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15 November 2018

Hundreds of Consumers, Business people and Scientists say:
“Get out of the Paris Agreement.”

“The Saltbush Club”
Skilled and Thinking Australians concerned at the huge costs and unproven benefits of the climate, energy and infrastructure policies
on both sides of Federal Parliament.

A new lobby group comprising scientists, farmers, consumers, small business and big business is urging both sides of Australian politics to put aside party interests and global agendas to focus on what’s best for Australian business, workers, consumers and the environment.

The Saltbush Club calls for Australia to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and to cease financing or supporting the international bodies promoting it.

It challenges the whole idea of a consensus on man-made global warming.

Jerry Ellis, retired chairman of BHP, and Founding Chairman of the Saltbush Club says:

“It is clear that Australia’s push to meet the Paris carbon dioxide emission targets is leading to higher electricity prices and unreliable supply. We have lost the balance between working for environmental outcomes and working for economic outcomes. These things need to be balanced, and this balance is missing with the Paris Agreement. The world would be a better place with strong economies generating money to spend on poverty, health, infrastructure and the environment.”

Hugh Morgan, CEO of Western Mining 1990-2003 and a director of the Saltbush Club agrees:

“People think the Paris Accord is just about commitments to lower CO2. It is really about transferring wealth via the UN to the so-called Less Developed Countries. It’s about advancing centralised control of people’s lives on a global scale. This climate alarm movement has got so far because of backing by Western millennials who have been indoctrinated during their education. Enjoying living standards unprecedented in world history, they have embraced alarmism as a new secular religion.”

Ellis and Morgan are supported by a large, skilled and experienced group of other Australians calling themselves “The Saltbush Club”. The group was organised by Viv Forbes (with a few helpers), from a country farm-house in Queensland with no landline, no NBN and less than $3,000 in financial support.

Forbes says:
“The Saltbush Club has over 200 foundation members, plus a bigger group of “silent” members. It will be a voice for those who are rarely heard in the climate and energy debate – those consumers of electricity who are concerned that the war on hydro-carbon energy has increased the costs and reduced the reliability of electricity for industry and private consumers.

“It welcomes anyone with a similar view, regardless of their political affiliations or leanings.

“We must reject the UN Agenda which is crippling western industry with high-cost unreliable electricity in a futile attempt to control global climate.”

“Our top priority is to have Australia withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and to cease financing or supporting the international bodies promoting it.”

Jo Nova (a well-read blogger and Saltbush Media Director) added:

“Who speaks for consumers? Our elected reps are supposed to, but few are willing to speak up. There is a $1.5 trillion dollar global industry that wants Australia to accept Paris, but no debate about the vested interests that stand to profit while Australian consumers and businesses pay carbon taxes they have voted against every time they had the chance.”

For more information:
Viv Forbes
[email protected]
Address (not for publication)
1907 Ipswich-Boonah Road
Washpool Qld Australia 4306.
0409 2777 94

The Saltbush Club (contact details not for publication)
Jerry Ellis, Chairman, [email protected] , 02 9969 5115
Hugh Morgan, [email protected]
Joanne Nova, Media Director, [email protected]
Ian Plimer, [email protected]
Viv Forbes, Executive Director, [email protected] , 0409 2777 94 or 0409 2777 95

Viv Forbes has a science degree and a long history in exploration, management, writing and lecturing in the exploration, mining and grazing industries of Northern Australia. He is currently self-employed with no ties to, interest in, or contracts with any company except for a long-held share-holding in Stanmore Coal which exports coking and some thermal coal to Asia.

For more information on the Saltbush Club see:

http://clexit.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/saltbush-introduction.pdf
http://clexit.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/saltbush-members.pdf
http://clexit.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/saltbush-skills.pdf
http://clexit.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/saltbush-priorities.pdf

Other comments:
http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2018/09/ex-bhp-chief-scrap-paris-now/
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/climate-economy-must-be-balanced-exlandcare-chair/news-story/85c456193704c061e517e6b090a2c931

Defence lawyer to release tell-all book detailing his life in criminal law

BEGINS

A highly respected criminal defence lawyer is to reveal all about his 36 years working in the criminal justice system in a tell-all book set to be released in Australia on the 20th November 2018.

Split Second is written by Michael Kuzilny, a member of the Law Institute of the Criminal Law section, who formerly worked as an officer with Victoria and Queensland police.

The book details real-life events that Kuzilny has witnessed during his storied career as a barrister, including juicy tales of police corruption.

It is the latest novel to be released by Kuzilny, who is a media personality and has written 12 books on a variety of topics, including true crime, personal development and meditation.

Previous titles by Kuzilny include ‘A La Carte Buddhism: A Path to Lasting Happiness’, ‘Marketing Secrets of the World’s Superstar Lawyers’ and ‘Expiry Date 25,000 Days’, which reminds readers that life is short and should be enjoyed to its fullest extent.

Full details of the formal book launch are yet to be released, by the PR agency Winn&Stone Pty Ltd, the company tasked with publicising the book, has formally put forward Max Markson’s personal review: “This is a fascinating read from one of Australia’s favourite legal eagles.

“It offers plenty of insight and a totally unbiased view into what is an often murky world, full of unscrupulous characters.”

The book promises to be an enlightened and entertaining read, both for those interested in true crime and casual readers.

Markson added: “Displaying a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the human condition, Michael has the ability to captivate audiences through his many experiences as a law enforcement officer, through representation of high profile cases and confrontation with notorious criminals.

“Michael utilises multiple platforms as a TV personality, veteran interviewer and professional public speaker to provide a perspective on matters of great legal, cultural and social importance.”

For more information about Michael Kuzilny’s new book Split Second and to enquire about the book launch, please get in touch with Winn&Stone Pty Ltd by calling [03 94677094] or emailing [email protected]

Ballarat-based entrepreneur Ellen Burns, 29, is leading the way to a better snack food industry. Not only are her snacks healthy and allergy-friendly, but she recently became the first Victorian business owner to use 100% Certified home compostable packaging on her energy bars. This means that when the snack is finished the wrapper can be thrown in the compost or buried in the garden, safely degrading in a matter of weeks. The wrappers are made from sustainable plant fibres and promise to be the next big thing in the war on waste. In an industry that relies on packaging to keep food fresh and portable, Ellen wants to show people that convenience foods don’t have to be inconvenient for the planet.

Not happy with following the status quo, Ellen is on a mission to make her business completely plastic free. “Reducing waste has always been very important to me, but a waste-free lifestyle didn’t seem to match up with being a business owner.” Since starting the business in 2015, Ellen has grown increasingly uncomfortable with the waste that she was creating. “Even though my packaging was recyclable, it was still confronting to receive the boxes of plastic pouches, knowing that I was responsible for putting that out into the world. We’ve been shown recently how unreliable recycling really is.” Ellen started searching for alternatives over a year ago, but completely home compostable wrappers have only recently become available. “After a lot of searching, I managed to find PA Packaging, who are currently the only supplier of this packaging in the whole country. The demand just hasn’t been there and the technology has been catching up. We’re living in a time where people are finally starting to really think about their impact on the planet.”

The home compostable packaging is plant-based and made from cellulose derived from sources like Eucalyptus and sugar cane. All of the ingredients are ethically sourced and any trees that are cut down are replaced by at least one new tree, if not more. Even the adhesive is certified home compostable, which sets it apart from most other packaging on the market. Ellen explains, “Biodegradable packaging can be an ethical minefield. Biodegradable plastics actually break down to microplastic, making them even worse than standard plastic. Compostable packaging can only be processed by industrial facilities, which is not a system we’re really set up for yet. With home compostable packaging, we can take responsibility at a personal level and prevent it from ever entering the waste stream.” Ellen’s new wrappers can be put into home compost bins or buried in the ground, certified to safely degrade in a maximum of 26 weeks. Ellen’s home tests has shown no sign of them after as little as 13. They have also been tested and confirmed to break down safely in sea water, which means that if they somehow end up in the waterways they won’t be choking any marine life or clogging up the ocean. With over 100 million marine animals estimated to be killed by plastic debris each year, we need to be doing all we can to cut down on our plastic waste.

Despite the increased knowledge around waste and how it is affecting our planet, consumers are still torn between their desire for ethics and need for convenience. “The tide is changing on how people view plastic, and demand is increasing for ethical products, but people don’t want to sacrifice convenience,” Ellen explains. “We’ve seen the backlash from the plastic bag ban. There are things that people don’t want to give up. We live busy, mobile lives, and packaging is necessary. I want to prove that you don’t have to compromise, you can have ethical convenience.” Ellen hopes that other businesses will follow suit and that we could soon have a world free from single-use plastic. “Politicians have floated the idea of a complete ban on single-use plastics and people tend to panic. Packaging is vital; not only in the food industry but in other fields like medicine and science. It’s really important that we have viable plant-based replacements. The technology is there now. We finally have an alternative.” Living plastic free may still be a challenge, but business owners like Ellen are working to make living ethically a little easier.

14 November 2018: In the face of continuing government failure to act on climate change, a social enterprise is paving the way for communities across Australia to go it alone in terms of electricity supply.

Set up to disrupt the energy market and do it differently, Enova Community Energy is already facilitating communities to take control of their own energy solutions – building a decentralised energy system where households and businesses can produce and share their own renewable energy and lower costs.

As a retailer, Enova is the piece of the energy industry puzzle that allows the sharing and trading of electricity to take place, provides the systems, and covers off the risks.

With Australia dominated by three big retailers, Enova regularly lobbies the government to help ensure survival of smaller retailers. It has also consistently offered one of the best feed-in tariffs for solar, which forced some of the big energy companies to improve their offers.

“Given wholesale prices controlled in the market by Origin, Energy Australia and AGL have doubled over the past two years, and yet production costs have not, the government needs to understand that if they want to keep small retailers in the market to retain competition, they need to act,” explains Enova Chair Alison Crook. “They could do that by either providing all small retailers with access to a slice of one of the purchase contracts they set up to purchase power for government, or they could simply stand behind us as a guarantor to say they would buy any power we had contracted for into the future.”

Over the past two years Enova (which is a social enterprise) has been proving its model works in the Northern Rivers in NSW and now it has big plans to expand its community-based renewable power solutions across all of NSW and into Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Enova is Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy company and was established by hundreds of Australian shareholders who believe in Enova’s goal of helping local communities take back their own power, while quickly helping them reduce the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.

A current shareholder offer has attracted more than 412 new individual investors who have committed $748,149 in funds. Enova is hoping to attract even more shareholders in the next few days before the crowd-sourced funding offer ends this Saturday 17 November. This capital boost will allow Enova to embark on its expansion plans.

“Communities right around Australia are demanding an alternate to the current fossil fuel dependent energy industry. Enova’s community-owned energy model and our commitment to communities generating, storing and sharing their own renewable energy while keeping the revenue local strikes a chord,” said Ms Crook.

“Add to that the fact that we are a social enterprise and half of our net proceeds go back into community renewable energy projects, education and energy efficiency services, and the fact we’re developing innovative projects like microgrids and solar gardens which allow renters and those who traditionally are unable to benefit from solar and it’s clear why Enova is of such interest.”

“Enova’s community-owned energy solutions such as our recently announced partnership with Border Trust in Albury-Wodonga to create Border Community Energy means money stays circulating in local economies to benefit people, jobs and businesses,” Ms Crook said.

To learn more about Enova go to www.enovaenergy.com.au or to become a shareholder go to www.crowd88.com/en/company/enova-energy/overview/ In deciding whether to apply for shares always consider the Crowd-Sourced Funding Offer Document: https://www.crowd88.com/en/company/enova-energy/overview/ including the general risk warning.

It has recently been brought to our attention that there is a forum thread on an IT and Broadband based forum site called Whirlpool that is focused on Armada Assets Pty Ltd, Chatstone Pty Ltd and Water3 Pty Ltd. While we are humbled with the attention, we feel it necessary to comment, without being dragged into an online trolling situation, which would only act to distract and take our focus off fighting the war on plastic.

The majority of the comments made in the thread are nothing more than uninformed opinions and, in some cases, insulting and defamatory. We are currently consulting our lawyers to have the thread removed. The G link kiosks referred to in the forum are some of the consistently best performing kiosks in the network, and we’d hope that (a) a tram driver would watch the track and not the kiosks, and (b) no-one uses the kiosks when the tram has arrived as they are either getting on the tram, or getting off the tram. With the digital advertising component of the business commencing, events and promotions season in full swing and the fact that we now have over 250 Water3 Kiosks operating throughout SE Qld in the handiest locations, such as shopping centres, bus and train stations, hospitals and schools, it is not surprising that our user network and revenue is growing at such a rapid rate. To find the locations of our Water3 refill stations, please visit www.water3.com

Armada Assets Pty Ltd, Chatstone Pty Ltd and Water3 have always and will always be open, honest and willing to discuss any questions in relation to the activities involved. We are happy to explain the who, the why and the how and always ensure and encourage that our clients make their own educated decisions.

If you would like to discuss anything, please contact us by email on [email protected] or 1800 988 014.

e-Motion Concepts Pty Ltd a company dedicated to the next generation of super efficient clean vehicles and solutions to meet the transportation needs of the 21st century announces the appointment of Harry Proskefalas as our recently appointed foundation CEO. Harry brings over 20 years experience in developing core strategies and operational frameworks across a diverse range of industries. “Harry will implement and drive our strategy with a strong emphasis on aligning with commercial operators including local transport, ride share, food and goods delivery, courier firms and local governments in delivering long term sustainable” Executive Director and Founder Wolfgang Roffmann said. Harry’s appointment was made at the recent Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) Conference and EXPO held at the Brisbane Convention Centre “Companies are needing to change to support sustainable strategies with reduced maintenance costs. eMC delivers smarter mobility and transport solutions with a cost benefit options and long-term upside” Harry Proskefalas said. He also added “We are looking forward to bring innovative, sustainable and cost effective products to the urban mobility market space. The response we had at the AEVA conference in Brisbane, for our first offering of the fully electric three wheel Zbee vehicle for transport of people and goods in the urban environment, gives us a great confidence that we are on the right track”. The Zbee electric vehicle has full volume compliance for Australia and is available now.

Steinway Galleries Australia presents,
“Sydney Launch of the Steinway Spirio”
(The most advanced piano playback system developed)

The Steinway & Sons Spirio piano, has seen unprecedented sales throughout Australia since the Melbourne launch in late 2017.

The Pianos are now available in NSW with the Sydney launch taking place this Tuesday, 13th November at the Star Casino, Executive Lounge.

Guests will include Lindsay Fox AC, Mark O’Connor – CEO for Steinway Galleries Australia, Steinway representatives from the Asia Pacific and performances from John Foreman and Spirio Recording Artist Amir Farid.

We welcome you to contact Mark O’Connor – CEO on 0491 216 353 or Alison West – Business Manager on 0430 167 622 for enquires.
If you would like to attend, numbers are very limited so please advise ASAP.
This is a great opportunity for some press announcements for a worldwide exclusive event.

Australian men are embracing vasectomies according to Medicare data analysed by Marie Stopes Australia for World Vasectomy Day.

Marie Stopes Australia conducted an audit of the available Medicare data on vasectomy from the last 20 years and found that more men are getting on board with the snip.

Marie Stopes Australia’s Lead Vasectomist, Dr Justin Low, said the trend was genuinely uplifting, given the procedure is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancies.

“Roughly half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned which means, as a nation, we need to get better at contraception.” Dr Low says.

“While, nationally, our rate is still lower than some other developed countries there has been a steady increase in vasectomy numbers in Australia of around 4% every year since 2014. Women usually carry the load for contraceptive responsibility throughout a couple’s reproductive life partly because of very limited male contraception options. So it’s great to see men stepping up to take responsibility for family planning once no more kids are desired.”

According to the 2015 United Nations Report on contraception trends, the countries with the highest vasectomy uptake are Canada (22%), United Kingdom (21%) and New Zealand (19.5%). Australia lags behind the United States (11%) with just under 10% of men choosing to have a vasectomy.

A Facebook survey conducted by Marie Stopes Australia shows that many Aussie men have a high level of literacy when it comes to vasectomy, understanding both what the procedure involves as well as its benefits as a contraception option.

“We know that a lot of Aussie men understand the procedure, and a lot of those old myths about a vasectomy somehow affecting your manhood are thankfully on the way out,” Dr Low says.

“Men used to think that it would ruin their sex drive or make them less masculine. Research from Frankfurt University actually showed that men who had a vasectomy reported having higher sex drives, better erections and better orgasms (not to mention their female partners reported higher sexual arousal towards them).”

World Vasectomy Day is 14 November and aims to increase awareness and uptake of vasectomy as a family planning method.

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Recently, the Medical Journal of Australia found that more than half of adult patients attending ER regularly searched for information, particularly younger and e-health literate patients. (1)

We Test® is an easy at-home urine test which provides scientific information about 11 substances in your urine. You simply wee on one of the three strips in the pack and you receive real information about your health in 90 seconds.

The test strips are an invaluable new addition to all home medical kits. According to founder, Sophie Castleman: “I don’t know any family that doesn’t have a thermometer hidden away in a box ready for when someone gets sick. This is the new tool on the block; you can find out more information about your health in real time and in the privacy of your own home. It’s a real game changer.”

A great example of use is when you’re unsure if your child is properly hydrated. You can even press a strip into a wet nappy to determine if there are any signs of dehydration.

This clever collection of chemical detectives provides clues about the body’s hydration, pH levels, vitamin C levels, white blood cell count, and ketones, to name just a few, arming curious consumers with valuable information.

While nothing replaces a visit to the GP, simply having more knowledge can provide both peace of mind and valuable information for yourself and your family.

We Test offers a simple results guide, which clearly indicates when there’s a problem that may require further investigation with your doctor. For example, if the test strip indicates a high level of white blood cells, it could be an indicator that your body is fighting an infection.

“In other cases, the mere detection of a substance, such as blood or glucose, suggests there may be a problem worth investigating with your doctor. Early detection means early intervention, and that can lead to better health outcomes,” Sophie said.

So, how does it work? We Test provides information about your urine in a very similar way to a pregnancy test. The indicators on the strip will produce a result by changing colour, and then users can compare the results on the strip against the colour-coded results chart included in the box.

We Test looks for dehydration, glucose, protein, vitamin C, pH levels, white blood cells, nitrite, ketones, bilirubin, urobilinogen and blood. Each We Test kit contains three strips, a colour chart and an information sheet. Each box contains three individually packaged tests and will be available for RRP $19.99 at selected pharmacies and online. For more information or to purchase, visit www.wetestonline.com

FOOTNOTE 1: Dr Google in the ED: searching for online health information by adult emergency department patients Anthony M Cocco, Rachel Zordan, David McD Taylor, Tracey J Weiland, Stuart J Dilley, Joyce Kant, Mahesha Dombagolla, Andreas Hendarto, Fiona Lai and Jennie Hutton Med J Aust 2018; 209 (8): 342-347. || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00889 Published online: 20 August 2018 https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2018/209/8/dr-google-ed-searching-online-health-information-adult-emergency-department