Topic archives: Direct action

Alcoa bail-out opens up a new front in an old culture war

January 20, 2017 3

The right's insistence on maintaining the Alcoa aluminium smelting plant is reactionary: the greenies want Portland to close, and therefore it must be kept open, writes John Quiggin.

The war of attrition against Abbott’s Green Army

December 5, 2016 1

Tony Abbott's signature Green Army environment policy will reportedly be stood down to save just over $250 million in this year's MYEFO. Josh Taylor and Harrison Johnstone report.

Stop kidding yourselves we’ll take any climate action

December 5, 2016 12

The government has ratified the Paris Agreement -- but still has no policies for how to achieve the targets it has signed up to, and the review announced today is unlikely to change that.

Coal fan Frydenberg’s figleaf fluttering in the wind

July 28, 2016 14

Environment and Energy minister Josh Frydenberg is claiming to be a convert to the cause of renewables but the grim truth is that this government has no interest in meaningful climate action.

Goodbye markets: Where the parties stand on climate change

June 22, 2016 14

While climate change has been virtually ignored in the election campaign, Australia looks to be headed for a far more interventionist approach to carbon abatement.

Chainsaw gets chopped down, but more climate quarrels beckon

December 15, 2015 10

The failed defection of Ian Macfarlane is a win for Malcolm Turnbull but will exacerbate what will be a difficult relationship with the Nationals over climate policy.

Voter shifts put pressure on Turnbull’s unheroic targets

November 30, 2015 18

The government knows it is entering the Paris climate conference with an underwhelming emissions target. And we still don't know how it will be achieved.

Three cheers for our failing economy!

November 18, 2015 14

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 ...

Meet the govt climate sceptics who have Turnbull by the short’n’curlies

Meet the govt climate sceptics who have Turnbull by the short’n’curlies

November 4, 2015 30

Almost four in five Australians believe climate change is happening, but in Parliament, dinosaurs still rule the Earth.

Rundle: Direct Action puts Australia in the ‘arseholes club’ of climate policy

Rundle: Direct Action puts Australia in the ‘arseholes club’ of climate policy

November 2, 2015 17

Australia is the worst performer on climate action in the industrialised world.