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Canberra’s Greenwash proves Abbott-forming

It’s enough to make you clasp your skull to stop your head exploding.

Kevin Rudd, elected with an environmental mandate on climate action, whaling, and the Murray-Darling, doesn’t seem to have done anything on any of them – apart from shredding the Garnaut Report, ignoring the drought, and waiting six days to gauge public response to the sinking of a Sea Shepherd vessel before telling Peter Garrett to have an opinion.

Tony Abbott thinks there is more evidence for God than for global warming but wants 2010 to be the year the COALition puts the conservative in conservation.

Next, free abortions for unionists and taxpayer funded one-way honeymoons for newly married gay couples.

But Tony isn’t promoting this wishy-washy tofu-flavoured sweatshop-safe kind of pinko light green that he has fought tooth and nine-inch nail over the decades. No, Wingnut wants voters to get behind a “standing Green Army” – a veritable KISS Army, oozing ultra-progressive right-wing cool, with shovels instead of guitars and sunscreen instead of eye-stars.

This won’t just be your typical Liberal rapid response mutual-obligation NewStart work-or-starve army, but a wave of dark green 15,000 strong, each receiving up to $50,000 per year because, hey, it’s the 20th century already. Maybe even 21st.

But people are unfairly harshing Abbott’s emerald vert epiphany, pointing out that his party made big environmental promises at the last minute in 2007 only because they were desperate for votes, and that previously the Liberals were George Bush’s only Western ally in stymieing all attempts at global action on climate change. People point out that Abbott, though his own man, is still very much a blue-ribbon ultra-conservative in the mould of John Howard.

By doing so they miss the fact that in this instance his mentor is actually Kevin Rudd. Driven mad by his voter-led sacking from power, exhausted with thinking up new topics for Senate Committees to investigate to get his colleagues’ pay-grades closer to what they were receiving as Ministers, Abbott has succumbed to the lessons of the left-wing Dark Side.

For it is better to sound good, than to do good.

Can we get a committee to look into that?

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  1. Russell

    January 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Absolutely d.d., and they should also stop the growing off rice unless it’s in natural floodplains and without the use of chemicals being flushed into the system.

    Over the past few years the Murray has been infested by kilometres of blue-green algae.

    There is just less and less water available and only crops to suit should be grown.

    I also can’t believe the farmer going on a hunger strike because he isn’t allowed to clear more of his land. What do they think has been part of the cause of the land drying up and becoming saline? If they can’t make a living from the land they have already mostly cleared, they shouldn’t be farming.

  2. salamander

    January 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Wing-nut! I love it. Shame that Abbott can be so accurately critical of Krudd and yet so B useless at assessment of the public.

  3. Russell

    January 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Personally, I can’t bring myself to believe that Tony Abbott will actually do any more than KRudd regarding taking REAL action against climate change (ie: banning logging in state forests, penalising the fossil fuel and energy industries, and committing to a complete changeover to renewables within the next 10 years – all achievable and affordable).

    BUT he is telling it as it is. KRudd has done, and intends to do, nothing.

    Abbott’s been careful, like Johnny Howard, not to promise anything more concrete than a feel-good, look-good, sound-good make-up foundation. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the trees he plans to plant will also be harvested when commercially ready.

    He hasn’t said that more water will actually flow down the Murray/Darling, or how.

    He hasn’t proposed anything more than sending the toothless cruise ship Oceanic Viking down to ‘watch’ the whaling continue and separate the goodies (Sea Shepherd) from the baddies (the whalers). Nothing short of an armed escort of the whalers out of our waters will suffice or remedy the situation.

    The fear-mongering of ‘affecting trade with Japan’ is a total crock. What does Australia in trade get out of the whaling? $0. The whaling plays no part whatsoever in our trade with Japan.

    A touring Japanese woman staying with me at the moment knew nothing of the practice and is shocked and appalled to find out and is telling her friends back home what is happening. She’s also informing them of the destruction she sees of our forests and farmlands for Japanese paper. Japan’s own forests are protected from this form of chip and pulp logging completely.

    Australian governments of all persuasions need a really good pointy toed, steel-capped, hobnailed boots kick up the A, and keep ’em coming.

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