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Comment on Inquiry into fracking: Giving it the green light? by John Bell.

No problems or worries about gas down here in Mexico. The Andrews government has a total moratorium on all land gas exploration and extraction, whether by conventional or fracking.
Plus the shutdown of Hazelwood. With summer upon us. And the hot air supply of Parliament House temporarily reduced with the pollies going on holidays.
Trillions of litres of gas by conventional means under our feet, the gift waiting for China in the fulness of time not too far away.
Ah yes. The Garden State. Utopia.

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Harts Range garnet mine in trouble
In the 1970s we used to convoy it from Melanka to the Harts Range race meeting weekend.
Never knew if it was the sun glinting off the mica in them there hills, or the reflection off the bottom of the CB stubs.


Rolfe bail application under exclusion of the public
@ Peter Dixon: “The charges must have been laid on the evidence.”
Not necessarily. Peter, I agree with you that police are not above the law.
But the question here is – why was the charge of murder laid so quickly? There is a whiff of NT government influence here. In the highly volatile immediate community reaction at the time, so hastily laying the most serious charge of murder, rather than say, manslaughter, it is not a quantum leap to think that police were leaned on by the NT government to try to defuse and placate the community anger.
Down here in Victoria, when 26 government MPs were found by Ombudsman Deborah Glass to have rorted (i.e. misappropriated) public funds of $300,000 to pay Red Shirt volunteers to win the 2014 election, Andrews refused to allow the police to interview them.
They were never charged and sit in Parliament scot free today. The same major party is in government in Victoria and the NT.
Who is to say that the NT police were not leaned on in a similar manner by Mr Gunner?


Rolfe bail application under exclusion of the public
@ Evelyne Roullet: I respect your comment Evelyne.
However, the third person is only “central” to the incident in the fact that he is a witness whose account may or may not be given weight to find guilty or acquit.
My point is that the two central young men have been impossibly captured and trapped by the media and stereotyped into opposing racial camps.
The media cannot help itself. Sensationalism that only exacerbates the bitterness and attracts readers and viewers.


Rolfe bail application under exclusion of the public
With all due respect. The Australian’s reporting of this incident, and for that matter the reporting of every other mainstream media outlet, gave full and fair coverage – sensationalistic coverage, in fact – to the community’s outrage.
From the very first moment that the news broke, it was reported with very heavy implication that it was a racial incident. With hatred of police thrown in.
Anyone who dared to suggest otherwise ran a serious risk of accusations of racism.
Two young men were central to this incident. The dead Young man will rightly be respected and honoured in death. As should be by family and friends and community.
However, the one who has been charged with murder (very hastily it would seem for political reasons), is now firmly stereotyped as a white racist.
His pic has been emblazoned on the front pages and we know him as a white twenties lad with tattoos from a white well-off family.
He has been condemned automatically by at least 50% of the population.
I will be very interested to see if his trial will be by jury or judge alone.
I think a jury trial would not guarantee a fair trial.
Media attention to the different treatment he has been accorded will only make a fair trial by jury even more doubtful.


Alice group says ‘no’ to extradition of Assange
@ Jerry Fitzsimons: A former local 4 has a fair point; why worry about Assange when there are far more relevant and important local issues to report in many Alicians’ opinion.
I tend to agree. I have long been impressed with Murray Stewart’s Desert League of Champions initiative.
I personally think it has been a lovely community bonding exercise over the last 20 years. 10 nominees every year for 10 years then a big celebration of the 100 in 2019.
Much prefer to read a report on an event celebrating Alicians and the sporting history of a town that has a magnificent sporting tradition than reading about the Socialist group rally.


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