The climate issue had broken out in late 2006. Until then a cabal of bureaucrats and trade association actors had,for about ten years, kept a tight rein on Australian climate change (and energy) policy. The key book on this is ‘High and Dry’ by Guy Pearse, who had done a PhD on the very subject. In early 2007, after the Howard Government had finally been forced to consider an emissions trading scheme (the ‘Shergold Report’), the State Governments of Australia (all Labor at the time) and the Federal Opposition (led by Kevin Rudd) asked high-profile economist Ross Garnaut to write a report about ‘what should be done’. Garnaut set to work, but by the time that Guy Pearse made this submission–
the sidelining of Garnaut – who didn’t think there was a justification for stuffing the pockets of generators and coal-miners with ‘compensation’ – was already underway…
Also on this day
On his 2GB program, Alan Jones, having berated Julia Gillard for being late to his studio less than a month before, continues in his fine form with these comments about Ross Garnaut.
“What do you make of this galoot Garnaut, the Federal Government’s climate change head-kicker?…‘The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence is telling us climate change is happening’ – well of course it’s happening, ha ha of course climate change is happening ya dunce, but is it being created by manmade carbon dioxide emissions? They don’t want to face that question. (Cited in Barry 2011a)
(Ward, 2015: 235)