it a bit more difficult.”
The Australian

STT says if you are looking for a sensible energy policy (which means no more intermittent, unreliable and insanely expensive wind power) – and proper protection for families at existing wind farms – then look no further than Nick Xenophon and John Madigan.

South Australians and Victorians make your votes count next Saturday. In SA make sure that “X” is the spot you mark – in Victoria, line your pencil up with the box next to “DLP”.

With Xenophon taking the reins and Madigan riding shot gun it won’t be long before we can kiss goodbye to the greatest economic and environmental fraud this country has ever seen. Yee-hah!

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Nick takes the reins, and John’s got his back covered.

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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. We are told that some Low frequency noise and infrasound from industry may be expected in a modern society. Possibly. But we also have the right to some MODERN CONVENIENCES without having our brains fried and being sent deaf by noise. I am not able to sleep without pills, and I am just about ready to bounce off the walls because of the discomfort. I can’t even sleep in my own bed, moving to a room where I can create a noise going non-stop to hopefully drown out the external noise etc.

    HELL IS MY LIFE and many like me also suffer.

  2. Bring on Saturday and a New Start on Sunday.
    If it is not a completely new start on Sunday – God Help us all.

  3. Nick is a real trooper. At one point, when the Ceres Project made the headlines, at a time when Heartland Farmers were fighting tooth and nail to stop it, Nick rang one of the members, who is also an affected farmer, and said “I will be out there in two hours!” He was, with a Channel 7 News crew, he spent two hours with us and taped interviews which were shown the news that evening.

    I have the utmost respect for Nick, as do a majority of South Australians and I can fully understand him giving that ‘greentard’ Hanson-Young the flick. Everyone has had an absolute gut full of the Greens and their ‘lunatic fringe’ policies. He definitely deserves Vote 1.

  4. Get rid of all the miscreants that push the “wind agenda”! The one thing to keep in mind is….Supporters of Wind….are supported by wind. Don’t blow your hard-earned dollars into the wind. It is useless.

  5. Jackie Rovensky says:

    It’s time Hanson-Young grew up, she’s behaving like a spoilt child.
    The Greens are going to go the way of the Democrats, once they aligned strongly with Labor that was the beginning of the end, so too for the Greens.
    Why are they so worried they cannot admit how much the wind industry is paying into their coffers, or even to acknowledge they have financially supported them.
    Perhaps it’s because they know there are many, many environmentally aware people not supportive of the wind industry’s lies, motives and fraudulent behaviour, so are keeping quiet to not ‘frighten’ them off from voting for the Green’s.
    Sorry Ms’s Hanson-Young and Milne – too little to late.

  6. Politics is a funny game, even when an election is not on the table. Better noise management has been an ongoing need for many years. All politicians are failing to act in public interest. Elections are not a measure of accountability, simply swapping chairs on the odd occasion.
    A national review was published by the National Public Health authority, enHealth, in 2004; The health effects of environmental noise – other than hearing loss (May 2004) [pdf 1.5mb] . It recommended incorporation of evaluation and understanding of the effects of noise with 4 recommendations;
    1. Recognise environmental noise as a potential health concern
    2. Promote measures to reduce environmental noise and its health impacts
    3. Address environmental noise in planning and development activities
    4. Foster research on the non-auditory health impacts of noise
    Nothing was done.
    In 2006 Access Economics delivered a report on the cost of hearing loss to Australia every year; Access Economics – Listen Hear! The Economic Impact and Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia;
    http://www.accesseconomics.com.au/publicationsreports/getreport.php?report=71&id=81
    A conservative estimate of 37% attributable to poorly managed noise. The cost; $11.75Billion/annually Plus a further $11.3Billion every year for the associated health service issues. The numbers and harm of reckless noise management in every walk of our lives is obscene.
    Noise Watch Australia was in constant communication with the department of health asking for inclusion in noise management review in the years the Government undertook to further investigate noise management nationally between 2006 and 2012. In December 2012 we were told that the project by the Health Protection Office had been dropped to save the Government some cost.
    I immediately contacted a number of Government, opposition and independent political representatives, including those mentioned here, and have to this day, have not been able to get a straight answer from any of them on why, with $thousands of millions dollars lost to poorly managed noise every year, it continues to be left in the hands of those who cannot hear, (EPAs and local Government), and turn a blind to the costs caused to individuals and local communities.
    I encourage interested parties to also contact our political representatives and demand a review in the next term of national Government.

  7. Every one that wants a great Nation to live in should not vote for the present Labor line up or the Greens as they are destroying the lives of citizens that have to live next to the noisy industrial wind turbines, which is also sending this beautiful Nation of ours broke.

    The Greens claim that they care for the Planet, but the people that live in it are a part of the planet also. The Greens and Labor couldn’t give a RATS A*** how these turbines affect peoples’ health. Brown & Milne are right up to their ears with the Wind Weasels & Greentards.

  8. In her election campaign TV adds, Milne [prefer to call her Comrade Mil-nek-ova] alleges that illegal immigrants have all the best intentions for their new homeland. Yet she also has alleged that ordinary Australians – victims of wind developments and refugees of the biggest mistake in recent Australian history – are astro-turfers, wealthy landowners, proxies of the coal industry etc. Her attitude is clearly one of delusional “xenophilia”.

    Being in NSW, I am very sad that I can’t vote for Xenophon or Madigan in the Senate. I wish them both and every other politician committed to ripping down this colossal wind-fraud all the best in the election. And meanwhile may Milnekova and her mob catch the next boat back to Indonesia – sending it back empty is a waste of carbon…

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