Quality journalism

I turned to the opinion page in The Australian and for a change four articles that not only could I read through to the end, but could agree with them all. In alphabetical order with a representative quote from each.

From Nick Cater: Australians won’t fall for a bandana republic.

The republican movement has its work cut out. Before it can get around to replacing the Queen it apparently has to remove its hapless spokesman.

From Pauline Hanson: Our dry, fragile continent can’t sustain current immigration levels.

Governments, both Liberal and Labor, argue immigration is good for the economy, but economist Judith Sloan, writing on these pages recently, says immigration benefits special interest groups. She says the economics of immigration are clear. In the short term, immigration reduces per capita income, and in the long term per capita income gains are modest, but these calculations ignore the congestion costs, house prices and the loss of amenity.

From Ian Plimer: Repeat after me: carbon dioxide is good for us.

Climate policy is underpinned by two fallacies. The first is that human emissions of carbon dioxide drive global warming. The second is that future climate can be predicted from computer models.

From Judy Sloan: Compromised NEG could be worse than doing nothing.

But here’s a tip: don’t believe the hype about the NEG. Designed by experts with particular agendas, it’s a dog’s breakfast that could be worse than doing nothing. Anyone who believes in the modelling-based predictions of ­future price reductions — $550 cuts to households’ annual electricity bills — also believes in the tooth fairy.

Alas, tomorrow it will be Savva, Richardon, von Onselen and some Labor member of the shadow cabinet, but in the meantime, this is as good as it gets.

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17 Responses to Quality journalism

  1. Dave in Marybrook

    From memory, Tuesday is the lowest circulation Oz. That’s why they used to park Phillip Adams there…

  2. Myrddin Seren

    From Pauline Hanson: Our dry, fragile continent can’t sustain current immigration levels.

    I know there will be a pile-on about Pauline and what the notional carrying capacity of Australia might be without the numerous roadblocks of government interference, Green-Leftism, NIMBY-ism etc etc.

    But as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane fill up ( but not fast enough to keep up with apartment building – expect the immigration GDP spigot to be turned up another notch after the next election ), remind me when the last water storage dam was built in this country ?

    On present indications, the creaking, rusty de-sal plants will soon have to be cranked up – at the same time as ‘We’ are actively destroying our baseload electricity supply ?

  3. Diogenes

    argue immigration is good for the economy

    According to the ABS , at around 11pm tonight Australia’s population hits 25 million.

  4. Myrddin Seren

    According to the ABS , at around 11pm tonight Australia’s population hits 25 million.

    Last flight in to Mascot before the curfew delivers Citizen 25 Meg ?

  5. Rafe Champion

    I suspect the NEG is worse than doing nothing.
    No more unreliables although it is too late to stop approved projects.

  6. JohnA

    From Pauline Hanson: Our dry, fragile continent can’t sustain current immigration levels.

    Please inform the Senator that our continent is neither dry nor fragile.

    It boasts heavy monsoonal rainfall in the north. Our problem is that the dryness and the wetness do not coincide, so what we see is the dryness (compounded by government interference in the Murray Darling basin).

    Imagine some channels from the Channel Country to the headwaters of Cooper’s Creek and the Murray Darling system…

  7. stackja

    JohnA – Urban voters don’t understand water. MSM add to ignorance.

  8. Herodotus

    Graham Lloyd’s piece featuring The Climate Council (that’s Will Steffen and Tim Flubbery) is a prime example of “quality journalism” in The Australian – NOT. I won’t bother linking to it, it is such a poor piece it could have been written by that NZ dumbo who sat opposite Southern and Molyneaux and made a complete ass of himself.

  9. .

    Imagine some channels from the Channel Country to the headwaters of Cooper’s Creek and the Murray Darling system…

    You don’t get it, do you?

    Irrigate the man-made lakes at the terminus of the Murray: DOUBLEPLUS GOOD!

    Collect water that just washes out into the Arafura sea: VERY BAD!

  10. GerardB

    Mate, Niki Savva is featured on Turdsday.

  11. H B Bear

    Collect water that just washes out into the Arafura sea: VERY BAD!

    Hey! Dat blackfella water.

  12. stackja

    Meanwhile in Sydney:

    Clover Moore
    ‏Verified account @CloverMoore
    The history of Australia’s First Peoples has long been missing from the public domain – and today we unveil bara by artist Judy Watson.

    Clover Moore
    ‏Verified account @CloverMoore
    4 hours ago
    This breathtaking public artwork which will overlook Sydney Harbour.
    Clover Moore
    ‏Verified account @CloverMoore
    4 hours ago
    bara is the Gadigal word for shell-hook –inspired by traditional fish hooks crafted & used by Gadigal women for thousands of generations.
    Clover Moore
    ‏Verified account @CloverMoore
    4 hours ago
    Governor David Hurley & I were proud to join the artist and curatorial adviser of the Eora Journey Hetti Perkins earlier today.
    Clover Moore
    ‏Verified account @CloverMoore
    4 hours ago
    We were also joined by elders from our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for this historic announcement.
    Clover Moore
    ‏Verified account @CloverMoore
    4 hours ago
    The history of Australia’s First Peoples has been missing from the public domain & through Eora Journey we’ve been working to address this.
    Clover Moore
    ‏Verified account @CloverMoore
    4 hours ago
    This is a truly significant moment in Australia’s history – I congratulate everyone involved in bringing this stunning artwork to life.

  13. Yes, Herodotus not very good journalism from Lloyd who has written a few reasonable articles. No saying that Freedom of information found that Steffen had lied about email threats. No mention that Steffen was mentioned in the “Climategate” emails as a meeting organiser before he came to Australia. no mention of Steffen’s doubtful academic credentials. None of the alarmists or anyone involved with Climate data had heard of him before he came to Australia. Did politics get hm the job? It appear Steffen is a supporter of Al Gore. Al Gore is a failed political lawyer (now with an honorary Dr from Melbourne Univ) but has no understanding of technology

  14. Squirrel

    “Our dry, fragile continent can’t sustain current immigration levels.” – indeed, and yet the ability of the usual suspects to be absolutely fraught to the point of hysteria about the future of our environment at the same time as they are telling us to celebrate ‘Straya’s surging population is something to behold.

    Whatever the environmental future may hold, I have yet to hear a calm, rational, data-based and slogan-free economic explanation of why the high rate of immigration is essential and in the national interest. We have record spending on education, we have a high rate of unemployment, under-employment and discouraged workers, and yet we still apparently have vast skills shortages – something does not quite add up.

    Perhaps if we stopped spending quite so much borrowed money on goods and services that we don’t need and really can’t afford, and on overly large bureaucracies with large chunks of duplication (if not triplication), we would suddenly discover that we don’t have skills and labour shortages after all.

    One of the highlights of today’s carry on about the 25 million was hearing one demographer trot out the usual stuff about an ageing population while another earnestly explained (presumably for the benefit of those dreadful racists and xenophobes amongst us) that not all the population growth is due to immigration – it is also due to more births than deaths.

  15. Tim Neilson

    yet we still apparently have vast skills shortages

    There aren’t enough carjackings happening in CFMEUistan.

  16. BorisG

    Alas, tomorrow it will be Savva, Richardon, von Onselen and some Labor member of the shadow cabinet, but in the meantime, this is as good as it gets.

    this is called diversity. good.

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