Tag: Australia

Tony Abbott learns what causes global warming

The following is a transcript of a secretly recorded conversation between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt in the Prime Minister’s office. Abbott: Come in, Greg. Hunt: Good to see you again, Tony. Abbott: Yes – sorry I haven’t been available much. I’ve been busy talking to the important ministers. Hunt: …

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Senate inquiry bogged down in party lines

A Senate inquiry into the Australian Government’s proposed climate Direct Action Plan reported on Wednesday. The report says nothing new, and I’m fed up with the inane narrow positions which each of the three parties has manoeuvred themselves into. First, the good news. The main report, authored by Labor Senators Lin Thorp, Louise Pratt, and …

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If 100,000 protest and few report it, did they make a sound?

Last weekend I participated in the March in March (MiM): on the order of 100,000 Australians marching in 33 locations around the nation to express our dissatisfaction with the Abbott government. My dissatisfaction increased when the mainstream media largely ignored, downplayed, or ridiculed the protests. This will be an extremely long and heavily illustrated post, …

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First they came for the bikies?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the wizards’ government is in denial about Harry’s warning of a national security threat (the resurrection of the evil Lord Voldemort), believing him to be delusional or involved in a revolutionary conspiracy. Frustrated with the government’s attempts to indoctrinate his classmates and silence him for speaking …

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Why I will March in March

I will be joining my local March in March today because I believe the Abbott government is illegitimate. Abbott’s Liberal/National Coalition has treated Australian voters with thinly disguised contempt. They blatantly misled us about their intentions in opposition, assuring us there would be no surprises and no broken promises, then blindsided us with extreme right-wing …

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CCA goes out with a whimper

Australia’s independent Climate Change Authority (CCA) today released the final report of its emissions targets review. It should be obvious to everyone that the Abbott Liberal government will ignore this report. They are trying to pass legislation to abolish the CCA, and are unwinding all the (already weak) policies of the former Labor government. They …

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Abbott has no long-term drought policy

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced a $320 million drought relief package, but it fails to account for the long-term climate change that is drying out Australia. Many rural areas of Australia have been in drought for 16-22 months. 70% of Queensland is now in drought; much of northern NSW and southwest WA is …

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We need to politicize climate change

We’ve all heard the laments: the public has gone cold on climate action because the issue has become so “politicized”. Someone has to say it: we need to politicize climate change. What does it mean to “politicize” something? It means to put it on the political agenda, propel it into the headlines, make it a …

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Abbott stacks RET review panel

As Australia suffers through a drought which Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists is entirely natural, the Liberal/National Coalition government has announced a review of the federal Renewable Energy Target (RET), which “a senior Liberal” told the ABC is “cover” for “let’s kill the RET”. Australia’s current target is 45 terawatt-hours (TWh) of new renewable energy …

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New legislation tries to criminalize protest

In the Australian state of Victoria, the Napthine Liberal government is pushing draconian legislation to restrict citizens’ right to protest. The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill would expand police powers to order people to “move on” from a public place. It introduces new circumstances in which move-on orders can be issued, including some which …

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