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Archive for December, 2010

Kenneally called on to restore rail petrol freight subsidy to save lives

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

In the aftermath of the far south coast accident involving a petrol tanker that killed three people Greens MP and transport spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on Premier Kristina Kenneally to reinstate the subsidy for bulk fuel transported by rail.

“I extend sympathy on behalf of the Greens to the families of those killed in this tragedy,” Ms Rhiannon said.

“The lessons from this horrific accident need to be acted upon to prevent more deaths and injuries.

“As well as targeting the black spots on the Princes Highway, the NSW government must ensure that where possible fuel is moved by rail. This is the safer form of transport.

“In November last year the Rees government ended its Fuel by Rail scheme that provided a 1.2 cents per litre subsidy to petrol companies.

“Slashing the scheme saved the government $1.6 million, but has meant more petrol tankers on NSW roads. This poor policy decision that saves a paltry amount of money was brought down in the 2008 mini-budget.

“Following this latest accident Premier Kenneally should move quickly to reinstate the rail subsidy for fuel transported from Sydney depots to western NSW and Canberra.

“The removal of the subsidy has resulted in Shell Australia transporting petrol from Parramatta to Canberra, Dubbo and Tamworth by B-double fuel tankers instead of rail.

“On the Dubbo run BP Australia had shared a train for deliveries with Shell so BP could be moving its fuel by road, which would force more trucks to use the dangerous Great Western highway.

“This could mean at least four extra B-double tankers on local roads a day.

”Three fuel trains a week use to run between Canberra and Sydney. The end of this service puts more lives at risks as petrol companies resort to using road freight.

“The government should be moving to require fuel companies to transport bulk petroleum products by rail whenever possible,” Ms Rhiannon said.

letter to the editor, The Australian

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The call on the organic industry by West Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food, Terry Redman ‘to bend its rules to permit some GM material, declaring purity to be “unrealistic” ‘ is an abrogation of his responsibilities and an insult to growers and consumers alike (GM strain blows organic status away, The Australian, December 23). Meanwhile Monsanto declares it will protect the contaminating farmer should there be court action.
Monsanto and the governments it has duped has claimed from the outset that contamination can be controlled. Those concerned about the potential health and environmental effects of this unproven technology have been trying in vain to have the precautionary principle applied.
What will it take for governments to stop being taken in by Monsanto et al and realise that there is a huge market out there for non-GM produce? Choice is a fundamental part of democracy. Genetic Manipulation of our food and fibre ensures that there is none.
Catherine Moore

Monsanto to fight GM contaminated organic farmer; WA government hides GM canola test results

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

A West Australian organic farmer is in limbo, awaiting state government test results and facing genetic manipulation giant Monsanto’s legal wrath. Steve Marsh’s organic farm has been decertified over GM canola contamination from a neighbour’s

Monsanto revealed today (see full text of The Australian article below media release) that it would give legal support to the GM grower if Mr Marsh sought redress for his losses through the courts. “For years we called for Farmer Protection laws because GM contamination was inevitable once the Gene Technology regulator issued unrestricted and unconditional commercial licences,” said Gene Ethics Executive Director, Bob Phelps.

“And just this week, the regulator has licensed Monsanto trials of GM canola designed to survive even more repeated sprayings of Roundup herbicide. This will add to the burden of unmanageable herbicide-tolerant weeds that already cost Australian land managers over $4 billion per year. (more…)

Greens can halt Conservative rubber stamp parliament

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

In response to NSW poll results released today, Greens MP David Shoebridge said that while these results, if played out in March, would result in more Greens in the NSW Parliament, they could also deliver the Liberal and National parties absolute control of the NSW Government.

“This is a very strong result for the Greens with more than one in eight people in NSW intending to vote Green.  The party is now in a strong position to increase its representation in NSW parliament,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“On these figures the coalition will gain absolute control of both houses of the NSW parliament. The last time the Coalition had this kind of dominance
in a parliament was when John Howard pushed through Workchoices.

“The Greens are calling for voters in March to think carefully about their vote, particularly in the upper house.  The surest way of putting a check on
the extreme elements in the Coalition is to vote Green in the upper house. (more…)

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