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Nov 18, 2015

Three cheers for our failing economy!

Greg Hunt has said Australia has met its emissions target already. The only problem is that we have met it because our economy is circling the drain ...

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor

Journalist

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has suggested Australia is already beating its 2020 emissions reduction target, simply because the economy is weak.

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14 thoughts on “Three cheers for our failing economy!

  1. Lee Tinson

    Vintage Hunt. He has to be the laziest and apart from the truly intellectually challenged Dutton the most incompetent of the ministers in this government.

  2. Philby

    Hmmm. Only problem with the European comparison offered in this piece is that our economy continues to grow. It’s not receding as per GFC-ravaged Europe. So you simply can’t attribute all this to the slowdown.
    I suspect the reductions in emissions are a combination of a number of factors, and are being made more apparent by a slowing economy. But I’m glad we’re headed in the right direction anyway.
    As for the ACF, you’d expect their response – it’s just what they do. And they’d be smarting at the accolades Hunt has received from the international climate community in recent times.
    I’m more disturbed by comments Crikey readers demonising politicians. To all those like Lee T, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but (a) Hunt is no intellectual lightweight (I didn’t go to Yale on a scholarship. Did you?) even if he has a different political leaning to you that you find intolerable; and (b) if you’re that convinced of your environmental credentials, let’s see your better ideas. Better yet, I’ll await your name on ballot sheet as a Greens candidate so you can make a real difference.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Direct action is gifting taxpayer monies to polluters not to pollute.

  4. Itsarort

    How often have I heard people say that we need a good war to stimulate the economy? Well, it’s not actually ‘war’ per say, it’s the Government spending money and generating enough financial heat so that lazy and conservative industry feels inclined to throw their hat into the ring.

    If the Gov is paying for the infrastructure, business will swoop-in and take the cream off the top. The Gov then collects the money through direct and indirect taxes over time.

    However, the Lib’s have shown over the years that they are more inclined to sit on their hands and hope it all fixes itself. Can Turnbull actually turn this deep-rooted ideology on its head(?); that’s the real question for voters. And, if so, surely real and significant investment into green technology would be a pretty bloody good place to start.

  5. Kevin Herbert

    Demonising pollies is the first stop for lightweight Crikey posters….eos

  6. klewso

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave
    When we’re educated to deceive.”

  7. Lorraine Stansfield

    Hunt may not be intellectually challenged but he has no integrity with regard to his position. He was completely in agreement with Labour’s climate change policy but did a quick turnaround like Turnbull when his job was on the line.

  8. Jaybuoy

    @Philby.. Hunt is no intellectual lightweight..no he isn’t and that makes his hypocritical dullard stance on CO2 reduction issues worse..

  9. MJPC

    Meanwhile the worst fires in 35 years in Esperence and Sydney set to have, this week, the hottest November temps in recorded history.
    Welcome to the future Greg Hunt, one you have no knowledge how to address! Wait till Paris; we’re sending a lightweight for a heavyweight fight.

  10. Archie Travers

    Lee #1 I really think that you could substitute a number of LNP names for Hunt and Dutton. Everyday we hear pronouncements from Government ministers that reveal an absolute lack of understanding of the problems facing this country.

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