Tag Archive: Australian Greens

Mar 14 2014

Tasmania needs a Greens opposition

Tomorrow, Tasmanians and South Australians will go to the polls for their respective state elections. In both cases the Liberals are expected to gain government, but the Tasmanian election may present an unexpected opportunity for the Greens. The Tasmanian situation is reminiscent of last year’s federal election, pitting an unpopular governing coalition of Labor (led …

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Feb 26 2014

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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Feb 21 2014

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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Jan 14 2014

Activists blockade new coal mine

As Australia bakes in a summer heatwave, protestors are blocking construction at Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Coal Mine in northwest NSW’s Leard State Forest. About 30 activists are blockading the entrance to the forest, chaining themselves to bulldozers seeking to clear trees for an access route. Maules Creek is the largest new coal mine currently …

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Nov 13 2013

Why “Typhoon Tony” Abbott should read Harry Potter

Today, on the first day of Australia’s 44th Parliament, new Prime Minister Tony Abbott introduced legislation to repeal the carbon tax. Meanwhile at the COP19 climate talks in Warsaw, snubbed by Australian ministers, Filipino delegate Yeb Sano made an emotional plea for action: It was barely 11 months ago in Doha when my delegation made …

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Nov 07 2013

Ex-PM’s climate speech reveals deniers run Australia

Australian ex-Prime-Minister John Howard yesterday addressed the “Global Warming Policy Foundation”, a British climate change denialist group. He described global warming as “a substitute religion” and himself as “an agnostic”. Like all deniers he objects to the term “denier”. In reality, there is overwhelming evidence that humans are warming the planet, and if you don’t …

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Oct 31 2013

Continuing trade talks secrecy threatens sovereignty

In what is ironically Global Transparency Week, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has uninvited a journalist from a briefing on the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations. The agreement is expected to be signed before the end of the year and could mean a radical transfer of power from governments to …

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Oct 30 2013

CCA Targets Review releases daft draft report

Today Australia’s independent Climate Change Authority (CCA) released the Targets and Progress Review Draft Report. (The word “Caps” has been removed from the Review’s name, presumably to dissociate it from the former government’s emissions trading scheme.) The new Liberal government plans to abolish the CCA, and the legal requirement to set an emissions target, as …

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Oct 28 2013

Tony Abbott and the politicization of tragedy

While I was blogging about anti-politics, unseasonal bushfires were raging through New South Wales. This has happened as Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Liberal/National Coalition prepare to scrap the meagre climate policies of the previous government. On 16 October, Greens MP Adam Bandt wrote in the Guardian: Abbott is failing in what …

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Oct 26 2013

Anti-politics 6: Delegitimizing the Abbott government

This is the final part of a series about the Australian “anti-politics” attitude and how the green left should respond to it. Part 1 lays out evidence for the attitude and speculates on its causes. Part 2 argues the green left needs to distance itself from political elites. Part 3 discusses how we should communicate …

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