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ACT Greens “comfortable” accepting CSG developer donations

By martin75 - 15 August 2012 16

According to Minising Australia:

The ACT Greens say they are comfortable accepting donations from coal seam gas developers AGL and Origin Energy, despite their stringent opposition to the industry.

According to Australian Electoral Commission data Origin donated $1,320 to the ACT Greens in 2010-11.

ActewAGL, a joint venture between AGL and the ACT Government, also donated $2,000 in 2009-10.

Both AGL and Origin are pursuing significant coal seam gas developments in NSW and QLD but have faced strong opposition from the Greens in each state.

The ACT Greens have also voiced opposition to the industry and joined their NSW and QLD counterparts in calling for a moratorium.


UPDATE 15/08/12 17:57: The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is combining glee and outrage in response:

ACT Deputy Opposition Leader Brendan Smyth said today’s reports that the ACT Greens have accepted donations from coal seam gas developers show their utter hypocrisy and lack of courage in their convictions.

“It seems the ACT Greens are happy to tell everyone else what to do but don?t apply the same principle to themselves,” Mr Smyth said.

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16 Responses to
ACT Greens “comfortable” accepting CSG developer donations
HenryBG 8:48 am 16 Aug 12

Deref said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

This IS surprising. I thought communists were against this sort of thing.

Probably. Have they donated money to the Communists too?

What do you think The Greens are?
They believe that people with a good, regular, full-time job should live in Government-supplied housing. Remind you of anything?

Adam Bandt? Former Left Alliance member who intends an anti-Capitalist Marxist agenda.
Lee Rhiannon? Real surname ‘Brown’, parents were active communists who worked for the Soviets, Member of the Soviet-aligned Socialist Party of Australia.
etc…
Most Greens members are well-intentioned. Jockeying for the reins of power now that Bob Brown has left, however, are a bunch of cynical manipulators whose agenda is very far from what most Greens members would recognise.

ummmm_no 12:22 am 16 Aug 12

c_c said :

Martlark said :

Why are the Greens opposed to CSG? It has the potential to massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power generation.

Has to be the worst attempt at astroturfing ever.

Let’s balance it a bit: http://www.dangersoffracking.com

Oh yeah!!! Tell ’em UniBoy! C’mon, c’mon, c’mon…

c_c 11:34 pm 15 Aug 12

Martlark said :

Why are the Greens opposed to CSG? It has the potential to massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power generation.

Has to be the worst attempt at astroturfing ever.

Let’s balance it a bit: http://www.dangersoffracking.com

Wraith 9:33 pm 15 Aug 12

$1320? So they took a couple of Green MLA’s to lunch, to perhaps discuss CSG being a good thing.

It’s nothing compared to recent Olympic committee lunch bills…….

Martlark 8:44 pm 15 Aug 12

Why are the Greens opposed to CSG? It has the potential to massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power generation. That’s the question I want answered. An answer which is not caught up in all sorts of anti-corporation socialist twaddle.

milkman 7:41 pm 15 Aug 12

davo101 said :

Yawn, is this really news? Now if the Greens had taken donations from these companies and then suddenly decided that CSG sounded like a great idea then it would be news.

Well, we’re half way there…

Masquara 7:35 pm 15 Aug 12

Boxhead said :

Might pay the photcopier bill for a week?

Indeed – I expect our particular Greens, along with driving cars solo to work and shunning public transport, also use their photocopier and belt through wood-chip-origin paper reams …

PantsMan 6:39 pm 15 Aug 12

The Greens – The Surrender Monkeys of Integrity

Deref 5:37 pm 15 Aug 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

This IS surprising. I thought communists were against this sort of thing.

Probably. Have they donated money to the Communists too?

p1 5:28 pm 15 Aug 12

So the ACT Green took a little bit of money. In a territory which (as far as I know) has no coal seam gas.

While it makes them look dodgy, ummm, that’s about it really.

Boxhead 4:48 pm 15 Aug 12

Goodness, $1,320, that will surely buy some influence. Might pay the photcopier bill for a week? How about we look at the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars poured into the coffers of the two broken old parties and see what real influence is like.

davo101 4:40 pm 15 Aug 12

Yawn, is this really news? Now if the Greens had taken donations from these companies and then suddenly decided that CSG sounded like a great idea then it would be news.

Truthiness 4:38 pm 15 Aug 12

that’s some cheap bribery, who’d have thought $1000 would buy you anything in politics

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:29 pm 15 Aug 12

This IS surprising. I thought communists were against this sort of thing.

Duffbowl 4:20 pm 15 Aug 12

So, a political party is short on morals and ethics… no great surprise that.

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