pErvinalia wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:05 am
Most of these things come down to the marginal seats. Not the overall, across the electorate, figures.
Good point. Kind of. I just had a look and found 12 seats in Queensland that are within 6% of changing hands. 9 of them belong to the LNP. I still think Labor has more votes to gain, even in those seats, by playing on preserving the Great Barrier Reef than by letting Adani's proposed coal mine go ahead, but they are doing nothing with it.
There is way more employment in tourism than mining. Way, way more. Adani claimed its mine would create 10,000 jobs. Its own expert witness said it was more likely to be 1,200 during the construction phase, and that was before the project was shrunk from exporting 40 million tons of coal per annum to 10 million because no bank would risk financing it. Destroying the reef will kill many thousand jobs. Moreover, Adani will go broke. India has closed well over a hundred coal mines and is still producing more thermal coal than it needs. China is investing in non-fossil energy production plants hand over fist. It too has more thermal coal than it needs. Adani will go broke, leaving us with a humongous environmental remediation bill. And of course the Great Barrier Reef will be beyond repair.
Shorten, and his Labor mates have a golden opportunity to do something visionary that will be a net voter gain in all seats, marginal or not, but they have no vision whatsoever. Haven't even bothered trying to develop one. Lazy, unimaginative pricks. The more I think about it the more I become convinced that Labor deserves to lose the unloseable election on May the 18th. It's just a pity that the conservatives will have open slather continuing their raping and pillaging this land and us people.