The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-07-02T05:30:16Z The Shocking Truth: Clean Coal is Better for the Environment Than Natural Gas For Power Generation 2015-07-02T05:30:16Z the-shocking-truth-clean-coal-is-better-for-the-environment-than-natural-gas-for-power-generation Recent findings have proven that Natural Gas power generation produces methane and traps 34x as much heat as the CO2 produced by coal combustion. A new clean coal technology has been demonstrated to reduce CO2 by 26%. As this issue continues to make headlines, the fight between environmentalists and coal has suddenly reached epic proportions. With the EPA driving the “green environment” front, natural gas power production is suddenly being hailed as the hero that can save the earth from coal’s disastrous effects. But as with most new things, there are negativities that remain hidden until held up to the microscope, and it appears that the latest and newest “clean fuel” is not all that they claim it to be. In a Cornell publication by Dr. Robert H. Howarth, research was conducted on data from a twenty year period, supplemented by previous reports from the IPCC (2011 & 2013). The paper explores the possibility that greenhouse gases from the burning of natural gases can be more harmful than those released into the environment by burning fossil fuels such as coal. Burning natural gas results in methane gas production. Methane gas can trap 34 times the amount of heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. The paper brings to light the major flaw in the EPA government’s by-line: by portraying coal as the enemy, they are trying to push forward towards a future with potentially more Green House Gas-releasing substances such as natural gas. In terms of the planet’s health, this can have some seriously negative effects. The study also found that natural gas power production is worse in terms of its Green House Gas footprint compared to many other fuel sources, including coal. With an estimated emission of methane ranging between 1.7% to 6%, (with a mean value of 3.8%), when natural gas is burnt, using the figures above, it can be estimated that the greenhouse gas from a heat pump generate less than half that of an in-home, all-natural gas heater. Additionally as stated previously, using natural gas also releases methane gas into the air which has been demonstrated to trap 34 times as much heat as CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere and may well contribute more towards global warming. The EPA’s action strategy is to regulate the use of coal, with a goal of bringing emissions from coal down to 30% of what it is at present. In doing so, it has completely blinded itself to other solutions using clean coal, as well being blinded to the negative side effects of natural gas. In reality, there are newer and better ways of tackling the problem, ways shown by innovative companies with a real and long-term commitment to tackling environment issues. Clean coal technologies are being developed and implemented around the world in an effort to revitalize the coal industry and save jobs. Burn Less Coal, is one of those pioneers in this field to have developed a better way of dealing with environment goals. With a specialized catalyst treatment, Burn Less Coal can treat ordinary coal to produce more BTU’s, this makes for cleaner burning coal and allows less coal to be burnt to make the same amount of energy. By reducing coal consumption by as much as 20% power utility providers can pass on savings to consumers, and since it burns more efficiently, as much as 26% less CO2 and other Green House Gasses are produced, by burning the same coal. Clean coal technologies are real and are a more efficient way to tackle the clean air problem than burning methane generating, heat trapping, natural gas. About BurnLessCoal: A company dedicated to work with the coal industry and the environment, Burn Less Coal is the best option our Earth has for reducing Green House Gas. Contact: Charlles Bohdy, Senior Partner BURN LESS COAL 4456 North Abbe Rd #103, Sheffield Village, Ohio, 44035 Toll Free 844-les-coal Phone 844-537-2625info@burnlesscoal.comhttp://www.burnlesscoal.com John McGuire to head up innovation at Aurecon 2015-07-02T01:42:29Z john-mcguire-to-head-up-innovation-at-aurecon In a move to reshape the company to better serve its clients to compete in the digital age, Giam Swiegers, Chief Executive Officer, is making some strategic changes at Aurecon with the appointment of John McGuire as Chief Innovation Officer. Reporting directly to Swiegers, McGuire will drive the change to embed a global culture of innovation within Aurecon. He will also lead the organisation to achieve its goal of partnering with clients to design their future, determine their reactions to a variety of different competitive situations, and discover innovate pathways to thrive in the age of digital transformation. Digital is challenging many businesses to think differently. It is challenging how businesses connect and service existing customers. It is raising the possibility that if organisations do not adapt and change, then their market could be disrupted by others more agile and adept. Design thinking is a way of dealing with these possibilities by reimagining new models of business and new models of service and working with clients to co-design what these look like. This change, Swiegers says, demands innovation. “Organisations are struggling to differentiate themselves in the hyper contested environments of the digital age and many are now looking to innovation as a source of differentiation.” Swiegers adds that, most organisations now realise they do not have all the answers and are increasingly seeking partners, such as Aurecon, who can bring the ideas and knowledge they don’t have and then innovate together to find new solutions. “The sources of innovation will often come from outside of your own industry or your own sphere of knowledge. Bringing diverse expertise bases and different experiences and different points of view is increasingly being used as a method for innovating.” McGuire’s strategic appointment and focus on the use of design led thinking in solving the complex problems will see Aurecon challenge its clients thinking to bring forth new ideas and knowledge and deliver differentiation as a source of competitive advantage in a highly contested market. Together with teams throughout the organisation, McGuire will build the vision and capabilities to help Aurecon compete in the world of tomorrow and to evolve the company’s offering — using creativity, expertise and design led thinking — to unlock new value for its clients and create solutions that are symbiotic with the communities in which it operates.  McGuire says, “This is an incredibly exciting time to be an engineer. In the last two to three years, the growth of computational analytics, data availability and accessibility, system and people connectivity, and immersive visualisation, has opened a new world of opportunity for businesses. Coupled with data gathering on system and infrastructure performance, we are seeing new channels for connecting with and servicing customers that we would not have dreamed of a few short years ago. “Innovation, design and integrative thinking are the tools our people use as they work collaboratively with our clients to solve the complexity of problems they are facing. The end result is both better infrastructure and business performance for our clients, using design thinking as the vehicle for achieving that performance.” About John McGuire McGuire is an experienced business leader, offering over 25 years of experience in consulting and contracting in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. He has been involved in a wide range of projects, specifically in health care, forensic and specialist containment laboratories. As a mechanical engineer McGuire is well known for his creative approaches to design innovation and sustainability. He is a guest lecturer to the architecture schools at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University as well as an international judge and faculty member for the International Academy of Design and Health. Most recently he has been working with the Design Innovation Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney looking at how Design Led Innovation can be applied in Aurecon. Notable projects with which McGuire has been involved include the AUD 1.78 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia, the AUD 450 million Austin Repat Mercy Redevelopment in Victoria, and the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand.   Kourosh Kayvani to head up eminence at Aurecon 2015-07-02T01:22:00Z kourosh-kayvani-to-head-up-eminence-at-aurecon To position the company to better serve its clients to thrive in this period of rapid change, Giam Swiegers, Chief Executive Officer, is making some strategic changes at Aurecon with the appointment of Dr Kourosh Kayvani as Global Director, Excellence and Expertise. Reporting directly to Swiegers, Dr Kayvani will play a pivotal role in mobilising Aurecon’s global pool of leading experts to focus their cultivated skills, deep insight and professional passion squarely towards solving the critical and complex problems the clients need solved. Fundamental changes are occurring in business today as a result of globalisation and digital disruption. To remain relevant and thrive in the future, organisations need to develop highly distinctive value propositions. “This change demands a deep understanding of client needs along with the multidimensional challenges they face, and targeted application of best-in-class expertise in providing optimum solutions to these needs and challenges,” Swiegers says. Concentrating on strengthening Aurecon’s world-class expertise, and developing its reputation in its chosen markets, Dr Kayvani’s strategic appointment supports Aurecon’s focus on client centricity and will see him working with teams across the business to harness the passion and talent of Aurecon’s workforce to unlock new value for its clients. Dr Kayvani will also lead the organisation to achieve its goal of gaining a deep understanding of the complex problems facing its clients and applying Aurecon’s renowned expertise to deliver tailored high impact solutions to meet client needs across the company’s four key markets — built environment, infrastructure, energy and resources, and advisory and asset management.    “We know we can only be successful if and when our clients are, so we want to clearly focus our leading expertise, specialised skills and passion for excellence in creating true success for our clients,” Dr Kayvani says. About Dr Kourosh Kayvani With a career spanning over 25 years, Dr Kayvani has played key roles in the design and delivery of many innovative, complex and award winning projects across the globe.  His project portfolio includes Wembley Stadium in London, Sydney Olympics Hockey Stadium in Sydney, and Liberty Place tower in Sydney, to name a few among many. Dr Kayvani is a Laureate of the IABSE Prize awarded by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering for his contribution to design of long span structures worldwide. Kayvani is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Australia, an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW, and a Director of Australian Steel Institute. Dr Kayvani was named one of the Top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia in 2009. CITYSMART ANNOUNCES NEIL HORROCKS AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 2015-06-30T04:14:59Z citysmart-announces-neil-horrocks-as-chief-executive-officer Lord Mayor, Cr Graham Quirk, today announced the appointment of Neil Horrocks as Chief Executive Officer of CitySmart, Brisbane City Council’s sustainability agency, effective 3 August 2015. Mr Horrocks replaces outgoing CEO, Megan Houghton, who announced her intention to stand down from the role earlier this year. Cr Quirk thanked Ms Houghton for her strong leadership of CitySmart since 2009 and for overseeing a range of important programs and projects in her role as CEO. “We thank Megan for her outstanding contribution to the CitySmart team over the past six years which has delivered $25 million in projects for Brisbane and $39 million in savings for local households and businesses,” Cr Quirk said. “Mr Horrocks will bring significant industry and commercial experience to the role as well as a clear vision to support the next phase of growth for CitySmart.” CitySmart Board Chairman, Tony Rees, said Mr Horrocks’ focus will be on CitySmart’s sustainable and environmentally friendly projects that deliver positive economic outcomes for Brisbane city. “We look forward to welcoming Neil to the CitySmart team and working closely with him to continue delivering major benefits for Brisbane businesses and residents,” Mr Rees said. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr Horrocks most recently served as Major Projects Manager for Energex and has held a number of senior positions in Queensland and Western Australia. Adding to his credentials in the sustainability sector, he previously worked as Project Manager of the pre-feasibility study for CitySmart’s $230m CBD Smart Energy Project. CitySmart was created by Brisbane City Council to help make Brisbane Australia’s most sustainable city. The organisation works with business, community, industry and Government to develop partnerships that deliver economic benefits through addressing challenges in energy consumption, water, waste and transport. Tim Swinton, Commercial Projects Manager, is acting CEO for CitySmart during the transition period. Devastating Alternatives To Coal Fired Power Plants: Natural Gas 2015-06-29T13:05:46Z devastating-alternatives-to-coal-fired-power-plants-natural-gas Sheffield Village, OH, June 27, 2015 -- “Given what we know about methane leakage, it makes absolutely no sense to convert vehicle fleets to natural gas” -Bill McKibben, Winner of the “Right Livelihood Award” * People often take the attitude of “If you can’t beat them…”, but if you’re truly concerned about the world takes this is certainly not the position that a person should take. Though natural gas has been lauded as the solution to coal fired power plant industry, extensive study shows that natural gas is no safer than coal-fueled energy, due to high levels of methane gas that are generated in the natural gas energy cycle. “Over 100 years, methane traps 34 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide”, says Phil McKenna, a journalist and editor for “Nova Next”.** In coal fired power plant energy production CO2 is released into the atmosphere, trapping heat. In natural gas production, methane (CH4) leaks into the atmosphere and traps heat even more effectively than CO2, which results in a more devastating effect on our environment than coal. Equally remarkable, a biogeochemist named Bob Howarth says that natural gas is “inherently slippery stuff” and that it is “impossible to suppress all the leaks” in gas compression.* If natural gas is more dangerous than coal and also less controllable, it can't be a solution to the problems in our current coal fired power plant energy environment. To dismiss coal-fueled energy production altogether, which the natural gas industry is recommending in lieu of natural gas power production is unwise, uneconomical, and hazardous. To do so is unwise because it is premature- we are now beginning to understand more clearly why and how the atmosphere becomes polluted by coal production and other means of making energy, and so it is imperative that investigation into these delicate issues should be more thorough. It is uneconomical because it would eliminate thousands of jobs in just a few years, creating a more devastated national economy than can be seen already. It is hazardous because even with the little that we know about the great dangers of mass energy production, it is very clear that natural gas is no more safe or efficient than coal. In the struggle to find a balanced solution to the potentially polluting effects of making energy and creating a flourishing and technologically advanced nation that relies heavily on the use of energy, we must revolutionize our methods and press ourselves to innovate. The most evident solution is to make coal fired power production more efficient more economical and more environmentally safe. Researchers and developers are already finding new ways to do just that. Around the world, the race to revolutionize coal fired power production is already underway, while here at home we are sadly still behind in the race. These international real world results are eye opening, and can be found at burnlesscoal.com. The process involves a spray-on coal catalyst that works with the natural ionization of the coal, making it much more efficient and resulting in a cleaner burning fuel with up to 27% less CO2 production quelling the fears of global warming enthusiasts and cutting coal consumption for the local coal fired power utility company. To stay ahead of international competition, we must look at the facts and be willing to make change happen. This revolutionary process in creating coal-fueled energy has the ability to stoke the fires of our economy once again, and just as important, help create a healthy environment for our future. Contact: Charlles Bohdy, Senior Partner Newmax Development Enterprises, LLC 4456 North Abbe Rd #103, Sheffield Village, Ohio, 44035 Toll Free 844-les-coal 844-537-2625info@burnlesscoal.comhttp://www.burnlesscoal.com Teknowledge Launches ‘Go Green Help Clean’ Environmental Campaign 2015-06-29T06:57:30Z teknowledge-launches-go-green-help-clean-environmental-campaign In what was a first-of-its-kind endeavor in the IT and corporate sector in India, Teknowledge Software started a special environmental cleanup and plantation drive last week. The campaign has been named ‘Go Green, Help Clean’, and through it, the professionals at the renowned mobile app company are determined to do their bit towards enriching nature. The first phase of this unique (and refreshing, one must add!) campaign was organized by Teknowledge at the spacious campus of Bodhisukha School, Barasat - on the 25th of June. The seasoned mobile app developers worked hand-in-hand with the students and other school staff to plant saplings around the campus. There were several new recruits and interns at the company too - and each of them more than willingly participated in the drive. Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin, the CEO of Teks Mobile, elaborated a bit more about the ideas and thought processes that have gone behind the planning of ‘Go Green, Help Clean.’ In an informal chitchat, he informed that this drive will not be anything like run-of-the-mill CSR campaigns. Neither is this a promotional gimmick. Mr. Fakhruddin and his team have been, for some time now, aware of the alarming energy depletion problems of the planet - and were planning on some activity that would, over time, indeed make a difference. Let’s just say that the selection of a tree-planting campaign has been really appropriate! When asked about how many saplings the app developers planted on the day, Mr. Fakhruddin responded with a smile that a separate sapling had been planted for each of the mobile applications that Teknowledge Mobile Studio has planted till date. With that figure hovering around the 950 mark - it is fairly easy to gauge how much of hardwork, and indeed, the volume of ‘baby greenery’ the Teks team managed to add to the environment in a single day. A senior in-house iPhone app developer pointed out that the best thing about the ‘Go Green, Help Clean’ project is its continuous nature. Every time a new iOS or Android app from Teks would debut at the online stores, a new sapling will be planted. Every week, some time will be kept aside for the maintenance and checkup of the already planted saplings. It’s clearly not about earning cheap brownie points - Team Teks has got its hands dirty for a truly good cause. The company CEO jovially added that the process of selecting healthy saplings could be compared to the app testing procedure. A special team had been formed to check each and every sapling, prior to the planting stage. Right from the procurement of high-quality saplings at remunerative prices, to overseeing their plantation at the Bodhisukha campus - Mr. Fakhruddin was in charge right through, and he made sure that everything went according to plan. In addition to sowing plants, the representatives from the iPhone app development firm also handed over more than 500 saplings to the students of Bodhisukha school - which would be planted by them at various convenient locations. The company is also in talks with other leading schools and playground/garden authorities - for the next phases of ‘Go Green, Help Clean.’ The environmental drive would be organized at regular intervals. In future, similar campaigns are likely to be launched by Teks Mobile Australia and Teks Sweden (the Australian and Swedish branches of Teknowledge) as well. What has started out as a local endeavor has every chance of becoming a global CSR campaign within a matter of months. In the increasingly competitive professional world, the Teks ‘Go Green, Help Clean’ campaign has literally come as a breath of fresh air. Mr. Fakhruddin and his team are doing their bit to preserve nature and raise environmental awareness - it remains to be seen how many other corporate organizations take up the cue and start working on this noble, and immensely vital, cause. For further details on the ‘Go Green, Help Clean’ campaign, call 91-33-40649087 or drop a mail to info@teks.co.in. If you wish to get a free app quote, visit http://teks.co.in/site/requestAQuote.php, and provide the required details. Teks has already been acknowledged as one of the best mobile app companies in Asia - and with this innovative drive, the company has proved that it cares for Mother Nature as well. Giving Coal Companies a Fighting Chance to Survive the Clean Power Act 2015-06-28T03:51:29Z giving-coal-companies-a-fighting-chance-to-survive-the-clean-power-act Sheffield Village, OH, June 26, 2015 -- The first steam engines, the first stoves, the first factories all depended upon coal. The coal industry single handedly rang in the Industrial Revolution, a glorious period which led to most of the modern advances that are so familiar to us today. It is a sad day when humanity, having already gained a new pair of wings, forgets the ground that it rose from. The challenges of environmental laws and campaigns are many and numerous, the most recent one being President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Fourteen coal-producing states and major coal companies failed in their combined lawsuit against this signature campaign, portending dark days for the coal industry. In fact, the EIA just issued a report that states the new regulations will result in double the plant closings originally forecasted by the EPA. The coal companies had lawyers as prolific as Lawrence H. Tribe, one of the most prominent figures of Constitutional Law and Obama’s mentor at Harvard Law School – but to no avail. With the government now gaining legal backup for their plans, where do coal producers stand in today’s world? This is where a company such as Burn Less Coal steps into the bigger picture. With both real world and lab tested results backing it up, Burn Less Coal is an environmentally-attuned product that ensures lower coal consumption and reduced carbon emissions. Not only does this benefit the environment by reducing the amount of coal being burned every day to generate the same amount of power, but it also significantly benefits coal companies. How? Let’s take a look. This product from Burn Less Coal is a unique catalyst, and when coal is treated with it, it results in 100% combustion and minimal by-products. In terms of benefits, it facilitates better combustion which results in more energy production, and in turn, reduces the amount of coal required. Just to fill in the statistical figures, it can be mentioned that the catalyst, when tested under industrial conditions, shows a 15% lowered rate of consumption of coal for the same BTU output. Plus the fact that the coal burns 5-8% cleaner when sprayed with the Burn Less Coal spray. In addition, there are benefits such as lowered furnace-cleaning costs, reduction of sulfur emission, ash, slag formation, erosion, and so on. Due to higher heat energy produced by primary and secondary reactions, less coal is burned leading to less toxic emissions. With an initial fee of just $275,000, you get a 30-60 day trial period where technicians come on site and prove these results to you, guaranteed. About Burn Less Coal: A company that is currently proving its worth in seven different coal plants around the world, Burn Less Coal provides an effective solution for the coal industry. With its sincerity, dedication, and a talented team of experts, the company expects its reach to double in this present year alone. To learn more contact Charlles Bohdy Senior Partner at NEWMAX DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISES, LLC, mailing address c/o 4456 North Abbe Rd #103, Sheffield Village Ohio [44035], Toll Free 844-les-coal 844-537-2625. info@burnlesscoal.com Website: www.burnlesscoal.com Contact: Charlles Bohdy, Senior Partner Newmax Development Enterprises, LLC 4456 North Abbe Rd #103, Sheffield Village, Ohio, 44035 Toll Free 844-les-coal 844-537-2625info@burnlesscoal.comhttp://www.burnlesscoal.com Wood waste legislation boosts green energy industry 2015-06-24T23:19:39Z wood-waste-legislation-boosts-green-energy-industry Rod McInnes, CEO Timber Queensland said this legitimate use of a biomass waste product is a no-brainer for a society that is trying to move away from dirty energy and increase the use of renewable power.   “The waste can only come from legal and responsibly managed forests certified by the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) and the Forest Stewardship Council,” said Rod McInnes.   “It makes common sense to use offcuts, sawdust and bark that is otherwise left as fuel for bushfires or left to rot as fuel for a green energy industry,” he said.   Mr McInnes said that Australia’s tightly regulated and carefully managed native forestry industry will ensure that, as legislated, the use of native forest wood for the primary purpose of generating renewable electricity is not eligible for renewable energy certificates.    “Those who voted against the legislation have nothing to fear, the notion that forests would ever be harvested for biomass is economic nonsense as there is no sense in a sawmiller incurring costs of approximately $140 tonne to purchase, cut, snig, haul and chip a native forest log to receive around $20 tonne for the chip,” he said.   Young Kiwis follow Prince Harry’s example and volunteer for wildlife conservation 2015-06-24T22:09:57Z young-kiwis-follow-prince-harry-s-example-and-volunteer-for-wildlife-conservation Hundreds of young New Zealanders are following Prince Harry’s lead and volunteering to work on wildlife conservation projects overseas. Prince Harry has left the armed forces after ten years and this month will begin a three-month placement helping experts with front-line conservation projects in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana. According to Vicki Kenny, the founder of the International Working Holidays (IWH), the specialist overseas employment agency:  `New Zealanders are increasingly bypassing the bright lights of London or New York to work on conservation projects overseas. You don’t have to be a Prince to make a difference. There are some unique opportunities to help save endangered species on offer to young Kiwis planning their Big OE such as the largest giant panda reserve in China, an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, a rhino anti poaching initiative in South Africa and turtle rescue in Fiji. `We’re passionate about animals and that’s reflected by the growing numbers who are using their gap year or time before further education to work with conservation organisations around the world.’ She adds: `Many of our projects are unique. The African rhino project is tackling the very pressing issue of poaching. Volunteers are expected to be ready to dive in and get involved with everything that is going on at the project, which is quite physical and volunteers must be ready to roll up their sleeves and participate.  In the last two years the volunteer work at the Panda base in China has contributed to the doubling of the panda population - which is an amazing achievement. The numbers are now such that the Panda Reserve can at last experiment with returning them to the wild.’  But Vicki Kenny warns: `Everything will be arranged for Prince Harry’s time in Africa, but while travelling to and finding volunteer projects in some of these remote parts of the world is a big adventure, the Prince is not the only person who does need expert help in finding the right placement. We make it easy to organise and find the perfect volunteer holiday so you can experience a life changing adventure overseas, safely and legally.’   Note to editors: If you would like to talk to a young New Zealander who has returned from working on a wildlife conservation project, let us know and we’ll put you in touch with someone.   Further information: http://www.iwh.co.nz Vicki Kenny, IWH: 027 670 9968 Peter Boyes, BPR: 0275 540 500 Poll: The massive trade deal half of Australia hasn’t even heard about 2015-06-24T21:31:42Z poll-the-massive-trade-deal-half-of-australia-hasn-t-even-heard-about Overnight the huge Trans Pacific Partnership global trade deal was approved for fast-track by the US Senate, yet a new poll shows half of Australia's voters haven’t even heard of it. ReachTEL polling in the electorates of Goldstein (VIC), Dobell (NSW), Reid (NSW) Petrie (QLD), Barton (NSW), Eden Monaro (NSW) and Capricornia (QLD), commissioned by GetUp, shows half had not even heard of the massive deal. Two-thirds of voters are opposed to giving foreign-owned companies avenues to take legal action against Australian laws made by federal and state governments. Less than one in 10 voters support the measure. Most (76 per cent) are either somewhat or very concerned the text has not been released - considering Andrew Robb has said “we are literally one week of negotiation away from completing” the text of the deal. This follows yesterday’s scathing Productivity Commission report, which said it would grant legal rights to foreign investors not available to Australians and expose the government to potentially large unfunded liabilities. More than half of all voters are already very concerned about the price of medicine increasing. Organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières warn that if pharmaceutical patents are extended under the TPP it will increase the cost of medicine. Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions believed to be included in the text of the TPP could result in foreign-owned corporations suing Australian Governments. Kelsey Cooke, GetUp’s Head of Campaigns, said: “Such a massive deal should be open for public scrutiny. This poll shows Australians in some of the country's most marginal seats agree.” “It’s deeply worrying that Australia looks set to sign away our hard fought legal checks and balances, without most of the population even knowing it’s happening,” she said. “This deal puts the interests of massive multinational companies ahead of Australians, even ahead of our courts. It’s unprecedented. Even John Howard wouldn’t allow trade agreements like this to be made with the United States.” GetUp's Head of Campaigns Kelsey Cooke is available for comment. Full poll results are available here: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-reachtel-poll-june-2015 GetUp’s explainer video on the TPP has been viewed more than a million times across Facebook and YouTube: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-video Barton poll: The massive trade deal half of Australia hasn’t even heard about 2015-06-24T21:24:36Z barton-poll-the-massive-trade-deal-half-of-australia-hasn-t-even-heard-about Overnight the huge Trans Pacific Partnership global trade deal was approved for fast-track by the US Senate, yet a new poll shows half of Australia’s voters haven’t even heard of it. ReachTEL polling, commissioned by GetUp, shows 63 per cent of Liberal voters in the Sydney electorate of Barton are very concerned the text of the agreement has not been released. Victor Bien, a resident of Barton, said he was very concerned about the secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. “I see no clear benefits, but very clear risks, in effectively transferring power from government to multi-national corporations,” he said. “In particular, I’m concerned that a greater influence of US-based companies is incompatible with important social provisions in Australia such as the PBS.” Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions believed to be included in the text of the TPP could result in foreign-owned corporations suing Australian Governments. Two-thirds of voters are opposed to giving foreign-owned companies avenues to take legal action against Australian laws made by federal and state governments. Less than one in 10 voters support the measure. Most (76 per cent) are either somewhat or very concerned the text has not been released - considering Andrew Robb has said “we are literally one week of negotiation away from completing” the text of the deal. More than half of all voters are already very concerned about the price of medicine increasing. Organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières warn that if pharmaceutical patents are extended under the TPP it will increase the cost of medicine. This follows yesterday’s scathing Productivity Commission report, which said it would grant legal rights to foreign investors not available to Australians and expose the government to potentially large unfunded liabilities. Kelsey Cooke, GetUp’s Head of Campaigns, said: “Such a massive deal should be open for public scrutiny.” “It’s deeply worrying that Australia looks set to sign away our hard fought legal checks and balances, without most of the population even knowing it’s happening,” she said. “This deal puts the interests of massive multinational companies ahead of Australians, even ahead of our courts. It’s unprecedented. Even John Howard wouldn’t allow trade agreements like this to be made with the United States.” GetUp's Head of Campaigns Kelsey Cooke is available for comment. Full poll results for Barton are available here: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-barton-polling Broader polling from the electorates of Goldstein (VIC), Petrie (QLD), Eden Monaro (NSW), Reid (NSW), Dobell (NSW) and Capricornia (QLD) also available here: www.getup.org.au/tpp-reachtel-poll-june-2015 GetUp’s explainer video on the TPP has been viewed more than a million times across Facebook and YouTube: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-video Capricornia poll: The massive trade deal half of Australia hasn’t even heard about 2015-06-24T21:20:08Z capricornia-poll-the-massive-trade-deal-half-of-australia-hasn-t-even-heard-about Overnight the huge Trans Pacific Partnership global trade deal was approved for fasttrack by the US Senate, yet a new poll shows half of Australia’s voters haven’t even heard of it. ReachTEL polling, commissioned by GetUp, shows 76% of voters in Capricornia are somewhat or very concerned that the text has not been released. Anthea Cuddihy, a resident of Capricornia, said she was very concerned about the secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. “I am concerned about our Federal government's pro-trade-at-any-cost attitude towards projects that potentially have very damaging repercussions for our environment and the long-term livability of Australia,” she said. “Any legislation, such as the TPP, which may bring the threat of being sued into considerations for Australia policy development or program enactment, should be avoided.” Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions believed to be included in the text of the TPP could result in foreign-owned corporations suing Australian Governments. Two-thirds of voters are opposed to giving foreign-owned companies avenues to take legal action against Australian laws made by federal and state governments. Less than one in 10 voters support the measure. Most (76 per cent) are either somewhat or very concerned the text has not been released - especially considering Andrew Robb has said “we are literally one week of negotiation away from completing” the text of the deal. More than half of all voters are already very concerned about the price of medicine increasing. Organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières warn that if pharmaceutical patents are extended under the TPP it will increase the cost of medicine. This follows yesterday’s scathing Productivity Commission report, which said it would grant legal rights to foreign investors not available to Australians and expose the government to potentially large unfunded liabilities. As federal representatives head home to their electorates for the winter break, they should expect to hear from concerned local residents. Kelsey Cooke, GetUp’s Head of Campaigns, said: “Such a massive deal should be open for public scrutiny.” “It’s deeply worrying that Australia looks set to sign away our hard fought legal checks and balances, without most of the population even knowing it’s happening,” she said. “This deal puts the interests of massive multinational companies ahead of Australians, even ahead of our courts. It’s unprecedented. Even John Howard wouldn’t allow trade agreements like this to be made with the United States.” GetUp's Head of Campaigns Kelsey Cooke is available for comment. Full poll results for Capricornia are available here: getup.org.au/tpp-capricornia-polling Broader polling for the electorates of Goldstein (VIC), Petrie (QLD), Barton (NSW), Eden Monaro (NSW), Reid (NSW) and Dobell (NSW) is also available: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-reachtel-poll-june-2015 GetUp’s explainer video on the TPP has been viewed more than a million times across Facebook and YouTube: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-video Eden Monaro poll: The massive trade deal half of Australia hasn’t even heard about 2015-06-24T21:15:54Z eden-monaro-poll-the-massive-trade-deal-half-of-australia-hasn-t-even-heard-about Overnight the huge Trans Pacific Partnership global trade deal was approved for fasttrack by the US Senate, yet a new poll shows half of Australia’s voters haven’t even heard of it. ReachTEL polling, commissioned by GetUp, shows that three quarters of voters in Eden Monaro are somewhat or very concerned that the text has not been released by the government. Peter Reid, a resident of Eden Monaro, said he was very concerned about the secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. “The fundamental tenets of democracy disappear when corporations run countries, and the world,” he said. “We vote for politicians. We don't vote for the boards of corporations. When politicians kowtow to businesses, we are in trouble.” Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions believed to be included in the text of the TPP could result in foreign-owned corporations suing Australian Governments. Two-thirds of voters are opposed to giving foreign-owned companies avenues to take legal action against Australian laws made by federal and state governments. Less than one in 10 voters support the measure. Most (76 per cent) are either somewhat or very concerned the text has not been released - especially considering Andrew Robb has said “we are literally one week of negotiation away from completing” the text of the deal. More than half of all voters are already very concerned about the price of medicine increasing. Organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières warn that if pharmaceutical patents are extended under the TPP it will increase the cost of medicine. This follows yesterday’s scathing Productivity Commission report, which said it would grant legal rights to foreign investors not available to Australians and expose the government to potentially large unfunded liabilities. Kelsey Cooke, GetUp’s Head of Campaigns, said: “Such a massive deal should be open for public scrutiny.” “It’s deeply worrying that Australia looks set to sign away our hard fought legal checks and balances, without most of the population even knowing it’s happening,” she said. “This deal puts the interests of massive multinational companies ahead of Australians, even ahead of our courts. It’s unprecedented. Even John Howard wouldn’t allow trade agreements like this to be made with the United States.” As federal representatives head home to their electorates for the winter break, they should expect to hear from concerned local residents. GetUp's Head of Campaigns Kelsey Cooke is available for comment. Full poll results for Eden Monaro are available here: getup.org.au/tpp-eden-monaro-polling Broader polling for the electorates of Goldstein (VIC), Petrie (QLD), Barton (NSW), Reid (NSW), Dobell (NSW) and Capricornia (QLD) is also available: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-reachtel-poll-june-2015 GetUp’s explainer video on the TPP has been viewed more than a million times across Facebook and YouTube: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-video Goldstein poll: The massive trade deal half of Australia hasn’t even heard about 2015-06-24T21:08:51Z goldstein-poll-the-massive-trade-deal-half-of-australia-hasn-t-even-heard-about Overnight the huge Trans Pacific Partnership global trade deal was approved for fast-track by the US Senate, yet a new poll shows half of Australia’s voters haven’t even heard of it. ReachTEL polling, commissioned by GetUp, shows 74% of the voters polled in Andrew Robb's own electorate of Goldstein were somewhat or very concerned no draft text had been released. Monique Monnier, who has lived in the electorate of Goldstein for 15 years, said she was very concerned about the secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. “If we have nothing to fear regarding the TPP, then why can't Andrew Robb release the details of what's being called the dirtiest deal in history?” she said. “As concerned constituents, we want to keep the conversation about the TPP going, and request the veil of secrecy be lifted and the document be released for public scrutiny before signature.” Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions believed to be included in the text of the TPP could result in foreign-owned corporations suing Australian Governments. Two-thirds of voters are opposed to giving foreign-owned companies avenues to take legal action against Australian laws made by federal and state governments. Less than one in 10 voters support the measure. Most (76 per cent) are either somewhat or very concerned the text has not been released - especially considering Andrew Robb has said “we are literally one week of negotiation away from completing” the text of the deal. This follows yesterday’s scathing Productivity Commission report, which said it would grant legal rights to foreign investors not available to Australians and expose the government to potentially large unfunded liabilities. More than half of all voters are already very concerned about the price of medicine increasing. Organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières warn that if pharmaceutical patents are extended under the TPP it will increase the cost of medicine. Kelsey Cooke, GetUp’s Head of Campaigns, said: “Such a massive deal should be open for public scrutiny.” “It’s deeply worrying that Australia looks set to sign away our hard fought legal checks and balances, without most of the population even knowing it’s happening,” she said. “This deal puts the interests of massive multinational companies ahead of Australians, even ahead of our courts. It’s unprecedented. Even John Howard wouldn’t allow trade agreements like this to be made with the United States.” As federal representatives head home to their electorates for the winter break, they should expect to hear from concerned local residents. GetUp's Head of Campaigns Kelsey Cooke is available for comment. Full poll results for Goldstein are available here: getup.org.au/tpp-goldstein-polling Broader polling for the electorates of Petrie (QLD), Barton (NSW), Eden Monaro (NSW), Reid (NSW), Dobell (NSW) and Capricornia (QLD) are also available: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-reachtel-poll-june-2015 GetUp’s explainer video on the TPP has been viewed more than a million times across Facebook and YouTube: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-video Reid poll: The massive trade deal half of Australia hasn’t even heard about 2015-06-24T21:03:49Z reid-poll-the-massive-trade-deal-half-of-australia-hasn-t-even-heard-about Overnight the huge Trans Pacific Partnership global trade deal was approved for fasttrack by the US Senate, yet a new poll shows half of Australia’s voters haven’t even heard of it. ReachTEL polling, commissioned by GetUp, shows that one in three Liberal voters in the Sydney electorate of Reid are very concerned the text has not been released. Frank Phillis, a resident in the electorate of Reid, said he was very concerned about the secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. “Any proposed trade agreements must be negotiated in an open and transparent manner - the fact that these negotiations are not happening in that way certainly lead us to believe that the TPP would not be beneficial to Australians, nor likely to any other signatory nation,” Mr Phillis said. “From an Australian perspective, there have been some benefits from previous free-trade agreements, but there have also been significant issues as well.” Kriss Wilson, a fellow resident of the electorate of Reid, added his concerns about secrecy: “I am concerned because we were told that the reason for a government is to represent the people and to exercise their will for their nation. But with the TPP, corporations will be governing us,” he said. Two-thirds of voters are opposed to giving foreign-owned companies avenues to take legal action against Australian laws made by federal and state governments. Less than one in 10 voters support the measure. Most (76 per cent) are either somewhat or very concerned the text has not been released - especially considering Andrew Robb has said “we are literally one week of negotiation away from completing” the text of the deal. Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions believed to be included in the text of the TPP could result in foreign-owned corporations suing Australian governments. More than half of all voters are already very concerned about the price of medicine increasing. Organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières warn that if pharmaceutical patents are extended under the TPP it will increase the cost of medicine. This follows yesterday’s scathing Productivity Commission report, which said the deal would grant legal rights to foreign investors not available to Australians and expose the government to potentially large unfunded liabilities. Kelsey Cooke, GetUp’s Head of Campaigns, said: “Such a massive deal should be open for public scrutiny.” “It’s deeply worrying that Australia looks set to sign away our hard fought legal checks and balances, without the majority of the population even knowing it’s happening,” she said. “This deal puts the interests of huge multinational companies ahead of Australians, even ahead of our courts. It’s unprecedented. Even John Howard wouldn’t allow trade agreements like this to be made with the United States.” GetUp's Head of Campaigns Kelsey Cooke is available for comment. Full results of the Reid poll are available here: getup.org.au/tpp-reid-polling Broader polling for the electorates of Goldstein (VIC), Petrie (QLD), Barton (NSW), Eden Monaro (NSW), Dobell (NSW) and Capricornia (QLD) is also available: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-reachtel-poll-june-2015 GetUp’s explainer video on the TPP has been viewed more than a million times across Facebook and YouTube: http://www.getup.org.au/tpp-video