Labor's at war over our future, our children's future, their children's children's, right? Bill Shorten has laid down the law on the Adani coal mine during the early days of the Batman byelection to say that it had to be looked at it. Then he looked at it, and went up to Townsville to parrot the CFMEU mining division line that it's "just another coalmine to be considered on a case-by-case basis".

Then climate change spokesperson Mark Butler piped up to say that not only was Adani a potentially disastrous polluter, but would also displace jobs and economic activity in the region, for a small gain of mining jobs and outsourced subcontracting. The battle of ideas, fearless and furious, etc.