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The Right Reverend John McIntyreAnglican Bishop of Gippsland
THE biggest dilemma we face with the Car-bon Tax is that the only package the FederalGovernment was able to broker will not deliverthe change needed. With the mining industrycrying poor while raking in unprecedented enor-mous profits and the Federal Opposition engag-ing in disinformation to spook the electorate toits own ends, the government has includedmeasures that both placate the politically pow-erful mining industry and soothe an unneces-sarily fearful electorate. This means the intentto reduce our carbon footprint to any significantdegree is severely compromised.The best thing that can be said for the CarbonTax is that it is an historic necessary beginningwhich paves the way for a Carbon TradingScheme. This gives some hope we will eventu-ally face our responsibilities as a nation by ad-dressing the adverse impact we continue to haveon the environment.This generation at some point must face its ob-ligation to ensure we leave an inhabitable planetto our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Anything less is inexcusable; a selfish derelic-tion of duty. It is an indictment on us that wehave refused to accept our responsibility until ithas threatened to hit us in the hip-pocket.It is an even greater indictment on us that theonly scheme which government has been ableto introduce is one offering so little financialpain it is limited in its capacity to reduce our im-pact on the planet.Some of the simple facts are these. The reduc-tion target of the current Australian program isfive per cent by 2020. That is only about half that required to stabilise carbon emissions to theextent necessary to avoid a temperature rise thatcould have disastrous implications for the earth.Australia generates more carbon pollution perhead than any other developed country, thanksto its heavy reliance on coal-fired power sta-tions.With a population of 22 million, we are re-sponsible for 1.5 per cent of global greenhouseemissions. By comparison, Britain, with nearlythree times the population, produces 1.7 percent. Australia is one of the world’s top 20 car-bon polluters.When it comes to Gippsland, some of the factsare these. Victoria will receive 97 per cent of thenational business compensation package forcarbon emissions, essentially because of its de-pendence on brown coal for power. Hazelwoodwas supposed to be closed under the formerSEC in 2007.Gippsland Trades and Labor Council, recog-nising the closure or conversion to gas of Hazel-wood will result in significant job losses, isfocusing on attracting new industries into Gipp-sland to compensate for those losses.The Federal Government recognises the im-pact any change to power generation will havein Gippsland and has committed not to abandonus as we address the changes necessary to re-duce carbon emissions. This is the reason thePrime Minister visited the Latrobe Valley soearly in her campaign to respond to questionsabout the Carbon Tax.At the same time, the Electrical Trades Unionhas opted not to support the Carbon Tax, not be-cause it does not think there should be a carbonprice, but because there is not enough detail inthe government’s plans to prepare for inevitable job losses in the valley.Christians cannot avoid responding to thismatter of national and local interest and well-being. In the first place, it is imperative we dealin the truth. The scare tactics and deceit em-ployed by those raging against the Carbon Taxneed to be resisted. Listen carefully to the factsand respond accordingly. Do not believe whatis not true. Do not live in denial of what needsto change to realise a sustainable future.Be prepared to respond to the needs of thosemost impacted by the inevitable economicchanges that will take place with the introduc-tion of the Carbon Tax. Our communities inGippsland will face significant change and pain.Efforts being made now by the GippslandTrades and Labor Council to prepare for thisneed to be supported and, as the ElectricalTrades Union action indicates, governmentsneed to be held accountable for the commit-ments they make to assist those most radicallyaffected by the changes being made.Above all, be prepared to think creativelyabout how we can reduce our over-dependenceon consumption. Perhaps the biggest single fac-tor in the human impact on climate change isconsumerism. Growth in economic terms hasbecome an assumed right in our thinking, to thepoint that we fail to confront the negative im-pact on so many others of our demand for ‘moreand bigger and better’.To focus our minds on these realities we mightcontemplate the current drought in Somalia,Ethiopia and Kenya. It is just one example inthe current generation of the impact of climatechange on those who can least afford it. In whatone 70 year old man in Kenya described as un-seen in his lifetime, there has been a three yearperiod without any rain at all.All the livestock is long gone and crops cannotbe produced. Tens of thousands of people arestarving and many, mostly little children, aredying even after making it to relief centres forassistance, such is the extent of their malnutri-tion. While we unthinkingly consume more andmore, they die.This is just the edge of the potential impact of the ‘take without paying, let alone giving back’mentality of wealthier societies like ours. It isthis mentality that prevents us right now fromseeing the price we must pay if we are to takeresponsibility for our lifestyle and the impact ithas on the world in which we live, not only inthis generation but in future generations.A Christian response will surely stand in theface of this and say ‘enough is enough’. Whatbetter place to begin than to recognise the needto pay for and to redress the impact of ourlifestyle on the environment and the cost otherspay for our profligacy?In the meantime, what better response than tosupport with generosity the appeal for assis-tance from those countries in the Horn of Africacurrently devastated by famine?
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‘Where is my little miracle?’
A seminar for those who struggle withinfertility and those who pastor them
Saturday September 179am- 3pm
ABOVE: Jan Cropley in quiet contemplation on the shores of Lake King,at the Abbey of St Barnabas at A’Beckett Park on Raymond Island. Seethe diocesan calendar or the advertisement in this issue of
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for the latest Abbey program information. Or check the website,www.theabbeyofstbarnabas.orgPhoto: Heather Blackman