Sunday, August 22, 2010

A massively underwhelming experience

Last Thursday I started Bill McKibben’s new book Eaarth [1]. Its main premise is that due to global warming/climate change, the world we once knew has gone forever, and we have to adapt to our new world whilst tyring, however vainly, to minimise future global warming. It’s sobering stuff. Especially as yesterday there was a general election in Australia for the House of Representatives and half the Senate. And the approach of the two main parties to global warming and climate change is abysmal at best. Indeed Liberal leader Tony Abbott’s a climate change sceptic if not denier [2]. So no choice there. The Greens are better on that issue, but their Middle East policy’s awful [3]. As the Liberals are better on the Middle East than Labor, my House of Reps vote was down the ticket [4]. On my Senate ballot paper I put The Climate Sceptics last, Family First and the Shooters and Fishers down there somewhere, and a general scramble above that. Maybe mine’s a wasted vote. But no-one – I repeat, no-one – is giving global warming/climate change anything remotely like the undisputed top policy billing it deserves. In short, voting in this election was massively underwhelming. But be this as it may, not for a moment did I forget that in the global context, it’s a privilege to be able to vote. And that to a fair degree our parliamentarians are accountable to us voters.

2 comments:

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

We were hoping for your Labour and the woman for prime minister. Is it still compulsory to vote in Australia? I admired that but I had to spoil my ballot as I had listened to party political talks and couldn't figure out what anybody stood for, it was all mud slinging.
I was standing on the brink of becoming a socialist but really confused.
Once in Canada I stayed to the left.
Pakistan, China, Russia anyone who can't see climate change is happening is a bit short on grey matter I am thinking.
More important to shop.

farmdoc said...

Yes, Chrows25, voting's compulsory in Australia. In this election there was a much higher rate of informal (i.e invalid) voting - which I think reflects voters' disillusionment.