Over the last nearly three years, we have endured some of the worst governance in the history of the British derived Westminster system.
Not since Stanley Baldwin and his Tory government in Britain for most of the 1930s, or the Lyons-Menzies governments here over the same period, have we had to witness such aggressive denialism of the overwhelming facts of life.
The depression was a difficult period, but pretending that fascism would go away meant terrible policy that ensured that it would not.
What we now face are changes in our biological environment that make the threat of fascism seem trivial.
Our failure to respond with the utmost robustness to this threat to our common future would make a Japanese imperial occupation of Australia seem benign.
Instead of a disciplined shift in the way we do business to address the nearly overwhelming and pressing challenges of climate change, we have witnessed the most dismal and disgraceful indulgence of fossil fuel rent seekers, who if they haven’t written government policy, might as well have.
And they have got away with it at least in part because a large segment of the Fourth Estate has suborned, misinformed and corrupted the honest discourse so necessary for a vibrant democracy.
It was thus in the 1930s, when the London Times, the supposed newspaper of record, colluded with the government in pretending fascism was not a threat. The subsequent lack of preparation for the World War meant it was a very close run thing and we may well not be so lucky with the environment.
At an ideological level I am not fond of The Greens and their fairies-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden social indulgence agenda, but I am going to have to hold my nose while I vote for them in the coming election, because the so called neo-conservative fruitcakes in the Coalition are still running energy and environment policy.
Our Mr Hunt is the front man for a sordid little bunch of fossil fuel pimps. He is a nice guy and an excellent local member, but his role as an environment minister is analogous to having been a human rights commissioner for the Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe.
If you are a farmer who is already noticing and having to adapt to the effects of climate change, and you want your children to inherit land that hasn’t been degraded by accelerating patterns of drought, flood, fire, wind, pest infestation, fertility and top soil loss, you will hesitate at the ballot box, and think very hard about what you are going to do come July 2.
We aren’t just voting for the next government. We are voting for our children and grandchildren.
There isn’t much time left to save them.
Christopher Nagle, Grantville.
Going Green… around the gills