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Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock

After we saw the latest outcome of Trump’s politics, ending with storming the Capitol in Washington, I hope Australia is learning from this. I hope Australia will move united to stop our government wasting taxpayers’ money, no, sorry, actively destroying our climate and future by handing out taxpayers’ money to the coal and gas mining companies and brainwashing the nation.

We still haven’t moved decisively on the issue of oil-based plastics even though we know that they don’t break down, ever.

Jobs, jobs, jobs can be created in hemp production and industry to produce compostable plastic, wood etc. While our government hasn’t said a word about raising the welfare payment for job seekers, I am amazed that the upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Newcastle to Tweed cost only fifteen billion and created a lot of jobs for over 24 years. And Scotty from marketing announced $270 billion spending on the military in the next ten years. And we are letting this all happen, time to speak up and rise up!

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  1. Hi Chibo. Could you please enlighten me re your statement “our government handing out taxpayers money to coal and gas mining companies” Ive read about this before but cant find any details. Thanks.

    • David perhaps you not trying hard enough. The two most recent and most notables are Treasurer Joshingusall and his October 2020 Budget – announcing $8.7 millions of taxpayer hard earned being handed to The Vales Point Coal Fired Power Station which is owned by Trevor St Baker a notable $political donor to The Liberal Party and we have the 17/12/2020 announcement of $50millions handout for the gas frackers to accelerate fracking The Beetaloo Basin.

    • Barrow old son, what’s with your regurgitation line of “..are you off the Grid”. For your information the Grid is a two way street these days for The Gentailers to supply electricity and for the millions of solar rooved homes to feed their excess ‘green electrons’ into the Grid. The question for Barrow my man is, are you on the Grid enjoying ‘green electrons’ like the majority of the rest of us on the Grid.

  2. Thanks Joachim. I interpreted “hand out” as money for nothing. The governments would be calling it “investment” in energy security and emissions reductions. Thanks

    • David, it is 2020 not 1920. We in a Climate Emergency. Government handouts for Fossil Fuel adventures is an investment to accelerate the existential threat that is The Climate Emergency.

  3. David you seem to be developing an ongoing habit of completely ignoring well-known facts that don’t bolster the argument you are prosecuting, your latest claim that the Coalition Federal Govt. doesn’t subsidise the Fossil Fuel Industry is one hell of a stretch, but I suspect you may already know that. The latest example of the blatant misuse of taxpayer funds by the Morrison Govt. is the recent offering of grants of up to $250,000 to wealthy multi-national company’s to attend “industry events”, like the International Mining and Resources Conference as part of a fossil-fuel led recovery. Surely that money could be better spent on actually reducing our carbon emissions instead of increasing them. But what else can a Govt. so heavily indebted to the Fossil Fuel Industry’s political donations do?

  4. If some of you posters had actually read what I said instead of jumping to conclusions, we could have avoided the lecture on coalition energy policy. Keith, you make the claim I’m developing an ongoing habit of completely ignoring well known facts that don’t bolster the argument I’m prosecuting. In this discussion I’m not prosecuting any argument. I simply asked for clarity regarding Chibo’s statement re the govt. handing out taxpayers money. Joachim cleared that up for me. Again read what I said, not what you think I said. Since you know nothing of my politics or my stance on Coalition energy policy, I presume your statement refers to our discussion on US gun culture. Again you know nothing about my stance on US gun culture. Please detail the well known facts I completely ignore and answer the last question I posed to you. I was hoping for a good discussion but all I’m getting is your ignorance on the subject. Thanks

  5. Hi David, I can read quite well, thank you, if you can’t handle a “lecture” on Coalition policy on energy or lack thereof, that is your problem (we all get lectured at times), and I don’t care about your politics as I don’t care about the politics of the other people who contribute to these “discussions”, that is there business. As for our discussion on American gun culture, that pretty much came to an end, as neither of us know where it is going now there is a new Govt. in power, I am always up for discussing guns in general, as I grew up with all sorts of them including pistols and military rifles, in the wrong hands they are all dangerous, even a single shot .22, your welcome.

  6. Keith. You claim I completely ignore well known facts that don’t bolster the argument I’m prosecuting then shut the discussion down rather than substanciate your allegation. I find that indicative of character.


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