How things don’t change. 22 years ago, the Liberal opposition spokesman Ian McLachlan (we will meet him again, I think). announced that the Federal coalition would consider an environmental levy “to fund a major national reafforestation project and a ban on further forest clearing for farming to curb the greenhouse effect.”
1995 Kingston, M. 1995. Libs Plan Levy To Revitalise Forests. Sydney Morning Herald, 5 January, p.3.
The context of this was that the Keating government was having no end of a problem with wood-chipping and the potential loss of Green preferences. And it was also in the middle of a Cabinet bloodbath about whether to impose a carbon tax (it didn’t, you’ll be amazed to learn).
This, by the way, was in the end of days of Alexander Downer as opposition leader.
Well, fourteen months later John Howard became Prime Minister, didn’t bother so much with the land-clearing, and even less about curbing the greenhouse effect… So it goes.
Also on this day-
2015 Soon to depart Greens Leader Christine Milne warning on bushfires and preparedness for disasters
“Every year we are going to face these extreme weather events, which are going to cost lives and infrastructure, and enough is enough,” she said.
“The Abbott Government has to stop climate denial and help to get the country prepared to adapt to the more extreme conditions.”
Ms Milne said now was the time to talk about Australia’s preparedness for extreme weather events.
“Look at what is happening to people, communities, our environment, loss of infrastructure and for goodness sake abandon your nonsense about climate variability,” she said.