Don't be scared. Self-described defenders of Russia are determined to shut down anti-Putin sentiment in Australia, establishing pro-Moscow chapters as part of a propaganda war to remind the world that Russia is a force to the reckoned with. It began with a scorching roar. Why do I still feel angry about it? We understand we will have to make some sort of contribution to that. TONY ABBOTT, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION [IN APRIL 2010]: Mr Rudd has a challenge on his hands. 18 November 2020. I think Malcolm for all his strengths is a remarkable human being. They were amplified in the media. Australian emissions, or very few periods in Australia's history where emissions have in fact fallen. Jonestown I know that's not a good thing, and I probably should get therapy. He'd taken a stand and send back away, probably a lot of people thought just another politician not really full of conviction about the reform that he wants to make. Howard wasn't convinced. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Seven days later the Liberal party room removed him. It was, of course, almost my most abject failure in that, nothing then happened. Tags: abcCast Four CornersCatch Up Four CornersEpisode Four CornersEpisodes Four Cornersfour cornersFour Corners CastFour Corners Catch UpFour Corners EpisodeFour Corners EpisodesFour Corners LinkFour Corners OfficialFour Corners OnlineFour Corners RecapFour Corners SeasonFour Corners SeasonsFour Corners SiteFour Corners SpoilerFour Corners SpoilersFour Corners StreamFour Corners TrailerFour Corners TVFour Corners WatchFour Corners WebsiteLink Four CornersOfficial Four CornersOnline Four CornersRecap Four CornersSeasons Four CornersSpoiler Four CornersSpoilers Four CornersStream Four CornersTV Four CornersWatch Four CornersWatch Four Corners OnlineWatch Online Four Corners. KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER [IN DECEMBER 2008]: No I think it is. KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER, 2007-2010 & 2013: Did we expect the Green party to come on board with, in that vote? MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: As Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, let slip some years later, climate policy had presented a potent political opportunity. PETER SHERGOLD: You look at the polls, it was probably an election, which it looked relatively unlikely to win. AL GORE, "AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH", 2006: If you look at the ten hottest years ever measured they've all occurred in the last 14 years, and the hottest of all was 2005. you had to stop coal fired electricity tomorrow. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: How effective were those attacks? PETA CREDLIN, CHIEF OF STAFF TO PM TONY ABBOTT, 2013-2015 [ON 12 FEB 2017]: It wasn't a carbon tax, as you know ... We made it a carbon tax. I mean, it's basically a mess. Terrible. Gerald R. Morgan — Chief Financial Officer. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Of course, they would argue ... Tony Abbott, Nick, Mitch and Andrew Rob, those people would argue that they were trying to save the Liberal Party because this was an issue that was going to tear the party and the coalition apart. SPEAKER [ON 26 JUNE 2014]: That's a simple voice; I think the ayes have it..... MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: For those who had spent years working behind the scenes, the celebration on the floor of parliament that day was hard to digest. CROWD: Ditch the witch. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN, REPORTER: 2020 is proving to be a very challenging year. Had we been locked into it, we'd have been locked out of the innovation and the carbon, the real carbon, a flexible carbon trading scheme that's essential now for us to get out of this appalling situation which humanity's in, not just in this country but right round the planet. I mean, there were others. The climate crisis has exposed a systemic failure that many of those who worked for so long in the system find hard to accept. PETER SHERGOLD: You much more than me prime minister can create the narrative. Four Corners is Australia’s premier investigative journalism program. GREG COMBET: All these things that the liberals come up with the side-step actually doing something comprehensive, they cost taxpayers more. KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER [IN DECEMBER 2008]: It's time for the real Malcolm Turnbull to stand up. In Canberra’s corridors of power, the nation’s most senior public servants have been there through it all. Open to guests! It was clearly pretty clear the party room was completely divided on this, and there was a lot of angst and a lot of concern about the shadow cabinet proposal. But I've asked myself this question many, many times. 2020 Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Lauren Butler. KEN HENRY: We have failed, no doubt about that. Four Corners has been part of the national story since 1961, exposing scandals, triggering inquiries, firing debate and confronting taboos. Watched it? The new Labor leader Kevin Rudd pledged to forge a national response to climate change. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: And what was his response this time? Nobody's thought that Princess Diana was used too produce heirs, while... Abolish electoral colleges/gerrymanders, make voting compulsory, one person/one time/one vote. What will be the practical implications of it? PENNY SACKETT: it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion.. to almost be able to visualise this and to see this happening and year after year after year go by without any strong action and no apparent commitment and determination on the part of governments and I say plural because we've had several since then, it's beyond disheartening. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: You failed to get consensus within your party to do that. FOUR CORNERS. Due to Covid-19, we are not currently charging a gate fee. REPORTER [ON 1 DECEMBER 2009]: Mr Abbott congratulations. They voted with Cory Bernardi. SENATOR JULIAN MCGUARAN [IN NOVEMBER 2009]: No I won't be supporting an ETS under any circumstances. But in public Rudd was taking great pleasure in hammering home the political advantage. GREG COMBET: It's certainly, as you can see, diminished his political capital very significantly in the community. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The rollercoaster of Australian politics has left us in 2020 with no structure for pricing carbon in the future. KEVIN RUDD: I decided reluctantly that the deferral was the best way to preserve the internal stability and unity of the government. Some of the most popular shows and programs on the ABC are ABC News, Play School, Gruen, Hard Quiz, The Weekly, Q & A, Media Watch, Australian Story, Four Corners and more. Former heads of the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of the Treasury along with former Chief Scientists have decided they can no longer stay silent about what they believe has been a colossal failure by politicians of all stripes to comprehensively tackle climate change. Family Day: February 17. In other words, not at all. We presented the findings and the cabinet endorsed where John Howard was and prime minister Howard then sent me off to go and actually design up in full detail what would be his emissions trading scheme. The silly emissions reductions fund, things they come up with cost taxpayers more for every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions reduced than an efficient economy wide scheme. BOB BROWN: Madam acting deputy president... MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: When the CPRS was first put to a vote in the senate in August 2009 the Greens joined with the coalition to defeat the bill. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: But Malcolm Turnbull didn't have the grip on his party that John Howard had - he faced powerful opposition from the conservatives. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: One of Turnbull's closest allies, Andrew Robb, turned against him. But that, to me, is why you have, in a sense, those magic moments when you have that conjunction, which allows you to achieve things. There's probably only one Malcolm Turnbull in our lives. Under pressure in the campaign she made a definitive statement that would dog her for years to come. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: People saw that as you basically walking away from what you've declared as being the biggest moral challenge of our generation. TONY ABBOTT [ON 18 SEPTEMBER 2013]: I can inform you that the government of Australia has changed. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Tony Abbott's political attack was relentless. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Gillard seized the leadership and called an election. And when he cut through, Gillard was gone. Posted by mrherman140 December 12, 2020 December 18, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized. CLIMATE WARS. Have you decided that's going to cost you votes? The five main Australian free-to-air commercial networks are: The Seven Network has the following channels that are broadcast: Seven, 7HD, 7TWO, 7Mate, 7flix and the Racing Network. NICK MINCHIN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE, 2007-2010: His sort of determination that we should support the Rudd bill carried big risks internally, one of them was fracturing the coalition itself. Australia’s most influential broadcaster has announced he’ll retire this month after decades behind the microphone. Four Corners COVID-19 Monday Update May 18, 2020—The number of COVID-19 cases over the weekend (including Monday) has risen by 6 in the Four Corners District; recovered cases have increased to 49: Butler County has 3 new cases for a total of 33. And the reason I feel angry about it is that I feel angry about what Australia has lost.”  Former Department Secretary. Meeting of the Four Corners Pistol Rifle Gun Club 5/26/2020. MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, again, there was a ... And it has continued. Absolutely ridiculous! Flattening the Curve. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: In the charmless backrooms of parliament house, the government was still trying to strike a deal with Turnbull. The Nine Network has the following channels: Nine, 9HD, 9GEM and 9Go. Rather, it was their intention to ensure that the burden on Australia was as small as possible. So, Kevin's goal was to disrupt, blow up my leadership of the Liberal Party. It's extraordinary, really, that something that should be, as I used to say all the time as PM, a matter of engineering and economics, has become one of ideology and idiocy. Dates: June 3 – 6, 2021. JOHN HOWARD, PRIME MINISTER [IN JUNE 2007]: I announce specifically that Australia will move towards a domestic emissions trading system, that's a cap and trade system, beginning no later than 2012. For decades climate policy has been a battle ground here in Australia. GREG COMBET, MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY, 2010-13: It was an emissions trading scheme and a carbon pricing scheme and it had a fixed price for three years that you can characterise as a tax, a carbon tax. As these senior government policy specialists reflect on the challenge ahead, they are calling on Australia’s leaders to do more. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: By now John Howard knew business was also keen for a policy solution. We've all failed I think. And often in those situations, you can get a Prime Minister and a government deciding to do things, which they wouldn't in normal circumstances. 3:05 PM. So, I suppose so. It's incoherent and has been for a decade.”  Former Department Secretary. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The new ETS required big emitters to purchase carbon permits. It's been coming. All these years later, I still feel... No, it's more than that. But I think the risks to the Australian economy, concerns about coal and energy industries, concern about industries like aluminium were concerned, that didn't want to put Australia at a disadvantage relative to the rest of the world. And that's exactly what he should have been doing. Previous Post Previous post: FRIDAY DECEMBER 11. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Energy Minister Angus Taylor says the answer to reducing emissions is new technology. MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: For more than 30 years politics has been grappling with this issue and failing to deliver. At the time Ken Henry was a senior treasury official - he was at the cutting edge of policy formulation in Australia for decades. NEWS READER [IN SEPTEMBER 2008]: 'For Wall Street the hits just keep on coming. ... 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