Mark Bahnisch

Brisbane-based political analyst and Centre for Policy Development fellow

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Moderate voices in the Coal Seam Gas debate: Video interviews

March 20, 2012

As Kim Jameson reported, The Greens have ramped up the pressure on their key issue of Coal Seam Gas today, as the election enters its closing days. Similarly, Lock The Gate Alliance made an intervention around mining tenements under Brisbane’s Western Suburbs, which we’ve assessed in a post. Polls have consistently shown that Coal Seam […]

FAQ Research interview with Oscar, Tara Estate

March 17, 2012

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce_w8huFLR8&context=C4269121ADvjVQa1PpcFOJVtfOiDsnpHZRRi6dYv-MzpifccOz9Qs=[/youtube] FAQ Research interviewed Oscar on a property adjoining his at the Tara Estate. The “Blocks” outside Tara are 12 hectare residential properties, many mostly uncleared bush. Most “Blockies” have chosen to live on the Estate for lifestyle reasons, but their retreat is now under pressure from Coal Seam Gas extraction, and their outlook grim. […]

ABC Rural interview with Dr Mark Bahnisch on CSG and the Queensland election

March 16, 2012

Cecil Plains farmer Ruth Armstrong (pictured) also features on the radio segment. I was interviewed by ABC Rural reporter Amy McCosker on Wednesday for a story on ABC Rural radio’s Queensland Country Hour which was broadcast yesterday. At the end of the story, I comment on some of the salient aspects of the various parties’ policy positions […]

FAQ Research interview with Megan Baker

March 16, 2012

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5HtaOntDxs[/youtube] On our field trip to the Western Downs, FAQ Research interviewed farmer Megan Baker on her family property outside Dalby. In this interview, Megan tells the story about the breakdown of the relationship between her family and Arrow Energy. Megan also shows us a Coal Seam Gas well on her property, and explains the […]

The politics of restructuring or blinded by the coal dust?

March 16, 2012

Coal Seam Gas well on the Baker property near Dalby. In writing about the controversy over a number of Green peak bodies’ intention to test the limits of development approval for mining and coal seam gas projects, I suggested that what we were seeing was the politics of the future. The first act in that […]

New Behind the Seams research articles

March 16, 2012

Unfortunately, Crikey experienced severe IT problems over the last few days, impeding access to website content. However, FAQ Research has been publishing further research articles at the blog where a number of our authors are writers, Larvatus Prodeo. You can read Dr Robert Merkel on Coal Seam Gas and fugitive emissions, Tony Wood of the […]

FAQ Research Interview with Kerry Shine MP

March 15, 2012

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvMPLUyeWX4&context=C458969aADvjVQa1PpcFOJVtfOiDsnpHZRRi6dYv-MzpifccOz9Qs=[/youtube] FAQ Research interviewed Kerry Shine MP, ALP Member for Toowoomba North in his electorate office on Margaret Street on 24 February 2012. We discussed the impact of Coal Seam Gas on the Darling Downs, and how the government is responding to the various challenges it poses. This interview is part of the FAQ Research/Crikey […]

Coal Seam Gas and the politics of the future

March 12, 2012

One of the big stories in politics and public policy last week was a plan by peak environment groups to approach Wotif founder Graeme Wood for $6 million to fund campaigning against coal mining and coal seam gas, primarily to be conducted through legal action. There are two ways of looking at this. The first, […]

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Please help fund our field reporting

March 10, 2012

As our readers know, we have already made one field trip to the Western Downs, interviewing, photographing and writing about farmers, communities, politicians, Indigenous people and ‘Blockies’ affected by coal seam gas extraction on traditionally rural and residential land. A snapshot of our content is here. Post-production of video interviews continues, and they will be available progressively […]

CSG: Should everyone just be nicer?

March 1, 2012 7

In Climate Spectator yesterday, Barbara Sharp offered some thoughts about the polarisation of the Coal Seam Gas debate. It’s worth reading her entire piece, but I take the gist of it to be a call for “Australia… to negotiate a mutually acceptable way out of the CSG mess.” In our research on the Western Downs […]

American Gas experts in Australia

February 29, 2012

There’s a very informative discussion on the unconventional gas industry in the United States, and its implications for Coal Seam Gas extraction in Australia, at Radio National. You can listen here to visiting American experts Ian Duncan and Scott Anderson. A conference in Canberra tomorrow will bring together Australian and American experts in unconventional gas […]

FAQ Research interview with Senator Larissa Waters

February 29, 2012

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters speaks to FAQ Research’s Dr Mark Bahnisch on February 20 2012 at the anti-Coal Seam Gas action in Jondaryan. Senator Waters has introduced two bills into the federal parliament, to give farmers a right to deny access to mining companies on their land and to have water declared as a […]

FAQ Research interview with Bob Katter MP

February 28, 2012

FAQ Research’s Dr Mark Bahnisch interviewed Bob Katter MP, federal Member for Kennedy and leader of Katter’s Australian Party at the Jondaryan Big Day Out protest on February 20 2012 against Coal Seam Gas and coal mining on prime agricultural land. Katter’s party has made the call for a moratorium on Coal Seam Gas exploration […]

The Queensland election, CSG and its ‘social licence’

The Queensland election, CSG and its ‘social licence’

February 27, 2012 1

In writing at CSG: Behind the Seams about Coal Seam Gas and its ‘social licence’, Professor Roger Jones observed: The coal seam gas industry is seeking a social licence to operate. Part of that social licence is tacit, where the community recognises the benefits of an industry and accepts it is acting in a socially and […]

Boom town or bust? Towns on the Downs and CSG

Boom town or bust? Towns on the Downs and CSG

February 27, 2012 1

A lot of the public attention around Coal Seam Gas exploration and exploitation focuses on the rights of landholders, principally but not exclusively farmers. But there’s another side to the story, one which we became very aware of on our field trip to the Western Downs last week. We stayed in Dalby, and also visited […]

Photo Essay of the Jondaryan Big Day Out: February 20

Photo Essay of the Jondaryan Big Day Out: February 20

February 26, 2012

The first stop on our Western Downs field reporting trip was Jondaryan – a small locality where a protest was held against a nearby coal dump. The stage 3 application for the Acland coal mine is also being resisted. We interviewed a number of key spokespeople on the day, which will be edited and uploaded […]

Western Downs photo essay (and more to come)

Western Downs photo essay (and more to come)

February 23, 2012

FAQ Research folks have spent the week so far on the Western Downs, based in Dalby but ranging widely around the district; talking to farmers, politicians, Indigenous folk, ‘Blockies’ and others. We’ve been shooting pictures and compiling video, and after post-production, we’ll be uploading some rich and, we think, fascinating content from back in Brisbane […]

CSG and the race for Condamine: “This Land is Our Land”?

CSG and the race for Condamine: “This Land is Our Land”?

February 23, 2012

I’m writing from a motel in Dalby, in the heart of the Western Downs and the state seat of Condamine. Ranging from the northern outskirts of Toowoomba to Dalby in the north and south to Pittsworth and Clifton, Condamine is the sort of seat where there is actually a booth that does not poll a […]