Papers gleaned from the desk of a Greens Senator clearly shows which environmental policy the Turnbull Government is set to cut, as JKL explains.
The following image popped up on the internet today, and it’s a bad forecast. These collection of papers sit on the desk of Greens Senator Larissa Waters, relating to bills that the Turnbull government plans to push through the Senate tout de suite:
If you look closely, you’ll see the desire to repeal the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, an agency which, according to their website, which “…was established to make renewable energy solutions more affordable and increase the amount of renewable energy used in Australia”. Because who needs that, right? Not when the air is being constantly polluted by coal burning here in Australia. Not when there are places like Denmark providing 140% of its energy from wind power. No, we don’t need affordable, clean energy from renewable sources.
What’s that second Bill you can see there? That’s right, it’s the Abolition of the Climate Change Authority. An independent panel that provides expert advice on ways to mitigate climate change is also, clearly, something that is completely pointless for us to have. It’s not like Australia will be extremely detrimentally affected by serious climate change when the time comes.
We don’t need these independent organisations, when we can create a bilateral agreement in the amendment to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999. Ostensibly this may allow a “one stop shop” so the government can give approval on projects that might have an environmental impact. These are of course in relation to “state matters”. So, State matters might outweigh the “matters of national environmental significance”. Like, say, a new coal mine. Or dumping near the Great Barrier Reef.
Turnbull is also keen to repeal section 487 of the Act. This would, in short, disallow people disrupting or delaying key development projects. Again, think of what kind of projects those might be. Repealing the section would basically make it a lot easier for those with lots of money and expensive lawyers to crush any delays to their projects moving forward, which crosses into a murky political area, for better or worse.
As the post-in note reads in the image above: Why so Tony, Malcolm? Turnbull smiled and pledged a billion dollars to combat climate change. He told us what we wanted to hear after the Abbott regime’s woeful efforts.
This, of course, did a lot to dissuade dissenters from two months previous asking if he was “already a climate change turncoat”. Well, he gave a speech in 2010 that summarised how easy and necessary it would be to turn the globe over to renewable energy. When he stepped into the PM shoes? Suddenly it was “reckless” to change over to 50% renewable energy by 2030. Reckless. Need I again state how Denmark makes 140% of its power?
The Paris climate talks definitely “turned the heat up” on Turnbull’s domestic climate change policies, but it doesn’t look like he minds the heat all that much. He better get used to it, because if he keeps on Abbott Road, there’s going to be a lot more heat upon his cabana.