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by Ronald Kitching, veteran Australian classical liberal, and retired drilling contractor and consultant

Ronald Kitching for Prime Minister

It looks as though I’m opposing Mr. Manners. I’d be happy if we became joint Prime Ministers.

So long as the lady from North Queensland, who entered my nomination, pays for the election campaign, I’ll go along quietly.

The first thing I’ll do, after I sell the ABC and the CSIRO, is to sell all state owned property, including Parliament House. We can then rent it and people would know what it costs.

National Parks will also all be sold, and put to sound economic use by their owners. Those who cannot make them pay, will lose them to others who know how to make the vacant space useful.

I might even shift the seat of government to Alice Springs, which is where the Rev. Dr. John Flynn said it should be. We’ll rent an inexpensive hall there for parliamentary sessions.

Viv Forbes, Malcolm Roberts and Terry Cardwell will be employed to teach people the facts about the GW/CC scam.

Viv, Malcolm and Frank Kaesehagen can be joint Ministers for Exploration and Mining.

Uranium mining and exploration for new uranium mines will be encouraged as will tenders be called for nuclear power houses as well as new coal driven power houses.

Tenders will be called for the building of new dams and new agricultural developments on arable land, at present lying idle.

By then it will be morning tea time.

After morning tea, I’d appoint a suitable Minister to have us return to a 100% gold standard.

The entire bureaucracy in Canberra would be paid off and they would soon find new jobs in enterprise in the expanding once uninhabited Australia.

Australian Exploration and Development in Danger

While the media is crowing about Julia’s “victory”, Julia has stated that the new Resource Rent Tax will cream off $10.5 billion, or perhaps $4.5 Billion depending upon metal prices, from the miners profits.

That means there will be $10.3 billion or perhaps $4.5 Billion  less to spend on exploration for new discoveries and their development.

What most people do not realise too is that exploration is to mining like research and development is to other industries. If the long term survival of the company is to be ensured, it is the duty of directors and management to be sure that sufficient exploration is being carried out to replace the always diminishing known reserves.

With both State and Federal Governments creaming off huge sums to spend on their always dubious social programmes, mining companies ability to seriously explore becomes crippled or non existent.

Then not only will jobs in every trade and profession there is suffer, but in some cases entire communities will close down.

And, of course we cannot point to those which will never ever open.

Great Idea Occurs to Voter

Julia is proposing to have a 150 person committee decide upon what we should do about carbon dioxide and the climate.

I have a better idea.

We should pick our Federal politicians from last year’s obituary list. They would not be any more politically brain dead than Julia and Tony and most of their followers.

In a tribute to Tony we should only pick members from last year’s obituary list, provided that they have been cremated.

With any luck our respective property and purses should then be safe from taxes on carbon, and other imaginary hobgoblins that the present occupants of the Canberra Kremlin have managed to invent.

Ignorance Abounds About Carbon Dioxide

In spite of all of the evidence to the contrary, many journalists and politicians still believe that man made carbon dioxide contributes to changes that may occur in the climate.

A leading financial journalist has shown [please insert hyperlink to the item you are referring to], that a carbon tax would lead to serious power shortages and blackouts.

But new coal-fired power stations are the only way to provide power for the population, and the increased power needs of a growing population.

Calculations show that a $50 a tonne carbon tax would treble the cost of power. So if you were paying $1000 a year for electricity it would become $3000.

Julia is promising to do exactly that; to double or triple your power bills. She plans to ‘move forward’ on that. 20% or more unemployment would be the likely scene.

Bob Brown is demanding that all coal driven power houses close down completely by 2020. And, nuclear power is about the dirtiest word in the Labor/Green lexicon. Brown is Julia’s new political partner.

If Tony can subdue the politically poisonous Turnbull and the philosophical blank page Greg Hunt, he stands a good chance of winning the election.

Reducing the CO2 and Eliminating the Green Army

Here’s a practical way to understand Labor’s, (and Malcolm Turnbull’s) Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Imagine 1 kilometre of atmosphere, that’s 1000 meters. We want to get rid of the carbon pollution in it, created by human activity. Let’s go for a walk along it.

The first 770 metres are Nitrogen.

The next 210 metres are Oxygen.

That’s 980 metres of the 1 kilometre; 20 metres to go.

The next 10 metres are water vapour; 10 metres left.

9 metres are argon; just 1 more metre.

A few gases make up the first bit of that last metre.

The last 38 centimetres of the kilometre – that’s carbon dioxide; about 15 inches; 97% of that is produced by Mother Nature; it’s natural.

Out of our journey of one kilometre, there are just 12 millimetres left. Just over a centimetre – about half an inch. That’s the amount of carbon dioxide that global human activity puts into the atmosphere.

And of those 12 millimetres Australia puts in 0.18 of a millimetre. Less than the thickness of a human hair. Out of a kilometre!

As a hair is to a kilometre – so is Australia’s contribution to what Labor, (and Turnbull), calls Carbon Pollution and while the sun shines, the vegetation is consuming it, something a tax could never do.

Tony can now forget about his 15,000 green army.

Recommended Reading

Excellent articles this week from Gerry Jackson on why the government’s “alternative energy” policies will be a disaster for the economy and Viv Forbes on the misleading renaming of the carbon tax as a carbon “price”.