TTK Election Edition Part Two

11 Aug

I should probably have stated at the beginning of my previous post how these ‘TTK Election Editions’ are going to work.  I’m not in the business of telling people who to vote for, in fact I’m still trying to make up my own mind about who to vote for.  I also understand that animal rights and environment policies should not be the sole factor in making a choice about who is going to run this country for the next three years.  I should say that I do condone and encourage people to make informed choices and to vote below the line (the link in my previous post can help you with this).  While I believe strongly in animal rights and in the welfare of the environment, I also believe strongly in:

  • increasing education standards (and, maybe, in free tertiary education for some or all of the community – I am a little undecided on the logistics of this occurring…), and increasing support for education and for students (though, that doesn’t necessarily mean monetary support, in some cases it obviously will though)
  • maintaining and increasing infrastructure (particularly as I believe the problem most people have with an ‘increased population’ is due to insufficient infrastructure, rather than too many people heading here on boats)
  • human rights – including the rights of refugees.  The way I figure it the vast majority of people would not ever consider leaving family members and the majority of things they own, paying someone their life savings to get on a boat which would never meet any kind of safety check to possibly die in order to start a new life.  It just doesn’t happen that way.  I have nothing against punishing the people who are actually doing something wrong, but I don’t believe that wanting a better life for your family is wrong.  I know it’s a highly contentious issue.  And, on this subject – I would like to stop hearing about how the boats have increased since the ALP has come into power.  Like civil war in Sri Lanka had nothing to do with an increase in asylum claims (and, therefore with people who are desperate enough to risk their lives…)
  • health-care and, particularly, more focus on preventative medicine (or, probably more accurately preventative health)

But – the point of these posts is not those things.  The point is to look at the attitude expressed by the three ‘major’ parties on animal rights (which was the last edition) and tackling climate change (which is this edition).  These issues are not being readily discussed – in fact, I’m quite surprised in how little attention is being given to climate change and the environment in this election, considering it has been such a buzz-topic in the last few years – and the point of these editions was for me to find out what the policies were, firstly to help inform my own vote and, secondly, to pass on to anyone who wanted to read the information I collated.

Climate Change

The Australian Greens

Basically, The Greens want 1990 emission levels dropped 40% by 2020 and have a zero target for 2050.  They want Australia to take the lead in ‘solving’ climate change, and have a reward-the-good, punish-the-polluters stance.  Their whole climate change policy and overview can be accessed here.

The Australian Labor Party

I couldn’t find the term ‘Climate Change’ anywhere on Labor’s website.  In fact, where both The Greens and The Liberals have a nice and handy link that says ‘Policies’ Labor has nothing so obvious.  I took the next best bet with ‘Agenda’ which does have a tab called ‘Connecting Renewables‘ which says this:

‘The Connecting Renewables initiative will transform our energy grids by bringing more renewable energy into Australian households and businesses sooner.

This initiative will develop secure, sustainable and affordable energy for the future, supporting the enhanced Renewable Energy Target and helping deliver the Government’s commitment to 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply coming from renewable sources by 2020.

Federal Labor will also invest $100 million over four years in a new Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund.

These new initiatives build on Federal Labor’s record investments in solar power and other renewables to help transition Australia to a low pollution economy.’

I tried searching for ‘climate change’ and all I got was a bunch of articles about how Tony Abbot is against the environment.

The Liberal Party of Australia

They say this: ‘A Coalition Government will take direct action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by five percent by 2020. This can be achieved without Kevin Rudd’s great big tax on everything that will increase the costs of living for Australian families, penalise Australian businesses and destroy jobs.’

Beyond that, I can’t really get anything from the Liberal website; it’s divided into two columns which are labeled ‘Latest News’ and ‘Labor’s Failures’ and actually has not very much to do with their opinion or standpoint at all.  In fact, there is nothing underneath the banner of ‘Climate Change’ (the above is from ‘Emission Trading Scheme’).  You can check it all out here.

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