Just to underline how puerile politics has become, Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan has called engineering firm Aurecon “weak as piss” and a “bunch of bedwetters” for severing its relationship with Adani.
“People of regional Queensland have kind of got over caving in to this kind of behaviour and conduct, it has to be called out, it’s exactly what they’ve done … apologies with being upfront with people,” he told ABC’s Radio National.
Upfront with people???? Calling companies names for commercial decisions they make???
Banks won’t finance the mine. Insurers won’t insure it. Another global firm, AECOM, had been designing a railway between Carmichael and Abbot Point, but walked away amid a financial dispute. A deal with integrated services firm Downer EDI collapsed in 2017. The contract with Aurizon to use their railway hasn’t been signed and nor has the royalties agreement with the Queensland government.
If we want to talk about “weak as piss” and a “bunch of bedwetters”, let’s talk about the Liberal Party who were too chicken shit to accept Labor’s support to pass the NEG despite it having overwhelming support in their own party room. They didn’t want Tony Abbott and Craig Kelly and Barnaby Joyce to make a fuss. Personally, I would have done it just to get the picture of the three stooges crossing the floor to sit with the Greens.
Because of this cowardice, we have no energy policy, prices and emissions continue to go up, and our international reputation is trashed.
Meanwhile, Matt King Coal continues to try to find ways to waste public money on a project that no investor will go near.
Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg were both vocal proponents of the NEG.
“The days of subsidies in energy are over, whether it is for coal, wind, solar, any of them. That is the way I think you get the best functioning energy market with the lowest possible price for businesses and for households and that is what the national energy guarantee and our energy policies are designed to achieve.” – Scott Morrison, April 2018
At a COAG meeting two weeks before the leadership spill, Josh Frydenberg said Australia could not have another failed energy policy, pointing to the collapse of the emissions trading and carbon pricing schemes.
“Today we must take forward the National Energy Guarantee and I’m confident that we can. Australian eyes are on this room today and what happens here matters to the outcomes around every Australian kitchen table and every Australian factory floor. We have a collective responsibility to deliver cheaper, more reliable and clean power for Australian families and businesses. It’s not our job to re-litigate the mistakes of the past but rather to provide the solution for the future. Today, it’s up to us.”
But dangle the bauble of leadership in front of these two “bedwetters”, and they will dance to whatever tune you want.
Weak as piss indeed.
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