Monday, 1 July 2013

Querying the effect of the ministerial changes on environmental issues

Denis Wilson writes on the Ministerial change in responsibility for
Environment, Heritage and Climate Change

This article.centres on his Climate Change responsibilities.
But he also is running the Environment and Heritage areas.
Does he have any knowledge thereof?
Who knows?

He is from Adelaide, and has had responsibility for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion. I understand he was well thought of for his command of issues in his previous portfolio.

But the details of the EPBC Act, and Great Barrier Reef , etc, as well as Climate Change will be very demanding. His first public task will be to deal with the pressure to dump the Carbon Tax and switch to a Market Forces mechanism for setting a price on Carbon.

Peter Garrett was scrupulously careful on the details of EPBC legislation.
Tony Burke was far less careful (he approved 40,000 CSG wells in Queensland in his first few weeks in the office).
Lets hope this new Minister gets across the issues quickly.
I fear Kevin will dominate on issues to do with the Barrier Reef, cattle grazing in National Parks in Qld, etc.

Wishing him all the best.

Denis Wilson
Thou shall not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.

"The Nature of Robertson"

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