The Federal Environment Minister has toured the West Australian Government's preferred site for a gas hub in the Kimberley.
Peter Garrett yesterday met traditional owners at James Price Point, 60 kilometres north of Broome, as part of a two-day stopover.
Mr Garrett will have ultimate responsibility for signing off on the development after reviewing Aboriginal heritage and environmental impact studies.
He says an impartial approvals process will occur, irrespective of the demands of the State Government or industry.
Politicians are particularly fond of claiming battler status. I was reminded of this when, about a week ago, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who has previously told childhood stories of being evicted from a farm and living in a car, spoke on radio about the menial jobs he did after finishing school.
Early on the morning of June 12, the Liberal senator Eric Abetz and his chief of staff, Brad Stansfield, boarded a plane from Hobart to Sydney. Of several Abetz meetings in Sydney that day, one would go down in political infamy.
Already it has severely wounded Malcolm Turnbull's leadership, although the extent of the injury is still to unravel.
Gus: Of course, if one believes Malcolm Turnbull, "he was conned" by a great puppet-meister — who, we all know, is a very sick public servant who has been a mole of the Liberal Party for years. Thus the Malcolm stance does not make sense, even if Grech was a complete dummy or a very devilish man.
Yet Malcolm and Abetz are pouring as much rubbish on Grech as they can put their hands on for the fake Ozcar email debacle...
In 2007 an extreme right wing, pro-US, pro-war, pro-coal, pro-Zionist Labor Party was elected to government under Kevin Rudd with the promise to stop involvement in Occupied Iraq (Australia still has troops there), to remove draconian workplace legislation (key draconian provisions remain) and to act on climate change (Australia's world leading per capita greenhouse gas pollution continues unabated and Labor is now on the verge of destroying the renewable energy industry).
US says hunt still on for bin Laden
As the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks approaches, the Obama administration is publicly staking out its strategy to defeat extremists.
It says it will use diplomatic, political and economic strategies to try to defeat Al Qaeda and maintain pressure on terrorist havens in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
President Barack Obama's senior counter-terrorism adviser is also warning that Al Qaeda's intent to carry out attacks in the United States remains undiminished.
In America's first war against Islam, we were the ones who introduced the use of suicide bombers. Indeed, the American seamen who perished in the incident were among the U.S. military's first missing in action.
from Crikey .....
Why is there no media scepticism about these terror raids?
Greg Barns writes:
The world renowned journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger has been awarded the 2009 Sydney Peace Prize. The jury's citation reads:
"For work as an author, film-maker and journalist as well as for courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard. For commitment to peace with justice by exposing and holding governments to account for human rights abuses and for fearless challenges to censorship in any form.'
Over the weekend, the government has identified another way to embarrass itself.
Karen Steyn is the barrister representing David Miliband, who has been arguing that we must suppress evidence of torture in the case of Binyam Mohamed. On Saturday, the high court judges sent the foreign secretary a transcript of their interrogation of Steyn for him to confirm in writing whether he really means what she says.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan have been cleared by the auditor-general of any wrongdoing in the OzCar affair.
But the auditor-general has criticised the public servant who sparked the investigation - Godwin Grech - and says he faces serious questions as to whether he breached the Public Service code of conduct.
The release of today's report coincides with the admission by Mr Grech that he created the fake email at the centre of the scandal and showed it to Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull.
Mr. Biden has now supplied evidence for two plotlines - a deep rift within the administration, or a "sophisticated game," said Andrei V. Ryabov, a political analyst at Moscow's Carnegie Center. This ambiguity, he said, plays into the conviction of Mr. Putin and his team that real events take place far from view, among a handful of powerful individuals, and that public politics are "no more than puppetry, decoration in the theater."
Burma's isolated military junta is building a secret nuclear reactor and plutonium extraction facilities with North Korean help, with the aim of acquiring its first nuclear bomb in five years, according to evidence from key defectors revealed in an exclusive Herald report today.
The secret complex, much of it in caves tunnelled into a mountain at Naung Laing in northern Burma, runs parallel to a civilian reactor being built at another site by Russia that both the Russians and Burmese say will be put under international safeguards.