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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

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


The School Strike for Climate Action on Parliament Lawns

The School Strike for Climate Action on Parliament Lawns in Hobart today attracted a crowd of almost 1,000 young students all eager to let the government know that they want action on climate change.

Impassioned speeches were made, poetry was recited, they danced to the funky beat of the Taroona High School band, Six Bars of Seb, and the grammar and spelling on their banners was impeccable.

Here was educated activism at work and an engagement of the young not seen for many years. The Federal government would ignore these future voters at their peril.

Sign a petition HERE


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  1. max

    December 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Rob, you see the problem but you refuse to accept it. Why? This list will sheet home the cause but not the solution …

    (1) power prices have gone out of control because of the Liberal policies of encouraging private enterprise and selling the farm.

    (2) Oil has gone offshore because our government sold out to private enterprise the oil fields and the production. Look up Norway.

    (3) The immigration problem was the result of America and its allies destroying the infrastructure and the livelihood of the countries it invaded. As one of the willing, should we except any responsibility?

    At present, we lock up desperate boat people and throw away the key while allowing possible terrorists and criminals in on possibly false passports and visas, with perhaps more than 62,000 .. and in 2017, 245,000 legal migrants arrived by plane. Does any of this make sense?

    (4) Unless Morrison and his neoliberal party except the fact that climate change is happening, something even kids can see, they will be out in the wilderness until someone in the party gets their head out of their nether region.

    (5) A sobering thought: We rely on America for our defence. In the Korean war, America nearly lost, and in the Vietnam war they lost, and both times China was involved. China was a developing country then, but now it is a nuclear power with the means of missile delivery, and a modern navy, army and air force.

    Would America come to our aid with the very real possibility it would be defeated? It’s a hypothetical question, but one that we should look at before we upset out main trading partner.

    China can do without us, but can we do without them?

  2. Keith Antonysen

    December 13, 2018 at 6:40 am

    MjF … How many young people do you project will die, become very sick, or lose major assets through the reckless development of new coal mines or extensions to coal mines?




    • Mjf

      December 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Keith, by when ? Parameters needed, please.

      On the other hand, how’s about you show me your alternative viable income stream plans for state and federal budgeting and job replacement? Then you can pack up the mines at your leisure. No problem. And reimburse all those miners who have currently invested money to have environmental approvals issued to commence greenfield developments or extensions/resumptions to brownfield sites, not to mention the follow-on breaches of off-take agreements currently in place by dozens of miners by not supplying product.

      Note, a political about face to close coal and gas production as directed by you will not be protected by any force majeure clause (ie acts of god) so someone will have to pay .. and pay dearly.

      Oh, you don’t have any plan yet ? Surely you can Google something.

  3. Rob Halton

    December 13, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Editor, thank you for holding this important article at the fore front of TT. Its a pity that some of the students do not subscribe to commentary!

    Can you think of a way to influence a broader audience to include our next generation of voters /TT !

    I have no idea how their student networks operate nor am I familiar enough to talk to any students that I know from around the neighborhood, most of my neighbors are good people but touchy and afraid politically to want to speak out.

  4. Rob Halton

    December 13, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Good point on resources MJF, as foresters we know money quite literally does not grow on trees, well not for high value timber products for which we should be growing more of!
    At times I have been hesitant about the resources boom especially for serving the insatible needs of China. Pity we do not have a reliable and environmentally acceptable use here at home for coal, as well!

    Petrochemical conversion process for coal similar to Bob Katters consistent talk about ethenol for fuel from sugar cane or is it sugar beet in the case of fuel production!

    The likely hood of China getting nasty by blocking our sea lanes is possible to starve the nation of oil as we only have three weeks supply at any one time! If China does not get what they want they will create excuses for blockages in many shapes and forms as it is obvious with recent events in Canada for detaining a Chinese national and consequential tit for tat, the implications of a certain Chinese member of the WA Labor government with close links to the Communist Chinese Military as well as the fall out from Huawei’s 5G telecommunications roll out with an undersea cable planned linking Shanghai- Sydney – Auckland- Valparaiso are adding up to what I suspect is initially a diplomatic stoush which will escalate into a cold war of heated exchanges with Australia and its supporting Western nations of Canada and of cause the US.

    The arrest of Meng Wanzhou the daughter of the founder of telecommunications giant Huawei by the Canadian authorities will send profound shock waves around the globe.
    Canada is under pressure from the US to bar Huawei technology from its 5G network, I believe the ban has already imposed by Australia, partly by NZ and of cause by Japan.

    As a consequence giving the known ability for China to spy on other nations, the Federal election will see a dramatic shift in migration policy which could be one of PM Morrison’s signature policies about numbers, sustainability and racial mix.

    At some point and now is the perfect time to address population mix issues and there are good reasons to choose who deserves to come to Australia, will settle without difficult compromises and contribute to society and to OUR economy!

    Of cause it wont be popular among some parts of the multicultural population who only think of themselves for themselves, one can bet the Greens, to a certain extent Labor and the Phelps seduced Independents could play the racial card against PM Morrison instead as a grab for votes!

    Now there will be some interesting conversations coming up as Climate Change scare campaigns turn to other issues such as migration for which the PM appears so far to have a no nonsense approach!

    • Russell

      December 13, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Money doesn’t grow on trees when you give them away. It does for those who give it away though, via all the public money wasted on the industry to the tune of $654,000 per week each week for 30 years.

    • Mjf

      December 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      RCH … “we know money quite literally does not grow on trees”.

      But it does, Robin. A growing plantation tree = more tonnes harvested = more money earned. In addition, an owner can elect to participate in a carbon aggregation scheme to grow trees a bit longer, and manage for sawn product, and get paid every couple of years to do so based on a calculated amount per ha planted, instead of clear-felling at age 15 for just chip and small peeler.

      So you see money literally drips from plantation trees post establishment.

  5. Mjf

    December 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    This financial year Queensland will earn $5 billion dollars in mining royalties.

    $5 billion means 5 x one million millions (in British English)

    Goodness knows what WA will earn.

    In Qld’s case, this almost obscene figure is received from coal, gas, bauxite, gold and assorted other minor minerals. The lion’s share comes from coal and gas of course. Imagine what that sort of income could do for any state government’s budget, not to mention the flow-on effect to independent businesses big and small, GST, PAYG and company tax. The trickle down effect just never ends.

    Shut down coal and gas by all means, but have your alternative viable income stream plans ready. The reality is no state can afford to not exploit natural resources.

    • Wining Pom

      December 13, 2018 at 5:42 am

      Sunshine is a great natural resource, and Australia receives a lot of it.

    • Russell

      December 13, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Wrong again, Martin. One billion is one thousand times one million. Back to school for you.

      Then again, everything is always exaggerated regarding profit in resource extraction speak.

      • Mjf

        December 13, 2018 at 12:40 pm

        Yours is the American and less accepted definition Langfield .. but you know best.

        • Wining Pom

          December 13, 2018 at 1:47 pm

          From Google: ‘British English has now adopted the American figure, though, so that a billion equals a thousand million in both varieties of English.’

          But, standing room only if MjF’s 7 billion are on the planet.

        • Simon Warriner

          December 13, 2018 at 3:07 pm

          So, a question: If 1,000,000 is a million, and according to Martin a billion is 1,000,000,000,000 then what is the correct term for this amount: 1,000,000,000, according to the system Martin is using?

          I had an interesting conversation with your tree planter on your Nietta plantation over the fence the other day, Martin. Nice bloke. I learned lots, some of it very interesting. I can see why you are so enthusiastic.

  6. Rob Halton

    December 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Energy costs will play a big part in the upcoming Federal election, yesterday’s media reports show already manufacturers and heavy industry face prices three times higher than the US and may be forced to shift operations overseas or shut down!

    Qld the home of three LNG export plants pays more for residential gas supplies than any US state.

    A melbourne based manufacturer is nowpaying 177% more for gas than a decade ago while in New York that same fuel is 41% cheaper than 2008 levels due to the success of the nations shale revolution.

    Electricity users are also suffering price shock with Australian power bills surging by 70% on average over the past 10 years, while remaining flat in the US.

    If Australia’s energy policy setting dont change, industry will be either forced to scale back production, investment and employment, relocate to states where gas is cheaper, move overseas or simply shut down.

    It tends to be rather confusing at present some industrial users backed Malcolm Turnbull’s signature NEG that has since been axed by his successor Scott Morrison.
    The dumped policy attempted to fuse an emissions component with a reliability requirement while also reducing the cost of wholesale electricity prices.
    The is no easy answer to the electricity problem as it will be another source of discontent as is climate policy, both are facing some sort of concern a soon the nation will go into lock down right up to polling day as politics to determine compromises will be hard fought over by all parties.

    In my opinion the bottom line is to keep the light on, preferably glowing with hope that whoever wins government energy cost and reliability could settle down, if the opposite occurs significantly affecting cost of living then expect the masses taking to the streets.

    So far I am backing the Coalition conservatives warts and all as I am not so sure about Labor, the Greens and the Phelps Independent followers who might lead us all into a darkened era of odd ball politics.

    • Wining Pom

      December 13, 2018 at 5:44 am

      Industry wants a carbon price, so I guess you support that too, Rob.

  7. max

    December 12, 2018 at 8:02 am

    The Adani coal mine is not about producing more coal exports for Australia. The one and only reason for China and India buying into the Adani coal mine is for cheaper coal. The Adani coal mine will flood the market with cheap coal to the detriment of all other coal exporters. By flooding the coal market, as in any oversupplied market, the price of coal will plummet and less efficient coal mines will close, with perhaps thousands of workers losing their jobs. Royalties will not increase in the flooded market, so the Adani coal mine is an example of how not to run an economy.

    If the reality of climate change strikes home and the world has to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels, then Adani will be the death knell for all other coal mines in Australia.

    “We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said this week at the conference. 
    According to the findings, a record 37.1 billion tons of CO2 is projected to be spewed into the atmosphere by the end of the year.
    “It is hard to overstate the urgency of our situation,” Guterres told conference attendees this week. “Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption.”

  8. Rob Halton

    December 11, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Hello Chris, I find it unlikely that Adani will be stopped as it gives the Qld Govt decades of easy royalties from the sale of thermal coal it would be an immediate boost to Mr Gupta’s “risky” purchase of the Whyalla steel works in SA to use locally produce steel for rail and associated construction for the Adani project.

    The student protests are one thing which in theory are for a perceived good cause “reducing the impacts of global climate change”, I dont deny them of their concerns!

    Are they going to outrageous lengths to protest, I doubt it unlike Paris where the population is violently protesting over excess fuel prices and Cost of living and we still have the outfall of Brexit with PM dealing with the EU, awaiting the fall out along with the re division of Eire and Northern Ireland, awaiting for what will unfold, how will it hit the Brits hip pocket will determine the difference between riots and civil protests in the UK!

    Probably all the students can do with their influence is to encourage to vote to throw Morrison out of office, instead giving it to the Greens, the Independents less the lady from SA who should be bond to support the reinvigoration of the Whyalla steelworks.
    Shorten would be elected PM on some false grounds by upstaging Morrison over Climate Change with a fancy plan for Renewables and cheaper electricity but once elected Shorten will back off much the same as former PM Julia Gillard did with the Carbon price.

    Politics will become a greater farce than ever with Shorten and his Green and Independent backers with a continually strong economically, border control tough and national interest ambitious Morrison in Opposition.

    I will conclude that both Gupta and Adani are possibly the best way foward in an economic sense for the nation in both SA and Qld despite strong opposition from climate change advocates and their supporters. Gupta will need considerable spare income from the sale of steel to build his ambitious solar farm for which I think would be able to go a long way to power the city Whyalla.

    I suppose at the end of the day no matter which way one looks at it, economics of reliable income from resources will continue to finance public infrastructure and service providers throughout the nation into the foreseeable future!

    1 am not guessing but the practical outcome will always be about continuing with a reliable revenue stream!

  9. Kim Peart

    December 11, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Can anyone answer this simple question?

    James Hansen was the first scientist to effectively warn the World about global warming in 1988, and later concluded that temperature rise above 1.5C would be too much, resulting in galloping heat that could not be stopped, making the planet uninhabitable, eventually. By itself, that would be a pretty rotten legacy for humans.

    It was this conclusion by Hansen that gave Bill McKibben the name for an organisation, with 350.org. Why? That’s the other side of Hansen’s equation. To keep temperature rise under 1.5C, atmospheric CO2 had to be under 350 parts per million (ppm). That is fine, but how is this going to happen, when we sailed by 350 ppm CO2 in the 1980s, as Hansen was alerting the World to a CO2 problem?

    Now CO2 in the air is going beyond 400 ppm, and rising by 2 ppm per annum. CO2 stays in the air for a century or more, and is hard to get it out again.

    Is anyone concerned that the CO2 level of the 1980s will already drive up the planet temperature beyond 1.5C? Hansen refers to this as a forcing effect. So, what will the temperature be driven up to with the current level of CO2 in the air, and rising, meaning a higher future heat with every additional ppm of CO2?

    Is the temperature rise heading toward 6C, 8C, 12C, or more?

    James Lovelock looked at the CO2 problem, and concluded that at some point there will be a sudden rise in heat because the Earth system will struggle to keep the temperature down, now destabilised by human-caused pressure with heat generated by a rising CO2 level, and also because the Sun is getting hotter, slowly but surely, so now it is 35% hotter than at its birth 4.5 billion years ago, and with so much fuel still in reserve, it will continue to heat up over the next 5 billion years until expanding to the orbit of the Earth as a red giant star .. which is basic astronomy for a star like our Sun.

    The swings between ice ages and warmer periods are normal for the Earth system, but with the current speed of the CO2 rise, and the subsequent rise in heat, Lovelock was obliged to share that there can now be a sudden heat rise.

    Environmental scientist, Guy McPherson, crunched the numbers and could see a sudden rise in heat in the coming decade. I wondered if he might be a crank, until looking at when we passed 350 ppm CO2 in the air, and was jolted awake to a far more serious planet problem.

    Are we now in an undeclared state of planet emergency?

    Do we need a ten year plan, mobilised within a year, to deal with a carbon crisis?

    Waiting to see what happens, is only an option if we have surrendered the fight to survive. Have we?

    If we will fight, we need to extract excess CO2 from the air. How soon can this happen before the heat goes too high?

    Where will the energy come from to do this work?

    Can we cool the planet, as excess CO2 is being extracted?

    This problem is such a monster that individual action, such as planting trees and putting solar panels on the home roof, will not help.

    We need a global plan of action that will deliver the volume of energy needed to extract CO2 from the air in the coming decade in order to be to be safe, and a safe way to effective cool the Earth as excess CO2 is being extracted from the air.

    When there is a global plan mobilised that offers hope, then planting trees and slamming solar panels on roofs will help, along with a wide range of other environmental actions.

    If my simple conclusion are wrong I don’t mind being corrected. But, if we are this deep in the pickles, what do we do that is effective, globally?

    Once we have a clear idea of the action needed to win back a safe Earth, then we can beat the drum on that, along with students on the march, to wake up all politicians.

    If the whole truth about the carbon crisis is not being addressed, and spoken of, then we cannot expect people to take the crisis seriously.

  10. Keith Antonysen

    December 11, 2018 at 8:46 am

    CANWEST, Climate Action North West had a demonstration yesterday to support students who had gone on strike. The demonstration began near the Life Saving Club in Burnie, and ended outside the Office of Justine Keay. Justine Keay
    spoke with the group and gave Labor’s perspective on renewables which far exceeds the non-policy of the Liberals.

    Justine Keay stated that Labor will definitely not provide any financial assistance to coal mines. Justine was given a respectful hearing. She suggested the Liberals might be a more appropriate target. The belief in the group is that Liberals
    simply do not listen. The establishment of new coal mines is also a huge worry.

    According to The Advocate, Colbeck stated ” .. the government would meets its commitment to reduce emission by 26 to 28 per cent compared to 2005 levels by 2030.” The goal set by the Liberals was a low bench mark, and yet emissions are going up and their goal is not being met. That comment was being derived from Departmental figures rather than political commentary.

    It should not be too much of a surprise that we are now in a very difficult spot. Deniers have been successful in peddling their pseudo science. The choice might be an economy seeming to operate, or there is a collapse of global economies.
    A business-as-usual approach will create further extreme climatic conditions which begin to close down parts of the economy such as Agriculture and water resources.

    Already an Insurance Company in the US has gone into Bankruptcy through not being able to accommodate the huge costs created by the Californian bushfires.

    It’s a case of do you believe politicians, or do you believe science? Politicians have a woeful record as far as truth is concerned.

    It’s young people who will gain the results of any decisions made now.


  11. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 8, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Sorry Rob, you aren’t a waffler. I shouldn’t have said that. I just get very frustrated and impatient with people who cannot see that we are in much bigger trouble now than we were in 1939, when all we had to worry about were Nazi and Japanese fascist superstates.

    If we do not move our collective arses, as if the furies were after us, the modern period will end and we will descend into the abyss.

    You and I are getting towards the end of our lives, so what happens to us won’t really matter much. But our children and particularly the grandchildren that appear in those pictures have the most excellent and rational reasons to be absolutely terrified at what is going to happen to them, and getting upset because the current crop of supposedly responsible adults are dragging their feet like dream characters in boggy field.

    We are living in the age of mass somnambulism and the rule of the zombies!

  12. Clive Stott

    December 7, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Washington State youth win in Climate Change Lawsuit.

    Judge Hill in Washington State, recognises Constitutional and Public Trust Rights. He announced it is the Washington Department of Ecology’s Legal Duty to Protect the Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations.


  13. Keith Antonysen

    December 7, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Every Friday I receive an email from AAAS outlining the latest research published.

    In today’s AAAS email there is reference to an article about the great dying 252 million years ago, research completed by Penn et al. A number of times I have referenced Dr Benjamin Burger’s chemical and geological artifacts of the end Permian Period, also known as the “great dying”.

    The latest AAAS states that we ignore what happened during the great dying at our own peril. The level of oxygen being produced is on a downward slide and marine temperatures are increasing; factors that Penn et al have identified as significant factors in the great dying.

    Penn et al state .. “These results highlight the future extinction risk arising from a depletion of the ocean’s aerobic capacity that is already under way.”

    Young people have good reason to believe that the Morrison government couldn’t care less about their future.

  14. Rob Halton

    December 7, 2018 at 7:05 am

    CEN, no need to waffle on “if I were at school today, your’e not and nor am I.
    I will be 86 in 12 years time and look foward to your doomsday time line, I hope to be still maintaing an interest in the local and global goings on, more than likely there will be some major world events take place, continued forced displacement throughout the overly populated globe!

    The key to the problem is reducing population numbers, Australia could achieve this by maintain a target of around 25-26million persons.
    As I understand it PM Morrison is keen to reduce migration intake, he has my support all of this multiculturism rot has to stop.

    I am not telling the students what they should do, when they vote, like their alternative actions re climate Change versus energy generation they need to plan for a steady transition, any abrupt actions on the population by alternative politics could have dire consequences for the nation.

    How on earth they can stop Adani that could be interesting, at least India is an Australian friendly nation, no doubt as a result of its British past the country has benifited from the thrust of Empire.

  15. Clive Stott

    December 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    “Maybe Clean Air Australia gets a small donation by the government via community funding!”

    Oh dear, Robin! Have a look at the Clean Air Australia website and tell me what does Clean Air Australia have to do with the price of fish?


    Oh dear, Robin, please start and try to get your ‘facts’ right.

  16. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Listen Mr Halton, if I were at school today I would know that my future has been comprehensively screwed by wilful fools who don’t listen to the advice coming from some of the most brilliant scientists of our day.

    If I were at school today I would know that the world is full of adults who are sticking their heads in the sand and pretending that business-as-usual can go on indefinitely .. which it can’t, and won’t. We have just been advised that we have about 12 years to save a future that has some vague semblance to what we have today.

    If I were at school today I would know that there is a lot of very perverse misinformation and fake news being put out by people who do not give a damn how many of their children’s generation suffer poverty and early death as a result of the inaction and confusion those unconscionable bastards sowed.

    If I were at school today, I would not give a damn how many sacrifices and losses of comfort have to be made to save ourselves. Nor would I be that worried at this stage how reliable and mature new and more appropriate technology that might slow down the march of the lemmings is right now, which incidentally, if I had read anything not funded by the coal lobby and its acolytes, I would know was already pretty good kit.

    If I were at school today I would know that the cost of saving myself is now irrelevant, in the same way that it was when, after years of denial, prevarication and the coming of war with Hitler’s Germany, the British people were prepared to sacrifice over 60% of the GNP to the war effort to save the country and prevent the emergence of a Nazi superstate.

    If I were at school today I wouldn’t give wafflers like you Mr Halton, the time of day. I would be sufficiently outraged by the treasonous pusillanimity of people, who are supposed to be responsible agents and stewards of our common future, that I would be making lists of them now, so that when we start to go down we’ll all know who is going to go down first.

    If I were at school today I would know that the bets are coming off, the stakes are becoming enormous and everyone is playing for keeps .. with what is left of my future. And I would be mentally preparing myself for war, because my history lessons tell me that when a regime fails in its fundamental duties of care, people start killing each other.

    • spikey

      December 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      I like the change in direction. A little melodramatic, and lacking the punch of the impending doom from homosexuals, haftas, indulgence capitalists, lefties and snowflakes. But I think you might be on to something, Christopher, siding with the angry kiddies.

      From what I can gather, the kiddies hate homophobic bigoted bullshit artists as much as they hate the rest of the bullshit.

      Please don’t feel you have to kill those who disagree with you. Keep your betting to Federal group please. You’re in the minority, and they’re surely not likely to waste any effort on you.

      • Christopher Eastman-Nagle

        December 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

        Spikey … homophobic … bigoted? You have all the stereotypes and cliches down pat, don’t you mate? A real ideological tradesman who knows how to bolt them together. I take it that that is all you can manage.

        But as to the kiddies, you may recall that when you were their age you simply picked up on all the latest cutting edge ideological and fashion trends that happened to be drifting past at the time. I did. It takes maybe 20 years to really start to de-construct those trends and see them more clearly.

        I suspect many of those young people in the pictures above will start to see that the sexual identitarian politics of our age as a ghastly mistake reflecting society that has comprehensively lost its way, its roots, it moral compass … everything. And the results of that are bound to be awful.

        When an age starts to disintegrate and all its arrangements start coming undone, conflict and war are bound to be the result.

        Get used to it. Prepare yourself. Pull your head out, mate.

        • spikey

          December 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

          Mate, in my opinion, one of the ghastly mistakes was permitting various churches, directed by various fascists and deviants, to dictate morality, particularly as it relates to sexuality and sexual identity.

          That you’ve grown up blissfully unaware of normal human behaviour, and treat it as some kind of revolting abnormality, speaks wonders about your upbringing.

          That you choose to frequently share such ridiculous opinions, orchestrated way back when superiority complexes, caused such deliberate rank oppression, also speaks volumes, unless you are not a misguided individual, but a guided individual up to no good .. which is where my money has been placed since you waltzed onto TT at the same time as a political push to shame homosexuality so fascist liberals could get some more hate votes.

          How about them apples, Sunshine?

    • Peter Bright

      December 7, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Christopher Eastman-Nagle says:

      “Listen Mr Halton, if I were at school today I would know that my future has been comprehensively screwed by wilful fools who don’t listen to the advice coming from some of the most brilliant scientists of our day.”

      I’ve often wondered why these “wilful fools” behave as they do. There MUST be an explanation, surely.


  17. Rob Halton

    December 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    National media today warns Australians that a rush into Renewables ” a reliability risk!

    the owner of the worlds biggest battery supplied by billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla concedes Australai must proceed with caution in transitioning the power grid to renewables and says some developers of wind and solar farms are failing to meet industry standards.

    french clen energy developer Neoen which collabareated wirh tesla on the 100megawatt Hornsdalebattery in South Australia a year ago echoed concerns by the International energy Agency over moving too quickly in integrating largeslabs of rnewables in the nations electricity mix.

    The IEA is right in callingfor attention on how the transition happens, Not all projects are equal and not all power producers are equal, Neonen’s global chief executive Xavier Barbaro, told the Australian ” We have seen recently in Australia some developers and some projects fail”.

    AS Labor looks to revive the governments now abandoned national energy guarantee- underpinned by a 50% renewable energy target- the worlds peak energy agency warned Australia needed to ensure an “avalanche” of clean energy supply was backed up by firm generation to keep the lights on.

  18. Rob Halton

    December 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Clive, I am not promoting the burning of coal, the government gets around it by exporting thermal coal.

    I agree that it is the the current big money maker for Australian governments who in turn use it to provide essential services for the public good, and to keep the economy rolling along. Maybe Clean Air Australia gets a small donation by the government via community funding!

    The student groups need to study the whole energy process/ climate change with maintaining a reliable economy very carefully before casting their vote. That would be my sound advice to them.

  19. Rob Halton

    December 6, 2018 at 11:12 am

    All very well Russell, many of the students will be voting next year but for what given that the Shorten government hasnt the capacity or the dosh to suddenly lunge into a rampant adventure non synchronous Renewables.

    Wind towers on the Australian landscape are the bane of society, many communities dont want these migratory bird killing monsters any whew near their habitation.

    And will Shorten stop Adani “incorporated”, unlikley!

    I am more than sure that Morrison is the best bet for PM, Shorten is untried , big talker and will told to go to hell by the Palaczuzuk Qld Labor government who is advancing into a regime of massive coal imports for which the Federal government either LNP or Labor dare not stop beacuse of the projects massive royalty payments.

    Qld will become the new WA with the coal export boom which will last for decades.

    Morrison is passionate about protecting national security and is likely to reduce migrant numbers to a sustainable level.

    • Russell

      December 10, 2018 at 6:53 am

      What do you mean? They’ve got billions to hand over to a criminal coal miner, off-shore prisons and Dutton’s gestapo.

      We can’t afford NOT to transition to renewables.

  20. Clive Stott

    December 6, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Robin, you have demonstrated in the pages of Tasmanian Times for years that you support a dirty Tasmania and a dirty Australia with your burn, burn, burn mentality in relation to wood. You promote your dirty old wood heater as being something wonderful that you say you want to hand on down to your kids. Well, with a bit of luck your kids, like these kids, will turf it the minute you cark it.

    Now you promote burning coal whether it be in this country or overseas. You are so obsessed with burning that you can’t see the direct connection with climate change.

    But it goes further than that. I feel you really do not have the ability to think past number one with your arguments. You just worry about you. Kind of selfish don’t you think?

    No wonder our kids are out of school protesting the likes of you, and as for your last comment, “I am happy to let them speak!” .. since when do they need your permission??

    Clive Stott

    • Mjf

      December 10, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Clive, the much revered http://www.cleanairtas.com/ seems somewhat out of date.

      The Latest news section includes such gems as “Joe Hockey lets off smoke” and “Julie Bishop sucks up smoke”. Not to mention a link to Gunns pulp mill.

      The most recent reference I could see during a quick look was from 2016. Does no-one bother to maintain the site ?

      • Peter Black

        December 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

        MjF … Wrong. I’ve never been to the CleanAir site, so I gave it a look.

        This is the latest I could see in a half minute look: https://lrinspire.com/2015/11/30/washington-state-youth-win-in-climate-change-lawsuit/ .. an exciting win for the children’s future which only came out last week.

        So that makes you Wrong there, MjF chap.

        • Mjf

          December 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm

          Awesome work, Peter. CC story posted 30/11/2015. Maybe take more time.

          I’m pretty sure I mentioned 2016 .. or did I just imagine it ?

          Clive, are contributions slow coming in ?

  21. Rob Halton

    December 6, 2018 at 6:41 am

    The students at the same time have to think what a new economy would look like without coal exports.

    It’s not a plain and simple game of protesting over one thing when a whole host of economics based on coal exports is required to support their education, health and opportunities, in fact for the nation.

    I am happy to let them speak!

    • Russell

      December 6, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Without an environment there is NO economy.

    • Russell

      December 6, 2018 at 7:04 am

      A lot of these kids will be voting for the first time next year, Robin. Kiss Morrison goodbye.

    • Keith Antonysen

      December 6, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Rob, the effects of climate change have been known for decades. Policy makers have no excuse in relation to not having begun to work towards mitigation and adaptation many years ago.

      Right now the starting point needs to be creating no further new coal mines or extensions to coal mines.

      We have already had 5 wasted years caused through inaction on the part of the Federal LNP. They clearly do not believe in Physics, Chemistry or other science disciplines. In relation to climate change policy the LNP has been useless. In relation to emissions from fossil fuels in Australia, the truth has been a casualty.

      Kelly O’Dwyer accurately interpreted perceptions held in Australia by the electorate when she stated that the LNP is perceived to be homophobic, anti-women, and composed of climate change deniers.


      • Peter Black

        December 6, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        Keith, whatever format you are writing in goes right over the page edge on a mobile device, making your comments unreadable. Shame, as I find your input worth reading, and your links worth following up. But it is not only Keith’s comments.

        My understanding was that the new TT format was to be mobile-device friendly, part of the reason for the change. Well TT, it’s not mobile device friendly.

        Also, the debates are hard to follow, due to most comment replies not being answered direct on the ‘Reply’ tab.

        The old TT format with each ‘Comment’ having a number, and replies referring to that number, made it very easy to follow.

        Due to my not having an Internet connection, due to location, all my Internet engagements and comments are done on a mobile device, and I can assure you, this new TT format is akin to a dogsbody in trying to follow it, and certainly NOT mobile device friendly.

        • Russell

          December 7, 2018 at 8:11 am

          Peter, connect your PC via a USB to your mobile to get the Internet on it.

        • Keith Antonysen

          December 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

          Peter … I noticed that also an over run of words, so I made what appears to have been a successful attempt to make sure it does not happen again with my comment above on 7th.

    • max

      December 6, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Rob, you need to have a reality check.

      You were wrong on forestry. Clear felling is a destroyer of forestry’s future, and you are wrong on climate change.

      “The students at the same time have to think what a new economy would look like without coal exports.” What is the point of an economy with no future, that is the concern of the students? Already CO2 is melting the icecaps and the glaciers, and sea levels are rising. Fires are ravaging the planet, and the greater ferocity of storms and unheard of worldwide droughts and rain bombs are causing much greater floods. What more do you need to take your blindfold off? The students can see the effect of burning coal. Why is it that you and your Neoliberalism government are blind to reality?

      Stop backing the wrong things, Rob. Your government is backing big business and ignoring climate change, and this will see the end of the world as we know it. They are doing this to satisfy their mad policies of Neoliberalism. Neoliberalism .. look it up. Our out of control power prices are a direct consequence of this stupid obsession.

      It doesn’t end there, and slavish addiction to Neoliberalism will see them out of office at the next election.

    • Mjf

      December 6, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Good point, RCH.

      The same question I’ve asked a number of times without any meaningful answers from the-end-is-nighers. Where do the 1000’s of jobs go and the billions of $’s generated into state and federal coffers annually ?

      Someone did offer a pathetic answer once that the closing of local car manufacturing provided all the answers necessary. Yes, extended dole queues interspersed with seasonal fruit picking, but with the upside of improving one’s understanding of French, Mandarin and Vietnamese. Good answer, whoever provided it. Just what the place needs.

      What royalties do solar, wind, hydro and wave pay to government coffers for comparison purposes ?

      • max

        December 6, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        MjF … What’s up with the people who worked in the forest industry, or is just you and Rob? Was it the smoke, the sprays or the indoctrination? Whatever it was it has apparently robbed you both of the mental capacity to see beyond jobs.

        STT is losing millions of dollars every year and destroying the long-term future of forestry for a handful of jobs, and the world is going into a death spiral with both you and Rob overlooking the fact in favour of jobs. You and Rob are displaying the same mentality as the millions of soldiers who have jumped out of their trenches and ran forward to certain death.
        It is a simple equation, we have exceeded the amount of CO2 the world can handle. The climate is disintegrating into total chaos, as seen on every news broadcast, the kids can see that they will not have jobs or a future unless we curb CO2, so why not some adults who should know better.

        • Mjf

          December 6, 2018 at 4:49 pm

          Dear Max, you can never answer any fiscal questions surrounding coal shut-down and the imminent economic crisis that will follow.

          It’s a certain bet that Shorten won’t have the fortitude to do anything about Galilee coal other than whisper disparagingly about it to city dwellers and fence sitters.

          No money flow, I repeat, no money flow will result for those hard of hearing. What don’t you comprehend about that, Max ?

          Perhaps the imminent reduction in your pension might wake you up a little. When will the world end, did you say ?

          • max

            December 7, 2018 at 8:10 am

            MjF … As I said, there must have been something toxic at Forestry Tasmania.

            There are only 2 people commenting on Tasmanian Times who refuse to accept, or can’t grasp, that we have passed the safe level of CO2, and that further increases will hasten the end of our world.

            That the two of you have worked in forestry seems odd.

            On fiscal questions surrounding the shut down of coal, I, and everyone commenting on this subject on TT and the concerned kids have been trying to get across, there can be no fiscal policies without an environment that we can live in.

            No-one will have pensions, superannuation or even food on the table, and you and Rob are waffling on as though we need to sell coal, and that climate change is a non-event.

        • Peter Bright

          December 7, 2018 at 5:26 pm

          Max, you have perceptively noticed that “There are only 2 people commenting on Tasmanian Times who refuse to accept, or can’t grasp, that we have passed the safe level of CO2, and that further increases will hasten the end of our world.”

          These two lads are Rob Halton and Martin Fitch, arch right-wing Liberals from way back, and as you’ve also noticed, with a background in the forestry industry.

          A notoriously prominent arch right-winger is currently the President of the United States.

          What do these three have in common?

          My sad deduction is that they are somewhat simple people deficient in intellect, and that some (or perhaps all) intellectual pursuits are beyond their grasp.

          This apparent incapacity to reason sensibly, particularly over the Climate Change furnace fast creeping up on us, infuriates those of us who accept the findings of those learned souls from the science disciplines .. professional, educated people who can actually think rationally as a way of life.

          I’ve noticed that many unthinking Liberal voters, and most Liberal politicians, have this serious personality flaw.




  22. Keith Antonysen

    December 6, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Rob keeps spruiking Morrison as a leader we need. But, actions speak louder than words.

    This is his response to young people .. https://junkee.com/school-strike-scott-morrison/185354?fbclid=IwAR0XoPZ4EqPnpXaRZcQJZcD6GmHzADILAzCJ2aTCsHiAuoo6-h-5RSBECnQ


    Alienating young people who will be voting in coming years is not a great idea. Snubbing young people also sends a message to voters that the LNP will not listen.

    Morrison and the LNP keep proving they do not care about young people’s futures.

  23. Rob Halton

    December 6, 2018 at 4:34 am

    While it is pleasing to see the students at last taking an interest in the politics of Climate Change there are still many challenges to be overcome before coal exits the global energy market, in fact it is clear to me it wont!

    Anyone knows that the Galilee Basin is to be the energy powerhouse of the nation producing coal for many decades Adani is planning to export coal from this area by 2020 with an initial capacity of 40 million tonnes per annum!

    Of cause there are a number of other mines planned within the Galilee basin, the now approved $6.7 billion Chinese backed MacMines, the $6 billion Gina Rinehart backed Kevins Corner and Alpha projects both run by India’s GVK have also received environmental approvals and the cash flush Clive Palmer project recommended last month to the Alpha North mine in the basin.

    Qld Resources Council boss ian Mcfarlarlane said the go ahead for the adani project would be the spring board for up to five other coal mines and possibly help mooted gas exploration in the region.

    Access to Adani’s 200Km rail line which will connect to central Queensland’s existing Aurizon freight network would help financing for neighbouring mines.

    Apparently there are still approvals and agreements to be signed over existing uses of the rail corridor and water use, the environmental license are already in place!

    For Queensland this is a good news story for coal and the billions of dollars it will earn fro the state in royalty taxes.

    My question is who is going to stop a project of this magnitude from going ahead that will totally increase the profile of the Labor Palaszczuk government, what can the Shorten Federal Opposition do on its mission for 45% Renewables for Australia.

    Energy and Climate change are at complete odds with each other both here in Australia and with most countries around the globe.

    I am only reporting the matter for the students to ponder over where does their future lie without money generated by the resources boom to support a modern lifestyle and opportunities within Australia!

    • max

      December 6, 2018 at 6:38 am

      Rob, you are only reporting the matter for the students to ponder over, namely ‘where does their future lie without money generated by the resources boom to support a modern lifestyle and opportunities within Australia?’

      Well, they have pondered, and they know there is no future for them if the governments of the world do not react and react quickly to climate change.

      The only thing that I ponder on, and what must be driving the young and informed to despair, is how troglodytes such as you, and those running the country, can continue to pursue an agenda that will see the world as we know it going into annihilation.

  24. Clive Stott

    December 5, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Robin Halton … I am not sure who’s barrow you are pushing with your unsubstantiated comments such as “Realistic expectations for Australia would be around 25% Renewables over the next 3 years to maintain reliable and reasonably affordable electricity. Labor’s 40% target is unrealistic and will drive the price of less reliable electricity through the roof, and this must not be allowed to happen.”

    These climate kids are talking to you too, Robin.

    Get rid of your old wood burner .. and switch to clean renewables!

  25. Rob Halton

    December 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Australia hardly rates as far as emissions go, but unfortunately the students are wasting their time picking on we Australian citizens over coal-fired power stations!

    Australia has 45 coal-fired power stations. India has 450 and is increasing construction, and China has in the order of 1,000 and is still increasing.

    It’s not Australia which is among the main “culprits”. Leave us alone with a reasonable balance of fossil fuel fired generators and steadily increasing flow of Renewables without messing up a steady but effective transitioning period with non synchronous power generators and affecting the economy with unrealistic expectations driving what would be unreliable electricity prices through the roof.

    Realistic expectations for Australia would be around 25% Renewables over the next 3 years to maintain reliable and reasonably affordable electricity.

    Labor’s 40% target is unrealistic and will drive the price of less reliable electricity through the roof, and this must not be allowed to happen.

    • Keith Antonysen

      December 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Rob … Per capita, Australians expend a lot of energy.

      The coal mines proposed in the Galilee Basin will significantly increase emissions. It doesn’t matter where that coal is used, the emissions will effect climate.

      Sir David Attenborough has stated that .. “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years .. Climate Change.” A number of references are saying the same.

      Yep, it is far better if Earth becomes uninhabital so that fossil fuel billionaires might get richer in the meantime. We have been promised by Abbott that energy costs would come down, but it still hasn’t happened.

      So in a nutshell Sir David Attenborough is stating that should no action be taken to reduce greenhouse gases, civilisation will end.

      Young people are right in believing many adults couldn’t give a fig about their future.

    • max

      December 4, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Rob, Australia is one of the biggest emitters of CO2 per capita in the world. Per capita Australia is 15 CO2 tonnes per person, India is .5 CO2 tonnes per person and China is 1.5 CO2 tonnes per person. We produce over 2 x the CO2 per person of India and China combined.

      These are the hard facts and it is a bit rich to expect these countries to reduce their standard of living to a point way below ours.

      The world is rapidly approaching the tipping point where the very survival of life on earth is at risk. Australia has the means to reduce its carbon footprint without reducing our standard of living, and we should be setting the example for the rest to follow.

      Instead, we have a buffoon dragging a lump of coal into parliament with a stupid look on his face claiming it won’t hurt you. Coal-fired power stations in Australia are uneconomical and the power they produce is dearer. The power companies have said so. Turnbull has come out and said so and that renewables are the future.

      Those kids are not wasting their time. They are showing more intelligence than any one in your party, and they are fighting for their future. It is a world wide movement that will kill your out-of-touch, knuckle-dragging Liberal party at the next election.

      • Mjf

        December 5, 2018 at 9:38 am

        So max, if you could explain please:

        Firstly you say “These are the hard facts and it is a bit rich to expect these countries to reduce their standard of living to a point way below ours”. These countries being India and China.

        Yet miraculously you say “Australia has the means to reduce its carbon footprint without reducing our standard of living.”

        Why then, if Australia has this ability, can’t India and China reduce their respective carbon footprints without reducing their standard of living ?

        • max

          December 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

          MjF, You ask the question that I am sure you know the answer to. “Why then, if Australia has this ability, can’t India and China reduce their respective carbon footprints without reducing their standard of living ?”

          Australia’s coal-fired power stations are uneconomical and have in most cases reached their use-by date. Renewables are the preferred replacement by their owners. India and China have new modern coal-fired power stations and to replace them at the moment is not cost effective. New power stations are another story.

          China is at the forefront of the solar boom, adding some 53 gigawatts of capacity, equivalent to more than half the global total. The Asian giant’s total investment in renewables — at a record $126.6 billion — was also by far the highest in the world.
          In India the price of solar power has plummeted in recent months to levels rivaling that of coal, positioning the renewable source as a viable mainstream option in a country where 300 million people live without power.

          • Mjf

            December 6, 2018 at 10:46 am

            Well max, that is interesting. Clearly then, according to your response, China and India have the capacity to (and are) reducing their carbon footprints via renewables although you do not comment on whether their respective lifestyles are being impacted (which was the nub of my question).

            Therefore I conclude you have no full answer.

            I also don’t think comparing Australia’s per capita carbon emissions with those of non Western world country contributions is a level playing field. If as you say, India has 300 million unpowered residents, then they are hardly an equitable comparison to Australian residents in terms of CO2 emissions, are they ?

            What percentage of the population lives in Australia, or any other Western country without power ?

            And why have India and China gone ahead and built new coal fired power stations in recent times which now must be retained because it’s not cost effective to decommission them (according to you) ? Have their administrations not heard of climate change ?

            If these new modern coal fired generators exist in China and India, then feed them high grade, low ash, low emissions Australian Galilee Basin coal. Adani explains its Qld coal will replace dirtier, lower grade coal currently imported from Indonesia. Most likely also the same scenario for Chinese plants. At least let’s make some money while it lasts and Indo’s low quality higher emissions coal can stay in the ground. Perhaps that’s a good starting point.

            Does it really matter if Indonesia ultimately gets offended ? We’ll just chuck in more aid $’s

  26. Keith Antonysen

    December 4, 2018 at 8:30 am

    On Q & A last night, Marco, a 17 year old, asked the panel about its views on climate change.

    After he had heard responses from the panel, he was asked by the adjudicator Hamish, whether he had confidence in the answers. He stated “No”. He made the observation that politicians do not care about young people’s futures.

    Sir David Attenborough in a message to COP24 currently being held in Poland, stated that without action we will witness the end of civilisation: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/12/04/david-attenborough-climate-change/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning%20News%20-%2020181204

    The LNP states that we will meet the Paris promises, and stated so once again last night on Q & A. Yet official records from the Federal Government Agency state that emissions are going up. It’s a case of believe politicians, or believe professional people involved in measuring the emissions. The LNP was caught out releasing the emission figures some months after they had been made available, and during high media interest in other matters.

    Labor is promoting better emission goals, yet it is not pushing against coal mine developments in the Galilee Basin. It is but an accounting trick to suggest that the countries buying Australian coal need to factor in the emissions created through importing coal. The greenhouse emissions know nothing about accounting or a nations boundaries. Ultimately, Australia will be impacted by the emissions created in other countries from Australian coal.

    The LNP and Labor might get their 30 pieces of silver from donations provided by mining interests, but the biosphere suffers.

  27. Clive Stott

    December 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Good coverage. Thankyou, Rob Walls.
    It warms your heart to see the action these kids are taking.
    Keep it up.

  28. MjF

    December 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    What’s become of TGC these days ?
    This is right up his alley. I hope he hasn’t succumbed to online bullying.

  29. Rob Halton

    December 3, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Hawkins, this is exactly why we all should vote for Morrison, as he is prepared to curb immigration.

    Max, the Chinese would remain undeterred by Australia moving into the Pacific. It won’t affect us as a trading partner as they require our resources. Simple as that.

    • max

      December 3, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Rob, you are wrong on so many fronts it is hard to know where to start.

      What we export to China can be sourced in Africa, or a host of other countries, and China is setting up good relations with African countries, possibly because they don’t trust our belligerent present government. We are reliant on China for what we import and what we export, but China, on the other hand, can live without us. Can we live without them, that is the question.

      More than 62,000 people are living illegally in Australia, according to an Immigration Department report. These are people who have overstayed their visas. How many others come to Australia on fake passports and fake visas we will never know.

      Australia is a minor military power with a belligerent attitude that is taunting a major power. We should be concentrating on our own defence, and not engaging in America’s never-ending wars.

    • Keith Antonysen

      December 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Rob, you clearly have not been watching the Morrison/LNP satire. Young people showed them up as being useless on climate change.

      There is huge antagonism between the right and extreme right wing factors of the LNP.
      There is a good chance that Dutton could be referred to the High Court.
      There are murmurings about others going to the cross bench .. Craig Kelly had been considering it, but apparently changed his mind. It is not clear whether Kelly will gain pre-selection. Turnbull had stepped in suggesting automatic pre-selection should not occur, as had been promoted by some Liberals. Turnbull has also recommended that the Federal election be held before the NSW one, as the Federal LNP is seen as damaging the NSW Liberal government’s chance of being elected.

      It appears that Julie Bishop is setting herself up to try for the Liberal Party leadership, and Abbott is still saying he wishes to become leader again.

      Right now Rob, the federal Liberal Party is a rabble.

  30. mike

    December 2, 2018 at 9:31 am

    It’s good that the kids have noticed that there is a huge discrepancy between what the Government is telling them in school and what the actual actions of the Government are. The only problem is that is just the tip of the iceberg!

    No doubt their teachers are still lying to them, as our teachers lied to us when we went to school.

    The kids need to take another day off school and watch this 3 part documentary of around 30 mins each:

    The WWI Conspiracy – Part One: To Start A War

    The WWI Conspiracy – Part Two: The American Front

    The WWI Conspiracy – Part Three: A New World Order

    The documentaries are about how people were deceived into going to war, and the resultant consequences.

    Of course war is not exactly good for the environment either .. in many ways, and not just the obvious.

  31. Keith

    December 2, 2018 at 8:03 am

    The young people involved with the strike have been a real inspiration.

    While Scomo states that the students should have remained at school, students have displayed great organisational skills and creativity in the placards they produced.

    Part of the role of school is for young people to learn to socialise, and the strike certainly fulfilled that criteria. The students displayed better behaviour than our current political representatives.

  32. Chris

    December 2, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Vietnam protests started that way, slowly at first, and Morriscum, like his colleagues, then decried the commies etc etc etc and condemned them by setting the police on them.

    The students can look forward to the Potato doing the same, with fire hoses and batons, maybe. Look at France as they democratically bash protesters over the head with batons and hose them off the street. Every action has a reaction, both ways?

    But worst of all was the Liar from the Shire condemning those who we teach to THINK may have to listen to his own rhetoric in front of a mirror because no one with more than one brain cell will take notice of, or back this clown.

  33. john hawkins

    December 1, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    The unspoken elephant in the room is the rapidly escalating human population on planet earth.

    Populations were controlled in the past by pestilence, famine and war. We have learned to counter, and seemingly overcome these controls.

    It took from the start of time to approximately 1810 to put a billion people on the planet.

    We now do this every 10 years.

    This is unsustainable.

    Apart from the Chinese and their one child policy nobody has, is, or will mention or act in this absolutely critical matter.

    That is the real nub of the problem.

    • Mike

      December 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Well actually, that’s not true. Lots of government leaders have implemented population control policies besides China.

      Hitler, Leopold II, Stalin, Tojo, Mussolini, Pol Pot etc …

      China is backing off from its one child policy after the government worked out it was not doing their country any good, eg increasing the aging population etc.

  34. Rob Halton

    December 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Max, its a lot more than the worry about Climate Change the more immediate issues are about preventing China from expanding south closer to Australia, hence the concern is if they become too powerful in our region they could block our sea lanes, that is a national security reality.
    I hope the young students understand that the rapidly changing world with global population running out of control if this pattern continues then dominant races with money for substantial loans to countries who will never be able to repay debt, combined with military might will take new regions for settlement and this is exactly the intention of the Chinese by securing their places outside their home country as a world super power. This is what is happening in the Pacific Islands region.

    Morrison has made the fist step to prevent this happening as a result of his recent APEC summit meeting in PNG organising a closer liaison with the US, NZ and PNG to set up a naval base on Manus Island and providing finance for PNG for electricity connections to improve living standards their population.

    By the way I didnt say that I support the Adani start up, i just make the TT panel aware of the development, I am leaving that one to the student population to decide for which they will do, politically by throwing Morrison out of government but they also have the Qld Labor government to deal with this is where the politics becomes very tricky handing us a Shorten government with Independents sharing power.

    Shorten himself is by far the worst choice fro PM but if that is what Australaia votes for then the consequences could be dire not long into their 4 year term. There will be another change of PM I bet.
    We are possibly facing the most important Federal election in modern times, look out these young students will need to be acquainted with much more than scare campaigns over Climate change to be sure of the rapidly changing world surrounding Australia.

    • max

      December 2, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Rob … this started off about the schools striking to protect their future from climate change and there have been only two people replying against the reality of climate change. Everything else is a side issue, but not the subject.

      China is our biggest trading partner 23.1 %, USA 9.6 %, Japan 9.1% South Korea 4.3 %. What do we export? Rocks and crops that China needs and we depend on? China needs to keep the sea lanes open to trade with us. If they ceased to trade with us our economy would collapse anyway.

      I think that instead of worrying about China closing the sea lane to China, you should be worrying about Morrison having a fallout with our biggest trading partner. China is the only country that has tried to control its population with the one-child policy, and was attacked for it.

      Bill Shorten may not have the charismatic leadership that you desire, but he is not coming across as a leader bereft of ideas that will appeal to the kids who see their future threatened.

    • Russell

      December 2, 2018 at 8:29 am

      So you would rather trash the whole planet and make it completely uninhabitable than be friends with other peoples?

      That’s exactly why your favourite politicians are getting smashed.

  35. max

    December 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Sorry Rob, but you are missing the whole point of why the schools are going on a campaign. It’s to protect their future. You may be coming to the end of your life cycle but the young are just starting out, and their future is looking bleak because of climate change.

    You may be right, climate change may be a load of crap, but if these kids are right and climate change is a fact, as worldwide catastrophes are indicating, then all of us should applaud their action and concerns.

    “The sea lanes have to be kept open to maintain supply or the nation stops!” Like so many of your comments, you fail to see the big picture. The nation will stop if Morrison continues to upset China. China can collapse our entire economy by refusing to trade with us. China is a rising power. Already it is possibly as strong as America. and it’s economy is stronger. In other words, America may not come to our aid.

    (“Coal boom looms after Adani start” GALILEE BASIN TO BE ENERGY POWERHOUSE. My guess is Queensland has been crying out for this project to go ahead for years as it generates jobs and a vast range of services for which cities like Townsville and Mackay have been crying out for years.)

    Rob, your stupidity, and that of others who are clamoring for the Galilee coal mines, is beyond comprehension.

    Simply put, the mines will deprive these kid of future jobs .. or any other future, because the released CO2 is on track to destroy their world and ours.

    • Realist

      December 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Max, the IPCC has sanctioned India to continue to use coal for the next decade or more. It has been incorporated within the boundaries of global CO2 emissions within that time period.

      If Australia does not supply the coal, another country will do so to the detriment of our economy. Another way of looking at it is, by stopping coal mines now it is sabotaging future jobs as well.

      • Russell

        December 2, 2018 at 8:32 am

        Don’t you like fresh water and clean air?

        You can’t eat coal and you can’t drink oil.

        Future sustainable jobs are in solar, wind and wave power.

        Your mob will be left in the dark ages.

        • Realist

          December 3, 2018 at 9:14 pm

          “Your mob will be left in the dark ages.”

          Exactly right Russell, that would be after your mob makes power so expensive that no one will be able to afford it.

          • Russell

            December 4, 2018 at 8:11 am

            Those of us off-grid have zero power bills, unrealist. Those of us with grid-connected solar modules on our roofs also have zero to small power bills.

            While all you Neanderthals suffer power outages, those on solar and wind still have the lights and television on.

            Your unstable fossil-fueled grid power also chews up the guts of your electrical and electronic equipment way earlier than should be, while those on renewables have a perfectly steady 230V 50Hz pure sinewave supply which all these appliances are designed to operate on.

            You realistically have no idea about very much at all, do you?

            You NEVER answer any questions or facts put to you. Why? Because you don’t have any answers, nor the facts to back them.

            Care to debate the properties of electricity, and how it is produced and delivered?

  36. Keith Roberts

    December 1, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Why do the kids have to wake us up? Well done!

    If the Pollies’ aircraft to Canberra was deemed faulty by 97% of the engineers they would say “Lets fix it before we fly”. However, all we hear from the Liberals is “Open more coal mines in Queensland!”

    Our coal is cleaner they say, but no coal and more renewables would be a better idea.

    Climate change is occurring in front of us. I have maintained records over 40 years of snowfalls on Mt Wellington, and snowfalls and drift life are all declining.

  37. Ted Mead

    December 1, 2018 at 12:18 am

    Halton, it’s a simple no-brainer equation. Environmental collapse = economic collapse!

    There is not much point just prattling on about border security and oil supplies. Nobody is going to invade a country that is economically depleted .. as Australia’s rural areas will be when climate change kicks in big time.

    Do us all a favour Robin, before you finally push up daisies, and that is please donate your cerebrum to the field of science because in the foreseeable future somebody will want to comprehensively study your grey matter to try and understand why blinkered conservatives like yourself had thinking matter that was way out of kilter to the rational logic of ongoing human survival.

    That thesis will be bigger than Ben Hur!

    • Realist

      December 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Wow, nothing like a good dose of ad hominem eh, Ted?

      There is absolutely no evidence that the earth’s atmospheric increase of CO2 from 0.03% to 0.04% is going to be dangerous. Even the IPCC says there is a range of possible outcomes from harmless to catastrophic, and admit the top of the range is very unlikely.

      Quite frankly the use of school students for an alarmist indoctrinated opinion from teachers speaks heaps of the failure of an educational system which is supposed to be impartial.

      • max

        December 1, 2018 at 5:14 pm

        Realist you may call yourself .. but a realist you are not. These kids are better informed than you obviously are, and they are trying to wake our government up. The government is asleep at the wheel.

        The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report 2018 reveals irreversible climate change patterns and the planet earth has reached a threshold in human history.

        The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has released a provisional Statement on the State of the Climate in 2018, and the picture it paints is all too familiar: temperature records were shattered, sea ice shrank and extreme weather events devastated every continent in one of the hottest years on record.

        • Realist

          December 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm

          “Report 2018 reveals irreversible climate change patterns and the planet earth has reached a threshold in human history.” Yeah, yeah .. right, Max. And which number tipping point would this one be? We’ve heard it all before. None of the doom and gloom predictions have yet come to light.

          • Russell

            December 2, 2018 at 8:37 am

            Really? Then explain the unprecedented bushfires followed immediately by record floods and vice versa.

            Explain why the sea level is rising.

            Explain why much of Australia and Tasmania are in severe drought in a non el nino phase.

            Explain why the poles are melting.

            Explain why fruit trees are blooming months early.

            These are not predictions .. they are provable and measurable CURRENT reality!

          • Keith

            December 2, 2018 at 9:43 am

            Realist … just after the IPCC Report, a Report was provided by the US which relied on a number of US Agencies and thousands of references underpinning the IPCC Report. The Report was written by government scientists and those working privately.

            Permafrost thawing provides a major tipping point as already displayed by the greening of tundra areas, development of lakes and marshes, exploding pingos, devastation to infra-structure, islands off Russia eroding, and “drunken trees”, the concern being the amount of organic matter stored in permafrost areas breaking down into greenhouse gases.

            Arctic ice is melting. There has been a loss of multi-year ice in the Arctic. Multi-year ice has the strength of steel. Thirty years ago ice breakers were not able to travel on the Arctic Ocean. It is now possible for ships designed to cut through just over two metres of ice to traverse sections of the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Ocean has an influence on climate, but not on sea level rise. The Arctic Ocean could very well be ice free in ten years or so. It is certainly melting much faster than expected. Once the Arctic reaches a ice free state it will take up more warmth.

            Vegetation creates about half of our oxygen, the other half being created in Oceans. Already scientists have shown how oxygen has lessened in Oceans. Dead spots in Oceans are being created, eg the Gulf of Mexico. Deforestation is happening.

            Already extreme weather conditions are having an impact in a number of ways. Try and understand what is happening in relation to the water cycle .. rain bombs.

            Yesterday I came across an article in the Daily Telegraph about the dangers of climate change .. a most unlikely source of such revelations.

            In relation to permafrost thawing and the state of the Arctic Ocean, I have provided examples of what is happening. I have yet to see those points being debunked.

            Young people are being taught science in schools, and they clearly understand science better than a number of adults.

      • Wining Pom

        December 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm

        Realist, so you’re a believer of Matt Ridley? You dismiss 97% of scientists but believe a climate change denier who ‘is the owner of land in the north east of England on which the Shotton Surface coal mine operates, and receives payments for the mine.’ He loves fracking, too.

        And I would say that our education system is working just fine. School kids understand science. And good on them. After all, it’s their future.

        But let’s say that you’re right and it’s all a waste of money. What will happen? Will it cost as much as the Second World War? Obviously not, as that cost everything .. and we were OK 20 years afterwards. And what if you’re wrong? Well, apart from no economy, there will be no community .. nothing.

        So, go for it kids. Show we adults how to be sensible.

        • Realist

          December 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

          “You dismiss 97% of scientists but believe a climate change denier.” Well, actually the 97% thingy is not what you think.

          When asked if man is having some effect on the climate, the overall response of course would mostly yes. And that is what happened. If the question was asked if we were having a catastrophic effect, well I’m sure the answer would be different, and by the way, many scientists are questioning the catastrophic bit.

          And what IF I am wrong? Well, that’s the multi trillion dollar question isn’t it? Because that’s what it is costing society now on something that has not been proven. There’s more to global climate than an experiment in a glass jar, because that’s how the big CO2 scare came about in the first place.

          • Wining Pom

            December 2, 2018 at 9:11 am

            Realist, you’re right.

            So just keep on believing, and tell ScoMo and his true believers that the rest of the world is mad, and that next May will be fine.

  38. Rob Halton

    November 30, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I have more news for the protesting students, in case they have not read the news, The Australian newspaper headlines today Nov 30th
    “Coal boom looms after Adani start” GALILEE BASIN TO BE ENERGY POWERHOUSE.

    All I am doing is passing on the news just in case the students missing school and too busy texting each other are not aware about the Adani startup.

    My guess is Queensland has been crying out for this project to go ahead for years as it generates jobs and a vast range of services for which cities like Townsville and Mackay has been crying out for years.

    Your future is in other hands!

    • Chris

      December 2, 2018 at 6:06 am

      The Australian as a source .. come on be honest!

      When has the Newscorpse and his rags ever written anything in Australia’s interest, but rather in the interests of those who, like you I suspect, back that 5% who believe that crap to expand their wallets and transfer wealth to themselves.

      It was interesting to see a farmer on the East Coast reporting that rainfall on his farm for the last twenty years has been in steady decline, but there again the stripping and raping of forests over that period to manufacture the toilet paper via Triabunna can be proved that rainfall is decreased with deforestation.

      I would say be Realistic, but that would seem to be ridiculous too.

  39. Rob Halton

    November 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Mead, all of these young students need to step up to the global issues affecting Australia, the nation having only 3 weeks oil supply at any one times, the sea lanes have to be kept open to maintain supply or the nation stops!

    What Matt Canavan is referring to is we need to find alternative supplies here in Australia other than dependence on imports of oil as China closes in on economies around the world with its own economic and military might.

    The environmental movement wont solve our problems, that is total miscarriage of direction, theri ability to multi task in education in fields such as all of the sciences, technology and national defence capability will be necessary and place Australia in good stead to maintain a respectful position in SE Asia.

    There will be no soft approach to the environmental movement the nation will need to maintain a reasonable mix of RELIABLE electicity supply some of which will require modern coal fired generation to maintain metallurgical industries, processing and manufacturing as well as ample for domestic use.

    Absolute rubbish about talk of 45% renewables by 2030 by Labor more like 30% if we are lucky.

    We are yet to see all of the problems of running a modern democracy occur within Australia if youth continues to be influenced by the environmental movement to protest over climate change!

    Forthcoming there will be no dole, everybody will have to accept useful work and pull their weight in order to maintain our freedoms that was hard earned during WWII, hence our alliance with the US will likely be our savior again.

    Politics will need to harden up to reflect economics and national security over climate issues, that is a fact!
    The environmental movement will be trampled on if they are silly enough to compromise our economy and lifestyle.

    • MjF

      December 1, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Rob Halton … I am inclined to agree with Ted Mead on this one. Did you actually have any thoughts re the fun and games by tomorrow’s leaders on Parliament House lawns ?

      I do. I like the “less activism my ass” sign. Is that a true indicator of today’s literacy levels ?

      And I can’t help but wonder how the timing of this charade, orchestrated by teachers, is going to help the current pay dispute with government via the AEU.

      Kinda like shooting oneself in the foot, I think.

      Morrison and Trump look to be very G20 buddy buddy ATM. Did you notice ?

      • Simon Warriner

        December 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        Yeah, but, it would not matter who the US leaders was, our appointed leader would suck like there was no tomorrow. They would not be appointed otherwise.

        Meanwhile, our most important contact at the summit gets a brief “Hi”. No military without an income, and guess who is providing us with that.

        A little less suckholing, and a lot more smart diplomacy along the lines of well armed neutrality, would serve our national interest better.

        Good to see the kids getting engaged though. It is easier to point out the flaws of party politics when they are actually looking for a party to engage with.

  40. Wining Pom

    November 30, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Tony Abbott said that the adults were back in charge .. and look where that got us.

    I would feel safer in schoolkids’ hands. They can think about the future rather than the next election.

  41. Ted Mead

    November 30, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    More Rob Halton off-topic conservative twaddle about economics and security over global environmental issues.

    Robin, I have no doubt that you would support Matt Canavan’s condescending view of our progressive youth when he stated “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue. Because that’s what your future life will look like, up in a line asking for a handout, not actually taking charge for your life and getting a real job.”

    And furthermore he wants children in school learning about how to build mines, do geology and how to drill for oil and gas “which is one of the most remarkable science exploits in the world”.

    Most of Australia’s great progressive activists have probably never been on the dole!

    Without activism we would all be living in even darker times that we currently do!

  42. Annie

    November 30, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Dear Students and young people …

    I appreciated your efforts and the art work. Well done! I loved the energy and the music. How did it feel knowing that you can organise for making a change?

    For our shared future please feel empowered to resist being manipulated by two or three word slogans such as ‘suicide or survival’. You deserve to have a life.

    You matter as individuals, and as young people, and also as part of the world for all people, planet and ecosystems.

    People of all ages matter and can help one another and the planet.

    I really do hope that more countries will get with the strength of shared solutions via the United Nations sustainable development goals that provide a compass and navigation aid for a shared sane future. The goals are great and most countries have already signed up to them.

    Everyone can have fun on the way, and also feel safe with a shared compass and lighthouse.

  43. Geoff Holloway

    November 30, 2018 at 9:32 am

    As others have noted, these young people are an inspiration!

    Great photos, Rob Wall!

  44. Rob Halton

    November 30, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Maintaining the nation’s sovereignty will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next generation coupled with stable and sustainable populations throughout the more habitable regions of the nation.

    With the belief that it is actually climate change occurring on a global scale there should be an interest in obtaining better educational outcomes among the next generation, they will need to be very adaptable to global changes both politically, economically and militarily as it is becoming more obvious over population pressures and excessive demand for trade in resources is globally unstoppable!

    Business corporations will need to be controlled and our governments will have to adapt to a new world order that limit migration numbers, reconsider foreign investment especially where it involves massive land clearing programs and there will be more emphasis on smart and practical application technology through the entire spectrum of living from now into the future.

    The other question is wages growth coupled with modern lifestyle luxuries for which is becoming an obsession with many younger households living beyond their means. The Jet ski idiocy and luxury 4×4 vehicle and fully automated gadgetry need to be brought into perspective.

    They will have to thank Mr Morrison for is immediate initiative to cooperate with the US, PNG and NZ to protect our ease of movement for sea lanes withing the Pacific region as the excessively over populated nation of China advances onwards for their Belt and Road global take over of trade followed by alienation of other failing regions of the globe.

    Preserving our sovereignty within Australia and maintaining an ever watchful eye on our neighbors to our north whilst maintaining a reasonable lifestyle and sensible use of resources will be the main priority.

    Mark my wise words maintaining Australia’s sovereignity alone will be a major task keeping unwanted strangers off our shores!

  45. elk

    November 30, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I am so proud of all the students who attended the School Strike for Climate Action on Parliament Lawns in Hobart.

    Thank you, and let us hope that those in government will listen to your concerns for the future of our planet.

    Well Done!

  46. Ted Mead

    November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Inspiring stuff!

    These kids are the planet’s only hope, and all prominent leaders in every field of society and politics should take note, listen and watch.

    Most of the present generation is a lost cause. We need a new era of thinking.

    I’ve been waiting a long time for a youthful revolution against the insular ideology that the mainstream political parties espouse. Whilst I’m not an advocate for the current electoral representative system, I see great hope knowing that these kids will soon be able to vote the dead wood out!

    Congratulations to those behind this movement!

  47. Peter Black

    November 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    The students may be humanity’s hope for Climate Change .. by shaming the corrupted politicians who refuse to take meaningful action.

    One outing will not change the politicians though, students. It will take many large protests leading into next year’s election.

    Students, you are beautiful .. each and every one of one you who stood up.

    It is your future world which is being trashed by the corrupt, the greedy, the uncaring, the apathetic, the stupid and the lazy.

    You need to continue, and don’t take NO for an answer.

    We adults have failed you, and it’s your future.

  48. Rom

    November 29, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    You go for it, kids! An awful lot of your parents started the environmental movement .. and we are incredibly proud of you.

    It’s your world now, and you have a right to live on a planet that is worth living on.

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