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Everybody relax

its better hes left in, they are going to lose the next election in 2017 anyway

Julie Bishop is more likely to keep them in, as she is quite popular, because the right wingers like her aggressive nazi stance on foreign affairs.
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I also agree that it's good he's still in. It'll slap some sense into any Australian voters still on the fence. He's all but powerless now anyway.


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It might also make an example of right-wing politics in general and when taken to the extreme. Who knows, similar people might want to distance themselves from him.


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It might also make an example of right-wing politics in general and when taken to the extreme. Who knows, similar people might want to distance themselves from him.

That is, the moderate-right and center-right. Ted Cruz is actually more extreme than Abbott, and he's the darling of the Tea Party. If Australia had a Tea Party equivalent (do they?), they'd be screaming that he's the greatest Prime Minister Australia and possibly the world has ever seen and that anyone who disagrees is a radical genocidal ultra-extremist communist.


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"Australia can make deep cuts to its carbon emissions and become entirely powered by renewable energy by mid-century, all for a relatively low cost, a new study has found.

The report, which was released this week, was prepared by researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra on behalf of WWF-Australia.

 

It argues that the country's renewable energy potential is 500 times greater than the current installed capacity, and notes that forecasting by the Government's Treasury Department regarding the cost of large-scale renewable energy plants is outdated."

 

http://www.scienceal...new-study-finds



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 By 2050? I think by 2030. 



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By 2030? I think by 2010.


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we have only one solar small panel manufacturer, a token manufacturer who is only up and running so we can tariff the hell out of cheap Chinese solar, across the entire range of panels large or small, in an effort to block people buying solar.

2050 sounds easily achievable if better government wanted it. in fact I wouldn't even bet a dollar 2030 isn't achievable. The greatest threat to solar is other alternative energy.
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Doable, that is... after horrible Tony Abbott is voted out of office.


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I really hope in the UK most houses are self sufficient by 2050 with a combination of solar & internal battery storage. With an electric car no one would be paying for electricity any more it would be awesome. 



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Energy is the cost of everything, just think of the huge drop in the costs of living. Cheap food, cheap items.



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Yeah, well... Australia sort of has a solar eclipse going on right now. Here's a picture of the event

abbott-sun-depletion.jpg


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More good news! I feel like I'm about to wake up and find the world is still just as shit as ever, but so far so good.

 

https://www.news.com...bccf8859654a8d3

 

A very positive step in the right direction. It seems Mr. Turnbull felt pressured by the increasingly disillusioned Australian public to take action like he said he would. I am surprised he was able to do this given the back-room deals he had to make to get into office, which included clauses like not taking any action on climate change. Ballsy.

 

Australia is still the biggest per capita polluter of CO2 emmissions in the world (I'm 90% sure) so they still have a long way to go. But this is a start.


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Timely: 

 

I love these guys. Title is really more accurate without the comma, though.

 

For those unfamiliar,

 

Tony = Tony Abbott, former very unpopular Australian PM.
Malcolm = Malcolm Turnbull, current PM.

Bill = Bill Shorten, opposition leader, notorious for being basically unelectable.

Scott = Scott Morrison, Australian Treasurer, former Minister for Immigration and all-round horrible person.


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Youve done well. I actually thought Clarke was going to give your descriptions of each politician because they sounded exactly like John Clarke would've described.
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Better than nothing— which is exactly what Abbott would've done.

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Resigns

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has resigned, in a move that shocked many observers.

Key had been in power since 2008, and leader of the ruling National Party since 2006.

"Ten years at the top is a long time," he told reporters in Wellington on Monday, adding that he owed it to his family to step aside.
"A lot of leaders stay at the top too long."
The National Party will hold a special caucus on Monday, December 12 to select a new leader, Key said, after which he will tender his resignation to the Governor General.
Key said he would support whomever was chosen, but said that his deputy prime minister and finance minister Bill English "would win the election in 2017."
English previously led the National Party to its worst-ever electoral defeat in the 2002 election.
Key said he will stay in his parliamentary seat long enough to avoid a by-election.

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Uh yeah, what?!

 

Did not see this coming. He didn't seem that bad, either.

 

Was it because we teased you about the hair fetish, John? Come back, we were only kidding.


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Key was a US establishment buddy, im not a fan of him, but dealing with Trump mightve been all too much for him.
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