November, 2009

Can Rudd save his ETS, or will it destroy him?

, Nov 09, 2009

Rudd is a control freak. His government is run along command and control lines (read Cameron Stewart’s interesting piece in last Saturday’s Australian magazine). His media strategy is a campaign strategy. Win the day, stay in front.  Make your opponent the issue. Control the message. Make no mistakes. This is the goldfish in a bowl […]

Rudd in humiliating ETS backdown

, May 04, 2009

The SMH is reporting: The Federal Government is planning to delay its emissions trading scheme by one year, understands. The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is scheduled to make an announcement at lunch time. It is believed the Government still wants the legislation for the scheme to be passed this year but the scheme itself […]
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Stay together for the planet’s sake, Fielding

, Feb 25, 2009

One thing you have to do in spin doctoring is go with the flow. If the issue of the day (or millennia) is say, global warming, you don’t try and turn your issue into an alternative flavour of the month. You just hook your little wagon to that rollin’ freight train. So here’s a classic, […]

Kangaroo Island Lorax project

, Feb 03, 2009

Today, a guest contribution from Kathie Stove, a resident of Kangaroo Island: The late writer Douglas Adams notably gave the answer to the meaning of life as 42. Those of us who got excited about the possibilities for an Australian Labor government could be excused for thinking that there was something in that number when […]

Telstra’s environment expert dismisses Rudd’s climate change targets

, Dec 17, 2008

In a blog post yesterday, Telstra’s Group Manager Dr Turlough Guerin wrote: These are very conservative targets and unlikely to encourage the investments needed to transition to a low-carbon economy. And they don’t push consumers far enough to make the behaviour changes to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. This is the crux of the matter, […]

Balance required in media coverage of global warming

, Nov 29, 2008

Global warming is not just a big scientific, environment, economic, political and human story, it is also an interesting case study of what the media reports and doesn’t report.  On Tuesday this week, the Australian carried an op-ed from legendary botanist David Bellamy in which he claims to have been marginalised because of his global […]