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Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis and the Abbott government

Current Affairs  Pope Francis has repeatedly called for greater social and economic equity in the world, and reiterated the critique of neoliberal economics very strongly. Now he is about to issue an encyclical, the highest form of Church teaching, on … Continue reading

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Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod. Hidden crisis of liberal democracy.

A “burning platform” with big, tangible impacts on our everyday lives is often the tipping point for concerted action. We call these crises. Think of the G20’s actions in the wake of the global financial crisis or the global response … Continue reading

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Government White Paper on Energy – the good, the bad and the ugly.

In the Australian Financial Review on 15 April, Ross Garnaut comments about the Abbott Government’s Energy White Paper. He says that by failing to take global warming seriously, the White Paper discourages solar power, encourages doomed coal investment, hobbles the … Continue reading

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Graeme Pearman. Managing climate change: in whose interest?  

The role of greenhouse gases in determining the temperature of the Earth has been known since the first half of the 19th century and in recent decades observations have shown clearly that human activities are changing the levels of these … Continue reading

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Max Corden. Bring Back the Carbon Tax? 

 Mr Hockey has invited the Australian public to join in a conversation about the economy and budget issues. Here is my mildly radical contribution. There are two strong reasons for bringing back the carbon tax. Tony Abbott, when Leader of … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Is there intergenerational theft?

Yes – there certainly is, but not in the ways that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey suggest. In his National Press Club speech on February 2, Tony Abbott said ‘Reducing the deficit is the fair thing to do because it … Continue reading

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Climate change – If only!

Last Saturday David Cameron, the British PM, Nick Clegg, the Deputy PM and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Ed Milliband, Leader of the British Labour Party, signed a joint pledge on climate change. The three leaders agreed on three … Continue reading

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John Menadue.  Climate change and the rise and demise of Tony Abbott.

Opposition to climate change was the vehicle for Tony Abbott to rise to the leadership of the Liberal Party. It is now making a major factor in his demise as Prime Minister. Tony Abbott regarded climate change as ‘absolute crap’ … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Getting back on the front foot.

The tide is turning on climate change. It is going out on Tony Abbott and Rupert Murdoch. They will never admit it but the efforts of the Rudd and Gillard Governments will be vindicated. It is time for the ALP … Continue reading

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Australia is worst performing industrial country on climate change.

For the Lima Conference on Climate Change that has just begun, a report by the think-tank Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe examined the 58 emitters of greenhouse gasses in the world, and about 90% of all energy-related emissions. The … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Our Environment Minister is not going to Lima

Almost all countries will have their climate change or environment ministers at the UN Climate Change Conference which commences this week in Lima, Peru. This conference is in preparation for the crucial conference on climate change in Paris next year. … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Stuck in a closed information loop

Conservatives who read and listen to News Corp media have a problem. They are encouraged to believe that the world is really like News Corp says it is. The inevitable result is a loss of reality. Paul Krugman in the … Continue reading

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Repost. Holier than thou … but with disastrous results. John Menadue

The posturing of the Greens on the two big issues of this election, asylum seekers and climate change has given us two appalling policy outcomes. They sided with Tony Abbott in the Senate on both critical issues to defeat improved … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Get ready for El Nino, Tony

The late Senator Moynihan from New York famously said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts. Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt along with Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt have strong … Continue reading

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The election – punishing bad behaviour. John Menadue

One thing the election did was to explode the perceived wisdom that if the economy was doing well, governments are seldom voted out. But the Rudd Government was. As I have written in earlier blogs. The Australian economy, by almost … Continue reading

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National Party fails farmers. John Menadue

Warren Truss and Barnaby Joyce have allowed the National Party to be dragged along at the heels of the Liberal Party on climate change and other issues. What was it that Tony Abbott said about climate change being ‘bullshit’? Australian … Continue reading

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A canary in the coal mine. John Menadue

When environmental activist, Jonathon Moylan, sent a hoax email concerning Whitehaven Coal to the ANZ in January this year, there was outrage and tut-tutting by business journalists about his action. A few months later, it is becoming clear that the … Continue reading

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