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Zali Steggall MP back to Roadmap to Zero failure

The great thing to know about our local MP Zali Steggall OAM is that she clearly equates success with pitifully low numbers, presumably a carry over from her skiing days where the law of cutting time was paramount.

Yes, 895 households in Warringah have signed up to the Roadmap to Zero initiative which she believes is “so many“. It equates to a little over 1% of all households. That means the other c.99% of households clearly don’t give a damn.

She should take a leaf out of the cancel culture playbook and start publicly shaming Warringah households for their lack of compliance as they drop their kids off to school in top of the range Range Rover SUVs.

The wonderful feedback she provided includes cafes that have found innovative ways to allow people to use keep-cups during COVID19, endorsed by the equally woke Northern Beaches Council (NBC) which falls in her electorate. Most people would prefer a limit to the spread of coronavirus by putting up with disposables for the meantime until it is all gone.

We noted the pointless efforts made by the NBC here. It declared a climate emergency where its commitments…wait for it…hammered home a mammoth 0.000000000699857% CO2 saving! Yes 9 zeroes.

The largest irony for us was the cover of the NBC 2017/18 annual report which featured a Yamaha VX Waverunner. It has a gas guzzling 3-cylinder 1049cc engine. It gets 9mpg which would be at the absolute bottom on economy per unit of engine capacity across all NBC fleet vehicles.

Way to go with the virtue signaling! With floundering successes like that, who needs failure?

Zali’s Zero point One

For the 63,956 dwellings in my Warringah electorate, it is cute to see 66 households, yes 0.1%, sign up to local member Zali Steggall’s ‘Roadmap to Zero‘ campaign. Not even her army of campaign staff have signed up. In an area where there are probably more gas-guzzling SUVs per square mile than most places, this is the expected response to such a token suggestion.

Her website notes,

“Let’s Create a Plan for Positive Change.

We have been calling for the government to come up with a plan. If we are calling for it nationally, let’s work it out locally.

We’re focusing on seven sectors where we can make a difference: Energy, Transport, Waste, Food, Finance, Water & Other.

And we’re calling for businesses who can help us reduce emissions in these sectors to get involved and share their knowledge.”

As the recipient of a hard copy letter to the same effect, one wonders if Ms Steggall has had a larger carbon footprint in the mail out than she will save via 66 households who in theory should stop driving and start taking cold showers (responsible for 50% of household emissions) immediately.

What we want to know is how empowering is it to limit waste and emissions when 99.9% of households haven’t signed up? Perhaps she should go to Lotto Land football stadium when the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles play again and suggest no more night games.

We would like to remind Ms Steggall that the Northern Beaches (local) Council, a large part of the Warringah electorate, announced a climate emergency. In the 2017/18 annual report it states the council saved 293 tons of CO2. Given that Australia produces around 561m tons, this amazing effort has meant a reduction of 0.0000522% of Australia’s total. Put it against Australia’s CO2 impact vs the entire atmosphere means that Northern Beaches have hammered home a mammoth 0.000000000699857% saving! Yes, 9 zeroes.

Yes, the Roadmap to Zero, really is zero.

Inner West Council to host the 2020 Oppression Olympics

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Who would have ever imagined that the left-leaning Inner-West Council (IWC) would push to change the celebration of Australia Day which, according to Mayor Darcy Byrne, marks “for Aboriginal people, the beginning of colonisation, dispossession and the removal of children, the deliberate destruction of language and culture, there is a better and more mature way to commemorate the day that includes them.” to an Aboriginal festival called Yabun (which means music to a beat)?

What is this obsession with local councils to act in this way? Residents just require them to collect rubbish, make sure loo paper is replenished in local park lavatories and mow the lawns. If one bothers to read through the annual reports of these local councils one can see just how much spare time these people have on their hands. It is insane.

Take the Northern Beaches Council claim that it had saved 293 tonnes of carbon in the council area in the 2017-18 period. Put it against Australia’s CO2 impact vs the entire atmosphere meant that Northern Beaches hammered home a mammoth 0.000000000699857% saving! Yes 9 zeroes. How much hot air was wasted in meetings on that initiative? The ultimate irony was the cover of the Annual Report displayed its least fuel-efficient vehicle!

Or Ryde Council’s climate emergency! Referring to the Ryde Council Annual Report 2018 financials section one can see that it spent on what it terms “Environmental Programs” a grand sum of $547,000, down from $556,000 the previous year. To put that in context of budget expenditure, this climate change fearing council spent, wait for it, 0.34% of the total annual revenue on saving the planet. Ryde Council even grandstanded with,

This includes a commitment to divest its investment portfolio from fossil fuel-aligned financial institutions, supporting renewable and clean energy solutions and becoming one of the first councils to phase out single-use plastics.

The irony was that Ryde Council’s financial details list it has next to nothing in investments outside of fixed interest product. Beat that chest but beware of the medals you’ve pinned to yourselves as you sip lentil smoothies through a paper straw.

Back to IWC. In order to deal with the supposed oppression of 2,038 indigenous Australians out of 198,024 residents (i.e. 1% of the local population), did the IWC think to publish the tidal wave of complaints from this minority that demanded the move? Or did IWC do as the Yarra Council did in Melbourne and survey their mates to get the result they wanted? Recall Yarra councillors backed the Australia Day ban recommendations by pointing to an online survey of 88 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with 82% of respondents supportive of the change. Another 281 people were polled in a separate street survey, with 45.9% agreeing council should support the campaign.

In fact, it was even worse. IWC sought feedback after the 2019 Australia Day event and 37  (thirty-seven) people – “19%” of whom identified as Aboriginal – responded to an online survey, with most opposed to holding a celebratory Australia Day event. Most? 19 people would be a technical majority. So 0.0096% of the residents opposed it. Must be considered a landslide by the IWC?

If these IWC councillors are so triggered by Australia Day and the mistreatment of minorities two centuries ago, perhaps they should sack all 1,038 council staff members and hand them over to the original owners of the land as an overt sign of destroying the white patriarchy and atoning for the sins of people they had no relationship to who did things to others before they were born?

But of course, as ever with the identity politics driven left, creating oppression where none exists is a forte. Why not just embrace the idea that 196,000 other residents would probably be more than happy to have the inclusion of Yabun without the exclusion of everyone else.

Alas, this is the Australia CM has returned to after 20 years. Everyone trying to outdo the other in the moral preening stakes. We are a complete laughing stock. Sadly, we accept too much of this nonsense which only eggs on activists to push for ever more ridiculous demands.

As Thomas Sowell once said,

“Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.”

Indeed if IWC see these people as perpetual victims perhaps they can reflect that charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.