Mal­colm Turn­bull: A brief lament

The Monthly (Australia) - - THE NATION REVIEWED - COM­MENT BY ROBERT MANNE

There are two kinds of po­lit­i­cal peo­ple in today’s world: a mi­nor­ity who be­lieve that cli­mate change is the most con­se­quen­tial prob­lem hu­mans now face or have ever faced, and a ma­jor­ity for whom, for one rea­son or an­other, the penny has not dropped. I once held Mal­colm Turn­bull in some es­teem be­cause I be­lieved he be­longed sin­cerely to the mi­nor­ity. I now re­alise what a fool I was.

Dur­ing the 2010 fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign, Turn­bull, who some eight months ear­lier had lost the lead­er­ship of the Op­po­si­tion on the ques­tion of cli­mate change, strode onto

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