Getting the sack could prove a blessing in disguise for the Climate Commission, which might operate more effectively now it is out of the government's tent.

One of the Abbott government's first actions was to axe the commission, set up by Labor to educate the public on climate change. The commission has been reborn as the Climate Council and is now funded by public donations. It had raised $420,000 from 8500 donors as of 9am today (the website only opened to donations 33 hours previously). This should fund the Climate Council for at least six months, probably longer.