I’m no political scholar but I thought the deal was this: the Government tries to pass legislation through both houses of Parliament a couple of times. If they fail, they can call an election with a double dissolution to decide the matter once and for all without minorities blocking it. Now I don’t expect that is worthwhile for some fuel price monitoring or minor taxation issues. But for the biggest economic issue facing the country over the next fifty years? What better issue is there to hold an election on than climate change policy?
From what I can gather the Federal Government appears to have put that on the back-burner for exactly the reason that the far right have argued for — the rest of the world hasn’t go its act together yet. However, do I have to remind you that Australia’s decision to act here has little to do with the rest of the world. We neither lead it nor will have an impact if we don’t follow it. The issue is that we will likely want to be part of a global solution should it arise (you know, for moral reasons) and that it is better to decide and work out how we are going to do that now to give our businesses an advantage and relieve them of uncertainty than to wait. It is for the moral reasons that this is worthwhile putting to real vote.
Near as I can tell, the Government is given up trying to be a proactive leader on this front. I’d like to be proved wrong but all the signs point in the wrong direction.