Category Archives: Australian politics

The politics of climate change in Australia

Pumped hydro: schemes, rhetoric and confusion

There’s plenty of talk around pumped hydro, but so far it’s only adding to the confusion. Politics and commerce are all about negotiation, but man-made climate change is essentially non-negotiable. When they come together, a mess is all but inevitable. Science … Continue reading

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Richard Denniss and the scourge of neoliberalism

Fern Tree Tavern hosts some dangerous ideas This island community we call Tasmania (or is it Lutruwita?) has a radical streak. Think of the 1850s and anti-transportation, or the federalist lawyer and politician Andrew Inglis Clark, or our unique voting … Continue reading

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The slippery slope of ‘direct action’

With the conservative side of politics locked in battle over climate and energy policies, the rest of us can only look on in dismay. When Tony Abbott first took aim at Julia Gillard’s carbon tax all those years ago, he … Continue reading

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