Tag Archives: Business lobbies

May 30th 2007 Australian Labor Party promises big climate action. Oh dear.

“The Labor Party, led by Kevin Rudd, promised a more progressive approach. It pledged to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, establish a target of reducing Australia’s emissions by 60 per cent on 2000 levels by 2050 and create an emissions trading scheme by 2010.”

(Macintosh, 2008 :52)

  1. Rudd An Action Agenda for Climate Change, Annual Fraser Lecture, Belconnen Labor Club, Canberra, 30 May 2007 (Australian Labor Party, Canberra: 2007).

It all went very very wrong, of course.  See Chubb, (2014) for one account of how and why.

Also on this day

1990 Midnight Oil concert in New York, outside Exxon HQ
1995 Australian Mining Industry Council (soon to become the Minerals Council of Australia) shifts its posture, if not its actual position at its AGM, after getting Geoff Allen to do a review, which concluded they were on the nose… – see Davis, M. (1995) MINING COUNCIL DOES POST-MABO REVAMP BRW 29 May
1996 Flak letter about Ben Santer to IPCC chair Bert Bolin et al from the Global Climate Coalition(Bolin 2007, 130)

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Jan 11, 2008: NSW Minerals Council does a Lady Macbeth

Nikki Williams, as per ABC photo
Nikki Williams, as per ABC photo

On January 11th, 2008, the CEO of the New South Wales Minerals Council calls on the industry to get on the front foot in selling its sustainability message.  [to quote International Coal News.]

Context: That, after all, is one of the roles of these sorts of business groupings. As well as behind the scenes “lobbying” (a term that hides at least as much as it reveals) and the united-front blandishments, there’s a definite bit of “screw your courage to the sticking point, and we’ll not fail” to the role.

 Nikki Williams, for it is she, later became the head of Australian Coal Association, until it was swallowed by the Minerals Council of Australia. More on Ms Williams and her considerable rhetorical abilities at a later date. Unless she gets “bumped” by more important on-that-dates.

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Other things that happened on this day:

1964 – Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., publishes the landmark report Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.

[And for the benefit of any libel lawyers who may have wandered in; we are saying that the NSW Minerals Council had a ‘screw your courage’ role, NOT that Ms Williams ever
a) henpecked her spouse until he entered into a conspiracy to kill the King of Scotland
b) said that she would have dashed the brains of her child out.
or
c) Threw herself from a high window, riven with remorse.]