Morrison’s problems on climate policy, hard enough before this week, have just increased substantially. As has the internal dilemma the Nationals face on the issue.
The messages from Labor’s 2019 election post-mortem are clear. Have a better strategy. Have a stronger narrative, fewer policies, greater emphasis on economic growth. Have a better leader.
Labor says it would bring in its emissions trading scheme in two stages, together with a separate scheme for the electricity sector.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has challenged Cardinal George Pell on the science, the policy and the ethics of climate change.
The chairman of the Climate Change Authority, Bernie Fraser, has quit – apparently after a long period of bad relations with Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
The great failure of Tony Abbott’s leadership is that he had not been able to transcend his innate instinct for conflict.
If Abbott survives in the short term, it’s quite likely he’ll be kicked out later. If the party baulked at execution, the voters would undertake the task.
The outcome of the Victorian election offers an object lesson in what can happen to a first-term government that loses its way.
Australia has a new ambassador to direct negotiations on a climate treaty in Paris. But the words climate change have been dropped from his job title.
Reducing the RET would cost the federal budget about $680 million more to meet Australia’s target of 5% emissions reduction by 2020.