Monthly Archives: September 2015

#climate and #Australia, or, “The paranoid style in… Australian politics”

I ripped the title off from here.

My simple paranoidstylepoint is that the recent hilarity/dismay/shrugging caused by Maurice Newman (Prime Minister Abbott’s chief business advisor) is not a new ‘meme,’ as the young people say.

Lisa Cox of the Sydney Morning Herald starts her 8th May 2015 story as follows –

Climate change is a hoax led by the United Nations so that it can end democracy and impose authoritarian rule, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser.

Maurice Newman, the chairman of the Prime Minister’s business advisory council, has written inThe Australian that scientific modelling showing the link between humans and climate change is wrong and the real agenda is a world takeover for the UN.

Well, how about this from 13 years previous-

On 10 June 2002, The Australian published an opinion piece by Hugh Morgan in which he lavished praise on the Prime Minister for declaring unambiguously in parliament the previous week that his Government would not ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Using his customary hyperbole, Morgan characterised the protocol as a plot by European bureaucrats to centralise world power in Bonn, where the Kyoto secretariat would have ‘wide-ranging powers of inspection and enforcement’ and change international law to penalise any country that failed to accede to its demands.

(Hamilton, 2007: 135; The article Hamilton is quoting from is; Morgan, H. (2002) Carbon blackmail doesn’t lead to a greener future The Australian 10th June)

And Hugh Morgan of course referred to the decision not to mine for Uranium in Kakadu as the biggest defeat for Australia since the fall of Singapore….  No hyperbole there then….