Friday, 3 February 2017

Freedom of Speech is NOT a fringe Issue

On the 1st February, the Australian's Editorial contained the following:
A new Galaxy survey reported in our pages yesterday indicates almost half of voters want the words “insult” and “offend” removed, echoing an idea gaining ground among a group of Coalition backbenchers seeking compromise. ......... Fewer than 40 percent in the survey said they would oppose such a change.

The IPA's Simon Breheny issued a media release:
New opinion poll research shows that 95% of Australians think free speech is important to them with over 57% saying it is "very important". 
"Much to the surprise of some members of the media and the political class, free speech matters," said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. 
"When 95% of respondents agree that an issue is important, it is time for our elected representatives to listen rather than trying to tell the public it is a niche or fringe issue". 
The new poll also shows increased support for changing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA). 48% of respondents now support removing the words insult and offend from section 18C of the RDA; up three points from the previous Galaxy survey in November, while there has been a 2% decrease in the number of people opposing changes (down from 38% to 36%).
Please note that the Galaxy Survey was commissioned by the IPA.

Please note that this blogger is also a member of the IPA.

Trump moves to remove the US from the UN

Trump is not letting the grass grow under his feet..

H.R.193 - American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017

To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.

Why Japan is planning to build 45 new coal fired power stations

Isogo coal power plant
"Our" ABC reported that the Japanese government (is) planning to build 45 new coal-fired power stations.
The Japanese government is moving ahead with its plans to build up to 45 new coal fired power stations. 
The power plants will utilise high energy, low emissions (HELE) technology that use high-quality black coal. 
Japan is the largest overseas market for Australian coal producers, taking more than a third of all exports. (bold added)
Tom O'Sullivan, a Tokyo-based energy consultant with Mathyos Global Advisory, said the move to more coal-fired power was because coal was cheaper than LNG, and the energy security was a priority for the government.

Australian Climate Sceptics blog BRAG! UPDATED

This blog should reach 2,000,000 pageviews in the next month.

After a few days, Moving ever closer:

Update 7:12AM 10/2/2017

Update 5 PM  19/2/2017

Update 11 AM 22/2/2017

Update 10 AM 23/2/2017 Nudging closer....

Update 11 AM 24/2/2017