It’s Time for Moderate Liberals to Stand up for Action on Climate Change
3.20pm | June 29, 2021
Senator Jenny McAllister in Challenge Magazine
In 2019 Mr Barnaby Joyce wrote on his Facebook page:
“One of the few graces of being on the backbench is you can be honest with what your views really are,”
“I believe this is one of the greatest policy phantoms, the misguided and quite ludicrous proposition that Australia can have any effect on the climate. If we could we should be the first to make it rain and, more importantly, stop the recurrence of an ice age anytime in the coming millennium.”
Well those are no longer the views of a humble backbencher. They are the views of the leader of the National party, and the deputy Prime Minister of this country.
"If you want zero emissions, nuclear power does it," he said in February.
So, my question to the moderates in the Liberal party is – what are you going to do about this?
Will Dr Allen be as strong a voice as Mr Joyce?
Mr Dave Sharma, a man who understands all too well the fury of a liberal electorate who has been betrayed on climate change, has said that Australia:“needs to be acting with a higher level of ambition” and "should be doing more to address climate change".
“We’ve allowed something that should really be a conventional policy challenge to become a kind of culture and values issue. It shouldn’t be the third rail of Australian politics.”
What will Mr Sharma do?
Mr Trent Zimmerman has told Fairfax that "Australians want us to get on with the job of meeting our Paris emissions but looking at what more we can do to reduce our emissions further".
What will Mr Zimmerman do to have the government commit to reducing emissions further than Paris?
That is the challenge for Mr Zimmerman, Dr Allen, Mr Sharma and others like Mr Jason Falinksi, Mr Tim Wilson, Mr Trevor Evans, Ms Cecilia Hammond, Senator Hume, Senator Payne, Senator Paterson, Senator Bragg, and Senator Birmingham.
Moderate liberal parliamentarians have made a commitment to them. They have nodded and winked to them that, and signalled that when the time came they would stand up for their interests.
The Deputy Prime Minister is now a man who is more worried about a coming ice age than global warming.
What will you do to keep your promise to those who have supported you?