FIFO, James Price Point clashes, IPCC report

We look at the emotional impacts of fly-in fly out work arrangements for workers and their families, the most recent Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change report – and an update on clashes at James Price Point gas project site in Western Australia.

James Price Point update
Near Broome, the fight continues to prevent Woodside Petroleum and its partners constructing a massive gas liquid natural gas processing plant. The proposed site for the project at James Price Point takes in sites sacred to the traditional owners, and environmentalists say it will have a devastating impact on local wildlife and environmental heritage. Things have been largely quiet at James Price Point over the wet season, when little work could be done. But coming into the dry season, the standoff between Woodside, protesters and the police has been heating up again. And last week was a most spectacular start. The Third Degree’s Simon Unwin spoke to Glen Klatovsky, National Kimberly Campaigner for the Wilderness Society.

FIFO fly-in, fly-out impact on workers
For many people the mining industry has offered the opportunity for job security and wealth - but also means large amounts of time away from families and friends. The practice of having a fly-in, fly-out workforce, or FIFO, is favoured by companies as preferential to the cost of setting up services that would attract families of workers to live nearby. This means large mining companies don’t need to commit to a particular location, and can move on to a new site with great ease. But what are the impacts of rosters that see two weeks on, one week off, or eight days on – six days off – on workers and their families?  FIFO, and Drive-in – Drive-out or DIDO, is currently the focus of a Federal Government Inquiry, with findings to be released later this year. Courtney Payne, spoke with Nicole Ashby, the Founder of Fly-in, Fly-out Families

UN IPCC climate report and adaptation
One of the most recent reports released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the risk of extreme weather events around the world is increasing at a rapid pace. This is of particular concern for the nations of the global South, who in many cases lack the resources to respond to such emergencies. Albion Harrison-Naish discussed the report with Phil Ireland from Oxfam Australia.

With James Hitchcock
May 2012