Tag Archive: Kevin Rudd

Jan 25 2014

How Labor lost the climate debate

These two videos go a long way toward explaining why the Australian Labor Party won the 2007 election and lost in 2013. They show how Labor changed the way it framed climate change. In 2007 they correctly identified it as the most important issue of our time: By 2012 (when Labor were already in an …

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Aug 24 2013

Tony Abbott’s manipulation of public perception

Australia’s Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says in today’s newspaper: The problem with the Parliament at the moment is that almost nothing is ever said which isn’t basically crude political head-banging. Both sides are guilty but I think that as prime minister Gillard was particularly bad at it. Abbott’s hypocrisy is staggering. In reality, it is …

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Aug 15 2013

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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Jul 16 2013

The greatest greenwash of our generation

Newly reinstated Australian Labor Party leader and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has today demonstrated yet again that he is the worst type of climate change denier: a skilled greenwasher. In 2007, Rudd rightly told the National Climate Change Summit: Climate change is the great moral challenge of our generation.  Climate change is not just an …

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Jul 14 2013

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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Jun 27 2013

Rudd’s return: bad news for climate action?

I probably don’t need to tell Australian readers that Kevin Rudd has been reinstated as Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Australian Labor Party, replacing Julia Gillard who succeeded him three years ago. I see Rudd’s return as a victory of appearance over substance, intuition over logic, personality over policy, treachery over teamwork, …

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Mar 22 2013

Forget policy certainty, just raise the RET

What a week it’s been in Australian politics! Failed media regulations, a failed leadership spill, mass ministerial resignations, and more… But in today’s post I’ll focus on a piece of news that didn’t make the front page: yesterday Australia’s Climate Change Minister Greg Combet finally announced the Labor government’s response to the recommendations of last …

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Mar 19 2013

The many faces of climate change denial

There is much debate in Australia, particularly in the political sphere, about who is a climate change denier. To answer that question, we first have to clarify what we mean by climate change denial. The book Climate Change Denial by Haydn Washington and John Cook helpfully distinguishes between several different stages of denial: literal, interpretative, …

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Mar 08 2013

Politicians right to rebuff business lobby’s scheming

Yesterday the Australian Industry Group (AIG) called for “all sides of politics to support the immediate removal of the fixed price carbon tax and move directly to an internationally linked emissions trading scheme”. A transition to an emissions trading scheme (ETS) is currently scheduled for 2015. AIG CEO Innes Willox wants Labor to make the …

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Feb 28 2013

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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