I cannot get over the inability of the current government to effectively communicate a morally and practically superior policy for tackling climate change.
I personally disagree with the weak target Australia has set for itself, given our responsibility as the largest per capita emitter; our responsibility and capacity to act as a politically/economically stable middle power; and similarly, the crucial credibility we have already lost on the international stage. [An argument often given for Australia’s non-action is that our absolute emissions contribute only 1.5% to global emissions; well, the UK contributes only 1.7% but they’ve just managed to commit to a 50% reductions on 1990 levels by 2025. Australia has only managed 5% on 2000 levels by 2020. And even that’s being contested as ‘radical’.]
Anyway, the target’s unlikely to change anytime soon, which brings us back to the fundamental issue of the lack of communication. How hard can it be to lose votes over this? Yes, taxes are unpopular, but the ALP has failed spectacularly to point out to the public that whiel theirs is a market scheme that targets only the biggest polluters (with compensation for flow-on effects), Abbott’s plan relies almost entirely on (ineffective, not-scientifically supported) tax-payer funded, government regulation - this, coming from the neo-liberal conservatives. What on earth is going on in Australian politics?!
(I have more points on this, to be made soon. Currently in a slight haze of confusion and ranty anger. And I’m tired. Apologies.)