With summit participants opting to emphasise calls for a treaty, and with little to show in the way of new thinking, Mr Aird said it was clear the summit had produced a stacked result.
“If you stack the room with republicans, then it’s going to look like Australia wants a republic,” he said. “And I think they’ve done a similar thing here.
“All the old characters were there rehashing all the failed ideas. I was under the impression that the 2020 Summit was looking for new ideas, was looking for things that could contribute to breaking impasses or to moving forward, but it looks like it was more about more of the same. These guys, like Pat Dodson, are stuck in the past. The Dodson rights agenda has had its day.” Mr Dodson could not be contacted yesterday.
The sadly predictable out come of the indigenous issues discussions at Brother Number One”s hard left talkfest the so called “2020 summit” is a good measure of the nature of this whole very hollow event. Now other souls with stronger stomachs will by now have de constructed the various components of this spin-o-rama deluxe. I was far too busy having a lovely weekend away with my beautiful wife, at Rainbow Beach but I did manage to catch the odd snippet on the TV, hard to avoid it when the ABC had dropped most of its regular programming to bring the nation this example the glories of “progressive thought”. I could not help but notice that the green religion and climate change were ever so prominent, it was taken as read that the hugely expensive mitigation efforts were being demanded by the true believers had to be implemented. I noticed while reading the editorial in yesterdays Australian that George Pell has made a good point about the modern faith that rivals his own far more ancient one.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph yesterday, Dr Pell highlighted what he says are inconvenient facts for the climate change bandwagon. These included the declaration by more than 100 international scientists, some of them members of the UN Intergovernmental panel on climate change that attempting to control climate was “ultimately futile”. In addition, none of the natural changes observed with glaciers, sea levels and species migration is outside the bounds of known variability, including the warming of 0.1c to 0.2c per decades, in the late 20th century. But the 1930s decade was warmer than the 1990s. Most importantly, the global temperature has not increased since 2001.
The Australian accepts that climate change represents a significant policy challenge for government, but encourages further debate. We have always been concerned about the quasi-religious fervour that surrounds climate change and remain wary of attempts to portray it as a moral rather than scientific issue. Dr Pell and Professor Aitkin represent welcome voices of caution. Professor Aitkin argues that despite the political spin, it is difficult to see scientific consensus on global warming, only a pretence at a contrived one. He says if no causal link exists between CO2 and rising temperatures, all the talk about carbon caps and carbon trading is worse than futile because they will reduce not only our own standard of living, but the standard of living of the world’s poorest countries.
So the conclusion that I draw about the weekend just past is that It was a great one for this humble blogger and his wife to spend at one of Queensland’s beautiful beaches but the nation as a whole has been very ill served by Brother Number One’s attempt to focus all considerations of the future through the prism of “Progressive Thought”. In the end it will prove to be rather like trying to conceive a child via cyber sex; it may feel good but dreams of a child is absolutely futile.