Taxing the Heart out of Australia

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The Rudd Resource tax is just another in a long line of taxes helping to depopulate rural Australia.

That depopulation of the outback started with the fringe benefits tax and the removal of accelerated depreciation, both of which penalise companies who provide housing for employees.

Every government since then has accelerated the drift to the coastal and capital cities.

The heavy burdens of excessive fuel taxes, coal royalties, rail freights and infrastructure bottlenecks have for years restricted the development of the outback resource industry. Only deposits that are rich or close to the coast can pay their way, which is why the Galilee Basin has been undeveloped for so long.

The vegetation control bans, water mismanagement and growth of carbon credit forests are depressing agriculture and will depopulate rural towns.

Humans and their industries are also prohibited from vast areas of our land and sea sterilised by a confusing mixture of exclusion zones. And the lack and high cost of outback infrastructure has fed the fly-in mentality of industry and governments.

Had the money wasted just on roof insulation been spent on new infrastructure, Australia would be a more decentralised and productive place.

The climate alarmists urge still more carbon taxes and force the usage of expensive alternative energy. Outback industry relies almost totally on carbon fuels for motive power. None of our quad bikes, cars, trucks, road trains, tractors, dozers, trains, planes or ships are powered by solar panels or wind turbines — they need diesel, petrol, gas and electricity (from coal). And our biggest outback industries are focussed on exploring, developing, supplying or transporting carbon products. Coal, gas, oil, beef, sheep, dairy and timber are all threatened by more carbon taxes.

The Rudd Resource tax is yet another centralising force, depressing outback industry and stimulating the population of drones around the government honey pots in Canberra. It increases the risk that the belated rush to build infrastructure will leave new trains without freight and new ports without ships.

Taxes are creating ‘A Nation without a Heart’.

Rosevale, Qld, Australia

3rd May 2010

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Disclosure: Mr Forbes is a geologist, mineral economist and pasture manager with long experience of Australian outback life and industry. He is a non-executive director and shareholder of a small coal exploration company. He and his wife breed cattle and sheep on their property at Rosevale.

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The Madness of King Rudd. In 1994 they made a movie called ‘The Madness of King George.’ A true story about the eccentric and erratic behaviour of King George the 3rd of England, who exhibited increasing strange and eccentric behaviour, ignoring all logic and common sense to do as he wished. In the near future they will no doubt be making another one based on the same behaviour of Kevin Rudd, called ‘The Madness of King Rudd.’ In spite of all the screaming facts from all corners of the globe that now have become apparent about renewable energy and global warming Kevin Rudd still refuses to listen or look at the truth and still declares that 20% of our power generation will be renewable energy. ——- IT IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DO THAT ——- And if it was possible (and I repeat it is not) the influence from the unreliable wind or solar generators would cause instability in the power grid system as they continually change without any warning. Also there would have to be a spinning reserve in the grid system in excess of 20% plus normal spinning reserve to cover the… Read more »

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That’s a handy compendium of everything about power generation for the man in the street, thanks Terence. Your frustration comes through loud and clear and in that you speak for large numbers in Australia and New Zealand.

I agree that the madness should be stopped but I wonder if it will be. Are there enough people exploring the facts, thinking for themselves and asking for evidence before believing? Are there enough Climate Sceptics challenging the Climate Know-it-alls?

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That’s a great article by Terry; here’s a link to an article by Peter Lang; He’s a retired geologist and engineer with 40 years experience on a wide range of energy products throughout the world, including managing energy R & D and providing policy advice for government and opposition. His experience includes coal, oil, gas, hydro, geothermal, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste disposal, and a wide range of energy and end use management projects. Peter is widely publicised on the net but has an article ‘Solar Power Realities” at http://co2insanity.com/2010/05/08/solar-power-realities/ his Conclusion is: solar power is uneconomic. Government mandates and subsidies hide the true cost of renewable energy but these additional costs must be carried by others

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