Silly Antarctic travel

Silly Antarctic Travel

How tax payer's money is misused to send parliamentarians on an Antarctica cruise...


Silly PM Antarctica Cruise


antarctica cruiseLike most countries, also Australia has an Antarctic program.


Research is done on Antarctica and or should we say "so" PM's can travel to Antarctica to "supervise" what is really going on in Antarctica.


To give an example of tax payers money not at all well spend, Australian Senator Joyce shares his experience:


it is about time that Australia starts mining the rich minerals than can be found in Antarctica...


It is quite amazing that after a 1 month Antarctica travel it didn't get into the PM's mind that nobody can make claims on Antarctica, nor that you can take or leave anything on Antarctica...


You start wondering what he has been doing on his boat as any Antarctica cruise will make sure people get educated about rule number 1 in the South Pole: this continent can not be claimed by anybody, let alone be exploited.


Sounds like a big waste of tax-payers money this PM's Antarctic travel (unless he was using alcohol to keep his body from freezing in cold Antarctica, and was still under the influence...)


The Silly PM Antarctic Travel Article
'Silly' ideas won't stop MPs' Antarctic trips
AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER: May 25, 2006 - 11:56AM


Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell says a program which allows politicians to travel to Antarctica should continue even though Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce came back with some silly ideas.


Senator Joyce raised eyebrows when he returned last month from a month-long trip to the frozen continent and urged Australia to start mining it.


He said that if Australia did not start exploiting the mineral wealth of Antarctica soon, other countries would beat Australia to it.


"Sending senators from any political party down on an Antarctic travel has been a longstanding offer that's available, when we've got berths available," Senator Campbell told an estimates committee hearing.


"Although I disagree with a couple of the ideas that Senator Joyce has come up with on his Antarctic travel, the great thing that he's done is that most people know that Australia's got an Antarctic program now!


"I think Senator Joyce came up with some ideas that are, quite frankly, a bit silly."


But he praised Senator Joyce for making some constructive suggestions in his report following the Antarctic travel.


In a heated exchange with Labor senators over the mining issue, Senator Campbell also refused to allow his departmental officials to provide details on what was known of the mineral wealth of Antarctica.


"I'll direct my (Australian Antarctic) Division, through the secretary, not to waste its time on this sort of thing," he said.


Labor senator Dana Wortley said the committee should know what minerals were in the Antarctic, considering the interest.


"You've got one of your government senators who's been on a trip to the Antarctic, he's come back, he's made comments talking about (mining it)," she said.


"I'm just concerned because I haven't heard the government come up and say anything in response to Senator Joyce's comments."


Senator Campbell said the government was implacably opposed to mining in the Australian Antarctic territory and that, under the 1994 Madrid Protocol on Antarctic environment protection, any activity relating to mineral resources was banned.


    AAD director Tony Press said there had been no time spent in investigating the feasibility of mining in Antarctica in his seven years at the head of the division.

    "I would say that would apply all the way back to the beginning of our time in negotiating the Madrid protocol," he said.

    Asked if he was aware of any other countries investigating the possibility of mining the Antarctic, he replied:

    "As far as I know, there are no countries investigating Antarctica for mining.