Category: Politics

Dec 15 2014

Australia continues climate obstructionism in Lima

The COP20 climate talks in Lima, Peru concluded yesterday. It will take a while to sift through the outcomes and figure out what they mean, but for now I want to concentrate on the Australian government, which has unsurprisingly continued its crusade against climate action. Unlike last year when Australia didn’t bother to send a …

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Nov 29 2014

I Didn’t Vote for Abbott

A chronicle of the Abbott government’s terrible actions, to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (full lyrics below). Please share it to help spread the word not to vote for the Liberal Party in the Victorian election today! Climate Council, Minchin’s back, boycott ban, officials sacked Coal seam gas, ignored distress, let’s …

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Nov 27 2014

Victorian election climate resources

  I had intended to write a comprehensive guide to the Victorian state election on Saturday, but time is running out. So rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll link to some great existing guides to the parties’ policies on climate and environment: Vote Climate Victorian election 2014 – climate policy summary (includes a guide to …

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Nov 12 2014

Report on Bendigo climate election forum

I was involved in running an election candidate forum yesterday. The following report was prepared by Sue Wight. A State Election Forum on Climate was held in Bendigo on Tuesday November 11. Bendigo straddles two electorates, Bendigo East and Bendigo West and falls into the upper house region of Northern Victoria. Candidate attendance was as …

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Nov 10 2014

Abbott sabotages RET, Palmer greenwashes ERF

It’s been a depressing three weeks for Australian climate policy. Abbott kills large-scale renewables On 22 October, the Abbott government announced it would seek to persuade the Senate to slash the 2020 large-scale renewable energy target (LRET) from 41,000 to 26,000 GWh. Renewables will be allowed to meet no more than 50% of new energy …

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Oct 20 2014

No country for young people (or almost anyone else)

As far as the government is concerned, the adults are back in charge. – Tony Abbott Australians were shocked this week when New Matilda revealed leaked emails from Barry Spurr, an “expert” consultant on the Australian government’s national curriculum review. I have been saying for years that the Liberals have a barely concealed contempt for …

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Oct 01 2014

Why I won’t run for Parliament

Lately a number of people have been suggesting that I should run for Parliament. Of course, climate activists should try every possible avenue that might make a difference, and I wish luck to all those who are taking the electoral route. But I have no plans to to do so. I think it extremely unlikely …

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Sep 23 2014

The climate speech Tony Abbott should make

Australian PM Tony Abbott isn’t going to the Ban-Ki-Moon climate summit in New York City on 23 September. He should be, and these are the carefully scripted remarks that he should make there. I humbly stand before you to seek forgiveness from the delegates present, and from all citizens of the Earth, for my thoughtless …

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Sep 21 2014

Bendigo People’s Climate speech: we need action now!

Human-caused global warming is the greatest threat facing humanity. Just this week I was reading up on the latest science. It makes pretty depressing reading. Politicians are stuck on outdated advice that major impacts and feedbacks lie beyond two degrees of warming. But the science is telling us we’re already hitting some at just three-quarters …

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Sep 15 2014

Australian protest crackdowns ramp up

It’s been a bad week for activists in Queensland, with the Liberal National state government making rapid-fire attacks on their political rights. Firstly, activists Aleta Tulk and Adam Brooker were handed a three-month good behaviour bond for chalking on a Cairns footpath: “G20 benefits the 1%”. Tulk has no criminal history and says she will …

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