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Credit to Scott Morrison. He’s spent the past week busily feeding the most profound yearning of Australia’s traditional media: that the Liberal Party is (finally) making some profound climate change paradigm shift.

But it’s a weak gruel: cooked up out of nothing more than a couple of speeches, an insult crafted for what he understands as his base and the working class semiotics of a high-vis dance routine alongside one of the country’s billionaires.

More like a gas-lit political recovery, by reprising his performative forward-and-back caper towards a "not a target" commitment of net zero emissions by 2050, maybe this year, maybe at some point before next year’s election.