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In the National Newspaper Business section today it is reported that Professor Ross Garnaut has joined the Highlands Pacific Board.
Remember him - the adviser on climate change to the current Australian Government ??? The fact he is an environmental advisor in Australia ?
Ross Garnaut is very much involved in the mining business in PNG - particularly the high polluters. He is Chairman of the Board of PNG Sustainable Development Programme Limited (PNGSDP) - which is the entity that holds the Ok Tedi Mining Ltd (OTML) shares on behalf of the Indep State of PNG and invests the dividends (close to a billion now) in Singapore - and brings the interest onshore to provide project development funding for Western Province and the rest of PNG for the last ELEVEN years (what frigging development ? read instead "brings money onshore to pay large salaries to expat consultants and board members of PNGSDP)) and also the
Chairman of the Board of OTML which is now polluting the Fly at a greater levels than ever before - is NOW on the Board of a company that owns 8.7% in Ramu Nickel and is party to their dumping of 5 million tonnes of toxic mine waste into the Bismark sea - 400m off shore and at 150m depth.
He will now be at the helm of not only the biggest environmental mining disaster in the world - but now the second - being Ramu Nickel.
On his own website www.rossgarnaut.com.au, on the Homepage - whilst there is a lengthy summary of his career - he doesn't even mention his positions on OTML or PNGSDP or even his Chairmanship of Lihir Gold for 10 years. Wonder why ?
For 10 years of the sea dumping of mine waste off Lihir Island which resulted in 60m2 of smothered sea floor (and continuing) - Ross Garnaut was paid $300,000 per year as Chairman.
As Chairman of the Board of PNGSDP which he has been for 11 years, given between the seven directors they split a cash fee of $600,000 - Ross must have been receiving $100,000 of that per annum.
And then OTML - now as Chairman of the Board and as a director also for at least the last 11 years, he would be earning similar director's fees.
So why doesn't he mention such long term positions ? Is it because he doesn't want it out there that he is on the Boards of companies that are responsible for massive and continuing environmental damage in PNG ? Might it tarnish his climate change adviser image ?
This is what is on the Homepage of the website - whilst no mention of PNG mining companies, there are lots of mentions of his ties to China "Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy
and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He has held senior roles in universities, business, government and other Australian and international institutions.
He is Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Economics at The University of Melbourne. He is also Distinguished Professor of Economics at The Australian National University. In December 2009, Ross was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Australian National University.
Ross is Chairman of the Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program Limited. He was Chairman of Lihir Gold Limited from 1995 to 2010.
Ross was Head of the Economics Department and Division of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University for over a decade from 1989. He played leading roles from the mid-seventies until 2009 in building The Australian National University's capacity in research and graduate education on Southeast Asia, China (including as
Chairman of the China Economy and Business Program from its foundation in 1989 to 2009), and South Asia. He is the author or editor (alone or jointly with others) of 43 books and numerous influential articles in scholarly journals and books on international economics, public finance, and economic development. He has been Chairman of the Editorial Boards of the journals Asian-Pacific Economic Literature and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies since 1989. Ross is a founding Director of both the Lowy Institute of International Policy and of Asialink.
He has held a number of senior Government positions, including as head of the Financial and Economic Policy Division of the Papua New Guinea Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975; principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke;
Australian Ambassador to China (1985-88). He has led many high-level Government Reviews and Commissions, including the preparation of the Report to the Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister 'Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendency' (1989); the Review of the Wool Industry (1993); the Review of Commonwealth-State Funding (2002); and the Garnaut Climate Change Review (2008). Ross was appointed as an independent expert advisor to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee in September 2010 and was commissioned in November 2010 by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to update significant elements of his 2008 Climate Change Review. He has led Australian diplomatic missions interacting at Head of Government level to Asian countries on trade policy (1984), to Korea (1989) and the ANC
in South Africa.
Ross has been consulted on trade policy and relations with Asia and the Pacific from time to time by the Prime Minister and senior Ministers of successive Australian governments since the Fraser Government (1975-1983).
He has held positions as Chairman of the boards of large Australian and international public companies continuously since 1988, including the Bank of Western Australia, the Primary Industry Bank of Australia and Aluminium Smelters of Victoria. He was Chairman of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research from 1994 to 2000 and also held the
position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC) from 2006 to June 2010.
God help the seas and rivers of PNG ! Ross is on another Mining Board.
Let's not forget that Greg Hoy, reporter on the 7:30 Report nearly lost his job for reporting on Lihir, exposing the environmental damage.
Ross threatened to sue, contacted his buddy the chairman of the ABC, Maurice Newman, and Newman had an apology up on the website within 24 hours, and all the evidence from reporters supporting the statements made, removed. FROM THE ABC'S WEBSITE.
Ross threatens to sue, and proceeds with legal action, against anyone who says anything remotely negative about him, however true. He has delusions of grandeur, and will not have the media questioning his career, his motivations, or his wealth. Extreme wealth. Made you know where.
From memory too, I don't believe Lihir ever paid any taxes in PNG. As I recall, there was always some sleight of hand accounting manoeuvre relieving Lihir of the obligation to pay tax, despite Lihir being one of the largest producers in the lowest quartile of production costs worldwide.
God help the seas and rivers of PNG ! Ross is on another Mining Board.
Let's not forget that Greg Hoy, reporter on the 7:30
Report nearly lost his job for reporting on Lihir, exposing the environmental
Ross threatened to sue, contacted his buddy the chairman of the ABC, Maurice
Newman, and Newman had an apology up on the website within 24 hours, and all
the evidence from reporters supporting the statements made, removed. FROM THE
Ross threatens to sue, and proceeds with legal action, against anyone who says
anything remotely negative about him, however true. He has delusions of
grandeur, and will not have the media questioning his career, his motivations,
or his wealth. Extreme wealth. Made you know where.
From memory too, I don't believe Lihir ever paid any taxes in PNG. As I recall,
there was always some sleight of hand accounting manoeuvre relieving Lihir of
the obligation to pay tax, despite Lihir being one of the largest producers in
the lowest quartile of production costs worldwide.
Climate change an ethical issue – Ross Garnaut
[ The University of
Melbourne Voice Vol. 3, No. 1 14 April - 12 May 2008 ]
Uncertainties, competing interests and disparities in emissions between rich and poor countries beset the global policy debate.
The ‘wicked problem’ of climate change is at its heart an ethical issue, according to one of Australia’s leading economists and public figures, Chair of the federal government’s Climate Change Review, Professor Ross Garnaut.
He says the pressing ethical challenge for Australia is the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring the cost burdens of mitigation are distributed in a way that is just.
Professor Garnaut, who has been appointed a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne (see page 6), spoke recently to a conference on Climate Change and Social Justice convened by Dr Jeremy Moss, co-ordinator of the University’s Social Justice Initiative.
“One has to value the welfare of future generations to want to do anything about this problem,” he said, warning that unless policies to redress greenhouse gas emissions are seen to be fair, they will not be accepted by the Australian community.
A ‘wicked’ problem, he explained, is a term taken from the field of planning and design, describing a challenge that is hard to define, has interdependencies and multiple causes that interact, solutions that can sometimes lead to unintended side-effects, and in which new forms of the
problem often emerge while solutions to the original problem are being developed. The opposite is a tame problem, which “stays still” while problem-solving is underway.
The wicked issues in the climate change debate, he said, were the uncertainties around the science involved, the fierce competition between competing interests and the disparity in emissions of poor and rich countries.
And as a result, managing equity claims on carbon revenues from those disadvantaged by the strategy will be the core ethical challenge. He warned that the large energy generating companies that have invested billions of dollars in infrastructure may need to be considered as viable equity claimants, alongside the most poor and disadvantaged in our society.