You thought it was about jobs?

By June 19, 2019Australian Politics

There has been much (purposeful) misinformation regarding the jobs to be provided by the Adani coal mine. Initially, gullible politicians were promised 10,000 jobs, and those in the Coalition thought this was wonderful. However, at the same time, Adani told their investors that the entire project would be automated from coalface to port. This, strangely enough, was to reduce labour costs. Adani was forced to admit in court that the mine would create less than 1,500 jobs (both direct and indirect)1.

Now, Deputy National Party leader, Bridget McKenzie has made an amazing admission on Sky News, which few people noticed. This is probably because very few people watch Sky News. On whichever program she was interviewed, she stated that Adani will be employing “1500 through the construction phase and around about 100 ongoing”2. So not only have the people of Queensland been sold a series of lies about Labor policies3, they have been sold a lie about jobs in the Adani coal mine.

If you read the Australian Financial Review you would have seen former Howard government minister, Peter Reith, saying that “the coal industry alone provides about 200,000 jobs”. However, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics coal mining employs only 37,800 people, less than one fifth of the number maintained by Reith4. As one would expect from a Coalition minister from the Howard government, Reith is not known for his veracity.

Development of the Galilee Basin would displace production in other coal mining areas such as the Bowen and Sydney basins. The coal industry itself, estimates that the employment reduction in other coal basins could be as many as 12,500. In addition, they estimate that Galilee Basin production of 150 million tonnes per annum, would decrease coal volume production from other areas by 116 million tonnes5. This is because the growth in coal demand is slowing6  and investment coal projects is decreasing. Indeed, investment in coal has declined 75% in the last three years7, such that BHP is warning investors and strategists that the decarbonisation of electrical generation, as well as the electrification of transport, may happen faster than expected8.

So why the lies about jobs? That was just a mechanism the Coalition government uses to covering their tracks. They had to have a tagline for their campaign in Queensland and ‘jobs for Queenslanders’ was it. However, it was never about jobs, it was only about sucking in the gullible so the Coalition could win seats in Queensland and thereby the election, while ingratiating themselves with companies to whom they extend such support. This way, the companies will feel obliged to make donations to the Liberal Party, if they have not done so already, prior to this favour. Even better for their coffers is helping the company out with some taxpayer funds. That way the Liberal Party can obtain a bigger swag of cash; this time it is from our taxes. This is how a corrupt government indulges in money laundering. Such practices are not restricted to the Liberal Party, but are now endemic in Australia. This is because of our lax political donation laws which allow this form of bribery to remain secret. It is criminal and it must be stopped.

Sources

  1. https://www.thebigsmoke.com.au/2019/05/30/100-jobs-what-adani-really-delivering/
  2. https://theaimn.com/bridget-mckenzie-revealed-the-adani-jobs-lie-and-no-one-noticed/
  3. http://www.blotreport.com/australian-politics/black-and-white-lies/
  4. http://www.tai.org.au/content/how-many-coal-jobs-check-facts
  5. http://tai.org.au/content/impact-galilee-basin-development-employment-existing-coal-regions
  6. https://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2018/december/global-coal-demand-set-to-remain-stable-through-2023-despite-headwinds.html
  7. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/coal-power-investment-climate-change-asia-china-india-iea-report-a8914866.html
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/22/bhp-warns-investors-coal-could-be-phased-out-sooner-than-expected?CMP=share_btn_tw

4 Comments

  • Mark Dougall says:

    And meanwhile 1500 Public Service positions to go in SA. 2500 in NSW. Jobs that do things for people, that are generally not contributing to the destruction of our planet. Jobs that support communities. Jobs that protect our environment. Jobs that are obviously nowhere near as important as 100 jobs that do not even exist yet. On the ABC this morning I heard a “deplorable” waiting for the orange haired fool’s first rally for next year’s presidential election (!!?? what a weird place) stating that Trump was so good because he “spoke common sense”. Yep we live in a world where “common sense” means “stupid craziness”, where jobs only refers to jobs in destructive private enterprise, and where logic simply does not matter.

    And also meanwhile this in today’s Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/18/arctic-permafrost-Canada-science-climate-crisis. We are in deep, deep trouble. But at least a hundred people will get a job in a big fat mine, maybe, possibly, perhaps. Great.

    • admin says:

      Mark,
      I saw that article, and it is certainly very disturbing. I think that the climate change deniers need to be held accountable. As you say, we and in deep, deep trouble. If the permafrost melts and the methane hydrates become unstable we would end up with large parts of the world which are uninhabitable. A runaway greenhouse effect.

  • Russelll says:

    It foes look like we are in an “Alice in Nightmare Land” situation now. The plutocrat corporate ctiminals keep reinforcing environmental catastrophe minute to minute with insane fossil fuel decisions, backed by their paid neolib whores misgoverning in so many fake democracies. Ours one of the utterly most blatant and cretinous. Like George Monbiot in recent works of his, I like to think mass arising against the growth-at-any-cost brainwash is needed, but alas, is probably too hard. They would have the military out slaughtering eco warriors if rebellion occurred to a large degree. The entrails read “ecocide”. Planetary mass die-off, which many do not even recognise as advanced already. I hear the hooves of the four horsemen come to cut down the meek, the poor and the children. Before they destroy the greedy, unconscionable planet wreckers.

    • admin says:

      Russell,
      I think there does need to be mass civil disobedience, otherwise we are heading for disaster, if it is not too late already. Either way, then we should make sure that the deniers suffer for their lies.

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