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Last week, after all the sound and fury from the Nationals, the Prime Minister announced that his government would move to net zero emissions in 2050 by printing glossy pamphlets and making PowerPoint presentations.

It’s called ‘the Australian Way.’

Most readers will have seen the outline of Morrison’s ‘plan’ for net zero already.

The trouble is, the plan is all outline and no substance. It consists of spending public money in the next decade on technologies which are either already being developed, or which have been shown to be worthless.

The following decade will see private money inventing further technologies to tackle emissions, and in the final decade before 2050, God will intervene and make the whole meshuggah work by magic.

Of course, he had no plan. Up until a few weeks ago most of Morrison’s side of politics did not even accept the scientific evidence of climate change.

The coincidence of Morrison, Murdoch and the Business Council, all staunch climate change deniers, suddenly discovering that something must be done is not surprising.

The PM needed an emissions policy, however ludicrous, to take to the Glasgow conference, and all his right-wing allies want to neutralise the issue before the coming election.

The sheer gall of Morrison’s ‘plan’ got him through the week, but it won’t avoid him being humiliated by hard-headed analysts in Glasgow. In fact, he has already been humiliated by French President Emmanuel Macron, saying before the conference, ‘I don’t think, I know’ when asked if Morrison lied to him. No amount of sham outrage can obscure the fact that on the world stage, the Australian prime minister has been called out as a liar.

Surely Morrison’s luck has now run out, despite all his lies and desperate political squirming.

Even if electors forget his incompetence in procuring and distributing covid vaccine, his indifference to the safety of women both in the home and workplace, his misuse of public funds over and over again for his party’s benefit, his protection of the slush fund thug Christian Porter, his insistence on blanket secrecy for even the most trivial of government procedures – they surely cannot forgive him playing stupid games with the future of the planet for the financial gain of his political backers.

It is hard to see how he comes back from this, but Morrison has survived this far, despite scandals and crimes in his government that would have sunk any other leader.

His belief that God has chosen him for Australia makes him incapable of introspection or shame, and he will bluster on.

Moreover, now that the government has produced its emissions plan, a plan so flimsy you can’t see it if you look sideways, it is free to concentrate on the Labor Party’s forthcoming policy, which will inevitably contain detail it will be able to attack. The echo chambers of the 60 per cent of our media controlled by Murdoch will reverberate with lies, half truths, cherry-picked statistics and downright conspiracy theories.

The noise will be immense.

But from here on in, all Morrison has is noise.

David Lovejoy, Echo co-founder


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7 COMMENTS

  1. The Morrison Govt seems to be completely obsessed with the most minute control of the media narrative? Ask yourselves just WTF do they think they need to do that? Do they really feel that any investigation will result in prosecution, if what they have done and failed to do, is opened up to any media investigation? If any of you doubt this, just try and ring any of the blanket far right talkback radio and attempt to hold the Morrison Govt to any account and see what happens in this country today? Be prepared to be abused? And these cash for comment Morrison sycophants have the gaul to call out the ABC, social media and other independent media for some imaginary bias?

    • Tweed, the ABC is certainly bias, according to former High Court judge Lionel Murphy, it’s heavily bias towards the truth; if this appalling Govt. is returned there is no way the ABC will survive in it’s present form. If we all temporarily ignored climate change as an issue for this impending election, there is a million other reasons to replace this Govt., if they get another three years, they are going to put roadblocks in place that will make it extremely difficult to remove them and then it will be coal fired energy forever, not a good outcome.

  2. President ScamMO’s visit to COP26 has been a superb success, surpassing hsi wildest expectation – No one is talking about his Pamphlett pretending to be a climate policy Plan , all thanks to his submarine war of words with President Macron. ScottyfromMarketing does it again!

  3. Heaven’s choice is yet another lie. He didn’t go ‘this-a-way’. He went ‘that-a-way’
    with his doom’s day machine.

  4. So….!,
    Australian politicians are lying ineffectual scum-bags, who couldn’t be trusted with anything sharp or more complicated than a ‘blind’ trust fund. This is NOT news !
    There hasn’t been a fair dinkum advocate for the Australian people since 1975 and politicians
    have learnt the lesson well, their masters are overseas, and nobody here cares.
    You can’t expect this bunch of crooked lawyers to give a rats, especially when they ‘believe’ they’re off to paradise, while the rest of the planet fries.
    None of this is news, but……change, is the most terrifying possibility, for most folks, so they will get back in.
    There is no hope ! Cheers, G”)

  5. well our illustrious leader did carry a lump of coal into question time. which was picked up the world media. Lobbyist and party donors have an open door when it comes legislation and government direction. His love of the fossil fuel industry almost borders on infidelity. Next Valentine’s Day he should send every fossil fuel executive a bunch of roses. For they have become his mentors. If Greenies give trees hickeys then Morrison gives the finger. From an advertising executive background we (the people) are merely consumers and acknowledge by slogans seen as lacking intellectual parity. We can bitch and moan all we want but will deflect criticism, responsibility and accountability. Forget the naughty corner, relegated to the couch but sleep in the spare room.

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