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 Morrison’s big test to become a leader!

16.01.20. Nobody has accused Scott Morrision of being a good leader. His political tin-ear is only a half note different to his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull who has remained mercifully silent during the bushfire crisis—no doubt characteristically happy to see the man not-born-to-be-king wallow in the strife. Morrison has yet to learn that serving two masters in the climate debacle is fraught with danger. He now has a chance to assume the mantle of leader and put the chattering class back in the respective boxes—they would never vote for him anyway! Nothing lost, much to gain. Is he smart enough to make a stand and be decisive without apology? Any takers?
Scott Morrison has been warned by Coalition MPs to avoid major changes to emissions reduction targets and revisiting Malcolm Turnbull’s failed national energy guarantee, as leading business and industry figures urge him to deliver a “stable” long-term energy policy, electrify Australia’s transport sector and introduce tougher green vehicle standards.

Source: Rosie Lewis, News Corp

Bushfires: no more carbon cuts, Scott Morrison warned by Coalition MPs

After the Prime Minister vowed to make deeper cuts to emissions in the wake of the bushfire crisis, a cabinet minister told The Australian that Mr Morrison must maintain Coalition unity on climate and emissions targets.
“If we go back to talking about climate or targets or anything, the only climate that will change will be the climate in the partyroom. It’ll blow the place up,” the senior MP said.
Mr Morrison’s pledge to “meet and beat” Australia’s emissions reduction target of 26-28 per cent by 2030 sparked fresh demands from major electricity and gas companies for the government to reconsider a market-based mechanism to lower greenhouse gases.
“The NEG was a workable ­policy for the sector, and one which came with broad support from stakeholders,” Australian Energy Council chief executive Sarah McNamara said.
“We came so close to seeing it implemented, but the political reality­ now is that the Coalition is very unlikely to bring it on again. We would welcome an opportunity to work with the government on policy mechanisms that might bring some greater stability to the sector and clarify investment signals.”
Power baron Trevor St Baker, chairman of Evie Networks which designs and builds electric-car charging stations, said the government must incentivise the private sector with loans and grants to electrify the transport industry.
“That requires investment in infrastructure, perhaps a sales tax concession on mass-market electric vehicles,” Mr St Baker said.
Government MPs from the moderate and conservative faction­s seized on Science Minister Karen Andrews’s declaration on Wednesday that the time for debate on climate change was over and what was needed was action­, including adaptation and mitigation strategies.
NSW Liberal MP Jason Falinski said there was no debate about whether climate change existed because “we know it is real”. “We now need to work on sensible and practical measures to reducing our carbon emissions,” he said.
Queensland Nationals MP Keith Pitt said the government’s policies would evolve as technol­ogies such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen developed.
He wanted the chief focus to be on resilience projects such as dams, water infrastructure, better communications and hazard ­reduction. Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce was sceptical Mr Morrison could reduce emissions “even further” without impacting on jobs or the economy and said Australia should develop nuclear power and the world’s best technol­ogy for coal-fired power.
“Single crusades in Australia will have absolutely zero effect on the climate or future bushfires. It’ll only have such an effect on the economy of Australia,” Mr Joyce said. “People say ‘ban coal’. That would be economically disastrous for Australia. Develop the tech­nology so we have the cleanest and most efficient power stations.”
With climate change a fraught topic for the Coalition, Mr Morrison said every MP had a right to speak their mind. Asked if he listened­ to those in his partyroom who did not believe in climate change, Mr Morrison responded: “I listen to all Australians, and I think we should. Don’t you?
“What I have been seeking to stress, particularly in response to these most recent disasters, is there are a broader range of responses­ that go beyond just emissions reduction.
“Whether it’s hazard reduction, whether it’s building dams, ­whether it is taking better lessons from indigenous burning practices, all of these things actually now should be understood as they always­ should have been, as being a necessary response to the changing­ climate in which we are living and the adaptation measures­ is also a part of that important­ response.”
Senior government sources said there was little appetite to return to Mr Turnbull’s NEG policy.
The Australian understands that nuclear is not a live option in the future, due to a lack of bipart­isan support, with Anthony Albanese a known opponent of the power source.
The government will rely on a combination of beefed-up climate policies, new emissions technol­ogies, a renewable energy surge and driving down pollution among the large emitters to try to beat its 2030 target.
The Australian Automobile Association was supportive of the government adopting a vehicle emissions standard, but said it could not be done in an ad hoc or knee-jerk manner.
Real-world vehicle emissions testing to measure emissions perfor­mance and fuel consumption should also be introduced.
“An emission policy must take into account not only carbon emissions, but also noxious emission­s that cause pollution, and also have regard for Aust­ralia’s fuel standards and domestic fuel industry,” AAA’s managing director Michael Bradley said.
Australian Academy of Science chief executive Anna-Maria Arabia­, who attended a roundtable meeting with Ms Andrews and some of the nation’s leading scientists on Wednesday, said science would underpin most, if not all, policy responses to the bushfires.
“That will enable our nation’s recovery, our preparedness and ability to adapt and mitigate a changing climate,” she said.
The Opposition Leader said the Coalition had wasted a decade on climate action because of a “small rump of people” who held back policy.
“The Coalition can’t be trusted to actually take action on climate change, because every time they put their toe in the water they get pushed back and they withdraw from the action that is required,” Mr Albanese said.

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Maryanne 16/01/2020, 9:24 am

    It’s hard to credit that so much time, energy and money is being wasted on this scam. It’s hard to believe that climate hysterics get away with their “97% of scientists agree …” claim because it’s has been comprehensively and thoroughly debunked.

    Just follow the money. Where is is going? – from the pockets of taxpayers out to God knows where.

    “Power baron Trevor St Baker, chairman of Evie Networks which designs and builds electric-car charging stations, said the government must incentivise the private sector with loans and grants to electrify the transport industry.” Why “must” the government? If green energy is viable why do taxpayers have to ‘incentivise’ the likes of Evie Networks with loans and grants?

    Cars replaced horse-drawn vehicles because they were better. I doubt Henry Ford was ‘incentivised’ with taxpayers’ money.

    • Aktosplatz 16/01/2020, 3:20 pm

      Exactly right Maryanne – their so called Renewables would not exist without financial support from the taxpayer.

      And many of us resent that support because it supplies profits in share values to those who are constantly harping for more. Just follow the money trail.

    • Lorraine 17/01/2020, 9:42 am

      spot on Maryanne….you could cry a river, and the Climate Change is still here. the Fraud of the Century. the pay packet for the millionaires , the petty cash for them to spend. our Taxes….yes you could cry a river

  • JK. 16/01/2020, 10:03 am

    Green energies can only exist with tax payer funding, as far as ScoMo becoming a leader dont hold your breath and Albosleezy and his crowd are just as silly.

  • nev 16/01/2020, 11:03 am

    Maybe there are some salient points in this article that seem to spell out what PM Scott Morrison has become
    1) Nobody has accused Scott Morrison of being a good leader. His political tin-ear is only a half note different to his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull.
    2) Morrison has yet to learn that serving two masters in the climate debacle is fraught with danger. He now has a chance to assume the mantle of leader and put the chattering class back in the respective boxes—they would never vote for him anyway!
    3) Scott Morrison has been warned by Coalition MPs to avoid major changes to emissions reduction targets and revisiting Malcolm Turnbull’s failed national energy guarantee, as leading business and industry figures urge him to deliver a “stable” long-term energy policy, electrify Australia’s transport sector and introduce tougher green vehicle standards.
    4) After the Prime Minister vowed to make deeper cuts to emissions in the wake of the bushfire crisis, a cabinet minister told The Australian that Mr Morrison must maintain Coalition unity on climate and emissions targets.
    “If we go back to talking about climate or targets or anything, the only climate that will change will be the climate in the partyroom. It’ll blow the place up,” the senior MP said.
    5) Mr Morrison’s pledge to “meet and beat” Australia’s emissions reduction target of 26-28 per cent by 2030. Immediately sparked fresh demands from major electricity and gas companies for the government to reconsider a market-based mechanism to lower greenhouse gases.
    Australian Energy Council chief executive Sarah McNamara, said any pro environmental action would have her support…Good or bad for the nation.
    Morrison,s foot in mouth green pledge, encouraged his own Science Minister Karen Andrews’s declaration on Wednesday that the time for debate on climate change was over and what was needed was action¬, including adaptation and mitigation strategies.
    Exciting another fact free lefty, NSW Liberal MP Jason Falinski said there was no debate about whether climate change existed because “we know it is real”. “We now need to work on sensible and practical measures to reducing our carbon emissions,” he said.
    6) In direct contrast, logical Coalition thinking like Queensland Nationals MP Keith Pitt said the government’s policies would evolve as technol¬ogies such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen developed.
    He wanted the chief focus to be on resilience projects such as dams, water infrastructure, better communications and hazard ¬reduction. Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce was sceptical Mr Morrison could reduce emissions “even further” without impacting on jobs or the economy and said Australia should develop nuclear power and the world’s best technol¬ogy for coal-fired power.
    “Single crusades in Australia will have absolutely zero effect on the climate or future bushfires. It’ll only have such an effect on the economy of Australia,” Mr Joyce said. “People say ‘ban coal’. That would be economically disastrous for Australia. Develop the tech¬nology so we have the cleanest and most efficient power stations.”
    7) Mr Morrison said every MP had a right to speak their mind. Asked if he listened¬ to those in his partyroom who did not believe in climate change, Mr Morrison responded: “I listen to all Australians, and I think we should. Don’t you?
    Perhaps what he meant was.“ I listen to all but only hear a few! There he is isolated in the middle of the room again leaning every which way and pointing to none!

  • Albert 16/01/2020, 12:05 pm

    Falinski is right – climate change is real and has been sine the birth of earth. Unfortunately it is not real in the way an addled Falinski and his equally addled mates would have you believe and we here have known that since the pointless, comprehensively debunked CO2 hysteria began.
    Following the money is a must as is putting the boot into those greedy shysters of the business world when they poke their money grubbing heads up and are shown to be feeding on climate change lunacy.

  • seadogger 16/01/2020, 12:44 pm

    MalMo,
    You need your ass kicked till u realise that YOU HAVE A “1”seat majority.
    A cabinet reshuffle would be more appropriate…get rid of the dills namely McCormack, Littleproud,Payne, Birmingham,Taylor and Nats deputy whatever her name is??????
    Cancel the sub deal with the frogs.
    Tell the TURD to bugger off and take his mates with him.
    Pull out of the Paris agreement.

    • Big Al 16/01/2020, 1:51 pm

      My sentiments, precisely, but stated in a much less ‘expletive-deletive’ tone that comes to my mind.

      • seadogger 16/01/2020, 5:30 pm

        Big Al, the time for pussy footing around is long gone ..its time to angry and in their face

    • Tony H 17/01/2020, 11:37 am

      Too right. Why is Turd still a member of the Liberal Party? After his behaviour and treasonous acts. Scott Morrison needs to listen to the grass roots. He claims that he believes in miracles, well at the moment he will need a miracle to hang onto power and win the next election. Get rid if that cancer called Turnbull and all his acolytes, the only thing they are interested in are their investments in renewables!

  • Cliff 16/01/2020, 5:55 pm

    I can’t help but feel that Minister Littleproud is most aptly named.

  • DT 17/01/2020, 5:31 am

    If it was not a scam in 2014 when the Abbott Government was advised that the BoM was producing data that did not match historic record data action would have been taken to find out why.

    The Minister apparently asked BoM management for an explanation and was told that “errors and omissions” were the problem and that they would ensure that the problem was dealt with.

    But when Prime Minister Abbott recommended that an independent audit be conducted he proposal did not gain enough support in Cabinet to proceed. A few months later he was replaced as leader.

    The “errors and omissions” continue according to Scientist Jennifer Marohasy and others who have continued to monitor the BoM, and various articles have been published outlining the creative accounting of climate and weather data, even ignoring historic records data that does not provide a warming trend, BoM creating a false warming trend.

    Clearly BoM are supported by most politicians in government and in opposition, either knowing that there is a hoax or in ignorance. The must believe the science mob.

    They are so obviously cooperating in the redistribution of developed nations citizen’s wealth, the UN based agenda, and related profiteering by merchant bankers and others investing in “climate change global warming” wealth creation opportunities including taxpayer subsidies.

    We now know without doubt that “Greta” is an actor-puppet and is being used even by her own father and a UN Official from India who post on Facebook in her name. I believe that they are not the only people using Greta.

    So much information now available on the internet and published in newspapers and magazines revealing the hoax that pretends that natural climate change, Earth Cycles, can be controlled by lowering emissions.

    Pollution, and the deceitful “carbon pollution” should be dealt with by Environmental Protection Agencies with laws existing since the 1970s that resulted in many sources of pollution being shut down, including coal fired power stations, many in city suburbs, that did produce dirty emissions.

    Therefore, to keep repeating the carbon pollution line is deceptive conduct.

    There are politicians who are speaking out about the hoax but they are apparently out numbered in Federal and State parliaments, and local government. Public servants appear to have more power than the politicians.

    The Lucky Country continues to survive as a wealthy country despite the politicians undermining the economy via UN Treaties but if we had retained the many businesses now lost how much better would national prosperity be now.

    Constitutional law ignored and UN Treaties implemented for decades past.

  • ibbit 17/01/2020, 10:16 am

    Morrison is a Turnbull clone.
    We should have had the firm, very competent Peter Dutton as PM – but no, the fools in the Liberal party wanted to confirm just how tawdry and foolish they really are so they elected another dud.

  • Tony H 17/01/2020, 11:40 am

    “His political tin-ear is only a half note different to his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull who has remained mercifully silent during the bushfire crisis”. I beg to differ, this author has not been paying attention to the media! Turd has been quite vocal on social media making his outlandish comments and taking the opportunity to have a dig at his opponents! His views are influenced by his investments in renewables! Investments paid for by us mug tax payers!

    • MM Ed 17/01/2020, 1:03 pm

      Mea culpa! Been rather busy on the fireground lately down the Snowy (where I met him shearing years ago!). Certainly don’y have time to follow Turnbull or social media. I have to search for facts for MM. You fellas are discerning masters!

      • seadogger 17/01/2020, 1:14 pm

        MM Ed , and if MalMo doesn,t have a reshuffle Dutton will, This disaster has to be cut down early in the peace before it does get nasty. The people have enough of this double speak that is going on.

      • Tony H 17/01/2020, 2:37 pm

        Sorry Ed I wasn’t referring to you, but the source of the article ‘ Rosie Lewis’ of News Corp. I’ll make I reference more accurately next time.

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