Category Archives: Australian politics

The politics of climate change in Australia

Australia absents itself from climate leadership

The US withdrawal from climate and environmental leadership sets an appalling example, but Australia is doing nothing to counter it. Another year, another global climate summit. But this year’s event in Bonn, Germany, marks the start of a wholly new … Continue reading

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Turnbull’s energy plan: lifeline or deadweight?

The NEG is a dog of an idea, but it’s all we’ve got. Politics is winning hands down over policy in the endless battle for good government in Canberra. Already damaged by the chronic Turnbull-Abbott divide, last week the government … Continue reading

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We have to talk about road transport

Our car production lines are all silent, but there is a future for Australian manufacturing and it should include transportation.   Cars don’t mean a lot to me, and we all knew years ago that car production was ending in … Continue reading

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