Category Archives: Tasmanian politics

The politics of climate change in Tasmania

Failing government shamed by local advances

While “higher” levels of government dither, local authorities are wrestling with climate change. When you think about it, it’s breathtaking. The 2017 federal budget is seeking to close the books on Australia’s biggest economic, social and environmental issue of this … Continue reading

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The sad decline of conservative conservationists

Conservative parties fit naturally with environmental imperatives, but they don’t see it. When I was young, conservation and conservatism didn’t seem all that far apart. That makes sense. The words have the same Latin root, meaning to save, preserve or … Continue reading

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Climate-energy policy: time for a reboot

With a climate emergency on our hands, it’s past time the parties got their acts together. Rebecca White’s rise to Labor leadership opens up the prospect of a much-needed policy makeover for Tasmania. There’s no better place to start than … Continue reading

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