It’s like a kind of tor­ture

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

The prime min­is­ter’s re­cent ref­er­ence to the party room as “a mup­pet show” in­sults the “Mup­pets” (Paul Bon­giorno, “The en­e­mies within”, Septem­ber 8–14). Un­like the

LNP, the “Mup­pets” are truly a broad church with no need for back­stab­bers and plot­ters – the same team has been to­gether for decades. Ker­mit, Elmo, Ernie and Big Bird keep the ex­cesses of Ms Piggy, Cookie Mon­ster and Os­car the Grouch in check, while the heck­lers add a view from the bal­cony. The Mup­pets de­light rather than em­bar­rass. They in­spire val­ues we want for our kids – fair­ness, courage, re­spect, ques­tion­ing and think­ing for your­self. It’s a far cry from the gov­ern­ment’s face­less men, as­sas­sins and bullies with scores to set­tle. Not “Mup­pets”, just medi­ocre politi­cians who’ve lost their way. Which brings us to en­ergy and cli­mate pol­icy. We have nei­ther. Ever since Tony Ab­bott an­nounced that “cli­mate change is crap”, the LNP has scut­tled ef­forts to cli­mate-proof Aus­tralia. Now re­ferred to as the “Trump down un­der”, the new old team led by Scott Mor­ri­son has sep­a­rated en­ergy and emis­sions, mak­ing a sen­si­ble road map to the fu­ture im­pos­si­ble. New En­ergy Min­is­ter An­gus Tay­lor wasted no time at­tack­ing re­new­ables as the cause of high elec­tric­ity prices, a du­bi­ous view given the whole­sale price of wind and so­lar is now cheaper than coal and gas. While Ker­mit ad­mits, “It’s not easy be­ing green”, Tay­lor won’t be try­ing. More im­por­tant is a quick thumbs up to fos­sil fuel donors be­fore the next elec­tion.

– Mhairi Fraser, Goul­burn, NSW

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