Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Elon Musk powers ahead whilst Australia goes limp

*Pic: Tesla’s Gigafactory under construction – Image – Maxres. youtube

Image – Tesla Motors

First published November 9

Australia has just witnessed the last Holden vehicle to come off the factory conveyor. This signals the end of a once vibrant national manufacturing industry, which has ultimately fallen to international competition through cheaper imports and the removal of tariffs. American car manufacturing on the other hand is moving with the times, and the Tesla initiatives are setting the world stage alight with advanced renewable technology, electric vehicles and energy storage.

Tesla’s new Gigafactory 1 in Nevada will produce Lithium batteries to power the Tesla electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems. The factory is currently incomplete, though when finished it will be as big as the Vatican City, and completely powered by renewable energy. It is estimated that by December the factory will be producing 20,000 Tesla vehicles per month, and employing 6000 workers.

Tesla’s projected capacity for 2018 is 50 (GW h)/ of battery packs and its final capacity upon completion of the entire factory is 150 GWh/yr. This would enable Tesla to produce 1,500,000 cars per year.

Telsa expects their mass production will bring down battery prices significantly, which will further boost demand. It is estimated that Nevada construction impact to be at $2.4 billion, and the state will receive around $100 billion in economic benefit over the next two decades.

Tesla is also constructing Gigafactory 2 in New York, and another one in Europe is to be announced later this year.

Elon Musk thinks that 100 of these Gigafactories could power the entire world.

Electric cars on the rise


Meanwhile back in Australia vehicle manufacturing has become a bygone era. With little effort and some business incentives the Australian government could have transitioned some of the country’s manufacturing of vehicles into making renewable energy products.

Instead our conservative politicians have stuck with the stone-age ideology of digging up, burning and exporting coal, which also like fossil fuel-powered vehicles will become obsolete in the next few decades.

Such a scenario will see Australia’s resource extraction driven economy limp into non-existence leaving the country with a flaccid economic base in the foreseeable future.

*Ted Mead is bewildered as to how Australia, which was the leading country in the world on renewables back in 1975, has now become a lagging nation on neo techno innovations in alternative energy. With the ousting of the Whitlam government, most of our advances and personal expertise went offshore, leaving the country to bumble on in the dark ages of fossil fuel madness.



  1. Russell

    November 8, 2017 at 9:42 am

    And Tasmania lost the Vesta Wind Turbine factory in 2007!

    What a backward state in a backward country where we have ALL the resources and an unemployed workforce just waiting to be put into operation and supported by Government.

    But no, our neanderthal politicians want to increase fossil fuel emissions and kill all life on our planet as quickly as possible.

    Why isn’t there a Court of Justice to deal with these corrupt psychopathic morons?

  2. TGC

    November 8, 2017 at 10:36 am

    #1 … “But no, our neanderthal politicians want to increase fossil fuel emissions and kill all life on our planet as quickly as possible.”

    Why isn’t there a Court of Justice to deal with these corrupt psychopathic morons?”

    #1 should send this directly to all politicians – particularly of the ‘major’ groupings – bound to get a very positive response!

    As for “kill all life on our planet as quickly as possible”… these sort of exaggerations will kill off all sympathy for what otherwise might be a just campaign – plain stupid.

  3. Peter Bright

    November 8, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Russell Langfield at #1 asks [i]”Why isn’t there a Court of Justice to deal with these corrupt psychopathic morons?”[/i] to which I can respond that there is, and with our vote, it’s us.

    I believe that the cause behind the Liberals’ chronic moronicity is that their prime focus is always on money, not human or environmental welfare.

    Our planet is under seige from such as these, and it is objecting.

    Perhaps the most sensible course for we Australians is to vote all Liberal politicians, and those with their views, out of government forever.

    Lurch politics has to be abandoned. The dominant theme for our survival is now with those of the Green-Left, with more of the Left and a whole lot more Greenery. Or else …

    When politicians of this flavour become the favourites I’ll know that Australians have at last begun to think.

  4. Ted Mead

    November 8, 2017 at 11:05 am

    #1 … Yes, Russell – without question Australia has some of the dumbest politicians in the world. These morons merged out of the primordial slime of ignorance some time ago and haven’t managed to evolve much since.

    Politics in Australia is always grim when the conservatives are in governance, and it seemed to hit rock bottom in the last few decades and hasn’t moved upward since Johnny Howard had his reign of social and environmental destruction. Abbott proved that there is still scope for backwardness.

    Labor has now caught the disease of the conservatives. So god help the planet.

    Our current governance system will never function whilst there much in political donations is available.

    But we ( gullible Australians) are to blame if we keep voting these criminals in!

    #2 – Clearly a display of why you will never venture far beyond the cave entrance in your lifetime!

  5. TGC

    November 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Ramp it up #4 … I am sure you can do better than all this.

    And then there is #3 ! “I believe that the cause behind the Liberals’ chronic moronicity is that their prime focus is always on money,”

    Look out for the pikkies of the Derby Day/Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington where you will catch up with those Labor pollies/supporters showing their true colours as running dogs of capitalist pigs.

    (Don’t dwell too long on Olivia Worth!)

  6. Annie

    November 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Australia is listed as amongst the 8 countries with known lithium reserves. What are the implications of this?

    Also, is going “electric” only part of the solution? For example, how are we doing with planning ahead for effective rapid transit public transport rather than a reliance upon individuals owning motor vehicles?

    Will people driving electric vehicles slow down on the road for pedestrians?

    Also, if we look at increasing safety for women in the community and in the home by reducing intimate partner violence, and also the incidence of sexual harassment; how could this influence women’s use of public transport as well as motor vehicle use? ( see latest ABS data on women and safety). For example, when travelling by bus at night on occasions the driver has turned off the interior lights for “road safety”. On several journeys I noticed the women move to the front of the bus as they felt unsafe or uncomfortable. Clearly gender segregation on the bus is not the answer to solve this, although the bus had “safety cameras”.

  7. Robert LePage

    November 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    It is well past time when wannabe politicians should have to take an IQ test, as well as a psychiatric suitability test, before they are allowed to stand for parliament.
    It would also be a good idea for the voters to pass an IQ test.
    I know of people who are allowed to vote and can hardly tie their shoelaces.
    That is how some of the dross we are lumbered with are getting in.

  8. TGC

    November 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    #7 … Voting to be available only for ‘the chosen ones’?
    And that would be an improvement?

  9. Peter Bright

    November 8, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Robert Le Page’s perceptive and succinct recommendations at #7 are right on target.

  10. Philip Lowe

    November 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but during the great resources boom of the early 21st century in Australia, 83% of the profits left Australia for the likes of Canada, Switzerland.the
    USA, UK etc. Will this be allowed to happen again in the next precious metals boom? The Mini Moke was last made in Australia. I predict that the Chinese will resurrect a vehicle similar to this, only next time it will be electric powered with a solar panel on the roof, and it will be a big commercial success.

  11. Annie

    November 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Re #10 … an opportunity exists to quickly shift vehicle manufacturing with new precious metals to Australian made cars, using the existing skilled workforce.

    However in the interim the RACT could act immediately as a good public citizen to follow the advice of the Australian Conservation Foundation and urge drivers to keep their vehicles at home for two days a week to shift to a low carbon economy via public transport and to help our oceans and Antarctica.

    We need to act fast lest cars become like rodents. The RACT could play the pied piper and become more interested in public transport.

    #6. I like travelling on the bus-forget park and ride-just leave the car at home and walk. Most buses have public education signage via the commonwealth too that states ” If you think violence against women is a big problem then tackle it when it is a small one” to change men’s behaviour at home, in the workplace or community (see Sustainable Development goals and Australian plan) Bus drivers are kind and the service is effective. We need to keep it affordable and to have more free travel times.

    Adelaide already has solar powered and electric buses.

    However, even if we have electric cars I believe it will increase the public good to have far less of them. This will preserve the public interest so that it is the community and not cars that enjoy public spaces; and also will help to develop empathy for human beings, cyclists, not to mention our native wildlife.

    Signs also exist on all buses that state, ” Stop, look, Listen and Learn”. Once people start to travel on the bus they soon learn how convenient it is. More passengers emerging from a bus at city stops can quickly form a protective walking bus to change the car culture at pedestrian crossings.

    Re 7-Civics education can start in our primary schools on topics such as participatory democracy, the new Sustainable Development goals women’s suffrage and so on.

  12. TGC

    November 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    #10 … that may be right “… during the great resources boom of the early 21st century in Australia, 83% of the profits left Australia for the likes of Canada, Switzerland, the
    USA, UK etc. ”
    In part – in significant part – that could be because much of the investment in “the resources boom” originated in those places.

  13. Simon Warriner

    November 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Getting back to the original article, Musk seems to be having a problem delivering his wonderful electric vehicles in any quantity. Some interesting articles are out there for those willing to go beyond the usual crap from the mainstream muppets.

    this is a sample: http://us.blastingnews.com/business/2017/10/tesla-fails-to-achieve-model-3-production-milestone-002059273.html

    And no, Mr Bright, the Greens won’t save us. Government by them will go the same way as all party based governments, an inexorable slide into mediocrity and incompetence. Intelligent people are generally repelled by the idea that you represent people by doing what a small leadership group demands.

  14. Keith Antonysen

    November 10, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Trevor, you wrote: “As for ‘kill all life on our planet as quickly as possible’ .. these sort of exaggerations will kill off all sympathy for what otherwise might be a just campaign – plain stupid.”

    Michael Mann has stated:

    “Continuing to argue about what’s causing the planet to warm is the moral equivalent of arguing over whether wood burns while a fire is climbing up out of the basement of your house. It’s time Republicans stop arguing and got out the hoses instead.”

    The wild fires and hurricanes impacting the USA earlier in the year are estimated to have caused $330 Billion in damages, and other parts of Earth have also experienced horrific freak storms or drought causing death, loss of homes, businesses and vehicles. When major displacement of populations happens through the necessities of life being no longer available (eg water and food) civil strife is an obvious result which can lead to major conflict. A recent study showed how worldwide aquifers are losing more water than they are gaining.

    Meanwhile bees are dying off overseas in droves. A number of causes have been posited with pesticides and CO2 seemingly the main ones.

    The US shellfish industry is being periodically damaged by dangerous algal blooms, with warming waters as experienced off the Tasmanian East Coast being part of the reason for algal blooms.

    It is argued that more CO2 helps plants grow; except that the nutrient value of cash crops declines with more CO2.

    Countries generally are making no plans for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Operating on a business-as-usual paradigm will lead to a more dangerous climate.

    Electric vehicles are a part of the solution.

    Incidentally, the wholesale price of energy in South Australia has come down below that of States using coal fired power stations — Australian Financial Review.

  15. Kim Peart

    November 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Can Elon Musk’s green credentials be discussed without remembering SpaceX?

    Australia once had a cutting edge space program, seen in an exhibition in South Australia, that I was able to inspect while attending the International Astronautics Congress in Adelaide ~

    Celebrating a journey from the outback to outer space
    The Lead, 22 August 2017

    Our space age began in 1947, with the British testing of German V2 rockets, which is how we created Woomera.

    At the event, we were treated to the launch of an Australian space agency in the opening ceremony, so maybe Australia is getting back its cutting edge now, as with Elon Musk, translating into other innovations, such as with cars.

    How smart do we want to be?

    We can be extremely smart, but we have to have smart innovations happening, to inspire youth, who are the future.

    The carbon crisis is deep and dangerous, pointed out in that highly regarded article by David Wallace-Wells ~ An Uninhabitable Earth.

    I picked up the lead in the Wallace-Wells article and dived into the depths with my recent TT article ~ Vision Drum.

    I shared a horrid little carbon detail there, that the difference between the last ice age and recent millennia is 90 ppm CO2.

    A further 90 ppm CO2 was passed in the 1980s.

    So I wonder, does the 1980s level CO2 in the air mean we will lose all remaining ice on Earth?

    We are now 135 ppm CO2 beyond the past few millennia, and galloping ahead at 3 ppm per annum, a rate that is accelerating.

    In only a decade CO2 in the air will be 435 ppm, and probably higher, as the increase is accelerating.

    Now the question can be, how hot will this planet get beyond the loss of all ice?

    And how soon will this happen?

    The current increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, with the release of CO2 and methane, and the real potential of the explosive release of ocean floor methane hydrates, should really wake us all up to serious action.

    Are we now living with the beginning of a carbon apocalypse?

    Prove me wrong, please, but offer proof.

    Is rapid carbon extraction from the air the only way to a safe future on Earth?

    Is building a sunshade above the Earth the safest form of geo-engineering?

    Those are the two key matters now rattling out of climate change debate.

    Carbon can be extracted from the air, but the energy required is huge, and the only safe source of that energy and with the volume required, is to harvest the solar power in space and beamed to Earth.

    The only way to construct a sunshade above the Earth, is by launching industry in space.

    If our survival on Earth now depends on what we do in space, then waking up to this raw detail can begin with each citizen getting in the know.

    If we do not wish to know, then “denial” will leave us quietly ignorant as our carbon civilisation collapses around our ears like a house of cards.

    Once the collapse begins, the fall may not take too long.

    The alternative is to get onto the cutting edge with space, from the grass-roots to the stars.

    A spin-off, as with Musk, will be improved solar power generation on Earth, better energy storage systems, and making cars because we can, and electric golf buggies, and electric powered robot exo-skeletons to replace wheel chairs.

    What future do we want?

    Do we want a future?

    Do we want to know?

    It was interesting to see Elon Musk on stage presenting his latest visions for space and Earth.

  16. TGC

    November 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    #14 … Is there some evidence to support the idea that bees can be kept alive and algae blooms prevented by swamping the world with electric vehicles?
    “Electric vehicles are a part of the solution.”

  17. Keith Antonysen

    November 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Trevor #16 … Please watch referenced video, from 2.25 a plea from a young person going back to 1992 at Rio de Janeiro. It is about the state of climate and its impacts for the future.


    If you watched the whole presentation of referenced film, or have read and watched references provided in the past, you would realise that electric vehicles are only a small part of the solution. I can’t remember having written about them in the past.

    Had the young lass been taken notice of in 1992 by politicians, journalists, and adults generally in Rio de Janeiro, we would not be in as big a predicament that we are in now.

    James Hansen and other scientists are saying we need to get CO2 down to 350 ppm, in pre Industrial times it had been around 270ppm.

    Major solutions:

    . Extracting CO2 from the atmosphere, though the costs are staggering and the technology is only in its infancy.
    . Do not start any new coal mines.
    . Place a tax on fossil fuels.
    . Plant trees.
    . Look after peat environments, mainly an overseas matter.
    . Increase the fertility of soils because they are becoming impoverished and expelling CO2.
    . Meat production.
    . Renewable energy.
    . Electric cars.
    . Jet planes – use them as little as possible.

    An article written in 2013 which reflects on how the goals reached in Paris were not stringent enough:


    Earlier in 2017 a Wallace-Wells article (New York Times) was published which in its original form gained much criticism. An annotated version of the article was later published which showed how Wallace-Wells had arrived at his opinions.

    What is not generally taken into account is the voiding of methane and other greenhouse gases which have been voided from the shallow continental shelf off Siberia and tundra areas within the Arctic Circle.

    Phytoplankton go through the photosynthesis process; and so, are extremely important. A question was asked at the end of the video referred above in relation to phytoplankton.

    From NASA, quote:

    “Diatoms, the largest type of phytoplankton algae, have declined more than 1 percent per year from 1998 to 2012 globally, with significant losses occurring in the North Pacific, North Indian and Equatorial Indian oceans. The reduction in population may reduce the amount of carbon dioxide drawn out of the atmosphere and transferred to the deep ocean for long-term storage.”

    As the young person says in 1992 film, if you love your children (or young relatives) do something positive.

  18. Tony Stone

    November 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    The solutions to our problems are simple and easily implemented, but the opposition to change is so pronounced that the majority is deeply in denial for 23 out of 24 hrs a day, and so making any positive changes is almost impossible, and until the people wake up and make a personal effort, it’s hopeless.

    Have just spent the last couple of weeks in Aus, no matter who I talked to, all are in denial and either claim that climate change and population problems are false,or they won’t do anything to change their approaches to life until everyone else does, or unless they are forced to.

    The problem Tesla is having producing vehicles is because they are trying to make them as state of the art, as sophisticated and autonomous as possible.

    The best approach for moving to electric vehicles is to produce low-cost urban personal commuter vehicles to start with, and then develop from there.

    The current approach of catering for the middle/upper class elites first, and everyone else last, is a perfect example of why everything is collapsing.

    Then we have the complete insanity of exporting all our lithium supplies and other resources for peanuts and then paying a premium for the completed storage facilities, when we could be developing our own lithium and associated industries. However when dealing with brain dead ideologues the only result you can expect is disaster.

  19. W.Ramanovich

    November 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I feel somewhat concerned about all those lithium batteries. My understanding is that they will need to be replaced after 10 years. And I can imagine that if you get one of those systems installed cheaply in the first place, then the 2nd ten year contract could cost you twice as much.

    Anyway last weekend I attended the Poatina Hydro Open Day and got to have a nice chat with one of the Hydro chaps looking into Pumped Storage for Tasmania. In essence this type of installation is a “battery” and is lithium free and lithium-battery-renewable free as well. The construction is rather quite long-term as well and maintenance low.

    I hope this eventuates for Tasmania and proves to be a decent low cost alternative in battery technology.

  20. Tony Stone

    November 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

    #19 … sorry to disappoint you, but I have had lifepo4 storage for over 10 years on my house and over 11 years using lifepo4, and they all still have 100% capacity.

    The problems people are coming up with using lithium is they are still using lead acid charging regimes which are incompatible with lithium technology and dramatically reduces their life span.

    Lithium is fully recyclable and only in its infancy, wait until lithium graphene comes on line, then we may see some real development.

    Pumped storage or any single point generation/storage will never stop blackouts. As long as you have poles and wires with extremely long transmission lines you will always have failures. Small local grids and everyone having energy storage and generation will solve these problems as well as developing rural communities, business and industry. With as many buildings producing power as possible we would have a secure reliable and safe energy system.

  21. George Smiley

    November 13, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Is it worth saving the world if we lose an unprecedented lifestyle for the ever-increasing and entitled many? Most especially if we have to walk.

    Sorry, but Musk is an engaging con man, and Annie there are no solar powered buses and it wouldn’t help with domestic violence anyway. and it doesn’t cost anything to take carbon from the atmosphere. Natural systems do it for free if we will leave them alone and stop drowning valleys, burning limestone, drilling methane, digging coal, cutting timber and pouring crap into the oceans and nitrogenous fertilizers onto the land in the expectation of being fed and housed.

    Stop for a moment and look up at the sky – of course we can never know but we can wonder if there are other 3rd and 4th generation stars out there with convecting planets evolving their own cunning little world-killers who will exterminate themselves before they achieve universal contagion. It’s just another law of nature.

  22. Kim Peart

    November 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Re: 21 ~ It is easy to use the term “con man”, but someone engaged to send NASA hardware into space begs the question, does the “con” stand for “contract”?

    The list of what humans should do is dead easy to draft, but its a tad more challenging to define the human trajectory to survival.

    I look at this problem and see a trajectory opening in the 1970s, which would improve human survival, build a more advanced civilization, and keep a safe Earth, by expanding into space.

    Who gained from keeping human progress on Earth alone?

    Try the fossil fuel industry, and the arms industry, who gain heaps from wars like Vietnam and Iraq.

    Two key reason I have found for opposing a space future, would have been free unlimited energy from the Sun in space, and that space would lead to peace.

    I explored these matters in my 2006 document ~ Creating a Solar Civilization ~ but I am still waiting for sleepy headed humans to wake up and get serious about survival ~

    I fear that humans have been getting fat on the juice of dread life for way too long, now stuck in a nest life lazy chicks refusing to fly.

    There is no future in such behaviour, and no survival.

    We have a choice.

    We can continue to be sucked in by carbon energy and war industry propaganda, or we can get an understanding of the energy and peace alternative that lies in space.

    Once we get that understanding, then we can begin to see how to act on the knowledge.

    Our strife right now, is that we have allowed ourselves to be conned out of a space future and a safe Earth for way too long.

    There is the “con.”

    Are we ready to challenge the real “con” masters?

    To improve our survival now, we must move pretty fast.

    We will need to dash like that lizard in the documentary, who must run across a beach covered in a hundred hungry snakes, to reach the high ground and survive.

    We can eat fossil lies on the beach and die, or we can wake up and run like the wind, to survive.

    Our choice.

  23. Robin Charles Halton

    November 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I would suggest that interested parties who are regular TT contributors towards the entangled electricity struggle that South Australia and Victoria find themselves in should be conversant with the article in the Australian newspaper, page 7 Tuesday, Novemeber 14, by Victorian political reporter, Samantha Hutchison.

    “Consumers set to cop costs of diesel back up”.
    ‘ Green-power Premier hooks up to dirty generators’

    One would note that both Vic and SA Premiers are caught up in a very messy situation for providing reliable electricity especially during summer peaks, have instead invested hundreds of millions in diesel generation units in order to compensate for their own lack of understanding for developing a reliable and sustainable future for power generation.

    Weatherill in particular will be humiliated for his overreaching ambitions of green power at 48.9% being suffered by SA now that he has “wasted” at least $300M of taxpayer money by purchasing a fleet of generators capable of burning 80,000 litres of diesel per hour.

    Diesal power generation is expensive, two to three times that of coal or gas.

    SA represents electricity insanity as a desperate Premier needs to reconcile with his Green credentials now that dirty diesel generators are to become a standard part of his future plans!

    All he is doing is trying to buy votes to escape the mess that SA finds itself in with its ridiculous Green electricity targets.

  24. Philip Lowe

    November 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Just heard on WS BBC about the new Tesla range that includes an articulated lorry with a range of 800k’s on a single charge,AND a new model car with a top speed of 400 k’s per hour.Has anybody else experienced having an electric car creep up behind them and frighten the bejasus out of them?
    I have.I have become so accustomed to cars having noise!

  25. George Smiley

    November 17, 2017 at 12:24 am

    #22 … Oh Kim, I knew you would bite.

    Re conman: Tesla reminds of the dotcom flurry where hype trumps common sense in the investor mindset and although huge PE multiples allow for easy capital raising in the short term, it also implies Tesla share price is about faith in the master rather than cash flow and income.

    The old values have to apply some day if the company is to survive and there are a great many companies working on electric cars. Few speculators will pick the ultimate winner. And as for those marine iguanas, that doco was a pastiche of DOZENS of different lizards being chased by snakes. At least one of them made it to safety in the end. Sorry but that’s life; Disney rolled that little bear down the hill and pushed the corralled lemmings over the cliff too.

  26. Kim Peart

    November 17, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Re: 25 ~ More fundamental for us is the connection between a vibrant space industry, creative innovation and manufacturing industries, such as with cars, or robots, or satellites.

    I fear that as a nation we struggle to work our way beyond the mentality of the governor managing the convicts, with a squatter class ripping the boon and taking the money away to the global markets.

    We were once leaders in the space industry, but have let that slide and allowed other nations to reap the benefits.

    To surrender the cutting edge of human technology and expect to do well, is delusional.

    An artist has no delusions about a year’s work on exhibition failing to sell, yet in coming decades all that work may be worth a fortune.

    That is the nature of creative innovation.

    It is as if we as a nation are paralysed in fear of failing.

    Until we deal with that fear and are willing to take risks, our future prosperity will be at risk.

    At a basic level, if we had abided by article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which we signed up for in 1948 as Woomera was being built, we would have developed a system that made sure every citizen was able to work and get a fair wage.

    That simple approach would have maintained a minimum wage, so that free enterprise would have to compete for workers.

    We would have then seen the need to make sure the mining boom returned the rent for investment in the nation.

    As Norway did with North Sea oil, we could have future-proofed this nation, maintaining a fair go for all citizens and future generations.

    The next mining boom will be in space, and unless we get real and pull our socks up, we will find ourselves the losers on this planet, in some form of banana republic, or police state, or ruled by China, who would put our resources to work to drive their space industries and build cities in space.

    If we had a brain as a nation, we would be gearing up now to build cities in space.

    Each citizen should now know exactly what building cities in space means, what it will lead to, and how this will benefit our nation and increase our strength.

    Building cities in space could be our national project, but citizens have know idea what that means.

    We are mainly focused on bananas, and that is a national tragedy.

    We need to invest in artists and innovators in this nation, who are willing to fail, and prepared to succeed.

    Running a nation to support a class of gypsy squatters, is lunacy.

    Do we want to be ruled by China?

    Or would the Chinese put us on a fleet of self-driving ships and send us to California? ~

    Follow the links to the earlier articles in this theme.

  27. Keith Antonysen

    November 17, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Just saw an interesting interview conducted at COP23. The paraphrased question was asked “do you support the civil disobedience displayed by indigenous people trying to prevent a oil pipeline” (USA) .
    The answer from the respondent did not directly answer the question; he would not give a direct “yes” or “no”, but turned it around by suggesting policy makers can also display civil disobedience through supporting projects which impact on many people negatively.
    We are told often by Turnbull that it is the government’s duty to provide safety for its citizens.

    The Adani Carmichael mine provides some interesting examples of what can be seen to be negative outcomes: lies in relation to the number of jobs to be created by the Carmichael mine (information coming out through legal action, under 1,500 compared to 10,000 jobs).
    .rate payers in two municipalities to fund the creation of an airstrip not even in their own municipality to aid Adani.
    .free water rights being provided to Adani.
    .coal dust can kill, emissions from coal kill huge numbers of people.
    .emissions from coal have a impact on changing climate; numerous people are dying through starvation, drowning, diseases, and the aftermath of extreme events.

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