The breathtaking hypocrisy of Environment Minister Hunt – an updateI concur with British peer Lord Devlin that the Abbott Government’s approach to climate change is “so unintellectual as to be unacceptable”.
The good Lord Devlin, however, is undeniably better placed than me to
offer that assessment; the former Conservative politician now heads Globe International, a legislator body that annually assesses laws to combat climate change.
Globe International reported that the Abbott Government is the only
one of 66 countries studied that has tried to repeal national climate
change legislation in the past year. This is indeed incredulous given
that Australia is the biggest polluter per capita in the developed
Lord Devlin leads the chorus of condemnation coming in from the Mother Country. Just yesterday The Independent asked, Is Tony Abbott’s Australian administration the most hostile to his nation’s environment in history?
With Abbott at the helm, ably assisted with his side-kick Greg Hunt –
the alleged Minister for the Environment – the answer would be a
But the condemnation is not confined to British Lords or the British
media. The whole world noticed that our government didn’t take all this
climate change nonsense seriously when it was announced that no senior member of the government would be attending the international climate change summit in Warsaw last November. In spectacular fashion, Australia was “awarded Fossil of the Day
on the summit’s first day. The award is given by the international
Climate Action Network to the country which has done the most to block
progress at the climate change negotiations on that day”.