Tag Archive: Thoughts

Feb 02 2015

Tony Abbott’s intergenerational theft

It was advertised as the speech that would turn around his government’s plummeting popularity. Government backbencher Andrew Laming said it would be “bigger than Ben-Hur”. But Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s National Press Club address today was underwhelming compared to even my expectations. He didn’t really say much that was new. The future he outlined …

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Jan 01 2015

2014: the year that was

Welcome to 2015! If you believe Back to the Future, this year our climate problems should be solved by the invention of fusion-powered flying cars. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening. There seems little point in writing a “year-in-review” post as I’ve kind of already written it for most of the year. These three …

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Oct 20 2014

No country for young people (or almost anyone else)

As far as the government is concerned, the adults are back in charge. – Tony Abbott Australians were shocked this week when New Matilda revealed leaked emails from Barry Spurr, an “expert” consultant on the Australian government’s national curriculum review. I have been saying for years that the Liberals have a barely concealed contempt for …

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Oct 01 2014

Why I won’t run for Parliament

Lately a number of people have been suggesting that I should run for Parliament. Of course, climate activists should try every possible avenue that might make a difference, and I wish luck to all those who are taking the electoral route. But I have no plans to to do so. I think it extremely unlikely …

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Sep 21 2014

Bendigo People’s Climate speech: we need action now!

Human-caused global warming is the greatest threat facing humanity. Just this week I was reading up on the latest science. It makes pretty depressing reading. Politicians are stuck on outdated advice that major impacts and feedbacks lie beyond two degrees of warming. But the science is telling us we’re already hitting some at just three-quarters …

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Sep 15 2014

Australian protest crackdowns ramp up

It’s been a bad week for activists in Queensland, with the Liberal National state government making rapid-fire attacks on their political rights. Firstly, activists Aleta Tulk and Adam Brooker were handed a three-month good behaviour bond for chalking on a Cairns footpath: “G20 benefits the 1%”. Tulk has no criminal history and says she will …

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Aug 11 2014

Time to move on from the carbon tax

On 17 July, Australia’s carbon tax was repealed. I was originally going to write about all the political theatre and drama associated with the repeal, but in the final analysis it didn’t really matter that much. At the end of the day, the carbon tax is dead. Tony Abbott’s Liberal government finally succeeded in killing …

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Jul 03 2014

Palmer’s $0 carbon price will achieve zero

We Australians are more confused than ever about climate policy, according to a new poll – and who can blame us? Clive Palmer’s latest announcement has confused everyone, but don’t be fooled: Palmer’s policies, like those of the major parties, won’t achieve much. Ever since his election last September, Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott has …

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Apr 06 2014

Protest votes, mandates, and entitlement

Last night I watched the ABC TV coverage of the Western Australian re-election count. It was an interesting result. With 68.7% of the vote counted, the governing Liberal/National Coalition won 36.8% (a swing of -7.5%), Labor 21.8% (-4.8%), Greens 15.9% (+6.4%), Palmer United 12.5% (+7.5%), and others 13.0% (-1.6%). In other words, there were significant …

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Mar 25 2014

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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