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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:51 pm

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Soon a massively destructive coal port will be built just 50 km north of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. The port expansion was approved by the Abbott Liberal National government on Wednesday 11 December, and it will become one of the world’s largest coal ports.

The coal export facility is ironically located on Abbot Point. The construction of this port will involve dredging 3 million cubic metres of seabed. The dredge spoil will be dumped into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

To give you an idea of the scale of this dredging, if all of the spoil was put into dump trucks, there would be 150,000 of them lined up bumper to bumper from Brisbane to Melbourne.

http://www.zgeek.com/abbott-approves-the-dredging-of-the-great-barrier-reef/

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/southern-crossroads/2013/dec/15/great-barrier-reef-destruction-abbot-point-greg-hunt

http://fightforthereef.org.au/

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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:52 am

Well, so much for that ... wonder of the natural world.
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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:55 am

It's like he just doesn't give a fuck and now selling out to every evil corporation that has been held in check for the last decade.
on everything, this does even make economic sense because we already make so much thru tourism on the Reef.

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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:18 am

Good God, blasted philistine. Selling everything, just like our lot then.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:44 pm

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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:03 pm

What's all the fuss about darlings as I have invested several million into the coal port and stand to make millions more? Which is good.Yes.
Really,all this hysteria about a few silly kippers and mackerel as making money is the important thing and not a few rocks and seaguls.Yes.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:15 pm

£BILLION£ wrote:What's all the fuss about darlings as I have invested several million into the coal port and stand to make millions more? Which is good.Yes.
Really,all this hysteria about a few silly kippers and mackerel as making money is the important thing and not a few rocks and seaguls.Yes.

Haha...If you can't make sense, argue a false equivalency. At least it's entertaining.

PS...I love kippers.  Laughing 
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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:44 pm

You know what would be awesome? A party that stood for the interests of small businesses. For one, they're nearly as vulnerable as individuals themselves, and for another, they basically make the world economy go 'round.

They could stand for things like common-sense regulatory reform that would help small businesses when they find themselves trying to comply with a rule that really only large businesses can afford to comply with. Maybe champion the idea of mandatory employment contracts, which can effectively mitigate so many employer-employee conflicts.

Most of the small-business owners I've ever known have not been the slaves to profit that their corporate counterparts are. I knew video store owners who were passionate about promoting foreign and independent films, for example, or newspaper owners who really wanted to send reporters out to cover city councils and play watchdog. They're usually motivated both by the desire to make money and to make a difference.
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Post by Guest on Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:48 pm

Ben_Reilly wrote:You know what would be awesome? A party that stood for the interests of small businesses. For one, they're nearly as vulnerable as individuals themselves, and for another, they basically make the world economy go 'round.

They could stand for things like common-sense regulatory reform that would help small businesses when they find themselves trying to comply with a rule that really only large businesses can afford to comply with. Maybe champion the idea of mandatory employment contracts, which can effectively mitigate so many employer-employee conflicts.

Most of the small-business owners I've ever known have not been the slaves to profit that their corporate counterparts are. I knew video store owners who were passionate about promoting foreign and independent films, for example, or newspaper owners who really wanted to send reporters out to cover city councils and play watchdog. They're usually motivated both by the desire to make money and to make a difference.

That's the best idea I have heard in ages. So many small businesses get into it in the first place because it's something they are passionate about.

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Post by Original Quill on Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:15 pm

One caveat: the problem with small business is co-option. If it becomes too much of a good thing, big business will want in.

Did you know that Bechtel still registers as a small business to reap the advantages? Look at how big Bechtel really is in fact:

https://www.google.com/#q=bechtel&tbm=nws

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