Aus­tralia’s PM prob­lem

The Guardian Weekly - - Reply -

It is worth adding to your re­port (Mor­ri­son takes the helm in Can­berra, 31 Au­gust) that the new prime min­is­ter, Scott Mor­ri­son, was the man who brought a lump of coal to par­lia­men­tary ques­tion time, in or­der to demon­strate its safety to a star­tled audience – many of whom al­ready knew that coal is quite safe un­til it is burnt. His new chief of staff is an ex-em­ployee of the Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia, and ad­viser to Rio Tinto. The newly ap­pointed en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter rep­re­sents a Western Aus­tralia min­ing con­stituency, while the en­ergy min­is­ter has pub­licly den­i­grated “the new cli­mate re­li­gion”, and made it clear that re­duc­ing emis­sions must not be al­lowed to stand in the way of cheap elec­tric­ity. The chief sci­en­tific ad­viser ap­pears to be Tony Ab­bott, who has con­vinc­ingly re­futed ar­gu­ments about cli­mate change by de­scrib­ing them as “ab­so­lute crap”.

It makes one nostal­gic for the good old days, when Mar­garet Thatcher told the UN: “What we are now do­ing to the world, by de­grad­ing the land sur­faces, by pol­lut­ing the wa­ters and by adding green­house gases to the air at an un­prece­dented rate – all this is new in the ex­pe­ri­ence of the earth. It is mankind and his ac­tiv­i­ties which are chang­ing the en­vi­ron­ment of our planet in dam­ag­ing and dan­ger­ous ways.” Philippa Mor­ris Gravesend, NSW, Aus­tralia

• Ben Do­herty’s ar­ti­cle (Mor­ri­son takes the helm in Can­berra) should have quoted the book­ies’ odds on how long he will (not) last. I sit here in dis­gust at the on­go­ing self­serv­ing, power-driven de­ba­cle for the prime min­is­ter­ship of Aus­tralia and the pop­ulist ex­treme right path some of our politi­cians would pre­fer the coun­try to fol­low.

Con­se­quently, I’d like to vote for AI (ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence) as prime min­is­ter. It has to be bet­ter than the cur­rent crew of ego­ma­ni­acs at­tempt­ing to an­ni­hi­late each other for the po­si­tion. Pamela Nee­son Fre­man­tle, Western Aus­tralia

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