May 29th, 2007 – Australian Prime Minister John Howard dismisses Stern Review because … it’s written by an Englishman

I am not making this up. I wish I were.

However, in a Parliamentary debate in May 2007, the Prime Minister suggested the [Stern] review was Eurocentric propaganda. He stated that the report of the Government’s Task Group on Emissions Trading:

… will not be a grab bag of proposals taken holus-bolus from a report written by an Englishman for European conditions and designed to promote the political objectives of the British government. That is what the Stern report is all about. Stern is not the biblical scholar of climate change that is posited by those who sit opposite. Stern has written from the perspective of an Englishman, from the European circumstance and from the European point of view.7 3

Commonwealth, Parliamentary Debates, House of Representatives, 29 May 2007, 48 (John Howard, Prime Minister).

(Macintosh, 2008: 66-7)

Macintosh, A 2008, ‘Domestic Influences on the Howard Government’s Climate Policy: Using the Past as a Guide to the Future’, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 11, no. 1 & 2, pp. 51-84.

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