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Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

Climate change a political disaster as well

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Let’s take a moment and think back to the very start of Australia’s climate change and energy policy fiasco; 2007 Kevin Rudd’s government is elected in a landslide, with overwhelming public support to tackle the onset of anthropogenic climate change, by introducing a scientifically and economically supported Emissions Trading Scheme.

The legislation easily passed the lower house with the support of the then morally enhanced Malcolm Turnbull, who crossed the floor to vote for it, but the good news stops there; In the Senate it all went pear-shaped; Enter Bob Brown and the Greens who held the balance of power and refused to support it, it was either their way or the highway, (disaster No. 1).

The Rudd Govt. tried valiantly to negotiate an acceptable outcome but it became impossible, Kevin Rudd then made the biggest mistake of his life and dropped the legislation, (disaster No. 2); His popularity nosedived over-night and never recovered, he should have gone straight to a double dissolution election and let the voters decide.

The post Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years are probably best forgotten especially for Labor voters, although Julia Gillard with the help of two highly regarded independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshot eventually negotiated a carbon tax through the Senate; At last solid action on tackling climate change, but it cost Julia dearly.

Enter 2013 the election of Tony Abbott, (disaster No. 3), financially backed by the fossil fuel industry, this extreme right- wing Govt. then committed political bastardry and immediately took a wrecking ball to all legislation on climate change and our newly emerging renewable energy industry, (disaster No. 4).

Is there any wonder the decomposing Turnbull Govt. now has zero credibility on climate change and energy policy; Shortly they will ask us voters for another term in office, (if that happens we will have disaster No. 5 and counting.)


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  1. We knew about Climate Change back in the 1980s when Climate Change was noticeable to politicians told to them by the scientific community.


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