Oil flowed more freely than information
An analysis of why journalists found it so difficult to report on the West Atlas rig disaster.
Now it’s time to find a scape goat
An analysis of the political fallout from the West Atlas rig disaster, it’s impact on the Browse Basin gasfield developments, and the size of the job faced by environment minister Peter Garrett.
The Age [read this story]
Big bang sparks media interest in oil disaster
Sara Phillips says images of the burning West Atlas rig finally got the disastrous oil spill the media and political attention it deserves.
Why the Kimberley can’t remain a park: An interview with Jack Fletcher
Matt Brann interviews the man who owned seven Kimberley cattle stations, almost dammed the Fitzroy and created an irrigation project at Camballin which was twice the size of the present-day Ord River scheme.
Adverture-seeker Bear Grylls explores the Australian Outback
Dianne Butler literally “takes the piss” out of British survivalist Bear Grylls’ Kimberley adventure, due to be screened on SBS television tonight.
The Courier-Mail [read this story]
Kimberley split over LNG
by Nicholas Perpitch
The Australian [read this story]
Uranium hunt could have sour fallout
by Barry Fitzgerald and Mathew Murphy
The authors of this piece question whether there will ever be enough demand to justify mining the many low-grade uranium tenements that now exist around Australia.
The Age [read this story]
Hell road of the week – the Tanami Track
by Bob Gosford
Peter Garrett ‘all at sea’
“The legal advice of course also found that the Federal Government would be subject to huge costs (tens to hundreds of billions) if a full-blown no take conservation zone was established over an existing drilling operation, shutting it down. It could open the Government up to compensation for the loss of earnings of the entire earning potential of the gas or oil in the permit region.”
From the Sydney Morning Herald
Talkabout: time for Aboriginal languages to go mainstream
Opinion from Tim Dick in the Sydney Morning Herald
Brighter outlook in the booming west
Tony Barrass says the WA economy is on the up and tourism is booming, with Broome and Kununurra visitor centres both reporting an increase in visitor numbers since last year.
From The Australian [read on]
Barnett/Rudd alliance upsets WA Labor members
Opinion by the Australan’s Paige Taylor
The caravanning fraternity: an unflattering profile by Crikey’s Bob Gosford
An opinion piece by Chris Maher: James Price Point and Broome Chamber of Commerce “What are the Facts on Gas?” Mr Maher is a Broome shire councillor and business proprietor