The wasted vote of Warringah

The only way Zali Steggall OAM MP could top off a plan to ban single-use plastics inside Parliament House is to get the government to declare a “climate emergency.” Don’t be surprised if she extends an invite to 16yo Greta Thunberg to lecture our politicians on how to panic and limit our already pithy levels of carbon emissions on a global basis. Her maiden speech only proved how little she grasps the facts around climate change, much less practice what she preached. Let’s hope the 1,000+ campaign supporters she said would be invited to watch the speech got more value than the emissions from the back of the fleet of diesel buses that will make the return journey.

Apparently, 2/3rds of Australians believe climate change is real and a threat. Presumably, if we take out coal lugging Queensland, that number must be closer to three-quarters. Zali, you missed a lay-up! Thankfully she can fall back on GetUp!’s state of the art propaganda machine.

What does any city or country actually prove or gain by being the 652nd on the list of anything? It is a perfect example of today’s “participation trophy” world. As CM has pointed out countless times, when you peel back the cover of the virtue signaling, there is little substance backing climate emergencies. Take the empty gestures of the Republic of Ireland, Sydney, Adelaide or Ryde Council which show how hollow the promise to do something tangible is at the coal face. Or Canada approving an oil pipeline expansion immediately after declaring its own climate emergency. Deeds, not words.

Honestly, is Zali Steggall across the details of the very participants she wishes to emulate? How embarrassing to discover they’re doing next to nothing outside of printing leaflets and chest-beating their own misguided altruism?

As a constituent of the Warringah electorate, it is nice to know that our MP Zali Steggall thinks we’ve become “moderates with a heart.” Prior to that, we must have been cold emotionless SUV driving zealots. Sadly, few have traded in their trucks for Teslas much less called up the local solar panel installers.

So when she says, “I believe Australia has always punched above its weight and never shied away from a challenge or doing its share.” The neighbouring Australian National Univer­sity research confirms Australia’s per capita renewables deployment rate is four to five times faster than in the EU, the US, Japan and China. Is she aware of this tiny anecdote? So no need to get all hysteric over us lagging…we’re leading Zali!

Perhaps at the very least, she can get the government to propose what Los Angeles City has done – passed a ­motion to set up a Climate Emergency Mobilisation Department.

She needs to recognize her sole mission in life was to get rid of Tony Abbott. Job done. It is unlikely she’d pass Liberal pre-selection to run for the party and GetUp! won’t be deploying the same level of resources. Otherwise, she clearly shows herself to be completely unaware of her electorate and looks to be nothing more than a wasted vote.

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