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So-called Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has approved the construction of three new coal loading terminals at Abbott Point and a gas processing plant on Curtis Island north of Gladstone in Queensland. The projects involve dredging 3 million cubic metres of seabed, which will probably be dumped in the nearby Great Barrier Reef Marine National Park.

Water quality is already a significant problem for the Reef due to pollutants from agricultural run-off through river systems, resulting in damage to corals and sea grass. The Reef’s coral coverage has actually declined by a half in the last decade or more.

Thankfully help is now at hand, as apparently the massive dumping of dredged soil will, according to Hero Hunt, actually improve ocean water quality. Yep, all is well, because of his compensatory “offsets’’. Reducing run-off pollutants combined with dumping will actually improve water quality by 150%! Finance Minister Mathias Cormann: ”we are actually making things better”. Of course!

No matter that Reef scientists say this is impossible. The accuracy and certainty of the government’s 150% figure is impressive. When our leaders say that Australia is open for business they mean it. Hopefully UNESCO will be good sports too and avoid putting the Reef on their ‘’World Heritage in Danger’’ list. Thanks Greg, for saving our reef with industrial over-development and massive pollution: you’re a saviour, who would’ve thought?

Eric Blair (aka George Orwell) must be spinning in his grave, with the outright lies and abuse of political language which are the hallmarks of Abbott and his merry band even as they assume the reins of power. Abbott Point indeed!

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Pope Francis has released a ‘papal exhortation’ of 223 pages of critique on modern life and capitalism. What a contrast with his predecessor Ratzinger, defender of doctrinal faith and church crimes, whose tenure was untenable, and who did well to sack himself.

Inter alia, Francis aka Jose Mario Bergoglio, had this to say about our enlightened and prosperous times:

“While the earnings of the minority are growing exponentially, so, too, is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. The imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation…. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules…. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything that stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.”

Liberation theology is not dead. Go Francis, you good thing!

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