Calling Cats in the Hunter

And other coal-mining districts and ALP heartland.  The temperature is rising in the conflict between Old Labor and the greencoats of the Labor Environmental Action Network.

Mr Fitzgibbon has attacked the Labor Environment Action Network over its “fundamentalist” policies, claiming that Labor had made a mistake in adopting a “certain religious zeal” in its environmental policies at the last two elections. The opposition resources spokesman said LEAN volunteers who were attending branch meetings and party events with green T-shirts were giving the party a bad image.

“Those green T-shirts, of course, represent the colour of choice of one of our main political opponents, the Australian Greens,” he told Sky News.

What colour to do you get when you blend green with the turquoise of Zali Steggalls followers?

Mr Fitzgibbon is supported by Dan Walton (national secretary of the AWU). Others who have been named as members of the pro-coal Otis Group are Kimberley Kitching, Daniel Mulino, Raff Ciccone and Anthony Byrne. There are more because there has been talk of a dozen or score of members in the group. Reliable information would be appreciated!

In the other corner of the ring LEAN was founded by Kristina Keneally (home affairs spokeswoman) and Jenny McAllister(opposition cabinet secretary) to push for more climate action. The forum convened by the LEAN Hunter Branch this week features Kate Washington (Labor environmental spokeswoman, AMWU state secretary Stevy Murphy, Tony Wood from Grattan Institute and Dominique Hess (Beyond Zero Emissions).

To complicate the situation there is the cross-factional  Labor Friends of Resources and Resources Communities group of almost 30MPs that will host industry events and tours of resources projects. This move has been attributed to the Queenslander Milton Dick, no doubt inspired by the Adani debacle One of the leaders is left-wing frontbencher Murray Watt, the opposition spokesman for northern Australia. Others are Matt Keogh, Shayne Neumann, Michelle Rowland, Madelein King and Terri Butler.

On the non-Labor side (not really the conservative or Coalition side) there is a burgeoning Coalition for Conservation or Coalition for Climate Action that includes all our favourite people including Malcolm Turnbull and Christina Talako (aka Mrs Photios). Tim Wilson MP has recently emerged as a standard bearer for this cause.

On the other non-Labor side of the Conservative ranks is the Monash forum (putting the coal back into the Coalition?) with maybe 20 more of our favourite people like Craig Kelly, Tony Abbott, Eri Abetz and Matt Canavan.

In case that picture is not complicated enough there is bipartisan coalition of interests led by Craig Kelly and Joel Fitzgibbon to support carbon capture and storage.

Getting back to the call for Cats, it will be good to recruit letter-writers in the electorates of the Otis group and I will be keen to identify them when I have more names. Joel Fitzgibbon represents Hunter, Kitching and Ciccone are Victorian senators, Daniel Mulino is the member for Fraser in Victoria, and Anthony Byrne is the member for Holt in Victoria. We have a man in Holt already so we might get an interesting reply there.

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34 Responses to Calling Cats in the Hunter

  1. Herodotus

    How many people are allowed in the Otis Group at any one time?

  2. egg_

    Mr Fitzgibbon has attacked the Labor Environment Action Network over its “fundamentalist” policies, claiming that Labor had made a mistake in adopting a “certain religious zeal” in its environmental policies at the last two elections. The opposition resources spokesman said LEAN volunteers who were attending branch meetings and party events with green T-shirts were giving the party a bad image.

    AKA mainstream voters took baseball bats to the Green zealots at the ballot box.

  3. EllenG

    The day I john company with Fitzgibbon I shall has forsaken all hope and prospect of a sane society. A truly abominable proposal.

  4. Rafe Champion

    Ellen the idea is to feed the Otis people with the facts about RE that make nonsense of the plans of the ALP. \

    On the Coalition side we are looking for members who can be coached to upgrade the debate in the party room. Two have turned up already who have never been named among the usual suspects in the party.

  5. Squirrel

    I suppose another Split would be too much to hope for…..?

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    I was amused when passing Joel’s office in the main street of Toronto before the last election, which he’d just opened. At last Labor had worked out we western Lake Mac voters existed!

    Then he had a road-to-Damascus conversion when a tradie stood for PHON in his electorate and very nearly won. Toronto said hi to Joel!

    We blackleg miners do have an interest in such things. I am heartened by Joel’s wonderful backflip with twist since the last election. His calisthenics are welcome.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Btw he closed the office shortly after the election. No idea where he has his office now.
    I voted for the tradie.

  8. H B Bear

    Is Fitz still working for the Ch1nks?

  9. H B Bear

    Poor old Albo. Besieged by Greens like Gulliver and the Lilleputians. Might have to go and get a real job.

  10. jupes

    Tim Wilson MP has recently emerged as a standard bearer for this cause.

    When he’s not shilling for the RE scam artists, he’s proposing to his boyfriend in parliament or issuing colouring-in-books about homos to the kiddies.

    Probably the most disgraceful member of the SFLs. I put him in Adam Bandt’s league.

  11. H B Bear

    Jules – yep.the IPA’s trojan p00f.

  12. EdgecliffeForEver

    Kristina Photios and Cristina Talacko are different people.

  13. Davey Boy

    Gawd it’s freaks vs weirdos whichever way you look at these groups. Who represents the normies?

  14. Fair Shake

    I thought Otis manufactured elevators. You can go nay fit as many in as rated on the lift wall.

  15. mareeS

    The cat and us (we?)are alive and well in the Hunter.

    I was born in the middle of the Split in 1955, in a time of torrential floods and massive schism in the Hunter. My father and the spouse’s dad were committed unionists, my dad as local father of the chapel and State delegate to PKIU.

    He and many Catholic unionists split from communists here in Newcastle and suffered incredibly because of it. My eventual father-in-law, the same in steel making. They fortunately had extended family who helped them and our families to ride it out with other work outside their trades, but eventually their principles won out, and my father eventually won back his life trade in newspaper printing.

    Newcastle has only vestigial remnants of those days now, even mining and coal loading are relatively civilised. Our son is locked up in WA, FIFO Perth to Pilbara, as are many young men from here in the east.
    He tells me they all keep their politics to themselves by mutual agreement, but he vents about it to me.

  16. mareeS

    PS, Joel Fitz seems to be a reasonable bloke, I knew his father Eric during my reporting days, and my husband has had dealings with his brother at a business level via NIB. What’s the odds on leadership?

  17. egg_

    Joel Fitz seems to be a reasonable bloke

    +1

    Always seemed quite reasonable on any panel show I’ve ever seen – above your average LibLab pardee hack IMHO.

  18. mareeS

    The Hunter and Newie are a bit unusual in politics and society. Most of us who have lived our lives here, been in business and media, all get along because the place is small enough (same population as Tasmania) that we all go along to get along. Half of us are related to the other side ffs, any of us can recount how many times politics get put aside in favour of helping out. It’s unique.

  19. Rafe Champion

    Yes mareeS, I come from Tasmania where everyone is related, except that my mother came from Queensland and injected some fresh genes into the pool!
    The genes on my father’s side were a bit different from the convict stock as well, both his parents were the children of Anglican missionaries who did their mission in India and moved to Launceston when they retired.

  20. Eyrie

    Joel Fitz seems to be a reasonable bloke

    He was compromised by the Chunks when he was defence minister.

  21. Eyrie

    Anyone who pushes carbon capture (sic – they mean CO2) and storage, doesn’t understand the problem. It might be good to ask them why they want atmospheric oxygen to be sequestered.

  22. Major Elvis Newton

    KK was always a leaner, never a lifter.

    And now we have proof.

  23. PK

    I did put my hand up to write letters but have been out of the loop. Can I get an update on the plan of action.

  24. Nob

    Herodotus
    #3528226, posted on July 29, 2020 at 7:56 pm
    How many people are allowed in the Otis Group at any one time?

    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-five standing, and one sitting on the dock of the bay.

    By the way, the old oilfield service company, OTIS, was said to stand for Our Tool Is Stuck.

    Fitzgibbon will surely be the last ever Labor polly to refer to The Greens as “our main political opponents”.

  25. RobK

    Anyone who pushes carbon capture (sic – they mean CO2) and storage, doesn’t understand the problem.
    +1

  26. Rockdoctor

    Bruce of Newcastle

    #3528285, posted on July 29, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Bruce is at Cessnock. In the main street on road heading to Freemans Waterhole entry to M1.

    As for the Otis group, sorry don’t trust them. Fitzgibbon is a weasel, beware of him. Only saying this because S&FF plus PHON now taking sizable chunks of primary votes.

  27. Bar Beach Evacuee

    Maree, etc: Fitzgibbon might be acceptable in Newcastle, but only because it’s had the Jones and Morris brothers and so on in its history – not to mention some extraordinarily bad local government. Fact is that the place is a closed shop and a very comfortable life in general. So people take no real interest in political issues.

  28. woolfe

    They will all fall into line if they win the next election when they have their snout back in the trough. Everyone has very short memories remember, Fitzchina was compromised by his Chinese friend “Helen” when he was defense minister. Should have been shot (NADT)

  29. Faye

    “…bipartisan coalition of interests led by Craig Kelly and Joel Fitzgibbon to support carbon capture and storage.”

    Why on earth would Craig Kelly of all people support “carbon (sic) capture and storage”?

  30. Alex

    “the electorates of the Otis group”, interesting not one from Queensland where we won the election for Morrison. Haven’t seen him since.

  31. The Sheriff

    If I remember reading the Latham Diaries correctly, Fitzgibbon was one of Latham’s mates and the two used to collaborate in pranks against their other colleagues. Can’t be all that bad a man, especially if his brother is a health insurance executive – clearly not just a hack family with no talent only capable of earning a living off the machine.

    As to Tim Wilson:

    When he’s not shilling for the RE scam artists, he’s proposing to his boyfriend in parliament or issuing colouring-in-books about homos to the kiddies.

    Probably the most disgraceful member of the SFLs. I put him in Adam Bandt’s league.

    I’m told by Canberra mates that after the parliamentary proposal stunt, he was seen at the Kingston Hotel grinding and pashing some other gay who wasn’t the Ryan chap he proposed to. The likes of Wilson should not be allowed anywhere near the LNP.

  32. cohenite

    timmy wilson is a prick

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