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Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs - Scientific American
With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia’s federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited. [?]
'Misleading, inaccurate and in breach of Paris': CSIRO scientist criticises cuts
Australia will break a commitment made at the Paris climate summit less than two months ago if CSIRO goes ahead with its plan to axe its research programs, one of the agency's leading scientists has warned. [?]
Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe
Fears that some of Australia's most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job cuts for scientists. Fairfax Media has learnt that as many as 110 positions in the Oceans and Atmosphere division will go, with a similarly sharp reduction in the Land and Water division. It's a catastrophic reduction in our capacity to assess present and future climate change  [?]
Joe Hockey's biggest failure was his loyalty to Tony Abbott
To mangle Shakespeare, nothing in Joe Hockey's treasurership became him like no longer being it. The usual purloining of the quote concludes "like the leaving it", but Hockey's farewell speech was largely rubbish, confirming that he had never been up to the job. When the usual platitudes subside as the politicians and gallery wish a  fellow warrior well after long years in a brutal occupation, the speech should be seen as one of the weaker attempts at self-aggrandisement, re-writing history, buck-passing and, finally, apparent disloyalty to Tony Abbott after years of being too loyal. What a mess.  [?]
Tony Abbott is creating a Whitlam government of our time
It has been a noisy, out-of-control week in Canberra: the Liberal Party has imploded over same-sex marriage, the government has announced a farcical climate change policy, the credibility of its trade union royal commission has been shredded. But in the hallowed space of the cabinet room, and even in the Parliament, it's been much quieter. [?]
The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here | Rolling Stone
istorians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. [?]
How Australia's cartel-like political parties drag down democracy
In a modern democracy like Australia, political parties are the main delivery mechanism of change. But recent events suggest these vehicles for change have become incapable of changing themselves. For the ALP it is the rejection of internal democratic reform and the failure to modernise the relationship with the union movement. For the Liberal Party it is an entrenched and embarrassing under-representation of women in its senior ranks. [?]
Tony Abbott's do-nothing government
As the Bronwyn Bishop entitlements scandal stretched into its third week, one thing became painfully clear: Tony Abbott was completely incapable of changing the conversation. When prime ministers are under siege they typically do everything they can to find a circuit breaker, to capture the public's attention and shift the debate to more comfortable ground. They don't always succeed, but they almost always give it a go. You can't govern effectively – and you certainly can't get re-elected – if you can't exert at least some control over the agenda. But this time things were different. [?]
Democracy is losing the plot, to our peril
It is no revelation to say that Islamic State rejects democracy and offers a radical alternative to Western values to its followers. It's no surprise that China and Russia promote a vision of the future that sidelines the fundamental rights embraced by liberal democracies. What is surprising is that the political rhetoric in countries such as Australia, the United States and Britain includes so little argument for democracy in the world today. Instead, democratic debate itself has grown overly partisan, unproductive and inward-looking, turning off the broader public whose consent and interest is needed if societies are to function to their best potential. In democracies today we know too well how the partisans feel. We know too well who opposes which policy or politician. But opposing is not the same as standing for something [?]
Indian miner Adani hires Labor and Liberal staffers to make its case
The Indian mining company behind Australia's largest new coal development has hired in influential figures from both sides of politics as it move to convince governments of the benefits of its mine in Queensland. Adani plans to build the massive Carmichael mine which would produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal a year for shipment through the Great Barrier Reef. [?]


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