Jan 29, 2013

Abbott’s adviser hates wind farms, doubts climate change

Tony Abbott's latest Coalition policy statement remains short on climate policy detail. More worrying is his selection of a noted anti-wind farm advocate and climate change sceptic as lead business adviser.

Tony Abbott’s policy statement promised the direction, values and policy priorities of the next Coalition government. It contained no additional detail on climate change policy beyond what was outlined in the Coalition’s 2010 election policy, which was largely expected. But what was more unnerving was outlined under economic policy:

“We will establish a new Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council to advise the Executive Government on developing the economy. The Business Advisory Council will be chaired by leading Australian business leader Mr Maurice Newman.”

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37 thoughts on “Abbott’s adviser hates wind farms, doubts climate change

  1. Apollo

    C’mon. It’s all lips service from the LNP. They are not serious about policy on climate change. Once they are in power, there will be plenty of excuses for them. “We’ve got to compete with China, we need economic growth, we need to get the surplus blah blah blah…” Next thing you know they’ll have Monckton and Plimer as their climate change policy advisers.

    My nephew has a brilliant idea for new kind of wind power generator on every rooftop, hopefully it will take off.

    Crikey’s new colours are very similar to the Ozflag design my nephew has been designing on our computer. Is Crikey getting access to our desktop? Spooky!!

  2. jm

    It is a pity they are not up to date with the performance of SA where over 25% of their electricity is wind generated!

  3. K.D. Afford

    Beyond Newman, the Liberal government is surrounded with nay sayers, beginning with sanctimonious Nick Minchin, then there is Grahame Morriss:
    Grahame held key positions in Federal and State Liberal Party politics for two decades and has been involved in many of the public policy issues of the last 30 years. He has also devised and executed many election campaigns, communications programs and policy platforms.
    On Quanda last year he said:
    Look, just on all of this carbon tax thing, you know, the global warming, in the last ten years, this decade, it’s a bit ambivalent. You know we are still not sure if all of these climate change gurus – we’re still not sure if all of these climate change gurus are going to be gurus or in 20 years time the 21 century charlatans. We’re just not sure. You know, the last ten years it has not – there has not been a huge impact on global warming and remember where we started. This was all about global warming but then lots of the world cooled so all of a sudden now we talk about climate change, not global warming anymore. (Indistinct).
    You can read the full transcript or warth the program on:
    Abbott is still on his charger intent to dismantle the Carbon and Mining Taxes as continued proof of his lack of care for the planet.
    This party must be viewed with contempt for its concentrated efforts at denial especially in light what has come about across the world in weather events in the past year – look at Australia this past week and tell me Tony Abbott is on a winner!


    Tony “climate change is crap” Abbott surrounds himself with another rightwing ideologue who says climate change is a conspiracy of socialists.

    So what’s new?

    It was Nick Minchin who put Abbott in over Turnbull, and his idiotic conspiracy theories about climate change and climate science are well on the pubic record.

  5. klewso

    Morrie “Dumbing Down” Newman?
    Who wanted more skeptics on his ABC – and was apparently happy with the lack of science in Limited News?

  6. klewso

    …. could be worse – could have been “David Worry”?

  7. CML

    Pardon my ignorance, but is this Maurice Newman related to that lun+tic in Queensland? If so, they sound like a blo+dy good pair. If not, must be something to do with the name??!!

  8. klewso

    There was “Alfred E.”.

  9. klewso

    … American spelling – but the same jeans.

  10. Microseris

    Windfarms “a danger to human health”! What if your hang gliding?

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