“In some countries now – China for example – if you lend to a polluting company, then you as the lender can be held to account, not just the polluter. ”
A veteran of Britain’s central bank, Paul Fisher says climate change will have a massive impact on the global financial sector. He talks about managing the risks.
“It’s not limited to Gleeson and Triggs. The same trend is manifest in the way the government has reacted to a whole series of people who disagree with policy on legal grounds.”
Senate committee attacks on statutory officers reveal a government prepared to undermine independent institutions and hound advisers out of office when their counsel is politically unwelcome.
“As things stand, a reform-minded federal Labor government could, with strong policies and political will, lead the effort to arrest this tidal wave of decline. ”
“Turnbull is being seen as ‘weak’ – unable to stand up for what he really believes in against the conservatives in his party. Worse, he ‘stuffs up’.”
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Southern. (Bonus point: Dodoma.)
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Tim Kaine and Mike Pence.
“How does it feel to be more unpopular…”
A reporter begins to ask the prime minister about his poor showing in Newspoll. It seems only fair that, having taken all of Tony Abbott’s policies, Malcolm Turnbull should get his popularity, too.
“Just speak up a little bit.”
The prime minister encourages the reporter to be a little louder as he asks about his poor showing in Newspoll. Turnbull might be as unpopular as Tony Abbott, but his ears are not as big.
“How does it feel to be a more unpopular prime minister than Tony Abbott?”
The reporter loudly asks the prime minister about his poor showing in Newspoll. Voter satisfaction with Turnbull is now a point below Abbott’s worst rating. To quote Abbott: “You bet you are; ah, ah, you bet I am.”
“Sorry, you had a question.”
The prime minister deftly pretends not to be taking a question on his poor showing in Newspoll. To be clear: only 29 per cent of people register satisfaction with his prime ministership.
“Graham Quirk is a very popular Lord Mayor. Did you ask for any tips today?”
A reporter brings up Brisbane’s mayor, who is apparently a yardstick on popularity. You cannot argue with a guy who literally believes koala tourism will replace mining revenue in his city.
“Well, Graham, give me some tips. Give me some tips.”
The prime minister gives up. Quirk delivers no advice, but last month he did offer this: “To say that Brisbane is the koala capital of Australia is not an overstatement … It’s not a case of taking advantage of the koala, it’s just simply saying we have this wonderful, treasured iconic little animal and we ought not lose that opportunity.”