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Conspiracy theories abound these days. Most of them are feeble balloons that can be popped with one or two sharp facts, but a few contain some truth.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific climbers have taken to the flagpoles outside Parliament House to send a message to new prime minister Scott Morrison as he returns for the first day in parliament since taking over as leader of the country.
Following a campaign by the coal industry, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has argued for new coal-fired power stations in Australia. But these plants would be more expensive than renewables and carry a huge liability through the carbon emissions they produce.
Any time someone comes up with a progressive idea in Australia – especially if it is about climate change or clean energy – it doesn’t take long for them to get shouted down by the extraordinarily conservative mainstream media.