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South Australia’s Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation Bill introduced: fast-track for establishment of larger pulp mill by Protavia Pty Ltd

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

Introducing the Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation Bill in the South Australian Legislative Council on 12 September 2007, Gail Gago MP (Australian Labor Party) advised that the Bill incorporated the recommendations of the Select Committee.

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State and Fed Govt financial-reporting harmonised; AASB looks at more onerous standards for private companies, non-profits

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The accounting standards-setter has agreed to harmonise Federal and State Government financial reporting and progressed talks with New Zealand to ensure the two countries’ standards were “as similar as possible”, wrote Patrick Durkin in The Australian Financial Review (8/10/2007, p.8). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tas gets pre-election Drought Assistance Bus; travelling experts advising farmers

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The Australian Government Drought Assistance Bus would be advising farmers in Tasmania in September, reported The Mercury (5/9/2007, p.22). Read the rest of this entry »

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Aus Federal Police confirm its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering; Aidwatch seeks halt to co-operation

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The Australian Federal Police confirmed three of its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering, as the inter­national group Aidwatch warned that such co-operation should be curtailed amid the brutal sup­pression of democracy activists, wrote Craig Skehan in The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.6). Read the rest of this entry »

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Quite possible for an Australian prime minister to refuse to call an election, warns former federal attorney-general

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

According to Michael Lavarch, executive dean of the QUT Law Faculty and a former federal attorney-general, writing in The Australian Financial Review, (5/10/2007), p. 56, the prime minister only needs to go to the governor-general to get the house dissolved if he wants an election called before 15 November 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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New ‘Meretec’ recycling-process recovers 100pc of zinc coating from galvanised steel: cuts pollution, water use, mining waste

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The vast majority of steel used in the automotive, building and manufacturing industries was zinc coated (galvanised), to protect against corrosion, according to a statement by Southern Rocycling (28/9/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Victoria growing opposition to recent $1 billion plan for irrigation upgrades in the state’s Goulburn Murray region, including a pipeline to Melbourne

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

As the state government attempts to conclude six months of negotiations with the federal government, there is growing opposition to its recently announced $1 billion plan for irrigation upgrades in the state’s Goulburn Murray region, including a pipeline to Melbourne reported The Australian Financial Review (13/7/2007, p. 19). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tax-incentive legislation will assist major corporations, take rural land out of agricultural production, says Greens Party MP

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party Senator) speaking against proposed tax incentive legislation, stated that the legislation would result in water and land being removed from agricultural production. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eco-Carbons to convert cereal-grain ‘seconds’, husks, fruit stones, nut shells, even straw, into renewable energy

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

A pilot factory based in Gunnedah, NSW, and perhaps a second unit in Toowoomba, Queensland, could spearhead the emergence of an industrial process able to turn farm wastes into charcoal beads, providing a new source of renewable energy, wrote Graham Fuller in Queensland Country Life (4/10/2007, p.23). Read the rest of this entry »

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Universal pump jack can replace normal windmill function when mill not working

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Universal pump jacks were lightweight, fully portable and could be installed in about 15 minutes, with their purpose being to replace a normal windmill function when the mill was out of service, or there was a lack of wind, reported Farm Weekly (27/9/2007, p. 20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Milk-powder prices soar 70pc in 2007; wheat, other grains at near-record: growing China, India demand

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The prices of dairy products, especially milk powder, have led other soft commodities with gains of up to 70 per cent so far this year, and wheat and other grain prices were also at a near record, wrote David Potts in The Australian Financial Review (10/10/2007, p.31). Read the rest of this entry »

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Changing climate allows less agriculture, altering patterns of agricultural investment says Adelaide professor

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

According to renowned expert on water and farming, Mike Young of the University of Adelaide, it looked as if Australia had shifted to a drier climate, similar to that experienced in the 1920s to the early 1940s, wrote rural writer Asa Wahlquist in The Australian (6/10/2007, p. 23). Read the rest of this entry »

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SA govt go ahead for water-saving $4.7m Virginia Pipeline extension; govt to pump funds, scheme to pump 35pc treated wastewater for use of irrigators

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Ending years of uncertainty for Angle Vale irrigators and almost two years of delays after its announcement, the $4.7 million Virginia Pipeline Scheme Extension, a major water-saving project was given the green light by the State Government with the Government set to match federal funding for extension, announced by Prime Minister John Howard in October 2005, reported The Advertiser, (06/09/2007, p.7). Read the rest of this entry »

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Turnbull plays different tunes on Chaffey upgrade grant issue – calls fed grant for Chaffey upgrade ‘contingent’ in parliament but changes tune to ‘all clear’ after angry response from local electorate

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

According to Lenore Taylor, in The Australian Financial Review, (26/09/2007, p.11), the federal government appeared to be saying one thing in Canberra about its tough stance on protecting the Murray Darling and another to voters in the NSW electorate of New England over the issue of federal grant for work to increase the capacity of the Chaffey Dam near Tamworth, where the Nationals were seeking to win back from long-serving independent Tony Windsor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Health, water and drought the election issues for farmers; only 5.1pc view climate change as important election factor, Qld poll shows

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

A special farmer-only poll revealed they believed Kevin Rudd would be the next Prime Minister of Australia, even though most said they would vote for the Coalition, wrote Lucy Skuthorp in Queensland Country Life (4/10/2007, p.11). Read the rest of this entry »

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Greens MP Milne criticises Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007: insufficiently considered; threat to farming, biodiversity; advantageous to emitters

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party, Senator) stated she was appalled that the Selection of Bills Committee had decided not to refer the Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007 to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport for appropriate consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

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9 October: Lismore hit by hail the size of tennis balls as supercells form over NSW Northern Rivers and parts of Northern Tablelands

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Lismore, on the state’s Far North Coast was hit 9 October, by hail the size of tennis balls. It was the second day that severe thunderstorms and hail caused havoc in the northeast of the state. Windows and skylights at the local police station were smashed and an its vehicles suffered major damage, police reported. Several car crashes were also reported, along with a tree falling on a car and a skylight at the hospital smashing, exposing wards to rain, reported The Daily Telegraph, (10/10/2007), p. 13.

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9 October: bogong bomb: fire alarm set off by bogong moths after they flew in the path of a laser beam at Parliament House in Canberra

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

A Fire alarm at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday may have been set off by bogong moths alter they flew in the path of a laser beam, reported The Daily Telegraph (10/10/2007, p.3).

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Physical commodities such as coffee and sugar and cotton best place to be over the next five years as food prices spike under climate contraints

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

According to Gabriella Hold in The Australian Financial Review, (10/10/2007, p. 31) Clime Asset Management managing director Roger Montgomery says real commodities should outperform not only over the next year but for the longer term as growing populations boost demand for foodstuffs. “Physical commodities such as coffee and sugar and cotton will be the best place to be, probably over the next five years,” he said.

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Nomura Australia equities strategist Eric Betts is similarly bullish on commodities, saying they could well outperform other asset classes, as the impact of Australia’s drought increases food prices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian grain buyer goes bust in wheat price spike: Chicago December 07 wheat futures US922c/bu

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

The drought has already forced one grain buyer, Barry Smith Grains, based in Moree, NSW, into administration and there are constant rumours of others, big and small, who are not comfortable with their position, reported Queensland Country Life, (10/10/2007, p.5).

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Old friendship between Greens leader Brown and Peter Garrett ends over Tamar Valley pulp mill; Brown to fight on

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown had turned his back on former environmental pin-up boy and old friend Peter Garrett, wrote Mark Worley in The Mercury (6/10/2007).

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Hydro Tasmania will continue to import significantly across Basslink as it seeks to protect storages following a dry winter across the state

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Hydro Tasmania’s storages continue to feel the brunt of below average rainfall just two months into the new financial year and despite good rains in the first half of August. While inflows were above average for August, early September inflows were well below average and the indications are that this trend will continue for the month without significant spring falls. Hydro Tasmania will continue to import significantly across Basslink as it continues to protect storages following a dry winter across the State, said a Hydro Tasmania release.

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Water trading market incidents of misconduct are “serious but are not widespread”; price of water has hit $800 to $1000 a megalitre

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Confidence in the emerging water trading market could be jeopardised by dodgy or incompetent brokers, according to The Australian Financial Review (7/9/2007, p. 7).

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Fixed water charges for irrigators should be waived in EC drought areas, says NSW Farmers Association

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Fixed water charges for irrigators should be waived in areas granted exceptional circumstances (EC) drought status, the NSW Farmers Association believed, reported The Land (26/7/2007, p.15).

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Outraged Greens opt for open ticket as Labor and Coalition support Gunns

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Federal Environmental Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was not appropriate for the commonwealth to assess the greenhouse gas emissions from individual projects, such as the proposed pulp mill in Tasmania, as this was better dealt with by a national emissions trading regime, reported The Australian Financial Review (5/10/2007, p. 10).

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Gunns now has legal standing to go on destroying for the next 50yrs what remains of Tas old-growth forests, SMH writer says

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Gunns was the company that dominated Tasmania’s forestry industry, and Tasmania was the only Australian state that still clear-felled its native forests, turned its eucalypts into chips and incinerated the rest, wrote Alan Ramsey in The Sydney Morning Herald (6/10/2007, p.33).

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Greens Party MP Milne says proposed tax legislation will harm farmers, needs appropriate scientific scrutiny

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Senator, Greens Party) stated that a whole-of-government approach to climate change was needed, on 20 September 2007.

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Chaffey Dam augmentation project to improve water supply security for Tamworth and Peel Valley irrigators: contingent on NSW government and other stakeholders meeting funding shares

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Malcolm Turnbull MP (Minister for the Environment and Water Resources) answering a question from Tony Windsor MP (Independent) as to whether the minister could guarantee to the people of Tamworth that the upgrade to the Chaffey Dam would proceed, stated that the contribution of $6½ million to the Chaffey Dam augmentation project would improve water supply security for Tamworth and Peel Valley irrigators.

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$6.4m Project Pigeon Hole shows water management, infrastructure investment dramatically reduce costs

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

According to Aust­ralia’s largest pastoral development research project, dramatic potential increases in the carrying capacity of Australia’s Top End cattle properties could double property values, wrote Matthew Cranston in The Australian Financial Review (8/10/2007, p. 62).

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Water, energy utilities get classified govt computer-modelling to plan for disasters, terror attacks

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

Banks, telecommunications carriers, energy and water utilities would be given access to classified computer modelling by the government to plan for disasters, wrote Julian Bajkowski in The Australian Financial Review (3/10/2007, p.53).

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