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johnsmith

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I know you didn't vote for the Liberals (conservatives) that are in power in Australia, but apparently the majority did. So I take it that the majority of Australians agree with the Liberals' coal policy.
Not necessarily. Opinion polls show that the vast majority of Australians think we should do much more to transition to renewables and the polls have done so for well over a decade. And yet for well over a decade the libs, with the least action on the move to renewables, have won office. Every election the libs always offer a tax cut or promise more money in your pocket and thats what people want irrespective of the other policies. The same party then complains that we can't afford to keep all of our social policies because there isn't enough money.
 

johnsmith

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It seems to me that if you are going to stop using coal to generate power, then that should be done gradually and thoughtfully, and the people need to be able to afford it.
Even the energy industry is crying out for firm direction from the government. Coal based energy is more expensive than renewables to produce. Banks won't fund investmnent in coal based energy and neither will private investors because they feel they cannot compete with renewables. Despite that, the govt. keeps pushing it's coal agenda. The coal industry donates huge sums of money to the liberal party. Many of the 'politicians' in the liberal party were former coal industry employees and many liberal party politicians once they retire from politics move onto to work for the coal industry lobby groups. The liberal party of Australia is in effect another just coal industry lobby group.
 

HBS Guy

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COVID has cannibalised a lot of debate, will take some time to restart more normal debate.

More important to cover issues than party politics. Some issues just off the top of my head:

1. The NBN debacle

2. The death of the GBR

3. The economy—soaring deficit, lack of a manufacturing base despite our coking coal and iron ore deposits. Tax hikes?

4. Education at all levels

5. AGW and action or lack of it.

etc.
 
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