So Labor is at it again. Julia Gillard has announced that if re-elected, she will institute a “Citizens’ Assembly” to decide on climate change policy – the issue that Kevin Rudd said was “the greatest moral challenge of our generation”. Now I’m not going to get into the science of climate change, or how the most prominent advocates are lining their own pockets, or even how the poster boy, Kevin Rudd, just walked away from the mess, nor will I talk about the absolutely ludicrous policy of allowing financial institutions to profit from carbon emissions (wouldn’t it be in their best interests to encourage increased carbon emissions under a trading scheme?).
What I will talk about is how the left are now using this issue to circumvent the very core of our political system – The Parliament. The Prime Minister says that she will create an assembly of “ordinary Australians” to discuss and decide on how to tackle climate change. There is so much wrong with this policy it’s hard to know where to start. Let’s give it a go shall we?
1 Our system of government relies on an elected parliament to devise, debate and implement policy. It doesn’t require that these elected representatives then turn around and tell us to get together and create the policy ourselves.
2 Given Julia Gillard’s Fabian Socialist background, it’s not so far-fetched that such summits are an early attempt to change our system of government all together. Remember that while it has its faults, the Westminster system is renowned as the best in the world.
3 The last Labor talk-fest, the so-called “20-20 Summit” achieved nothing. It cost a lot of money, sprouted a lot of hyperbole and in the end initiated zero policy.
4 How can we guarantee that the “150 ordinary Australians” aren’t going to be hand-picked with a view to advocating what we all know is Labor’s fundamental policy on climate change? That is creating a carbon trading scheme that will cripple business, make the banks rich and do absolutely nothing to reduce carbon pollution.
5 What is an “ordinary Australian” anyway? Labor and the greater left are the ones who continually tell, us that diversity and multiculturalism are the way to go and that any talk of a singular Australian identity and outward displays of pride in such are evil, bigoted and racist. I can almost guarantee that somebody like me would never get a Guernsey to such a forum.
6 Whilst the likes of Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will tell us ad nauseam that “the science is in” on climate change, no real scientific consensus has been reached. I know I’ll be labelled a “Climate Change Sceptic” for saying this and my response is, ABOSLUTELY! Of course I’m a sceptic. Scepticism should be the natural position of any intelligent individual when no significant proof can be provided. When did cautious scepticism become a bad thing? For the record, I am all in favour of reducing any kind of pollution, however I will not countenance the destruction of Western Civilisation to achieve it.
7 Given that the science is “not in”, wouldn’t it make more sense to create a scientific forum or “assembly” to ascertain the actual extent of anthropogenic climate change, if any and how we can retard it if at all possible?
Unfortunately, nobody has an open mind on this issue. However what is clear is that hand-picking a group of people to tell you what you want to hear in order to justify what you already intend to do is sheer dishonesty. Convincing us to lie to ourselves is not good government, it’s just plain wrong.