Tag: Thoughts

Sep 06 2013

Let’s make this Australia’s climate election

Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’ – Martin Luther King Jr. As Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, goes to the polls, the window of opportunity for humanity to act on climate change is closing fast. Anthropogenic global warming is the largest and most …

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Sep 05 2013

Abbott’s last-minute policies reveal true colors

Throughout the Australian election campaign the Liberal/National Coalition and their leader Tony Abbott have blatantly evaded any scrutiny, either on their budgetary plans or, more importantly, the details of their climate policy. Abbott has been saying for two years “we’ll announce our full fiscal position in good time before the election”. Today, having waited until …

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Aug 27 2013

A media monopoly is not freedom

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, who owns 63% of Australian newspapers, has been a subject of much discussion during the ongoing Australian election campaign, particularly on last night’s Media Watch and Q&A. Media Watch and others have done a good job of documenting the Murdoch media’s extreme bias against the Labor government and the Greens, a …

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Aug 26 2013

Can a new political party save the planet?

In the course of researching my guide to Australian minor political parties, I discovered the new not-yet-registered party “Save the Planet”. It is a single issue party advocating an emergency response to climate change, comparable to the remobilization of the economy during World War 2. This is because the party recognizes atmospheric greenhouse gas levels …

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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 02 2013

CCA must put on its thinking cap

I am afraid to say the Caps and Targets Review by the Australian government’s independent Climate Change Authority (CCA) is shaping up to be next to useless. This is very disheartening because CCA had seemed Australia’s best hope of real climate action. I have previously expressed concern about the appointment of business lobbyists to the …

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Jul 19 2013

If I were Prime Minister…

I recently wrote a submission to the Australian independent Climate Change Authority’s Caps and Targets Review. Unfortunately, indications so far suggest the Review may be heading in a direction different from what I had hoped. I do not want to have wasted all the effort I put into my submission, whose level of detail almost …

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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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Jul 08 2013

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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