Queensland to Dump ‘Green’ Schemes

NEW Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, orders ex-Queensland Premier’s husband, Greg Withers, to kill green schemes. That’s according to an article in today’s The Australian:

“The showpiece of the Gillard government’s $1.5 billion Solar Flagships Program is now in jeopardy, after Mr Newman yesterday pulled the plug on $75 million in state funding pledged for the $1.2bn Solar Dawn solar thermal project near Chinchilla, west of Brisbane.

“[Federal] Resources Minister Martin Ferguson yesterday suggested the federal government might withdraw its own $464m contribution, promised only last month…

“Mr Newman yesterday declared his LNP government would axe seven other green schemes, on the grounds the carbon tax would make them redundant…

“Mr Newman has given the job of dismantling the programs to the bureaucrat who set them up – Greg Withers, who is married to Ms Bligh.

“We want him to unravel those programs ’cause he’s the bloke who set them up…

Read more here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elections/campbell-newman-orders-anna-blighs-husband-greg-withers-to-kill-green-schemes/story-fnbsqt8f-1226311864712

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11 Responses to Queensland to Dump ‘Green’ Schemes

  1. Sean McHugh March 28, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    What, no honeymoon leave? I’m impressed. Abbott and our Barry O’ Farell need to take note on no-nonsense ditching of nonsense.

  2. James Mayeau March 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    It’s been a long time coming.

  3. Johnny OLeary March 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Hello Ms Morohasy, I’m an ordinary bloke living just up the road from you, near Airlie Beach. I drive tourist boats, and trucks and diggers, kinda bounce around between them as the industries ebb and flow. Lots of ebb lately in both those areas, (except of course, if I wanted to go bush and drive things for the mines, which I don’t.)

    Just discovered your blog during the Media Watch witch hunt, and it is now up there with WUWT, and JoNova, and Bolt, my other favorite interweb stops, full of common sense stuff, love it!

    I am so proud to be a Queenslander just now. I truly believe that we may have started a tsunami here in Qld, which is being watched nervously by the “regulating class” of the world.. (H/T Jo Nova.) Strategies are being formulated by them as we speak, to rethink the packaging of their “save the planet” message, which has been unceremoniuosly thrown out by the vast majority of around 5 million people in our little backwater of the globe.

    Athough I have been apolitical for most of my life, I believe that our federal opposition will be heartened by the wholesale slashing being undertaken by our newly elected representatives here in Queensland, and the mandate they have been given to do so. I believe they will come up with some concrete common sense regarding policy in these matters as a result. They couldn’t possibly be dumb enough to think that it was all about “state issues,” as Julia and co are trying to spin it? Nah, it is writ large enough for the village idiot to see, surely…

    Anyway, love your site, love that you live just down the road, and I hope to be able to see you give a talk somewhere sometime… Keep up the good fight Ms Morohasy, we are slowly coming out of this mess, because of people like you.

    Johnny Up The Road 🙂

  4. Robert March 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Johnny, I never wanted to say this, but secretly I’ve always loved tinned pineapple, Weiss Bars and Darren Lockyer. You guys have every right to feel proud, not for electing a conservative government but for electing a government that really uses its mandate.

  5. Debbie March 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I sincerely hope he and QLD keep the courage of their convictions.
    They’ve already been threatened about pulling that pure, non corruptable, Fed government funding.
    How does that work again?
    Private funding BAD. . .government funding PURE?
    And of course threatening a NEW State govt with a VERY CLEAR ELECTORAL MANDATE would not have anything to do with any of those issues?
    Good for you QLD!

  6. Neville March 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Great stuff from Campbell in Qld and great stuff from Ted here in Vic. I just hope that Barry throws another spanner or three in Juliar’s works to help wreck her renewable energy rubbish before she manages to wreck the Aussie economy.

  7. spangled drongo March 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    And labor doesn’t see how the LNP can improve the budget. Duh!

  8. hunter March 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Congratulations.
    Dismantling the green money/political machine will take some time, and the rent seekers feeding on it are going to squawk quite a bit. Hang tough.

  9. Derek Smith March 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Um,…….could we poor folk in SA get some of what you guys are having? Just as well I’m on solar with a genny back-up, power bills and black-outs are going to soar here in the next few years.

  10. Tony Price March 30, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    I’m not a conservative by any means, but forgive a “Pom” who’s been interested in Oz politrics for several years raising a glass of foaming brown stuff to the voters of Queensland. Good on ya!

    The new state government won’t be perfect by any means, but has already started on the long road back to something resembling sanity. Spending vast amounts of taxpayers money on “green schemes” which deliver little, or “initiatives” which deliver nothing (or worse) is a worldwide scandal. In the world of fashion, the tenet is “if you’ve got it, flaunt it”. In Queensland in particular, and in several other OZ states, I’d say “If you’ve got it, dig it and burn it”.

    I was born in a South Wales mining village, and watched as the “Iron Lady” caused pits to close and hard-working men to be cast on the scrapheap, with just the dole. Don’t let it happen in Australia. The world watches Australia much closer than you might think – I certainly do. True freedom is jobs and wages and self-reliance, and free choice to spend your hard-earned cash, not an interfering “nanny state” and nonsensical over-control and theft of both cash and freedom.

    Dump the ALP and give “Pinocchio” Gillard a pick and shovel. The Romans condemned criminals “damnati ad metalla” – “condemned to the mines”. You could then answer the question (from “Life of Brian”), “What have the Romans done for us?”.

  11. Jolly April 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    “Mr Newman has given the job of dismantling the programs to the bureaucrat who set them up – Greg Withers, who is married to Ms Bligh”

    Is there a way of getting Gillard’s partner to dismantle the Fed Labor party? Hmmmm.

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