Sue Vader, Wilsons Creek
Anyone who missed Tom Ballard’s furious rant on his final Tonightly show against the Australian government’s scandalous inaction on climate change missed a riveting, relevant and particularly biting piece of political satire.
Since the ABC had axed his show I guess he felt he could just tell it like it is. Catch it on www.facebook.com/tonightly/videos/302385017215262/.
My initial reaction was a tearful mixture of rage and despair. But the only antidote to despair is action. So I joined hundreds of others at the ‘Rise against Climate Change’ rally in Tweed Heads last Saturday.
Inspiring speeches from Tweed Greens mayor Katie Milne and our amazing Greens state MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith re-inspired me with hope.
Justine Elliot was pretty good too – although she didn’t mention the threat of multiple new mega coal mines in the Galilee Basin: starting with Adani (or new proposed coal mines for NSW that would cover an even larger area!)
The rally was a small part of a global movement demanding politicians to knuckle down and do the hard yards of tackling this looming global catastrophe – right now! For a start, we need to combat major Australian parties’ addiction to huge donations from coal and CSG mining companies.
Do we want the best government that money can buy? Of course not: Australia needs the best government that money can’t buy!