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Essential: voters want security over liberty

Voters agree that some freedoms should be sacrificed in the name of security, but are growing more concerned about climate change. And the government is yet to benefit from the relentless focus on terrorism, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Fraudulent email raises some uncomfortable questions for Landcare Australia

A chairman with links to the fossil fuels industry, a case of impersonation and a patron who thought he was at a different organisation — times are turbulent at Landcare Australia.

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Essential: voters sour further on Direct Action, Turnbull top of the pollies

Voters prefer an emissions trading scheme or carbon price over doing nothing on climate change - but only narrowly - while Malcolm Turnbull rates highest along the government’s ministers.

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Can we talk our way into reducing emissions?

Crikey readers talk corruption, changing our habits to fight climate change, and what can be done about the Labor Party.

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Direct Inaction: nothing much green in Hunt’s white paper

Greg Hunt’s Direct Action white paper makes a bad policy even worse by ensuring there’ll be no consequences for businesses lifting CO2 emissions. No wonder it came out on the eve of a holiday …

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The world is cooling, Abbott’s biz adviser insists. Bunkum

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Tony Abbott’s business guru Maurice Newman is still convinced the world is cooling. Here’s some facts to add to his case.

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The Dirty Dozen: Australia’s biggest climate foes, part 2

Who are the 12 people doing the most to block action on climate change in Australia? With a new government, and Australia’s emissions stubbornly high, we name and shame the second half of our fresh Dirty Dozen …

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Direct Action subsidies: wrong way, Abbott, go back

Nothing has happened since the election to challenge the view that the Coalition’s Direct Action plan for carbon reduction is vastly inferior to carbon pricing, write economists Frank Jotzo and Paul Burk at Inside Story.

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It’s not all bad — five things to not hate about Direct Action

Yes, there is a lot wrong with the government’s Direct Action climate change policy. But it’s not all bad. Here’s the way Direct Action might help create a sustainable energy future.

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Direct Action in Oz, but no help for Pacific islands struggling with change

The Abbott government has quietly cut funding to Pacific islands struggling with the impact of climate change. Nic Maclellan, a correspondent for Islands Business in Fiji, reports.

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Among drama and compromise, UN climate talks inch forward

The UN’s annual climate talkfest has wrapped up, with some limited progress made towards a global deal on emissions in 2015. Tony Abbott faces a challenge in playing any kind of role in such a deal, with some countries ‘venemous’ towards Australia at the talks.

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Trying hard to make Direct Action add up

Let’s be honest: the carbon tax has so far not reduced Australia’s carbon emissions at all. Could the Abbott government’s Direct Action policy be better after all?

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Here’s a Liberals-friendly idea to get abatement revving

Adding an open-ended market element to Greg Hunt’s carbon abatement auction could tempt otherwise-frightened firms into the emissions reduction game.

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Crikey calling: the parliamentary preview edition

Crikey Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane and deputy editor Cathy Alexander have some controversial views on climate change and what Australia should do about it (hint: one of them says we should do nothing at all).

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Tips and rumours

Was Direct Action document cut down by Abbott’s office? … Democrats down in the dumps … three cheers for the IPA …

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Essential: voters like Abbott (not on entitlements) and do you fileshare?

Tony Abbott continues to improve in voters’ estimation, and partisanship dominates our views on climate change policy.

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Climate policy: when adults squib it, youth should take direct action

In the absence of action on climate change from our political class, young people are entitled to wonder whether ‘direct action’ of their own can end the rip-off being perpetrated on them and on future generations.

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Essential: we’re warming to the Coalition’s Direct Action approach

With the arrival of the Abbott government, voters appear more disposed toward his climate action policy. But Essential Research finds voters want to be told when the boats arrive.

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Can Hunt slip his Coalition chains to really take direct action?

By charting a canny path through the Coalition party room, Greg Hunt could yet deliver on his obvious passion for environmental issues, including climate change.

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Direct Action a gross waste, and Abbott’s right to cap its funding

Tony Abbott is right to cap his worthless Direct Action plan on carbon emissions. If only he’d go further and dump it altogether, writes our man in Canberra.

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The Coalition’s $4 billion climate budget blow-out

New research suggests a $4 billion cost blow-out is on the cards for Direct Action — and that’s being conservative. So why is the Coalition so confident the experts are wrong?

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Invisible credibility: Abbott’s contempt for economics exposed

Tony Abbott’s comments about an ETS reflect his antipathy to economics and distrust of markets, say Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Abbott budget reply: mind the gap between rhetoric and reality

Tony Abbott’s budget reply speech suggests that, despite a “budget emergency”, a Coalition government’s fiscal policy would be broadly similar to Labor’s. His rhetoric is austere, but his promises are not.

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Tony Abbott’s ‘reverse Midas touch’ on Coalition policy

The less Tony Abbott has to do with Coalition policy, the better. It doesn’t augur well for a Coalition government after September 14.

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The evolution of ‘Direct Action’: soil magic to magic pudding

The Coalition’s absurd Direct Action climate policy, always grossly underfunded, will now have to provide compensation for firms after the repeal of the carbon price as well. It’s not affordable.

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