Tag Archives: Institute of Public Affairs

June 11 2011 – Miners union says ‘show us the money’

The age-old battle, another skirmish…

ONE of the nation’s largest unions has threatened a blue-collar revolt should the nation’s dirtiest coalmines fail to receive the same level of assistance as they were promised under the original emissions trading scheme.
With industry compensation still being thrashed out behind closed doors, the national secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Tony Maher, said he is worried coalminers will be dudded to appease the Greens.

Coorey, P. 2011. Mine union digs in over compensation under a carbon tax. Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June, p.4.

Also on this day- 
1997 –   As late as June 1997, the US Ambassador to Australia, Ms Genta Hawkins Holmes, stated that the US would seek “binding, realistic and achievable” targets at Kyoto; she claimed that Australia should make greater use of renewable energy sources and improve its “relatively inefficient use of hydrocarbon energy”27” At the Earth Summit in New York in late June, however, the US did not announce a target and sought to include developing countries in the framework agreement. Europeans interpreted these moves as preparing the ground for a softer US position, possibly reviving an earlier proposal to develop traceable international emission permits. At the G-7 meeting in Denver in June 1997, the US, Japan and Canada refused to endorse the EU position of a binding fifteen per cent reduction target, leaving uncertain what would emerge from Kyoto. The Australian Government may yet retrieve something from the divergence of the European and US positions.
Shared Values Drive US-Australia Alliance”. Australian, 12 June 1997: “Ambassador Holmes Gives Elementary Warning on Warming”, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June 1997.
Johnston, W.R.  and Stokes, G. 1997.  Problems in Australian Foreign Policy: January- July 1997. Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.43(3), pp.293-300.

On June 11, 2003, AEI and an Australian think tank, Institute for Public Affairs (IPA), cosponsored a conference titled “Non-governmental Organizations: The Growing Power of an Unelected Few,” held at the AEI offices in Washington, D.C. The conference laid the ground for the launch of “NGO Watch”-a website and political campaign cosponsored by AEI and The Federalist Society.
(Hardistry and Furdon 2004)

11-Jun-2005 – ACF calls for national deep cuts target on greenhouse

The Australian Conservation Foundation today urged a national commitment to a target of cutting greenhouse pollution by 60% by 2050 and a framework of immediate practical action, following commitments by the NSW Premier to this target and the expansion of gas and renewables to meet electricity needs in that state.
ACF Executive Director, Don Henry, said the NSW target of a 60% cut by 2050 matched that adopted by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and the advice of Australia’s former Chief Scientist, and should offer important common ground for the national working group on climate change established at last week’s COAG.

June 8, 2005 Launch of Australian “Environment” Foundation

On this day in 2005 the Melbourne Age reported on the launch, by figures associated with the Institue of Public Affairs, of the “Australian Environment Foundation”, whose name was in no way cohosen to mimic the Australian Conservation Foundation, oh no…

“Australia’s newest environment group is ruffling feathers – but not where you would expect.”  it said –  Fyfe, M. 2005. Cool reception for new green group. The Age, 8 June.

Aka ‘corporate ventriloquism’ and “FACES of Coal.”


Also on this day-

Uren, D. 1990. Editor’s note. BRW, 8 June.

In the battle for hearts and minds, the environmentalists have it all over companies. The business sector’s difficulty in grappling with the environment issue will result, sooner or later, in a company director finding himself in the dock facing charges over pollution. Both NSW and Victoria now have legislation that can render executives and directors personally liable for environment protection offences. Many within the environment movement are looking for a test case of this legislation.

In this week’s cover story BRW writer Matthew Stevens examines the challenge that Greenpeace is throwing out to Australian companies. As Stevens reports, the local branch of the international Greenpeace organisation has thoroughly reorganised itself and is armed with the latest techniques developed in the US for direct action against companies. Greenpeace is out to achieve the greatest public humiliation of those it chooses to expose.

Greenpeace, 2006. Media Release: Greenpeace Denounces Moore. 8 June .

“Sydney, Thursday June 8, 2006: Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO Steve Shallhorn dismisses Patrick Moore’s suggestions that nuclear fuel will have positive environmental impacts. John Howard is only using the likes of Patrick Moore, a hired gun for the nuclear lobby, precisely because he is not a genuine environmentalist,” said Mr Shallhorn.”





Jan 14, 2006 – Scientist asks IPA if it supports *any* regulation…

On this day 11 years ago Australian climate scientist Barrie Pittock had an opinion piece in the Melbourne Age newspaper.  In the piece, titled In global warming war, may market forces be with you“, Pittock observes that

“The Institute of Public Affairs supports, as far as I know, road rules and safety standards, for example for automotive design, medical procedures and drugs. Sensible regulation, with carrots and sticks for people to do the right thing, is necessary in an imperfect world. The same must apply to environmental damage caused by human activities that threatens future human health and welfare.”

Pittock, B. 2006 “In global warming war, may market forces be with you“, The Age, January 14.

The IPA, for those not in the know, is a ‘think’ tank that has been around since the early 1940s.  It used to be conservative, but has now gone full-libertarian.  By its own admission (as in, boast) it has played a key role in denial of climate change in Australia.

Also on this day-

WWF Australia released a report tying global warming to the 2002 drought (which continued until the late 2000s, but more on that another time…

SYDNEY, Australia, January 15, 2003 (ENS) – Human-induced global warming was a key factor in the severity of the 2002 drought in Australia, the worst in the country’s history, according to a report issued Tuesday [14 january] by WWF Australia. The report is part of an effort by Australian environmental organizations to convince the Liberal Government of John Howard to reverse its policy and sign the Kyoto climate protocol.

newswire. 2003. Human Actions Blamed for Worst Australian Drought. Jan 15.