Category Archives: Tasmanian politics

The politics of climate change in Tasmania

Energy taskforce opens a door to bolder policies

If the government needed an opening for bold action on emissions, this is a pretty good one. The final report of the Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce, released by the state government earlier this month, is a positive step towards a … Continue reading

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Atmosphere reveals that we’re living a lie

Our governments have been cooking the carbon accounting books. It’s past time they stopped. There are many measures of our performance in reducing carbon emissions, but only one that counts. As Bill Clinton might have said, it’s the atmosphere, stupid! … Continue reading

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Some things are too serious for party games

The journey to common ground is a slow and tortuous process. The big lesson from the parliamentary deliberations in Canberra and Hobart last week is that in the face of public division, the reasonable middle ground can still hold sway. … Continue reading

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