Any brief glimmer of satisfaction at the Queensland government announcing the environmentally and economically sensible decision to scrap the state’s eight cents a litre petrol subsidy was immediately countered by the statement that the planned sale of Queensland Rail’s coal assets “will maximise the amount of coal that Queensland can export to the world.”

If only the climate crisis was being taken as seriously and urgently as the economic crisis.

It continues to baffle me that governments can continually assert they are taking the danger of major climate change seriously, while repeatedly using public funds to lock in major infrastructure designed specifically to assist greenhouse intensive activities.

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