We’re back from two months in the UK and Morocco to find that lots of the action is happening down under. A couple of my web roundups for Global Voices on Australian politics:
The Australian Federal Parliament finally passed the contentious Clean Energy Bill on 8 November 2011. The legislation introduces a carbon price of $A 23 per tonne from July 2012, leading to an emissions trading scheme (cap and trade) after 3 years.
Peter Campbell’s blog on the state of the planet congratulated those involved in passing the legislation:
This is wonderful news. It is a shame it has taken so long for us to finally price pollution and provide leadership and and incentives for a clean energy future.
Well done Julia Gillard, The Labor Government, the MPCCC, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshott, all the Greens in the senate – particularly Christine Milne and Bob Brown and their advisors – and Adam Bandt in the House of Representatives.
Some opponents were quick to make negative comparisons. @marksharma saw parallels with the far right:
Australia is NOT a democracy anymore.We are now under the ‘occupation’ of Nazis led by Julia Gillard & Hitler Bob Brown! #auspol #CarbonTAX 8 Nov
Even before Airforce One had landed in Australia on Wednesday 16 November 2011, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard were online targets.
In his post John Passant threw a left hook at both Obama and the local Greens Party.
The Greens support war criminal Barack Obama
Instead of welcoming mass murderer Obama, the Greens, as the biggest non-mainstream party, should be organising demonstrations against the war criminal.
On the right side of the political stage, the little known Australian TEA Party announced a rally of their own:
This is our big chance to impact the extreme left elites that are crippling our country and indeed the world.
…Julia Gillard and Barak Obama. These two deeply cynical Politicians are seeking to deflect disastrous domestic policies and unpopularity in their respective countries with a carefully choreographed – ‘photo op ‘ – propaganda event.
Anyway, it’s great to be back even if it is pouring in Melbourne. If nothing else the coffee is so much better!