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Friday, 16 May 2008
NSW public energy: Spiv ALP sell off plan to China Inc was underway in 2006? Angel does ALP work?
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: nsw govt

As Premier Iemma flies off to China today as mentioned here:

 16 May 08 Electricity dissidents face expulsion from party: Iemma

we read Alex Mitchell in crikey.com.au here:

16 May 2008 Iemma tries to crash through electricity privatisation

Which sent us on a flurry of online research of incredible manipulation and manufacture of consent:

Tom McLoughlin
Friday, 16 May 2008 6:34:28 PM
John Garnaut article in Farifax press (get this editorial contrast - Age headline "NSW power play stirs up a giant of global warming", SMH headline "More to gain and less to fear from China power giant ") last Monday pointed out: "Sooner or later some anti-privatisation activist will start doing background checks on China Huaneng Group, which is at the front of the queue to bid for $15 billion in NSW's power assets. They'll see that Sydney might soon be powered by the world's biggest corporate contributor to global warming." Now the Bob Carr/MacBank lobbying trips to China, and Beijing Austchina Technology sponsored trips for politicians are all becoming clearer. Iemma flew out of Sydney today for ... China.
Tom McLoughlin#2
Friday, 16 May 2008 6:47:25 PM
On Oct 24, 2007 Dr John Kaye MP (Greens) said in a media release (online): "In NSW parliament question time yesterday I asked the Treasurer if he had attended a meeting where privatisation of NSW’s electricity assets was discussed with a company owned by the government of the Peoples Republic of China. “Three times the Treasurer refused to rule out having had such meetings.// “Again in his media release this morning, he failed to deny the suggestion that the NSW government has begun power privatisation discussions with a company owned by the Chinese government.// “All he needs to say is ‘no’ and the matter would come to an end."
Tom McLoughlin#3
Friday, 16 May 2008 6:52:33 PM
SMH 23 Jan 2006 in "Like a bull in a China shop" ...."Macquarie Bank's executive director, Warwick Smith, a former federal government minister and former chairman of the Australia China Business Council, says the key to success is "start early and be patient" ...// "Their system is a top-down system. There are 60 million members of the Communist Party. The chairman of the party in Beijing is more important than the mayor of Beijing … So the party has a prominent position in their structure," says Smith.// The former NSW premier Bob Carr has joined the [Macquarie] bank as a consultant and will focus on China. [Warwick] Smith [of Macquarie Bank, ex federal Liberal MP, 2020 Summit Rudd appointee] concedes that being seen to hold domestic political clout has helped Macquarie open Chinese doors.// "It has worked to our advantage, so people in China can better understand what various skills we bring to a problem," he says.

Meanwhile "prominent" environmentalist Jeff Angel is mentioned in this article in Fairfax today as proof positive he was always a figleaf for the sell off agenda, and in effect prostituted to that cause (and not for the the first time):

16 May 2008 NSW attacks climate report

The relevant quotes are here:

".... The NSW submission calls for coal-fired electricity generators, including those about to be privatised in NSW, to get substantial compensation, or receive free permits to emit greenhouse gases, under the scheme, despite Professor Garnaut's strong advice to Mr Rudd to reject this.

The NSW Government's position will be a boost to private electricity generators, like the Chinese owned TRUenergy, that are large emitters of greenhouse gases. These companies may be bidders for NSW's generators when they are privatised." ....


The submission's arguments reflect the strong views of the NSW Treasurer, Michael Costa, a climate change sceptic. However, they are, at times, at odds with public statements by the Premier, Morris Iemma, and his Climate Change Minister, Verity Firth.

Last month a leading environmentalist, Jeff Angel, lent Mr Iemma his support for the electricity privatisation on the basis that the State Government agreed not to lobby for free permits for coal-fired power generators.

The emissions trading scheme is designed to limit the amount of greenhouse gases by setting a cap on what Australia can release.

Professor Garnaut says that when the European trading scheme was initiated, free permits given to power generators were sold for windfall profits. Electricity prices rose regardless and emissions did not fall.

The point about Angel is that he doesn't represent the green movement, only about 700 members of the Total Environment Centre with a long pedigree to be sure back to 1972. Milo Dunphy as founder of TEC never trusted Angel, and nor does this writer advisedly.

Dr John Kaye MP (Green Party) said this about Angel's collaboration with an 'independent' committee for public energy sell off:

Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 3:15 PM
Subject: [Greens-Media] Environment movement not heard in Unsworth report

Environment movement not heard in Unsworth report
Media Release: 10 March 2008
The Greens are gravely disappointed that Total Environment Centre (TEC) Director Jeff Angel has supported NSW Treasurer Michael Costa's scheme to sell-off the electricity industry.
Greens NSW MP John Kaye said: "It's not surprising that the Premier's hand-selected supporters signed off on the privatisation.
"It is quite shocking that Jeff Angel ignored the arguments of the overwhelming majority of the environment movement.
"The only opposition came from the three union representatives. Their dissenting report captured the key environmental, economic and social arguments against the sell-off.
"Selling off the retailers removes an important ingredient in the move to greater energy efficiency. Public ownership is essential in protecting household energy bills in a time of rising prices.
"The generators are responsible for 37% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions and which ever way it is packaged, handing them over to the private sector is bad news for the climate.
"In return for a handful of recommendations to consider or investigate various environmental options, Mr Angel lent his authority to Treasurer Michael Costa's disastrous scheme.
"Jeff Angel has been prepared to trade off the environmental and social benefits of public ownership for the flimsy chance that some of his suggestions might be adopted.
"Mr Angel has fallen for the beads and blankets trick. On the hope of getting something useful, he has signed on to the sell-off.
"The campaign to protect public ownership and control of the electricity industry will continue regardless of the outcomes of the Unsworth committee," Dr Kaye said.

For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455

Posted by editor at 9:04 PM NZT
Updated: Friday, 16 May 2008 9:36 PM NZT

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