Tuesday 6 September
1 I’m not sure how long it is since Barry Jones as Science Minister in the Hawke Government first raised the issue of climate change. I recall Hawke asking what on earth he was on about.
Of course we have been talking about it ever since. Mountains of reports have been published. Scientists have proved beyond doubt the truth of it but governments around the world have been reluctant to act. You may ask “why is it so” but there is no great mystery to it.
Firstly there is a disinclination to believe the science and secondly governments place the capitalist craving for profit before the health of the planet and its citizens.
Last week the Australian Climate Change Authority advised the Government to institute two emission trading schemes and strengthen out emissions targets. After all, we do have international obligations.
We are not meeting them. Two members of the panel were so upset with the Government’s apathy that they vowed to produce a minority dissenting report.
Authority board members, scientists, Clive Hamilton and David Karoly both believe we should have a target of reducing our emissions by 40-60 per cent by 2030. This was previously recommended by the CCA, but it recently released a report which backed the Federal Government’s policy of reducing emissions by 26-28 per cent by 2030. They both also advocate the closure of brown coal power stations.
The point is that we have a Prime Minister who once had a very passionate view that Climate Change was very real and something had to be done. So strong was his opinion about Direct Action that he lost his job as Opposition Leader because of it.
These days he is more passionate about keeping his job so has joined the other Coalition, head in sand, Climate Deniers in taking a low key, do nothing, approach to the problem of lowering our emissions.
The public, generally in spite of indicating in surveys that they want something done, has adopted an apathetic disposition.
So apathetic that they accept that former Minister Hunt was telling lies for years and are prepared to accept the same from Josh Frydenberg.
And so it was with Frydenberg imitating Hunt in hosing down the report. He said the Government was taking an ambitious approach in reducing emissions which conversely raises the question as to why they are still rising.
I am inclined to the view that this Government has no intention of meeting its targets. It well may be that the only thing that will engage a response is an event of catastrophic proportion.
Meanwhile the talk will go on.
“If we’re not raising new generations to be better stewards of the environment, what’s the point?”
2 Last April Christopher ‘the mouth that roared’ Pyne, and his wife went on a $30,000 ‘taxpayer funded’ trip to London and Rome. It didn’t raise an eyebrow.
Then there was another $5000 for a Christmas trip to Sydney for him and his family. No rules were broken of course.
Yesterday he was insisting that Sam Dastyari broke the rules over gifts and donations from Chinese business interests, while also refusing to say what the government would do to address growing concern over Australia’s donations system.
Later he retracted on the broken rules accusation..
3 Superannuation is shaping up as a huge test of Turnbull’s authority as leader. He needs to have his election policy on superannuation go to the Parliament with little change.
If he caves into the backbench it will confirm in the public’s mind that he is captive to the right of his party. Superannuation is the only policy with serious money savings. If he doesn’t get it through he will have to explain what plan two is. God I hate that ‘plan’ word.
4 Now that’s interesting. Did Labor’s Negative Gearing Policy save Turnbull? Research shows that the four federal seats with the highest proportion of people who own investment properties recorded an average swing of two per cent to the Coalition. In contrast, there was a 7.5 per cent swing to the Australian Labor Party in the five seats that have the lowest proportion of investment property owners.
5 My source ‘Tim’ voiced his opinion that:
“If the libs go back to Abbott they can forget about winning the next election. Although he suspects they will lose anyway. Matter of keeping loss of seats to a minimum.
Abbott will never get the vindication he truly wants – he’ll never reclaim the top job – but he’s already getting the next best thing: a front row seat to watch as the man who vanquished him falls apart”.
I think he is on the ball there. They have done nothing in three years and there are no signs of them doing anything in the next three. Although they still say they have a plan. There’s that word again.
My thought for the day
“Conservatives say that poverty is the fault of the victim but wealth comes from virtue and both are the natural order of things”.