Feb 26, 2013

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.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

For the first three years of its life, the Coalition’s climate action policy, “Direct Action”, merely didn’t add up. Now it has turned into a magic pudding.

“Direct Action” was released in early 2010 after being cobbled together by Greg Hunt over the previous summer following the Abbott putsch that knocked off Malcolm Turnbull. Structured around a massive grants program for big polluters and farmers, the proposal relied heavily on biosequestration via soil carbon, or what Lenore Taylor — who has played a lone hand in comprehensively demonstrating the absurdities of the policy — called “soil magic”.

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21 thoughts on “The evolution of ‘Direct Action’: soil magic to magic pudding

  1. Terrence John Snedden

    Tony Abbott intends to repeal taxes on polluting industries and handover funds drawn from the pay checks of hardworking Australians to those very same companies. Is blaming everything on Julia blinding us to our own interests and opening the door again to the merchants of greed?

  2. Holden Back

    As much as it fills me with horror that this undeserving rabble are about to be elected, there’s a deep, anticipatory Schadenfreude waiting to see what happens when this program becomes ‘too difficult’ and the boats fail to cease coming.

    Of course they will be held to account by the News Ltd papers. What?

  3. z craig

    Perhaps there should be a media-initiated campaign to hold the greens in the senate, by which the parliament would be truly locked against say removing a carbon tax, but not say an emmissions trading scheme, which is conceivable under a coalition, although difficult to perceive now. Wny? Because the People rule in democracies. Corporate ideas about what is useful or othewise (for example removing carbon pricing) to them are not really the majority of people’s views, and parties should govern for voters, not companies.

  4. GLJ

    Come on guys. Lighten up. Its a great name. DIRECT ACTION. Its a product of DIRECT ACTION MAN himself. And youse have to go and wreck it by asking all those petty questions and doing all those dumb sums and things and quoting Joe and Hunty. Man give us a break and just dig the headlines . DIRECT ACTION. You gotta love that. Its soooo direct and action like.

  5. Milanion20

    Z Craig, the only media-initiated campaign going around is the one that supports the Coalition’s plan to remove the carbon price and pay compensation.

  6. Milanion20

    Anyway it doesn’t matter what any of the politicians do. The carbon price/tax/loading/duty/contribution will be determined by actuaries who will cause it to be loaded into premiums and asset purchasers who will demand discounts for anything that isn’t coloured green and/or safely above the high-water mark.

  7. klewso

    This is the sought of syants that appeels to Limited Gnus.

  8. Electric Lardyland

    I’ve always thought that the coalition’s ‘direct action’ plan, was modelled on their ‘direct election model’ for the republic. That is, it’s an issue that most of them have no intention of acting on, but they need an alternative proposal, to con the electorate with, until the heat dies down.
    Unfortunately, with climate change, the heat is unlikely to die down.
    And I do think that Abbott is still a climate change denier at heart, but no longer has the courage, or honesty, to say so. Which makes his carbon tax schtick of, ‘she lied, she lied, she lied to all of us!’ even more obnoxious.

  9. Andybob

    Complaining that Joe hasn’t clarified the circumstances under which compensation could be claimed and for how much feels like complaining that the top curl of a particularly pungent dog turd is a bit smelly.


    The very same media that went feral over “pink batts” and the BER will no doubt point out the flaws in this “Direct Action” stunt?


    Oh well…

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