Re: Julia Gillard PM in Australia
Kev's emissions trading scheme was very controversial Ursa - not enough for the greenies, too much for the big polluters, as you would expect. But after all the arguing over details, I think the mood of the public was pretty much, well you said you would do something, we want you to do something, this something is not exactly wonderful but its a start, so lets just do it. But then he caved and shelved it. The impression, at least the impression I gained and I know I'm not alone, was that Kev is a man of principles but isn't strong enough to stand up for them.
Climate change is a fairly big issue here, largely out of frustration I think, because despite the evidence that we're in the firing line for some pretty nasty stuff, there's a strong corporate lobby against any action (mining and energy generation are big here) and the political will required to get some action has yet to materialise. Here we are in a country with massive amounts of sunlight, there should be solar panels on every roof for crying out loud. Its pathetic.