Big Green Plans + Folau & corporate virtue signalling + Faith vs Coal + ATA Podcast

And Windwatch!!

Apologies to people who commented on the first edition. In the course of updating I managed to lose the version with comments. Most unfortunate, some of the comments added good value, please feel free to comment again.

REAKING NEWS. The first Australian Taxpayers Alliance Podcast. Meet the people and the programs.

The picture below illustrates the Great Fossil Fuel Phase-out Fantasy. To introduce a note of reality, the projection from the International Energy Authority (an optimistic green body) is for unreliable energy to make up 3 or 4% of the world’s fuel mix in 2040.

Looking for the source of the picture this story turned up. Mr Bernard Matthews, the UK’s largest turkey farmer, has launched ‘The Big Green Plan’ – a programme of green energy initiatives that will make the business the UK’s greenest farmer and put sustainability at the very heart of the business. Go Bernie! PM May is with you!!

On the Folau saga, this liberty quote is appropriate.
First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I’m not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I’m not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I’m not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me. — Martin Niemoller

On the same topic John Roskam’s weekly epistle to the various dispersed congregations of believers (recalling the epistles of St Paul) came to hand. The point is that the Folau case is a nice example of the trend to corporate virtue signalling that Jeremy Sammut has been researching. John wrote:

My friend Jeremy Sammut at the Centre for Independent Studies has just put out a great new book from Connor Court Press – Corporate Virtue Signalling: How to Stop Big Business from Meddling in Politics. You can get it via the Connor Court Press website. Jeremy makes the really important point that our society has become ‘hyper-politicised’. Everything is political and everything is the subject of a fight. If we attempted to accommodate differences we’d go part of the way to solving these challenges. Interestingly (I’ve used that word a lot today – but there’s lots of interesting things about this case) on the left-wing website Crikey, Guy Rundle wrote something yesterday that puts this sharply – ‘There’s a simple way to get rid of a lot of this: make institutions as neutral as possible. Rugby Australia no more need a same-sex marriage plebiscite policy than Beaumaris Golf Club needs a Middle East peace plan.’

Windwatch. In the last 24 hours or more the Wind has maintained a remarkably stable level of supply near 50% of capacity and 3.2GW that is about 12% of demand. That compares with numbers down to 2 or 3% of demand during the peak during the previous week. No reason to celebrate. That is a tick above what we get from coal at Liddell that is going out in a couple of years. Two more things. The price had doubled during the lifetime of Liddell. And second it is not the average or occasional performance of wind that counts, it is the choke points, like the spots of congestion caused by a crash on a busy highway.

Jo Nova has been busy as usual, this is a report on the people of faith who have joined the Childrens Crusade against affordable and reliable energy.

Signatories to the letter include bishops, rabbis, theologians, the grand mufti of Australia and the heads of the Uniting Church, the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Muslims Australia and the National Council of Churches.

Remember the alarmist maxim: ask a plumber to do the plumbing, a heart expert to do the surgery and when you want to predict the climate, ask an Imam.

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23 Responses to Big Green Plans + Folau & corporate virtue signalling + Faith vs Coal + ATA Podcast

  1. None

    Oh please click through to the Guardian article with the letter signed by the people of faith. Headed up of course buy some honcho at the uniting church and some Anglican Bishops I wonder if it’s the one who proclaimEd quoting the Bible has hate speech. It is puffed up with individual Uniting Church and Anglican priests, a pile of rabbis, a pile of imams, a pike of sisters of Mercy and a pile of Buddhists that all seem like they have the same name and I would put money on that they all come from one commune and they’re just the Buddhist names of Western adherenT’s. And why the hell Papua New Guinea sisters should be signing these papers address to the Australian government is beyond me. Frocking hilarious it’s like a bunch of apostate Christians coupled with Lefty lunatics and rent seekers.

  2. None

    The first few signatories

    Dr Deirdre Palmer, President, Uniting Church in Australia

    Bishop Phillip Huggins, President, National Council of Churches, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

    Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, The Grand Mufti of Australia

    Dr Rateb Jneid, President, Muslims Australia 
    (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils)

    Bishop Kate Prowd, Melbourne Anglican Diocese

    Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill OAM, Chair, Religions for Peace Australia

    Mrs Cecilia Mitra, President, the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils

    Here we go: lots of aging hippies. Money on I am right about the Buddhist signatories.

    http://www.buddhistcouncil.org.au/fed/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage

  3. Iampeter

    On the Folau saga, this liberty quote is appropriate.

    That might be an appropriate quote, but it’s Folau and his supporters, like yourself, that are coming for our freedoms.
    You’re not bravely speaking up about it or anything. You’ve just got everything backwards.
    But I’m not just picking on you. Everyone from Andrew Bolt to Alan Jones has gotten it wrong.
    Conservatism is a religious, politically illiterate and left wing movement. It needs to go.

    Corporate Virtue Signalling: How to Stop Big Business from Meddling in Politics.

    Speaking of getting everything backwards…LOL.

    Yes, yes, “evil big business, grrr.” You leftists are all the same.

    Except, why blog on Australia’s leading Libertarian and Center-Right wing Blog?

  4. Ben

    Corporate virtue signalling:

    https://bankaust.com.au/cleanmoney?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlYm5z_2U4wIV1yMrCh1FNwl4EAAYASAAEgKpE_D_BwE

    Clean money: no fossil fuels, live animal exports, gambling, tobacco, weapons.
    Clean money: yes affordable housing, renewable energy, not-for-profits

  5. Ben

    Corporate virtue signalling:

    https://bankaust.com.au/cleanmoney?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlYm5z_2U4wIV1yMrCh1FNwl4EAAYASAAEgKpE_D_BwE

    Clean money: no fossil fuels, live animal exports, gambling, tobacco, weapons.
    Clean money: yes affordable housing, renewable energy, not-for-profits

  6. DaveR

    In the graph on the Big Green plan, the blue line could easily represent global unemployment, and the black line global growth, if such foolish policies were adopted.

    Oh, wait a minute, energy from “Carbon Free Sources” are now cheaper than from fossil fuels, we are told.

  7. DaveR

    One of the issues that has not been discussed since the 18May election is the impossibility of the Greens policies.

    During the election many people derided One Nation and the United Australia Party’s economic policies. But at least these policies were workable, and capable of being enacted without collapsing the economy, even if people didnt like their settings.

    No such case for the Greens. Policies such as – 100% renewable energy as soon as possible, and zero net emissions by 2040, amongst others – would collapse the Australian economy. The Greens policies are not workable, and the the Greens hierarchy seem to know this.

    With the Greens claiming to be a credible parliamentary party of the far left, or even a credible coalition party of the ALP, there needs to be broad discussion about the failure of the Greens to present policies capable of being enacted.

  8. Mark A

    DaveR
    #3068370, posted on July 2, 2019 at 11:25 am

    One of the issues that has not been discussed since the 18May election is the impossibility of the Greens policies.

    Fairly simple, people never envisage the Greens in power.
    What they forget that they are in an unannounced alliance with labor.

  9. Ellen of Tasmania

    Folau & corporate virtue signalling

    It’s becoming much more than just signalling. TPTB don’t care whether they use governments or corporations; they only care about using power to achieve their own ends.

    Folau is one example, the Ikea employee is another (https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/ikea-worker-sacked-for-posting-antigay-bible-quotes/news-story/b203e7b56d2b6aca625ff12696a32ecc) and they are just two examples.

    I say again, that we are looking at a new paradigm with the rulers and the ruled not necessarily equating to government and citizen. Here’s two non-conservatives discussing this. This comment kind of sums it up:
    “Essentially governments have become the civil servants of corporations”.

    I think I would argue that governments and corporations have become the civil servants and enforcement agencies of the people who really hold the power. I heard one person describe their aim as a ‘technocratic feudalism’.

  10. Roger

    I say again, that we are looking at a new paradigm with the rulers and the ruled not necessarily equating to government and citizen.

    The new serfdom.

  11. Rafe Champion

    Pity he has to use liberal as the label for progressive leftism.
    Great clip!

  12. Lilliana

    I say again, that we are looking at a new paradigm with the rulers and the ruled not necessarily equating to government and citizen.

    “Essentially governments have become the civil servants of corporations”.

    Agree, its all about power and control and governments are losing control – ‘technocratic feudalism’ describes where we are headed. Agree and support what we say or lose your livelihood. Shut down conservative voices and control the education system to produce minions with borg like obedience to the new world order.

  13. Michael Lewis

    Just checking through the anti-coal rabbis’ list. All are lefties and all, bar one, are “progressive religionists” – where “progressive” in religion is the equivalent of progressive in politics. I suspect, even those, are effectively speaking against many in their congregations. But it is a mirror of everywhere else. All are grossly ignorant of real science and take for granted that “the science is in – 97% etc”. They all seem to ignore that “in 8 years or in 10 years etc” doom forecasts, made over the last 20 years, don’t seem to happen – it’s always in 10 years…..”.

  14. Lilliana

    Ellen of Tasmania
    #3068385, posted on July 2, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for the clip – pity it is not on every news channel. Putin might be a ratbag but I can’t help but like and admire him. I hope he is right.

  15. DaveR

    Quite a stunning interview with Putin. There he his arguing for the importance of religion and traditional values in society, respect for diversity of thought and identifying liberal elites as the cause of many of the problems in the West, and its consequences for some problems in Russia as well. (Though who would want to illegally enter Russia?)

    And there we thought much of the political correctness, gender politics, identity politics, religious environmentalism and so on infecting the West was post-structural Marxism emanating from Communist places…..like Russia.

    Could it be that the source of all of this modern nasty thinking is from the West, particularly from circles located near the EU in Belgium and the UN in NYC?

    If he wasnt such a reprehensible individual I might of thought some of what he way saying makes sense.

  16. Ellen of Tasmania

    Really sorry. I just realised that somehow I managed to post the wrong Russell Brand interview. I’ll try again:

  17. None

    Michael, the same can be said of the alleged Christian Bishops and priests on that list. Progressives. The Buddhists look like just another front for the green left socialist forum.

  18. None

    Interesting Putin clip; those two interviewers were such a sycophant; loved how Putin almost choke back his laughter when discussing Western suicide at one point. Yeah yeah people hate Putin and the Russians but how many Western leaders have had the bxlls to tell Merkel she’s totally f***** up.

  19. HP

    Roskam quotes approvingly:

    ‘There’s a simple way to get rid of a lot of this: make institutions as neutral as possible. Rugby Australia no more need a same-sex marriage plebiscite policy than Beaumaris Golf Club needs a Middle East peace plan.’

    This is along the same lines as the libertarians in the SSM debate, saying: “Get rid of the Marriage Act alltogether.” Get rid of the law, so neither side has to live by the other’s rules.

    Yes, you can do that. One-sided disarmament is an option. But it is effectively surrender. (And given how the few Libertarians in parliament campaigned and voted, surrender was perhaps what they had wanted anyway, all along.)

    The “neutral institution” position is as pointless in this fight, as it was in the SSM fight. The ground you surrender, you try to declare neutral. But what you surrender will be lost to the other side. The reason is simple, the other side does not respect neutral ground. They will not adhere to that. They are in it to dominate and make you live by their rules.

    Take what RA, Qantas and the Gov’t did in firing Folau. That was not to make the workplace religion-neutral. It was to make the workplace “inclusive” – which is what they say when they mean Conservatism & Christianity-free.

    People who propose this approach of making institutions “neutral” really don’t understand what we are up against. They propose that because they don’t want to have the fight at all. To them this fight is probably a distraction away from what they feel is “really” important. They just want it over and done with.

    They simply don’t see that this is it, really.

    If the progressive-left gets away with taking out a popular, millionaire rugby player for quoting the Bible is his own free time and silence him with threats of legal action, then you can stick a fork in it because we are done – anything goes: no one is able to mount a defense and they can take out anyone for any reason.

    If we don’t, at the very least, make them pay a prohibitively high price for this one to stop a repeat, you can cash out your chips and go home. Then it’s over.

  20. Iampeter

    Pity he has to use liberal as the label for progressive leftism.
    Great clip!

    That’s because he’s using the word liberal to mean “classic liberal.”
    He is saying that the core values of Western Civilization have “outlived their purpose” and that the way forward is the statism and fascism he represents. He sets up a false dichotomy, the same one you subscribe to, that it’s either fascism or anarchy.
    It doesn’t occur to any of you that the real alternative is rights protecting government.
    That requires more understanding of politics than teenage-level slogans.
    That would require abandoning religious and nationalist collectivism.

    The only pity here is that conservatives in the West are deaf and blind on the subject of politics and can’t see that they are spouting the same nonsense as the Wests enemies.

  21. Ellen of Tasmania

    The “neutral institution” position is as pointless in this fight, as it was in the SSM fight

    The myth of neutrality. There is no ‘neutral’ out there. Everyone has presuppositions that undergird their worldview. The great victory of secular humanism was to say, oh, we’re not religious, we’re neutral and that makes us the umpires.

    Now we are learning that we must all play the game of life by the new, rigid rules of these so-called umpires and their ‘neutral’, very specific moral code. Which just happens to oppose all things Christian. Fancy that.

  22. The BigBlueCat

    Josh Bornstein said on ABC Radio that Folau will win because the Fairwork Australia Acts says (Sec 772):

    772 Employment not to be terminated on certain grounds
    (1) An employer must not terminate an employee’s employment for one or more of the following reasons, or for reasons including one or more of the following reasons:
    ….
    (f) race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin;
    …..

    If Folau’s comment is not a religious one, is it a political one?

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