PM must boot Nats from water portfolio The Australian Greens MPsThe Prime Minister must take the water portfolio out of the hands of the climate-denying National Party, the Greens say, after a Productivity Commission report released today calls on governments to recognise the impact of the climate crisis on water security.Greens Water Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:“We’ve now got economists saying what scientists have been warning for years. The Federal Government needs to start preparing a water security plan that takes climate change seriously.“The PM needs to start by getting the National Party out of the water portfolio.“Australia’s water security will never be managed properly while the climate change deniers in the National Party hold the country’s water portfolio and are in charge of Australia’s water policy.“The Nationals and Barnaby Joyce do not accept the science of climate change let alone the economics. They’re putting drinking water in our cities and our regional towns at risk, killing our river systems and putting the interests of miners ahead of small family farmers.“Even the Productivity Commission can see miners are getting special treatment over farmers which is putting everyone’s water supply at risk.“The PM cannot allow this PC report to be ignored. How many warnings does he need before he acts to protect all Australians not just the National Party’s mates.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, climate change, climate crisis, Commission, drinking water, Federal, federal government, Government, Minister, PM, Prime Minister, Productivity Commission, Scientists, security, The Nationals, treatment
Minnesota creates program director position, appoints BingleMatt Bingle became the first-ever director of track and field and cross country. Derek WetmoreOctober 20, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintOne of the more successful womenâÄôs sports programs on campus just added some stability.WomenâÄôs track and field coach Matt Bingle has been promoted to program director âÄî the first in Minnesota history and a position they created for him.HeâÄôll oversee his current team as well as the cross country program, effective immediately, according to athletics director Joel Maturi .âÄúWhile this is primarily a shift in title, the success of the womenâÄôs track and field and cross country programs during MattâÄôs tenure here at the University of Minnesota was a huge factor in this change,âÄù Maturi said in a release announcing the promotion Wednesday.Bingle took over the track and field team in the spring of 2007 and was recently extended. Unlike menâÄôs hockey coach Don Lucia, BingleâÄôs contract wasnâÄôt about to expire, so he was already going to be here.After he experienced early success at Minnesota, he was a hot coaching commodity in the track and field community, so the Gophers locked him up.Maturi called it a shift in title, hinting his immediate role likely wonâÄôt significantly change.As director of both programs, he would be allowed to hire any coach he chooses to run the programs. Should another athletic director take over when MaturiâÄôs contract expires next spring, Bingle could retain the staff thatâÄôs been working together for a number of years âÄî Gary Wilson, Lynne Anderson, Caroline White and Sarah Hesser.Previously, with no program director in place, those decisions would have been up to the athletic director.âÄúThis is truly an exciting day for our track and field and cross country programs,âÄù Bingle said in the release. âÄúWhatâÄôs great for the program is that for years to come there will be stability in the coaching staff. What we have going right now is working. And any time you can have a great staff stay together, the sky is the limit.âÄùBingle thanked his wife and family, Maturi and Wilson for being one of his coaching mentors in the release.âÄúWe feel this is the right time to make this next transition as a program,âÄù Wilson said in the release. âÄúWhile I will still retain head coaching responsibilities for cross country, Matt will oversee the entire program.âÄúCross country and track at the college level are so intertwined that it only makes sense to have a director that can maintain the success of both programs far in to the future,âÄù Wilson said.The womenâÄôs track and field team is the largest in Division I in the country.Bingle is in his ninth year with Minnesota and will begin his fifth as head coach in January.