Tag: Australian Greens

Has Rudd joined the Liberal Party?

Eleven days into the Australian federal election campaign and I’m thoroughly sick of the non-debate so far. It seems the two major parties, Labor and the Liberal/National Coalition, agree on almost everything important. It’s no wonder the Greens have chosen the election slogan “standing up for what matters”. The list of Liberal-like policies adopted by …

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Rudd ignites carbon trading time bombs

I must be psychic. In March when the Australian Industry Group demanded the Australian government immediately move from its fixed carbon price to its planned future emissions trading scheme (ETS), I wrote that “I was very pleased to see the AIG proposal met with tripartisan categorical rejection” but “I remain[ed] vigilant, even pessimistic” because of …

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Eulogy for the hung parliament

The last week of June was the last sitting week of Australia’s 43rd parliament and first hung parliament since 1943. It also turned out to be the week in which the Prime Minister who presided over the hung parliament, Julia Gillard, was replaced by her Labor Party colleague and predecessor Kevin Rudd. ABC journalist Chris …

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Australia’s Climate Commission does the maths

US climate activist Bill McKibben recently toured Australia as part of his “Do the Maths” campaign advocating divestment from fossil fuels, based on the arithmetic which shows to avoid dangerous climate change we must leave most fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Of course, the Australian government and businesses scoffed. Now, this reality has been …

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Is it time to abandon emissions trading?

Yesterday the European Parliament voted down a European Commission proposal to postpone the auction of 900 million permits for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) from 2013-2015 until 2019-2020 (called “backloading”). The proposal was predictably opposed by Poland and other eastern European countries, and unfortunately also met resistance from conservative forces within some …

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Why 2013 will be a pivotal year for climate

This is the second part of a two-part series about the Greens’ pragmatic strategy on climate action. Part 1 reviews how the strategy has fared so far. This part examines the possible outcomes in 2013. 2013 will be a pivotal year for Australian climate policy, and the test of the Greens’ pragmatic strategy. By the …

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Reassessing the Greens’ pragmatic strategy

This is the first part of a two-part series about the Greens’ pragmatic strategy on climate action. I’ve previously criticized the strategy of the Australian climate movement, but stopped short of criticizing the strategy of the Greens. Now I think it is time to reassess that too. (I should clarify this post has been in the …

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Greens denounce Gillard Labor government

The Greens have publicly distanced themselves from the Labor government in the leadup to the Australian federal election on 14 September. Last month, Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Liberal leader Tony Abbott each launched their party’s election campaign with a National Press Club speech. (Gillard discussed economic policy, hinted at more budget cuts, and …

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Liberals Part 4: Australia has a legitimate government

This is the fourth part of a series examining the Liberal Party of Australia. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 examine the party’s climate policies. This part debunks their allegations that the incumbent government is illegitimate. Illustration: Stephen Wight There has been a persistent campaign by the conservative Coalition, led by Tony Abbott and …

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No closure for coal power

Australia’s climate policy just got even worse. Last year when the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee agreed a carbon price, they also agreed a number of complementary measures, many arguably better than the carbon price itself. One of them was a floor price; it was scrapped last week. Another was that the Government would pay electricity …

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