A sorry affair for Australia’s climate…

Today we witnessed the inevitable from the Abbott Government, the repeal of the Carbon Tax and subsequently all environmental policy.

I’m by no means a scientist, and I’m the first person to put my hand up and say I don’t understand all the technical aspects of Climate Change. What I do know is that our environmental state is one of the most important things that should be on any governments agenda. Australia is one of the most sustainable countries in terms of living off of our land.

There is talk that this repeal was about ‘saving money and giving back to average Australian families with savings of $500’… I call bullshit on this! What this is about is Abbott and Co asserting their authority by throwing out one of the best ALP polices and keeping their big business mates happy. 

Now, I myself, do not have a degree in economics, which I believe Mr Abbott does, but I can tell you there are 4 key fundamental elements that make up the basis of economics. These four items are, Land, Labour, Capital and Entrepreneurship. Now, if any economists happens to stumble across this blog post, feel free to let me know if I have this right or wrong, but in Microeconomics we are told that the land is the most valuable commodity you can have. It generates rent and provides space for all other activities. Keeping that statement in mind, clearly having legislation that protects our environment is an important economic policy. History shows us that the best way to ensure there is a degree of adherence to a legislation is to implement financial penalties (in this case the form of a tax, price, levy…according to Joe Hockey, you can call it a Rabbit, they are all essentially the same thing).

Maybe I am just a die hard greenie at heart, but give me a degree of indulgence here (it is my blog after all) I wonder if and what the current government ministers were thinking when they decided to scrap this plan. I’m sure I can take a few guesses, but my real question is, will Tony Abbott’s grandchildren be able to have a sustainable future in terms of employment? Will our environment be viable in the next 40 years? Will we even have land that will be able to produce resources? This may be a bit out of the ordinary, but Tony Abbott, if you think repealing this bill will aid people who make a living off the land I would be you my apparent ‘$500 worth of savings’ that it will do more damage then good when it comes to farmers.

I wish the LNP would be as concerned about our environmental climate as they seem to be in protecting the future generations from our current ’emergency state’ economic climate.

With further thoughts on statements made by the LNP, this repeal will give businesses the opportunity to increase their employee numbers, while this may have a degree of truth to it, although I’m not too sure how much the biggest carbon producers actually care (wouldn’t they just ram up the price the consumers have to pay?). It comes to a point where we need to talk about a sustainable job and industry market. I have read many articles that showcase that if there were substantial investments in the renewable energy sector, this would create a new growing industry for Australia. Let’s face it, in light of many industries that are planned to fold like the car manufacturing industry, Australia needs to create new industries to ensure that we have a steady stream of employment figures.

While I have no qualms with businesses making money, they have every right too. I just believe that people over profits is a more socially acceptable environment to live in. I also believe that if we aren’t at the stage of investing in new emerging markets that would protect our unique environmental climate, we should have legislation that does have some preventative measures.

The issue of climate change has been a widely known event since the 1970’s. I would like to be part of a generation that protects and puts in measures that aim to curb or reduce the rate of the effect that climate change is having on our earth.  

To every person who voted to ‘axe the tax’ I hope your future generations appreciate the supposed $500 you will receive in savings… my hot tip, is if you are one of the ‘average’ Australian families who will actually see this benefit in terms of, why not invest in some solar power? Maybe then it may be worth it, ever so slightly.

A Green Afternoon

Hellllloooo blog! Long time no speak.

I was going to blog about this event quite a few weeks ago, but with the uni exam period commencing there was no chance in hell I was going to get to do anything else.

On the 22nd of June I dragged my little sister along to a political event. I’m not going to lie, I really only wanted to attend to see what Greens Senator Scott Ludlam of this viral video fame had to say. What I got out of it was really much greater. The event was hosted by Jamie Parker – Greens NSW member for Balmain. He spoke about a few issues that affect people within NSW. As one would hope for in a politician, he is smart, measured and very well spoken.

 

Another great addition to the event was Jenny Leong, who is running for NSW parliament in the seat of Newtown. I really liked Jenny, she has a real passion for the area and the people that live there. An interesting fact about the Newtown area, is it is one of the very few places in Australia where people don’t identify with a religion. Hearing Jenny speak of her electorate makes me miss working there. Although it was only a short lived working career in Newtown, it was a lot of fun. Newtown has such a strange mix of people, who coexist wonderfully together. It has such a cool vibe. Hearing Jenny speak made me wish I lived in Newtown, she would defiantly receive my vote. I hope Newtown provide her the opportunity to sit in parliament, she would be a great asset to NSW. Keep an eye out for her, I will be following her career closely.

 

That brings me to the last speaker at the event. Before we go any further, I would like to add that Scott Ludlam is not your typical politician. There are very few airs and graces as he stands before you. He casually strolled into the lecture theatre (being the first politician to arrive) extremely casually, if you blinked you would have just mistaken him for another face in the crowd, no pomp, no ceremony, no posse of staff behind him.

Scott presented his Perth 2029 plan to the packed audience, and what a fascinating plan it is. Focusing on bringing public transport into a mainstream mode of transport for the city of Perth. It is important to note, that I have never made it over to Perth, yet. However, the plan to build cheap easy to put up housing for people and a whole a array of other plans was truly fascinating. This plan has even won an award. With a great use of graphics (wouldn’t except any less from a ex graphic designer) and a witty, truthful delivery Mr Ludlam had the a very captive audience.

The audience were invited by the Chair of the event Senator Lee Rhiannon to ask questions. Of course, me being me had to ask a question. The question I asked related to the Perth 2029 plan and the housing/building plan. The plan sets out quick build projects within certain limits, my question was that if this project was also to provide the local area with jobs, what happens when the program is over? How will you tackle the unemployment?

The response Senator Ludlam provided, wasn’t one that I was hoping for. And that my friends is why you shouldn’t have role models in politics. A little disheartened that it wasn’t the response I was hoping for, and if it was the right setting I would have pushed the issue further. It was a good reminder that we all have our own individual passions.

After the event the speakers stayed around to chat to a few people. My sister, who was rather excited at this point wanted to go and ask a question. I think she didn’t care who she spoke to she just wanted to say something to someone she see as important. As we stood and tried to pick a topic I suggested that she ask Scott Ludlam about Julian Assange.  He spoke frankly to us about the issues surrounding the situation Mr Assange faces. I must say that he was nice enough to take the time to talk to everyone who wanted to speak to him, that I appreciate in a person. (and then this happened!)

 

On the whole the afternoon was really interesting, a great informative event. I hope we get to see Scott Ludlam on the east coast again soon.