Category: Spin

Oct 14 2012

A terrible week for the climate

This week’s events illustrate (not that further illustration was needed) that both of Australia’s major political parties are in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, though Labor hides it behind a veneer of greenwash while the Liberals are overt about it. On Monday in New South Wales, the Planning Assessment Commission approved the Ashton …

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Sep 25 2012

Climate change, foxes, and hens

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced yesterday the Labor Government will introduce a tax on the consumption of hens by foxes. “By making hen consumption more expensive, this policy will make alternative food sources relatively cheaper,” said Gillard. From 2015, Australia will have a hen consumption trading scheme, in which foxes will be able to buy …

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Aug 25 2012

Is Tony Abbott a liar, or just plain stupid?

It’s taken them two-and-a-half years, but it looks like the Australian media is finally beginning to cotton on to the blatant dishonesty of Tony Abbott, leader of the Liberal Party and Opposition. His latest mistruths are debunked here. What better time than to recall some highlights from his ever-growing litany of false, misleading, and contradictory …

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Aug 17 2012

Gillard’s policy slammed by… younger Gillard

Charles Berger from the Australian Conservation Foundation has unearthed a very interesting episode in our Prime Minister’s past. In 1999, then-backbencher Julia Gillard criticized the Howard government for trying to delegate to the state government its decision-making power on a proposed toxic waste dump in her electorate: I rise to speak to this legislation because …

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Jul 26 2012

Environmental deregulation agenda continues

As NASA reports record ice melt in Greenland, Australian federal and state governments remain convinced we have too much environmental regulation. They reaffirmed this belief at yesterday’s meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The communiqué gives very little detail, but it appears the environmental deregulation agenda outlined at April’s meeting is rolling onward …

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Jul 19 2012

Politics isn’t bad; it’s the reporting

As people in other parts of the world fight for the right to vote, too many Australian voters dismiss politics as boring, unimportant, even irrelevant. 15% of Australians believe “for someone like me, it doesn’t matter what kind of government we have”. They couldn’t be more wrong. It’s not politics that is the problem; it’s …

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Jul 10 2012

Yes, the Greens do compromise

Representatives of the Australian Labor Party have repeatedly accused the Australian Greens of being unwilling to compromise. Though this is obviously a self-serving argument designed to shore up Labor’s own support, it is so blatantly false that I felt compelled to set the record straight. In negotiations with the Gillard Labor Government over climate policy, …

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May 15 2012

Don’t mention the warming

The Gillard Labor Government’s stupidity has reached a new low. They have released a new set of climate change ads… which fail to mention climate change. Instead they tell us about the Government’s “Household Assistance Package”: Assistance for what, you could be forgiven for asking? You wouldn’t know it, but in fact the ad is …

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Apr 13 2012

Business declares war on environmental regulations

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) today met to discuss the business lobby’s demand that the Government cut “green tape”. Yesterday, Gillard chaired a Business Advisory Forum, at the end of which she announced this outcome: For the first time in 112 years of federation, business representatives have been able to come face to face …

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Apr 03 2012

Labor should ignore business lobby’s whining

Yesterday, ABC Breakfast host Fran Kelly berated Climate Change Minister Greg Combet for not accepting the ridiculous complaint by business that Australia’s carbon price is somehow “too high”. This is the fossil fuel lobby’s latest excuse, an argument they have been making for months now. Credit where it’s due: I am pleased to say Labor …

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