Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h / t JoNova; Climate overboard? Panicked NSW Conservatives appear to have abruptly put political survival ahead of climate mitigation in the face of a sudden unexpected by-election in a coal employment district.
Malcolm Turnbull was fired from his role on the NSW government’s Clean Energy Board after a media setback
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the NSW government surrendered to a “violent campaign” by the media after his appointment to a clean energy board was overturned.
Last week, NSW Environment Secretary Matt Kean had assisted Mr Turnbull to lead the Board on Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy and added that he was a great friend.
But this morning Mr. Kean issued a statement saying that Mr. Turnbull could “distract” from the board’s goal of creating jobs in low-carbon industries and reducing government emissions while growing the economy.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Turnbull had written a letter protesting the expansion of a coal mine in the Mount Pleasant area of the Hunter Valley and raising concerns about his nearby grazing property.
NSW Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro said on Nine Radio this morning that he was embarrassed for agreeing to Mr. Turnbull’s appointment.
“I’ve given the liberals and the liberals the benefit of the doubt Benefit of the doubt on Malcolm Turnbull and he pulled my pants down within 48 hours,Said Mr. Barilaro.
Upper Hunter’s state seat faces a by-election next month following the resignation of disgraced MP Michael Johnsen.
The aim of the panel was to advance innovative technologies and sustainable practices to reduce government emissions by 35 percent by 2030 and by 100 percent by 2050.
Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/malcolm-turnbull-dumped-from-role-on-nsw-government-clean-energy-board-after-media-backlash/ ar -BB1fkIUr
Malcolm Turnbull deposed famed climate-skeptical Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a 2013 coup in the party room, but was sacked by his party in 2018 after his party worried about his poor polls among key supporters.
Could the NSW Conservatives possibly be more transparent?
I hope Upper Hunter voters shake off both big parties. Labor has had a tough climate platform for years, which is why they don’t deserve the support of coal workers. The NSW Conservatives say they care, but they appoint climate radicals like Turnbull when it suits them, then face to face, claiming it’s all a big mistake when circumstances change and they need a few coal votes to get around to hold their wafer-thin parliamentary majority.
Neither the big party deserves the votes of the miners nor the votes of the communities that depend on income from coal.
Update (EW): The clown dance continues – NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has spoken of her “eternal respect” for Malcolm Turnbull, whom her government dumped hours before her eternal respect speech.