Tuesday Zedlines, 28 September

Macarthur Coal Chairman Keith DeLacy has criticized Julia Gillard’s proposed introduction of carbon pricing.

The Australian Labor Party agreed to introduce the plan as part of negotiations with the Greens party to form a minority government.

Greens Senator Christine Milne has welcomed the proposal as a sign of serious action against climate variation.

Queensland Liberal National Party MP Vaughan Johnson has apologised to Leader of the Opposition John-Paul Langbroek following criticisms made last week.

Several MPs, including Mr Johnson attacked Mr Lanbroek’s planned reshuffle of his party’s cabinet to improve polls in the next election.

After a meeting held yesterday, Mr Vaughan has now given his support for Mr Langbroek.

A secret ballot will be held today to decide the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Queensland Liberal National MP Ron Slipper is expected to fill the role. The ballot will be held after Federal Parliament resumes.

Current Speaker of the House, ALP member Harry Jenkins, is expected to remain in power.

A bridge linking Bulimba and Teneriffe would need to be between 13 and 30 metres above the surface of the Brisbane River to allow for large yachts, an experienced bridge engineer told a public meeting last night.

The meeting was at the first under the joint Brisbane City Council and State Government ‘RiverCity Blueprint’ to guide growth in the city’s inner suburbs.

Structural engineer and Bulimba resident Stephen O’Brien told residents a proposed bridge between the two suburbs would also have to be a drawbridge spanning almost 400 metres of river.

However, Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe told the meeting at Bulimba Sailing Club that any bridge was at least 20 years away.

A high-speed rail network linking Australia’s major cities isn’t viable because they are too far apart or don’t have the population to justify the cost, departmental documents show.

Labor announced during the August election campaign that, if re-elected, it would initiate a $20 million feasibility study for a high-speed rail network linking Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, with a particular focus on the Sydney-Newcastle leg.

However a document obtained under a Freedom of Information request showed Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese was told in March the plan was not viable.

Macarthur Coal Chairman Keith DeLacy has criticized Julia Gillard’s proposed introduction of carbon pricing.

The Australian Labor Party agreed to introduce the plan as part of negotiations with the Greens party to form a minority government.

Greens Senator Christine Milne has welcomed the proposal as a sign of serious action against climate variation.

Queensland Liberal National Party MP Vaughan Johnson has apologised to Leader of the Opposition John-Paul Langbroek following criticisms made last week.

Several MPs, including Mr Johnson attacked Mr Lanbroek’s planned reshuffle of his party’s cabinet to improve polls in the next election.

After a meeting held yesterday, Mr Vaughan has now given his support for Mr Langbroek.

Cairns has been declared the site of a Dengue Fever outbreak following a fifth diagnosis of the disease.

Though common, outbreaks usually occur around November, leading authorities to predict this year may be worse than usual.

The fever, which causes joint pain and headaches, may also be present in at least another six patients awaiting test results.


Liberal National Party MP David Gibson today turned up the heat on opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek and left the door open for a leadership challenge.

The Member for Gympie yesterday repeated his criticism of Mr Langbroek’s “unpredictable” leadership and said the leadership issue was “a decision for all the MPs” to make.

While he didn’t rule out a leadership challenge, Mr Gibson said he was not aware of anyone canvassing support in anticipation of a leadership spill.


The federal budget will enjoy only one year in surplus before being dragged back into the red by lower commodity prices, the forecaster Access Economics says, undermining a key election priority of the Gillard government.

While the government is projecting growth in the budget surplus from 2012-13, the consultancy known as ”Treasury in exile” says the nation’s public finances will quickly lurch back into deficit in 2013-14 as the resources boom dwindles.

In stark contrast to most of the developed world, Australia’s budget is expected to return to positive territory in 2012-13 when the Treasury projects a $3.5 billion surplus.

However the latest budget report from Access, published this morning, says 2012-13 will be ”five minutes of fiscal sunshine” before the budget slumps back to a $1.8 billion deficit.


A Brisbane politician has waded into the fiery world of online comment wars, slamming critics as “keyboard warriors” whose arguments for the National Broadband Network were “pathetic”
.

Federal Member for Bowman and new shadow parliamentary secretary Andrew Laming took aim at two comment posters on the website of his local newspaper last week.

The MP, who captured a 10 per cent swing for the Liberal National Party in the August 21 election, disputed claims by an anonymous reader that the government’s NBN would be cheaper than the Snowy Hydro Scheme and said the commenter’s calculations were billions of dollars out.

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