TF: No, I saw it coming. And besides, who is still there? I am, and the Climate Council continues, it’s just privately funded. And I don’t know where Tony Abbott is. Taiwan, or somewhere, yes?
Fitz: Where are your energies going now?
TF: Also at the Climate Council, to give advice on how to tackle the challenges we face; develop new champions of activism, influencing people who can make changes to do so. I work a lot with the Voices movement, I hope to help develop independents like Zali Steggall. I’m also trying to help in Melanesia, protecting the remaining rainforests and biodiversity in places like the Solomons, New Guinea and West Papua. And I’m going to the climate change conference in Glasgow soon.
Fitz: What will Glasgow achieve?
TF: Ideally, put the world on the same page. And it’s never been so open, with a lot to discuss that hasn’t been settled before. But there is a lot going on. Most people around the world now feel an urgent need for a change, which is helping, and the fact that clean energy is cheaper than ever and getting cheaper is also important.
Fitz: Do you believe that the federal government has really found religion when it comes to taking action on climate change, with more and more parliamentarians beating the drums, or is it quite a set-up?
TF: There are certain elements in government who know that it is absolutely vital that they change, for the country, for the planet. and to win the next election. And the electorate has changed. They all saw what happened when Warringah changed, but Tony Abbott didn’t. And I think even Scott Morrison understands now. I think he learned a lesson from the bushfires. We had been trying to reach him for months before, warning him of what was to come. Then when they happened he went to Hawaii and the electorate reacted accordingly. There was a lesson in that.
Fitz: This week, footage of Gina Rinehart told her old school to do their own research and ignore the nonsense about climate change. Do you ever throw a shoe on the TV when stuff like that comes out?
TF: No, I am beyond that. I think, “poor Gina”. Twiggy Forrest is getting it now too and will make her next billion by embracing the green economy, and she will miss it.
Fitz: Sir David Attenborough once described you as being “in the league of all-time great explorers like Dr David Livingstone” for your work in documenting some of Australia’s earliest wildlife. Are you desperate that our people continue to neglect to preserve and care for the wildlife we ââhave?
TF: I’m quite upset, especially when I see the clearing going on in New South Wales and Queensland. They don’t realize that in addition to destroying biodiversity, they are destroying their future prosperity.
Fitz: Your last words to the crowd for this interview?
TF: It is not too late. Let’s develop some great new policies, embracing clean energy and protecting what we still have. It is not too late, but we must act.
Back in your box
While here in Australia the number of our anti-vaccines is seriously decreasing as their position becomes more and more tragically absurd, alas, the same cannot be said in the United States. Here is the scene on Hollywood Boulevard last Saturday morning, as the anti-vaccination protest unfolded.
Woman on loudspeaker: âDo you see all these homeless people around. Did they die on the streets with COVID? Surely not. Why?”
Homeless person (passerby): “Because I’m vaccinated, you idiot!” “
Don’t party like it’s 2019
As for Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet’s plan to remove some of the speeding signs on our road map to recovery, I’m as excited as everyone. But doesn’t the Victorian experience offer a warning? They were beating 900 new COVID-19 infections a day, until the AFL grand finale. Just one night of underground parties as people gathered to watch the game together and five days later, like clockwork, they increased by 500 cases and have not recovered since. Yes, we have a higher vaccination rate than they do, but if just one night of a few thousand covert gatherings can cause this level of damage, don’t we risk a similar increase if we resume normal activities too early?
joke of the week
The swinging doors of the Last Chance Saloon snapped open and the sheriff stepped forward, as the whole bar fell silent. âI’m watching,â the sheriff announces aloud, âiron the Brown-Paper Cowboy. “
“Did he look like, sheriff?” Asks the bartender.
“Waaaal, he has a big old brown paper hat for her, wears brown paper shirts, brown paper pants, and brown paper boots.” He has him a brown paper pistol that shoots brown paper bullets and he rides it with a big old brown paper hose.
âWaaaal, sheriff,â replies the bartender, âI can’t say we’ve rightly seen him in these areas, but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on him. Saaaay, what do you want him to do anyway? ‘
Tweet of the week
âSave Australia !!! We are held captive here by universal healthcare, no guns, abundant sunshine, and low covid rates. To help!!!” Journalist @Paul_Karp in response to the bizarre US protest outside the Australian Consulate in New York, calling on people to ‘save Australia’ from punitive responses to COVID-19.
Quote of the week
“If he kicks a cat, he’ll be back in jail.” – Police Minister David Elliott trying to assure the public that infamous rapist Mohammad Skaf, released on parole this week after nearly 21 years in prison, will be under full outside surveillance.
What they said
âI always said I would give people a choice. They chose with strength. Democracy is winning today, Dominic Perrottet will be a magnificent Prime Minister. – Rob Stokes is doing well after losing 39-5 in the last Premiership game of the season against Dominic Perrottet.
âToday begins a new chapter for NSW. We are going to take our status from good to excellent. – New Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet on the day of his ascension.
âIt’s certainly not a model that we ever consider at the federal level, all of which has been on display for quite some time. You have to have processes that assume people are innocent before they are considered guilty. “ – Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the possibilities of an independent federal commission against corruption. The ICAC has not commented on guilt or innocence. He simply announced that he was investigating the Prime Minister.
âIt’s not the fair grand process, it’s a bit like the Spanish Inquisition. We elect politicians, not bureaucrats. People should be the final arbiter. Bureaucracy reigns supreme here and politicians are fundamentally terrified of doing their jobs. – Barnaby Joyce on the NSW ICAC.
âThe ICAC has almost certainly done exactly what the usual system requires, which is that there is first a detailed private investigation behind closed doors, before deciding to call a public inquiry; the Prime Minister has been advised of the matters he plans to investigate; they seem to be very suitable subjects for the investigation. Now, calling it the Spanish Inquisition is really just a very silly comment. – Former Senior Justice Stephen Charles, who sat on the bench of Victoria’s highest court for over a decade and is now a prominent voice advocating for the Commonwealth to create a federal anti-corruption commission with powers similar to those of the NSW ICAC.
âWe will stop at nothing to ensure that we have more rapists behind bars and that we are more successful in prosecutions for rape and sexual violence. Because, I think, it’s bad. – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks.
âWe are not average surfers; we are not 19 with legs that are two meters long … we are a fun loving group of older women who have raised more money than any other team including the ‘Billabong team. Everyone lost a lot of connections during the lockdown, and so did we, but we have forged a very strong relationship because of it. The challenge of surfing every day was sometimes difficult, but our fellowship made it possible. – Mona La Cour, Coordinator of the Surfie Chicks Eastern Suburbs group, which raised over $ 33,000 to support the Surf Aid charity by surfing for 30 consecutive days in September.
âThe goal is to speed up Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program in a safe manner throughout October. The sooner we achieve higher nationwide immunization rates, above 80 percent, the sooner we can all safely resume our full range of community and business activities. The point of promotion is not to convince people to get vaccinated. This is a decision you should make in consultation with a healthcare professional. – Craig Winkler, co-founder of software company MYOB and a member of the Million Dollar Vax Alliance, a group of philanthropists and businesses that hopes to push national immunization rates above 80%, announcing an award of $ 1 million offered to Australians who get both jabs by mid-December.
“Her [Gladys Berejiklianâs] death, honestly, I felt bad when I saw this. I was not prepared to continue in the cabinet. I had always had a little ambition to become federal and I never entered the right space, at the right time, I guess. I was sitting on an 80-20 decision and then I really saw that I had to move on. ” – NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he left state parliament for a tilt in federal politics at Gilmore’s seat in the 2022 election. Doesn’t he look excited and ungrammatical.
“I often hear about psychic mediums … and I wonder if they exist big and small.” – @steve_arama
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