Mark Bahnisch

Brisbane-based political analyst and Centre for Policy Development fellow


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][/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][/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][/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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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 […]