In 1974 Rex Connor, Minister for Minerals and Energy in the Whitlam Government, had a vision of a national pipeline linking the gas fields in WA to the gas markets in the nation’s southeast. His attempt to raise funds for that project led to the so-called Loans Affair, which was central in the 1975 dismissal of the Whitlam Government. Come forward 43 years and Fairfax journalist Cole Latimer reports that ACIL Allen, in partnership with engineering firm GHD, has been contracted by the federal government to carry out a pre-feasibility study on a west-east gas pipeline to link the gas markets.

Jack Waterford says his ‘bet’ is that the ultimate source of the AWU raids leak was the AFP

Jake Adelstein in Forbes tells us that the anti-Korean prejudice of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is a big problem

Oral testimony of an Aboriginal massacre now supported by scientific evidence – Pamela Smith and Keryne Walshe (The Conversation)

Australia hijacks important Anzac victory at Bersheeba – Tony Wright (Newshub)





John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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