A Plea for Bipartisanship on Climate by Tom Moore

‘Just another summer’ by Ray Dahlstrom

We should endeavour to remain a-political on the subject of climate change. It should be free of partisan politics and our government should not lightly dismiss the evidence-based research. The extraordinary amount of research that has been published for all to read and respond to by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should be a real game changer for our mainstream politicians – but it isn’t. Some take it on board as a concern that needs to be addressed in the future – some completely dismiss it – some actively work against it. Therefore, it is imperative that we should speak out when the evidence quoted by our politicians is, to say the least, severely tainted with their own political views.

Surely the two linked articles (see here and here) help illustrate clearly why the Coalition cannot be trusted with the future of our planet, yet alone with the future of our economy, both of which will impact multiple generations that follow us. Always exaggerating the cost of taking action but always ignoring the cost of inaction – always promising but rarely delivering – always taking the credit for what is being achieved in reducing emissions whilst doing nothing concrete themselves to encourage it.

This current government obviously has no plan to tackle climate change, no plans to transition to a new world and no plans to change our economy to benefit from the natural advantages from which Australia could build a brilliant future. This government will stand firmly in the way of any of us who wish to act on the advice of our scientists. There is but one solution – vote them out!

Labor is, of course, only marginally better at this stage. But they are marginally better! And we should not lose sight of the fact that they are only marginally better because to stick their necks out and be as good as they should be at this stage would translate into a certain electoral defeat.

Perhaps the best we can hope, for the time being at least, is that the Independents (yes, and the Greens) will have the balance of power in the Senate and perhaps even in the House of Representatives – this outcome would be a direct out-working of the performance of the current bunch of mainstream politicians. No doubt, of course, I’ll be incorrectly quoted as saying this is the best solution, but short of a “miracle” (one that PM Morrison would not want to see happen), it’s better than the status quo.

One would hope that such a result would see a move to much more critical and logical thinking and perhaps even some action.

*Tom is a Metung Author