Posted on November 25, 2007 by jeremy
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After eleven and a half years of a Coalition government that has ignored critical issues like climate change, the plight of indigenous Australians, the popular support for a republic, and mass opposition to the Iraq war, there is now cause for optimism. The defeat of John Howard by Maxine McKew in his own electorate of Bennelong (after being the sitting member for 33 years) will be the icing on the cake.
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Posted on July 24, 2007 by jeremy
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The guy on the left prays to God for rain. The guy on the right explains why rain (or lack thereof) has got nothing to do with God and, using science, lays the blame firmly at the door of homo sapiens. Having recently finished reading his excellent book, The Weather Makers, Tim Flannery has now succeeded in making my ‘people I would most like to invite around for a BBQ’ list. I’m not sure this is an accolade that will compete with his recent ‘Australian of the Year’ gong, but listening to him, and reading his books, he seems like the type of bloke who wouldn’t turn down a veggieburger and cold one if it were offered at short notice. Apart from the fact he is a good bloke, he is also very clever and The Weather Makers should be compulsory reading for all people who care about the future their children will inherit. Please note deliberate non-reference to grandchildren here … yes, it’s that close … and yes, we are in deep do-do’s unless people like the bloke on the left don’t get their heads out of the sand. We are the weather makers and the evidence is on our TV sets right now with record floods in the UK and China, heat waves in Greece, and drought in Australia.
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Posted on May 5, 2007 by jeremy
The Australian Labor Party (ALP), having won some respect under the new leadership of Kevin Rudd in recent weeks sank back to new lows, in my opinion, with its recent Conference resolution to allow new uranium mines. This is a huge mistake on the part of the ALP because by joining the Government in favouring nuclear power as a solution to reducing reliance on fossil fuels it means that, yet again, it has forgone an opportunity to differentiate itself from the ruling party. Listening to Tim Flannery on ABC radio this week, the ALP would do well to take advice from him. Flannery, author of best-seller, The Weather Makers, makes the point that given the widely acknowledged problems with nuclear power (e.g. dealing with waste, the time and cost involved in constructing nuclear power plants, and the dangers associated with plants becoming targets for terrorist attacks) it makes an inordinate amount of sense to explore this option only as a last resort. Far better, suggests Flannery, to go as far as you can to reduce emissions by increasing the efficiency of energy use and exploring clean and safe renewable energy options. If future demand for energy can be met through these means, the taxpayer can save a whole lot of money, the environment will experience less damage, and the community will be a safer place to live in. The lack of thought by the major political parties regarding climate change is also exemplified by Flannery’s observation that they have yet to identify what increase in temperature they consider to be unacceptably high, and what policies they plan to put in place to ensure this scenario does not eventuate.
Tim Flannery, by the way, is Australian of the Year. I hope he is Australian of the Year next year and the year after too.
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