Tag: Angus Taylor

How Murdoch manipulates the climate of Australian politics

News Corp suddenly promoting climate change action is just another example of how Coalition governments and establishment media operate in tandem to create and control the political narrative. Many are viewing this unexpected Murdoch media about-face on the subject of climate change with optimism and relief.

Source: How Murdoch manipulates the climate of Australian politics

‘The Burning of Fossil Fuels Is Killing Us,’ WHO Warns in COP 26 Report

“Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity,” the U.N. agency says. “While no one is safe from the health impacts of climate change, they are disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.”

Source: ‘The Burning of Fossil Fuels Is Killing Us,’ WHO Warns in COP 26 Report

Old Dog Thought- How does Angus Taylor speak with a straight face stealing our money “a tax” to set up a “last resort fund” to subsidize and bank roll Coal when nobody else on the planet will?

Fighting Fake News with REAL 12/10/21; Andrew Forrest ran a steam roller over Angus Taylor; The language of the big lie is all the do-nothing LNP have; Morrison can’t afford Bernard Collaery’s truth;

Old Dog Thought- Talk is Cheap “Doing Is Being” Morrison is all “Talk” does nothing but plan how to achieve another 4 years of nothing without integrity oversight .

Pandora Papers, ICIJ

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 10/10/21; Pandora Papers, Unwanted Integrity Body; Talk is Cheap Indigeneous Australa; Doing is Being; Angus Taylor Fights for a Few Donors;

Can Australia’s path to net-zero really be fuelled by carbon capture and LNG? | Environment | The Guardian

Part of the Chevron LNG project under construction during a tour of the Chevron LNG project on Barrow Island, Western Australia,

But the problem is that if you ( Angus Taylor) are arguing for CCS to help you exploit more fossil fuels – as you and APPEA are – then this is not what the IEA or the IPCC say.

The experts and their verdict

“In order to achieve the Paris agreement targets, in particular 1.5C, we absolutely need CCS. But not in combination with fossil fuels,” he says. “Wasting taxpayer money by supporting CCS in combination with a slowly dying fossil fuel industry does not help anybody, certainly not the climate.”

Angus Taylor is Gaslighting Australia

But the report reveals a few other remarkable things about how all the gas drilled in Australia gets used, and why consumption is rising. First, 74% of all the gas (when you divide it up per unit of energy) actually gets exported in the form of LNG. So what about the gas that does get used here? Australia’s biggest user of gas is also the LNG industry: 27% of all the gas consumed domestically is used in the process of turning more gas into LNG for export. When Taylor says consumption of gas is going up, this is a big reason why. In a statistic that illustrates the scale of the ongoing challenge to get off fossil fuels, the report shows 93% of all the energy used in Australia comes from fossil fuels.

Source: Can Australia’s path to net-zero really be fuelled by carbon capture and LNG? | Environment | The Guardian

Liberal-led committee says Angus Taylor’s planned change to renewable energy agency could be illegal | Renewable energy | The Guardian

Angus Taylor

A Liberal-led committee has told the Morrison government its plan to change the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) so it can fund a broader range of technologies including some using fossil fuels could be illegal. The standing committee for the scrutiny of delegated legislation has written to the energy minister, Angus Taylor, expressing concern that his proposal to change Arena’s remit without legislation goes beyond what the parliament envisaged when it passed laws to create the agency.

Source: Liberal-led committee says Angus Taylor’s planned change to renewable energy agency could be illegal | Renewable energy | The Guardian

Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director – Michael West

AHURI - Angus Taylor

New documents show the government negotiated the controversial $80m Watergate deal directly with the Cayman Islands company founded by Energy Minister Angus Taylor. The Department failed to notify the Senate. Jommy Tee investigates the email trail between the Department, then overseen by Barnaby Joyce, and secretive Switzerland director and Taylor associate Connor Maloney.

Source: Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director – Michael West

Hydrogen Hype: Angus Taylor’s last throw of the dice for brown coal – Michael West

Hydrogen green washing

Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s plan to turn brown coal into a hydrogen export market to save the La Trobe Valley, which he described as a “significant project”, defies financial credibility, writes Brian Toohey.

Hydrogen Hype: Angus Taylor’s last throw of the dice for brown coal – Michael West

Government To Stimulate Economy With Extra $200 Million For ‘Whatever Racket Angus Taylor’s Into Right Now’ | The Shovel

Saying it was important to target the most vulnerable sectors of the economy, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today unveiled a $200 million stimulus package to give a leg up to whatever the fuck Angus Taylor’s family has got its mitts into at the moment. Announcing the package, Mr Frydenberg said the funds would provide the quick boost the Taylor family needs.

Government To Stimulate Economy With Extra $200 Million For ‘Whatever Racket Angus Taylor’s Into Right Now’ | The Shovel

Never ask advice from someone unless you are sure they will tell you what you want to hear – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We now have Angus Taylor looking to change the rules of the CEFC and ARENA to further prop up fossil fuels. And his ‘hand-picked for previously expressed views’ advisers are giving a veneer of consultation to what is a full-court press to prolong the ‘climate destruction for profit’ policies of Coalition donors.

via Never ask advice from someone unless you are sure they will tell you what you want to hear – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Politicians don’t “beat” a virus at most they get out of it’s way.

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 13/5/2020; A Virus has been Eradicated, China haters in the media inspire violence on the streets; ICAC and Angus Taylor go together like scones and jam; Fake News

A Member’s Interests: Angus Taylor’s other Cayman Islands company is wound up – Michael West

Angus Taylor

Parliamentary disclosure is a joke. The Register of Members’ Interests is routinely gamed and ignored by politicians. This is where MPs are supposed to declare their financial interests. Yet even when they do so, in accordance with the rules, key financial conflicts can be concealed. For instance, where an MP puts his lawyer as director of a company which is trustee for a trust and his niece as the beneficiary of that trust, does he or she even have to disclose the existence of a trust at all? In the case of controversial minister Angus Taylor, there have been blatant breaches. Taylor is by no means alone. Jommy Tee reports on Taylor’s other Cayman Islands company, AML

via A Member’s Interests: Angus Taylor’s other Cayman Islands company is wound up – Michael West

Zali Steggall calls for investigation of Coalition plan to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power | Environment | The Guardian

Independent MP Zali Steggall

“There’s just no transparency or accountability around this,” Steggall told Guardian Australia. “We’ve seen what happened with sport rorts. We’re talking about commonwealth money at a time when we know the economy has taken a hit due to coronavirus, and I think it should be properly investigated.”
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The Australia Institute analysis is based in part on a legal opinion by barristers Fiona McLeod SC and Lindy Barrett, which said Taylor does not have constitutional authority over electricity or legislative authority to fund projects as proposed under the Ungi scheme.

via Zali Steggall calls for investigation of Coalition plan to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power | Environment | The Guardian

Climate, economy, drought, bushfires and the election made 2019 a big year in fact checking – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angus Taylor on a spooky movie background with a quote. A hand holding a gold pendant labelled "The Golden Zombie" to his right.

via Climate, economy, drought, bushfires and the election made 2019 a big year in fact checking – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scandal-magnet Angus Taylor fails to disclose Virgin and Qantas freebies – Michael West

Qantas Chairmans Lounge

Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor, who has a history of disclosure failures and being embroiled in scandals, yesterday updated his pecuniary interests register to reflect thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Virgin Australia and Qantas. These disclosures were made only after questions for this story. Taylor’s office points the finger at alleged co-offenders in the ALP but just how many Coalition MPs have failed to report largesse from the nation’s two major airlines, both of which are now demanding the Government support them with billions in public money? Anthony Klan reports

Scandal-magnet Angus Taylor fails to disclose Virgin and Qantas freebies – Michael West

As the nation breaks new heat records, the Government is facing its own perfect storm – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angus Taylor sits on the frontbench looking towards the Opposition

via As the nation breaks new heat records, the Government is facing its own perfect storm – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Old Dog Thoughts- Minister for Self Interest Angus Taylor,Trump running out of wriggle room;

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 24/10/19; Fact Check Angus Taylor Minister for himself; Global Riots; Trump’s impeachment inquiry gives him no wriggle room;

Government wants to prevent Senate inquiry into Angus Taylor but One Nation has the deciding vote – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mr Taylor looks to journalists, not pictured, as he answers questions at a press conference. Mr Morrison is standing behind him.

via Government wants to prevent Senate inquiry into Angus Taylor but One Nation has the deciding vote – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angus Taylor ignores investors when he passes the buck on climate policy failures | RenewEconomy

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Except, despite what Taylor has claimed, investors are actually calling on governments to put in place policies that will support a transition away from fossil fuels, including the reintroduction of a carbon price, a phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and an end to thermal coal.

A collection of 477 global investors have issued a joint statement ahead of a meeting of G20 leaders in Osaka, calling on governments to do more to tackle climate change and plan for a world without coal.

Specifically, investors have called on governments to “put a meaningful price on carbon” and to “phase out thermal coal power worldwide by set deadlines.”

The group of investors, that manage a combined $US34 trillion in investment assets, with signatories to the statement including Australian investment managers, including Australian Super, Cbus, Hesta, First State Super, IFM Investors and BT Financial Group.

During his tenure as federal energy minister, Angus Taylor has overseen a period of increasing greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and has raised fears among members of the COAG energy council that he has no plans for reducing emissions in the electricity sector and may disengage with the council altogether on the issue of emissions policy.

Angus Taylor ignores investors when he passes the buck on climate policy failures | RenewEconomy

Angus Taylor is on a mission – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is clear that Angus Taylor is a man on a mission. What’s less clear is whose best interests are driving him.

Richard Taylor also made a submission to the department’s review of how environment laws affect the agriculture sector. His submission called for changes to make the laws more simple and compatible with broadscale agriculture and best-practice weed control.

It’s handy when your family has such a prominent platform on which to express their views and such insight into investment opportunities.  Even handier when they get to make and change the rules that directly affect them.

via Angus Taylor is on a mission – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Angus Taylor met with environment department even as it investigated company he part-owns | Australia news | The Guardian

Angus Taylor (left) had talks with the office of then environment minister Josh Frydenberg (right) about the laws at the centre of an investigation into the alleged poisoning of endangered grass on a property owned by a company that he and his brother have an interest.

Angus Taylor has previously denied on the record that he intervened in the investigation of the alleged illegal clearing of the critically endangered grasslands on the property near Delegate.

In April, in response to the issue being raised in Senate estimates, a spokesperson for the minister told Guardian Australia: “The minister has not made any representations to federal or state authorities in relation to this investigation.

via Angus Taylor met with environment department even as it investigated company he part-owns | Australia news | The Guardian

‘Disgrace’: Angus Taylor under pressure after failing to release emissions data | Australia news | The Guardian

 Emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor has failed to meet the deadline to publish Australia’s emissions data. The Greens say the minister could be in contempt of parliament.

“But really it’s no surprise considering Angus Taylor has continually argued against climate action and is part of a government that has continually lied about what their emissions data actually shows, which is that emissions are rising and we’re not on track to meet our international climate commitments.”

Apparently this government has a mandate to operate in secret and will continue to do so. (ODT

‘Disgrace’: Angus Taylor under pressure after failing to release emissions data | Australia news | The Guardian

Coalition faces calls for inquiry into Murray-Darling deals signed by Barnaby Joyce | Australia news | The Guardian

Part of the Murray-Darling

$80,million Spent like water (ODT)

Guardian Australia reported this week on the mystery surrounding the reason Joyce chose the companies he did for the buybacks. On Friday, Labor raised specific questions about one of the purchases, worth $80m.

On Saturday, Hanson-Young said she would write to the auditor general requesting an urgent audit.

“The auditor has a responsibility to investigate how $80m of taxpayers money was paid for water that doesn’t exist,” she said in a tweet.

via Coalition faces calls for inquiry into Murray-Darling deals signed by Barnaby Joyce | Australia news | The Guardian

Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean – Michael West

Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean

It is extraordinary that the profit from Barnaby Joyce’s record payment for Australian water rights, an $80 million payment of taxpayers’ money, found its way to a company in the Cayman Islands which had been set up by Angus Taylor, a company at which Taylor had been a director for six years. Report by Michael West.

via Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean – Michael West