Labor is all over the shop on climate change, writes Dr David Shearman. Labor's national president, Wayne Swan, is preaching that the party must stay on "the right side of history" and stick to ambitious carbon targets. This is even as Senator Penny Wong stated in response to pleas from Pacific Island nations that an ALP federal government would not ban new coal mines, and as Labor's Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk expressed pride in coal exports. Talking down the impact of Australia's coal in effect puts Labor in support of a government policy that invites climate catastrophe.
David Shearman is a founder of Doctors for the Environment Australia and emeritus Professor of Medicine at Adelaide University.
The full article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times on 30 August 2019.