Opinion pieces

No shift in Labor policy - Letter to the Editor

September 02, 2019

Much is being made of the so-called "shift" in Labor's position on coal exports ('Post-election Labor leans back to coal', Opinion 29/8). In fact, Labor's position has not shifted. Maybe it's the media reporting that has. Labor has always said there is nothing inconsistent with wanting and planning for a renewable energy future while supporting the coal industry and the jobs and economic benefits it brings regions like the Hunter. LETTER TO T...

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August 27, 2019

Focusing on scope-3 emissions distracts from the main game: ensuring Australia meets its domestic obligations. Holding Australia responsible for the burning of exported coal is equivalent to holding Japan responsible for the millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted by cars in Australia. This opinion piece was first published in GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA on Tuesday, 27 August 2019

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Climate change is a national security issue

August 07, 2019

The Morrison government’s Pacific “Step Up” will stumble before it starts unless global warming is taken seriously. This opinion piece was first published in THE INTERPRETER on Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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Nuclear power would mean bigger electricity bills

July 02, 2019

Those arguing for nuclear power in Australia are arguing for higher energy prices. This opinion piece first appeared in the Newcastle Herald on Tuesday, 2 July, 2019.

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Pacific aid and climate action key to foreign policy

June 07, 2019

The Pacific must be front and centre of Australia's foreign policy - This opinion piece was first published in the Newcastle Herald on Friday, 7 June, 2019

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RENEWABLES DO STACK UP - Letter to the Editor

June 06, 2019

Letter to the Editor, Newcastle Herald, published June 7, 2019 Surveyor and planner Robert Monteath writes "it is time for Australia to have an open and pragmatic discussion about our future energy needs", and I agree - Labor has been doing that for years - but I strongly disagree that "renewables are not the answer" (Herald, 4/6).

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