You can't stop the tide of change

Despite the temptation of choosing a leader who would have clearly been more comfortable in the 15th century before those pesky scientists, philosophers and adventurers showed the Earth was round, the Coalition appears to have finally accepted Malcolm Turnbull at his word.

And presumably that means accepting Turnbull’s edict on climate change – although obviously it would be too much to hope that Kevin Andrews, Wilson Tuckey and their anachronistic mates will take a study tour to some Pacific Islands where they could shout about not believing in climate change until the rising tide covers their bleating mouths.

While the Opposition has been competing to see who can make the most ridiculously ill-informed public statement (it’s not often Ironbar Tuckey loses that contest but Peter Slipper put up a pretty good fight, comparing Turnbull to the murderous Robert Mugabe) there has been groundswell opposition to the Labor Party’s inaction on climate change.

Australia is still the biggest per capita carbon polluter in the world.

At least people in the Northern Rivers are trying to do their bit – whether it’s installing solar panels, using cars less, recycling or choosing to use less plastic or adapting a motor to run on hydrogen, everywhere you travel in this region, people are trying to make a difference to their carbon footprint.

Which makes it all the more disheartening to hear about the government’s massive compensation to the coal industry.

Giving huge amounts of money to the very industry that causes the problem you’re supposedly trying to stem smacks of hypocrisy.


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