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Speech given on climate change panel, Accidently Carbon Street, Maleny, 23 April 2010

Posted by Jim on May 9, 2010

Having heard the science and having heard the sceptics, what do I do as the first Greens member of parliament in the House of Representatives?

Let’s assume that – like Senator Fielding in the Senate – I hold the balance of power between Labor and the Coalition. And there is before the House of Representatives a Bill that aims to reduce the production of carbon dioxide in Australia. The Bill has been controversial because it places a significant impost on industry and it will mean that costs inevitably will be passed onto the consumer. The Bill also contains provisions that will require renewable energy targets to be met by power companies and households to cut back significantly on the production of carbon dioxide by coal-fired power stations.

I am not a scientist. Whom do I go to? Do I listen to what the scientific community is saying about global warming, or do I ask myself whether I should turn to the few scientists who claim that the science is faulty, that any carbon dioxide produced by factories, aeroplanes and vehicles in the past two hundred years is too small to have made a significant impact on global temperatures, that the current rise in temperatures is part of a long, natural climate cycle?

I am struck, first of all, that there is no single science that can give me the answers. There are climatologists, atmospheric scientists, cosmologists, geologists, biologists, historians. No single source. But the United Nations has pulled together the relevant research reported in thousands of papers that have gone through the greater or lesser rigours of peer review. That should help me? WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

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Regional Arts Policy

Posted by Jim on May 2, 2010

The launch of this policy is designed to get the ball rolling on a discussion about arts in the regions, which is no longer constrained by metropolitan perspectives and metropolitan solutions.

A discussion that is about the need for serious money in the regions to support the arts in the regions.

When I looked at the Arts policies for the 2007 Federal election, and Peter Garrett’s arts policy was the only other policy out there apart from the Greens’ the first thing that struck me was that it was about funding established companies and organisations to visit the regions on tours with mostly one night performances and travelling exhibitions.

When, just before the election date, the Liberals came out with an Arts policy, it was more of the same.

My opponent’s party, which claims to have special relevance for the regions, doesn’t have an arts policy at all, let alone a regional arts policy. In fact, their platform doesn’t even contain the word “Art” except as part of the word, “part”. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

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