Wake up, GetUp — the script young Turnbull is par­rot­ing sounds strangely fa­mil­iar

No prizes for guess­ing who ben­e­fits from govern­ment sup­port for re­new­able en­ergy

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

GetUp script. Linda Sil­malis, The Daily Telegraph, Oc­to­ber 7: The Went­worth by-elec­tion has brought left-wing ac­tivists GetUp for­ward as they try to get peo­ple not to vote for the Lib­eral Party … A leaked phone polling script … has exposed the group’s com­i­cal tactics … (Key phrases to use are:) “‘This time’ — very use­ful for soft-lib­er­als … who we need to per­suade to do some­thing dif­fer­ent; ‘Send a mes­sage’ … (doesn’t threaten) to de­stroy the Fed­eral Govern­ment; talk about cli­mate change … as the num­ber one is­sue … at­tack … the hard-right for tear­ing down Mal­colm Turnbull … talk about how Went­worth vot­ers … have a rare op­por­tu­nity … men­tion … ‘Went­worth by-elec­tion’ … ‘Don’t re­ward Lib­er­als’ — taps anger …” Guess who par­rots GetUp lines? Alex Turnbull tweets, Oc­to­ber 11: We need to send a mes­sage on cli­mate change. This time don’t give the Lib­er­als your vote. (Recorded mes­sage.) … We’ve had yet an­other lead­er­ship coup … the Lib­eral party has been taken over … by ex­trem­ists on the hard right … as an in­vestor in en­ergy, I’ve seen … there’s no way that coal can com­pete anymore. Re­new­ables have got­ten too cheap … small-L liber- als, such as my­self are very up­set … there seems to be no one we can rea­son­ably vote for. But … with the Went­worth by-elec­tion … we’re go­ing to have an elec­tion in 12 months … so if you want to send a sig­nal … this is your op­por­tu­nity. Don’t vote for the Lib­eral party in the Went­worth by-elec­tion … It’s the one clear sig­nal you can send … This time don’t give the Lib­er­als your vote. Huge! GetUp tweets, Oc­to­ber 11: Woah. This is huge! Mal­colm Turnbull’s own son, Alex, is urg­ing peo­ple to vote *against* the Lib­eral Party. He says “the Lib­eral Party has been taken over” by “ex­trem­ists” who are de­ter­mined to wreck any ac­tion on cli­mate change. Huge? Aaron Pa­trick, The Aus­tralian Fi­nan­cial Re­view, Au­gust 28: An en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, Alex Turnbull ad­mits his pol­i­tics are fur­ther left than his father’s … Old news. Peter Han­nam, The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, Au­gust 27: Alex Turnbull … (says) it’s “im­pos­si­ble” to vote for the Lib­eral-Na­tional Coali­tion “in good con­science” be­cause of its cli­mate stance. Wake up! Michael Koziol, The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, Septem­ber 1: Mal­colm Turnbull’s son Alex is solic­it­ing do­na­tions for La­bor (in the Went­worth by-elec­tion). Awake? Ky­lar Lous­sikian, The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, Septem­ber 3: Bronte Cap­i­tal’s John Hemp­ton (who’s manag­ing more than a mil­lion for Mal­colm Turnbull, do­nated) to La­bor can­di­date Tim Mur­ray … That makes two of Turnbull’s close as­so­ci­ates … (the other is his) in­vest­ment banker son Alex (an old friend of fel­low hedge fun­der, Mur­ray). Alex says the fu­ture of coal is bleak? Jude Cle­mente, Forbes, Oc­to­ber 7: There are many, many false­hoods out there about coal. The big­gest … is that “coal is dead” … both China (65 per cent) and In­dia (75 per cent) are hugely de­pen­dent upon coal-based elec­tric­ity … China’s coal im­ports over­all are at four-year highs. “In­dia will be us­ing and im­port­ing more coal” and … (its strat­egy is to use for­eign coal) be­cause of its higher calorific value. Who ben­e­fits from govern­ment sup­port for re­new­ables? An­gela Mac­don­ald-Smith, The Aus­tralian Fi­nan­cial Re­view, March 1, 2016: The Turnbull govern­ment’s sup­port for … get­ting about 23.5 per cent of Aus­tralia’s elec­tric­ity from re­new­able sources by 2020 has sparked a rise in the prices of re­new­able en­ergy cer­tifi­cates … (The manag­ing di­rec­tor of In­fi­gen En­ergy, which runs wind farms) Miles Ge­orge says that … thanks to the changed govern­ment rhetoric … shares … have … more than (dou­bled) … In­vestors in­clude … Alex Turnbull.

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