Australia has a excellent record in science, invention and aviation but when it comes to politics it seems that the brains of our politicians just don’t work as an ordinary person would expect. At least as far as our conservative politicians go. For starters our major conservative party is named the “Liberal Party of Australia“. Further, this party can almost never form a government without the support of the “National Party” which is very conservative and has it base in county Australia. They are now called “the Coalition“. Theoretically the Liberal party is for free trade and the National party for protection but their intellectual reasoning has become so malformed that neither party really know what it stands for except that they are against whatever the current official opposition party, the “Australian Labor Party” is for.
There are some fringe parties which generally try to gain the balance of power in the Senate but they mostly don’t know what they are for, just what they are against. The only one of these parties that has a good notion of what it is for in the “Australian Greens” which stands to the left of the ALP. The other groups and individuals in the Senate are all conservative to some degree and are mostly on the protectionist and racist side of politics.
Consider some of the Coalition’s policies. They are in favour of something called “clean coal” which is very closely akin to the idea of dehydrated water. The coalition wants to apply money from a government agency that was created to support renewable energy sources to new coal-fired power stations. It is very clear that coal generation is rapidly losing the fight against renewables in the free market and the Australian coalition government wants to put billions of dollars into a dying industry. It is quite possible that even if they manage to get a so-called clean coal powerplant built that it’s owner would not be able to sell electricity to the grid because power from renewables is growing and will continue to grow in the market.
In more insanity the coalition government wants to provide $1 billion in public money to the Adani family to build a railway line from the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine to a new seaport at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. It is clear that loading coal at this port would result in coal pollution spreading to the reef and adding to the great threat already being suffered by the reef from global warming and surface run-off. The Great Barrier Reef provides far more income and employment to Australia than the proposed mine ever could. Further to this, building renewable power infrastructure in Queensland, where the mine site is located, will provide near enough to four times the number of jobs that the mine and railway. And the mine is proposed to be built in high quality farming land! It is madness from every point of view.
There is a lot more to be written under the heading but I am trying to keep my posts reasonably short.