A loyal Labor correspondent vented to VEXNEWS today:
What the f*ck is this sh*t? Living “greener”? “Sustainable living”?
He supplied a link, to an official website of the Commonwealth Government Department of Climate Change, wait for it, Living Green(er).
Enraged, she continued:
This sort of thing is why we’re on 31%. People don’t want to live “greener”. They want to live cheaper, or easier, or better. They hate the carbon tax because it’s a cost impost for green reasons. They think we sold out to the Greens Party to get into government. And here we are telling them to “live greener”, as one of our major websites? For f*ck’s sake… in the suburbs and the land of the swinging voter – unlike the world of the E-grade political staffer, overpaid and underworked, living in Canberra or the inner city – green does NOT equal good.
Encouraging less waste, more energy efficiency, all of that is, of course, good. But why does a Labor government use the branding of its enemies, sworn enemies, dedicated to “replacing the bastards” on a taxpayer funded website as propaganda?
It’s sad, stupid and bizarre.
We hadn’t previously drawn attention to it, but equally open to ridicule was the announcement by Minister Simon Crean who has mostly surprised us by being one of the government’s better presenters in a field of genuine interest to him, regional development.
In one release on June 12th, the government announced it was willing to pay taxpayer cash for cow manure. Yes, you read correctly.
Dairy producers could soon earn carbon credits through the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative by capturing and destroying harmful greenhouse gases released by cow manure under a new carbon farming methodology released today for public comment.
Fortunately for the government, the politics of giving money to farmers, or studying new and exciting methods for how to give them more, for any dubious purpose, is reasonably safe ground in Australia so they haven’t being pinged for it.
Just cut the cockies another cheque.
It all comes on top of the most extraordinary story today, splashed in the unlikely venue of the Sunday Age, which reported the monumental scandal:
THE Australian-funded $300 million Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute set up by former prime minister Kevin Rudd has squandered taxpayers’ money for negligible results, ex-staff say.
And according to a survey of the institute’s 190 members, which include businesses, governments and institutions from around the world, many were ”fed up with the lack of focus … and fast losing patience” with its work.
Fairfax’s feisty Lenore Taylor reported:
The institute’s new chief executive, Brad Page, said it was now refocusing its approach, but conceded the original $100 million a year ”seed funding” given to the organisation – launched with great enthusiasm by Mr Rudd in 2009 to ”lead the world” in the greenhouse gas reduction technology – was too much for the fledgling body to manage efficiently.
”It’s actually impossible to spend that amount of money responsibly,” Mr Page told The Sunday Age.
It’s breathtaking stuff, even the HSU’s chief crook Kathy Jackson would be ashamed:
Documents released under freedom-of-information laws show a staggering $54.25 million was spent on ”operational expenses” in the institute’s first two years.
Among those expenses were numerous first-class air fares for board members and lavish overseas trips for more than 15 of the institute’s Australia-based staff to attend meetings in France and Japan, where they stayed in five-star hotels and were catered for by top chefs.
But for all its high-powered meetings, former staff and industry observers say the Canberra-based institute has never had a clear focus, and this has led to millions of dollars being invested in overseas projects that have been of negligible benefit to Australia.
And the outrage continues:
Since 2009, the institute has received more than $235 million – $122 million of which it has already spent and another $113 million of which remains in a bank account, beyond the reach of Treasury’s cost-cutting razor, according to information provided at a recent Senate estimates hearing.
The not-for-profit organisation has 78 staff, including nine permanent staff working overseas.
It was all down for announcement value, for Rudd boasting purposes at UN gigs, with little thought for how it would work and what it would do. “A Hollowman special,” one crestfallen Labor insider told VEXNEWS today, reflecting on how many more atrocities like this lie in Rudd’s Little Cabinet of Horrors, ready to burst open, should he put his hand up for leadership once more, as some have fantasising about recently.