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The Coalition’s climate stand: just like pissing in a wetsuit

26 October 2021

12:43 PM

26 October 2021

12:43 PM

Let’s just keep things nice and simple. Now we have the (lack of) details we can safely declare that the Coalition’s brand new climate stand is just like pissing in a wetsuit. It might make them feel nice and warm, but that’s about it.

True, there’s a crude political calculation in it all. The government is fixing a hole in the roof; a hole which in this case lets voters out rather than rain in.

But in broader electoral terms issues like who is best equipped to handle the post-Covid recovery — where the Coalition won a whopping lead in Newspoll today — are far more likely to decide the next election than climate policy, despite what various media partisans say. (Remember, according to them, 2019 was also supposed to be “the climate election”.)


Yet the Coalition is still seeking that nice and warm feeling, despite the very public views of several influential Nationals that there’s a risk involved.

They’re seeking to fill that hole in the roof at home and to give Scott Morrison has something to take to Glasgow. In true Scotty from Marketing style, he’s given it a ridiculous name that assumes we’re all idiots — The Australian Way — and decided to spend around $6 million of yours and my money marketing it at home, but he should avoid any embarrassment at COP26.

Not, of course, that Glasgow matters. Xi Jinping, leader of the biggest emitter in the world by a mile, isn’t going. Neither is India’s Narendra Modi nor Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro. That guarantees nothing of any substance is going to come for the meeting. It too is another exercise in pissing in a wetsuit.

Indeed, rather than climate change, our most immediate environmental threat might be an excess of uric acid.

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