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Nov 16, 2007

What turned the Liberal party off climate change action?

A week out from polling day it’s safe to say John Howard has left it too late to commit to any emission reduction target for Australia. On that basis, voters are entitled to know just how poorly the Howard government’s current position compares with the Liberal Party’s previous policy commitments, writes Guy Pearse.

A week out from polling day it’s safe to say John Howard has left it too late to commit to any emission reduction target for Australia. On that basis, voters are entitled to know just how poorly the Howard government’s current position compares with the Liberal Party’s previous policy commitments.

You won’t find the 1990 campaign brochure ‘A fair go for the environment’ on the Liberal Party’s website or even in the Parliamentary Library I’m told—indeed I may be the only person who has an original. Chris Puplick’s glasses were reason enough to keep it, but the greenhouse policy commitments were also noteworthy.

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  1. Dave Bartlett

    Tony, there are a million and one reaons why environmentalist policy is beneficial for development. Why? Because government priorities change to planned UD, Planned PT & PI upgrades, and quality of lifestyle. Future Planning is fundamental to success.

  2. dermot J mcGuire

    Howard the great tony? Drivel Howard altered the balance that had applied since Menzies and destroyed the liberal party i belonged to and was proud of with its broad range of opinions and its care for more than the economy.

  3. Tim

    Good work Guy!! I’ve read your book and found it very interesting. Its amazing how much John Howard just doesnt understand how the economy is dependant on the environment. Well only 8 days until hes gone. And those glasses are a disgrace…even for 1990!!

  4. Matt

    Howard the Great? I am ashamed that I voted for him in 1996. So ashamed that I got involved with my union, joined the ALP, and now a union organiser. I believe in a building a caring society more than ever now. History will not treat Howard well.

  5. Claire

    Fair question Tony. I can’t speak for Tim but I’m willing to bet that he, like I and a lot of other mainstreamers are willing to give up a little comfort for the cause. Better a little now than a lot later.

  6. Tony Papafilis

    Do you uderstand, Tim, how dependent is your lifestyle onthe economy? How much are you really willing to give up? Would you like to live like so many environmentally friendly yet empoverished people around the world? I bet not.

  7. Vicki

    Do you understand Tony, how dependent your lifestyle is on a healthy environment? How are you going to live when the rivers dry up, mineral resources run out and climate change leads us to an economic crisis?

  8. Alex Millier

    For a video on the Howard Govt’s record on climate change http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=AgvLNnWm_3w

  9. Tony Papafilis

    Phew, that was close. Thanks for remidning us how close Chriws Pulpick & other Manchurian Libs came to confusing the Libs political gender identity in the 1980s. Thank goodness that circumstances produced Howard the Great.

  10. Vicki

    Do you understand Tony, how dependent your lifestyle is on a healthy environment? How are you going to live when the rivers dry up, mineral resources run out and climate change leads us to an economic crisis?

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