Tony Abbott’s decision to award an Australian knighthood to a 93 year-old British prince tells us all we need to know about this Coalition government: isolated, ignorant and locked in the past. Now we may find out if there are any moderates left in government, and if Australia’s climate and clean energy policies can be retrieved.
Articles by Giles Parkinson
Giles Parkinson is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.
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