Sep 20, 2013

Green purge: the climate bodies on Abbott’s chopping block

Abolished, on the chopping block, on probation. Here's a guide to the climate change bodies and schemes which are in Abbott's sights; but watch out Tony, some of these will be hard to get rid of.

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Tim Flannery

The new government has begun its purge of climate change personnel. It’s out with the existing cast of Labor-approved experts and policymakers, and in with the much smaller coterie of business advisers, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott seeks to rewrite Australia’s approach to global warming.

The Labor-Green minority government built a climate superstructure of supportive institutions to get its message out, give policy advice, and fund clean energy. These bodies, some of which only just started fully operating, are on the chopping block as Abbott seeks to end the carbon price and dampen ambition to cut emissions.

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22 thoughts on “Green purge: the climate bodies on Abbott’s chopping block

  1. Honest Johnny

    The big elephant in the room is what impact all this will have on the actual price of electricity. I know the answer but I’d love Crikey to undertake some excellent investigation into this. I suspect the Coalition also know the answer but obviously will not be open with us. A lot of electricity consumers are going to be very disillusioned at the end of this.

  2. Cathy Alexander

    Interesting suggestion. A major factor in the increases in electricity prices in the past few years is gold-plating of distribution networks. That won’t be affected by removing the carbon price …

  3. Roger Clifton

    While they are in the mood to slash and burn, perhaps the Liberals could find enough moral fibre to remove the ban on nuclear electricity?

    It would cost the budget nothing, would be a real assistance to heavy industry seeking alternatives to carbon, would give Australia a chance of meeting its emission targets, would allow them to say they really were serious about carbon reduction, and would allow them to brag that they won’t be pushed around by the Loony Left.

    It would require them to repeal Section 10 of Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 (Cth) .

  4. David Hand

    This is the best decision so far in this new government’s life.

    Getting rid of the propaganda unit headed by the climate druid Tim Flannery is a really good step. All those mothballed desalinisation plants built under Flannery’s “peer reviewed” and “scientific” “fact based” advice were beginning to look a bit awkward when the druid was putting out yet more gravitas-filled demands for intervention by governments.

    Return to the science and forget the propaganda, I say.

  5. Andybob

    The executive directing a statutory body not to carry out functions directed by Parliament is an interesting constitutional situation. The new Parliament, however, is likely to ratify any breaches of the law which have arisen from complying with such direction, retrospectively if necessary.

  6. mikehilliard

    Abbott’s message is loud & clear, keep polluting & hang the future. Criticism of the Liberal’s as being short sighted & self motivated now appears to be more than apt.

  7. mikehilliard

    D Hand, your post @4 reeks of propaganda.

  8. AR

    As he showed his sense of humour in his estrogen free Cabinet by appointing himself Minister for Women’s Affairs (anyone specific in mind I wonder?)so he repeats the trick by announcing that the Dept of Environment will give itself independent advice…

  9. shepherdmarilyn

    What is Greg Hunt going to be minister of.

  10. Steve777

    Electricity companies will pocket the proceeds of scrapping Carbon pricing unless Tony Abbott introduces what he would refer to as ‘red tape’. Anyone expecting to save $10 per week on their electricity bill will be sorely disappointed.

    Re “if it recommends a target deeper than 5%, which it will, he has no way of meeting it.” This government has no means of meeting the 5% target. No credible authority believes that ‘Direct Action’ will do it. ‘Direct Action’ is simply a figleaf to give the appearance of doing something. I think the bipartisan emission reduction target will be quietly dropped, and possibly ‘Direct Action’ along with it.

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