There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle brewing over in Oz and today it exploded. Kevin Rudd’s Labour party was elected promising to do something about climate change, the something being their Emissions Trading Scheme. Rudd didn’t have enough votes so was relying on a bipartisan agreement with the opposition, the right-wing Liberal party.
There’s been grumbling in the Liberal party for a while now, with one of their senior people suggesting that climate change isn’t a scientific theory, at all, it’s a global communist conspiracy. So the Liberal party’s dumped its leader, they’re heading right into lunatic-land, thus forcing a new election. Given that 75% of Australians believe in the science of climate change and recognise that Australia has it’s back to a wall, then the outcome of that election shouldn’t be in doubt.
SMH – “Liberals embrace spirit of kamikaze fundamentalism”
Kiwiblog – “Abbot new Liberal Leader”
BBC – “New head for Australia opposition”