Opinion

Coalition's last-minute shift on net zero beggars belief

By Ian Bayly
Updated October 27 2021 - 2:07am, first published October 26 2021 - 6:25pm
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's "plan" to reach net zero emissions by 2050 barely constitutes a change to existing policies. Picture: Getty Images

In August 2020, I published an essay entitled 40 Years of Climate Warnings Ignored by Australian Politicians. Shortly after its initial publication, it was - without my instigation and to my surprise - republished with layout improvements by Social Policy Connections, an associate of the Catholic Church. In the penultimate paragraph of my article, I predicted that, as our climate deteriorates, my grandchildren (I'm a mid-octogenarian) will start to struggle in an increasingly hostile world. Further, I said that they would deserve to have available to them a rogue's gallery of media moguls, politicians and commentators who were climate change and global warming deniers, sceptics or minimisers who had done their best to frustrate effective action.

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