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Australia has the potential to be a renewables powerhouse, but the innovation and the agility the Prime Minister so often says we need to display will not be directed into that field – at least not if we believe the Government’s rhetoric.

The most glaring omission from the Budget was its complete absence of any mention of climate change or its consequences. For an issue which most serious observers believe is the most important facing humanity, and whose economic consequences are likely to be dramatic, this is an astounding oversight.

Malcolm Turnbull lost the leadership of his party to Tony Abbott in 2009 because he supported the ALP’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. He won it back, along with the prime ministership, last year in part because he now repudiates any serious action on climate change.

The government he leads is full of climate change deniers. The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, is not exactly a standard bearer for the global warming cause. While most other senior ministers issued press releases on budget night crowing about the funding their portfolio had received, Mr Hunt was silent, because he had nothing to say.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.innovationaus.com

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