Tag Archives: Queensland

April 9, 1990 – The BCA gets into the green game…

Business was taken aback with the speed of greenery in 1988/89. The fightback(!) began properly just after the Hawke government won a fourth term, with the launch of a BCA documnet that bemoaned the lack of ‘balance’ (a theme they returned to again and again).
“Launching its first policy on the environment in Sydney yesterday, the Business Council of Australia lamented the standard of the green debate.”
Lane, B. 1990. Business hitches a ride with green bandwagon.  Australian Financial Review, 10 April.

Also on this day- 
2011 Rally in for climate action in Brisbane .
Things to remember.  Some people get very rich from Queensland’s coal exports. The police in Queensland have a habit of surveillance that extends to clipping complain-y letters to the newspaper….

April 9th, 2011 – Rally against Queensland coal exports

Queensland has been exporting coal (to Japan, initially) since the 1960s.  Thanks to technological innovation (American) and a pliant state, it’s exporting more and more coal every year (give or take the occasional cyclone).

The tragic trajectory is set, the momentum (political, economic, cultural) is irresistible.  Still, you can’t blame people for protesting

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Jan 10, 2011, Queensland hit by huge cyclone, floods

“A series of floods hit Queensland, Australia, beginning in December 2010. The floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities.At least 70 towns and over 200,000 people were affected. Damage initially was estimated at around A$! billion before it was raised to $2.38 billion.The estimated reduction in Australia’s GDP n is about A$30 billion.” [direct quote from wikipedia]

Context: Obviously this is a natural disaster, so we have to point you to the Attribution Page.

Cyclone Yasi (for it is she) had a quite dramatic effect on the volume of coal exported from Queensland in the first quarter of 2011. [Marc to fill in extra detail]

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