So, in late March 2001 George ‘hanging chad’ Bush had pulled the USA out of the Kyoto negotiations for an emissions reduction target (grossly inadequate, of course) for developed countries. The Howard Government was very happy with this, and Howard sent Bush a mash note on April 1st.
“On April 2, the Senate passed a motion moved by Greens Senator Bob Brown condemning the US and Australian governments “for their efforts to derail the Kyoto Climate Change Convention”. Labor supported the motion, but on April 4 the ALP rejected a motion put by Brown calling on the government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Bolkus said it would be “premature” to support the motion.”
The ALP was in flux on this in 2000-2001 (i.e. they were listening to the unions), but went to the 2001 Federal Election with Kyoto ratification as a manifesto promise…
Also on this day –
1978– Paddy McGuinness article – “Where Friedman is a pinko” – in the Australian Financial Review that helps the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), a libertarian thinktank, immensely, helped put them ‘on the map.’
2005 APEC conference at Parliament House “Managing Climate Change: Practicalities and Realities in a post-Kyoto future”. The conference website was designed by International Trade Strategies, a consultancy run by Alan Oxley. Programme here http://www.apec.org.au/mccprogram.pdf