1. Go Victorians!
It was like watching a rugby league State of Origin match when we are 30 points ahead. Pure joy, and you know it’s never going to be this good again!
Daniel Andrews said “they [the voters] have, in record numbers, rejected the low road to fear and division.” There are still votes to count, and we need to wait at least another day to see something close to the final result, but Labor have won the state election in a landslide. On latest figures it looks as though Labor has gone from a majority of one to a majority of near 30.
I’m with former Liberal premier Jeff Kennett, who attacked the party’s Victorian president Michael Kroger.
- “I will say this — if there’s one person who should stand down tonight it is Michael Kroger,” he told Channel Seven.
“And he should stand down before the clock strikes 12.
“Because I think his leadership of the party over recent times has been appalling.
“Michael, if you’re listening, it’s 8:20, by midnight I hope your resignation is on the floor.”
He won’t, of course. He’ll think the people were at fault.
Kroger reminds us this morning that he has just been re-elected with a record majority. That indeed seems to be the problem – the Liberal Party membership being mistaken for the ‘base’.
Here in Qld we have often made jokes about Victorians. Like, you can always tell a Victorian, but you can’t tell them much.
Or when a Victorian migrates to Queensland it lowers the average IQ in both states.
I take it all back now. Victorians are the smartest and most rational in the country.
Katherine Murphy_Victorian election will make federal Liberal MPs contemplate their own mortality
Peter Brent (Mumble) – Does Victoria really have a message for Canberra?
I think Mumble is right. Tomorrow’s Newspoll will be more than usually interesting.
2. Different states, different developments
Another setback for those of us wanting to see the end of coal mining. Queensland state approval has just been given for the China Stone coal mine:
It’s a nearly $7 billion mega-mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin expected to produce 38 million tonnes of coal annually.
It will create thousands of jobs and is planned to be built alongside Adani’s proposed mine in central Queensland, looping into the Indian project’s planned railway line to Abbot Point.
The $6.7 billion project will contribute about $188 million annually in royalties to the Queensland Government during its first 25 years of operation.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said:
“That means more high-paying jobs for regional Queenslanders, especially in places like Mackay, Townsville and Rockhampton,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“The resource industry is currently creating a new job every 40 minutes and over the past year has created some 10,000 jobs, so there’s no false hope in that.
“That’s reality, and we’re seeing mines open not only in the Galilee Basin but right across the Bowen Basin and potentially in the Surat Basin.”
“The resources industry adds $62.9 billion to the Queensland economy and supports 316,000 direct and indirect jobs.
So we should all be happy, right? More money for schools and hospitals.
It’s an assembly plant, but there are 500 jobs in it.
Also with it world class super-chargers for EVs:
The announcement comes as Australia’s first ultra-rapid Chargefox charging station opened at Euroa, in north-east Victoria, this month.
It charges electric cars around 15 times faster than other charging stations currently on the market.
Another ultra-rapid station will soon open at Barnawartha North, near Wodonga, and more are flagged for Melbourne, Ballarat, Horsham, Torquay and Traralgon, with 22 stations expected all up.
The chargers are capable of power output of at least 150kW and up to 350kW, fully charging an electric vehicle in under 15 minutes, with power sourced from 100 per cent renewable energy.
The charge will allow electric vehicles to travel for about 400 kilometres before needing to be recharged.