Former Leader offered Chance of Redemption after Climate Heresy
Now that the Australian election has been decided and the
As would be expected from a man who supports the theory of the iron sun, Mr. Abbott's choices renew the COALition's commitment to non-core science..
In particular, the new shadow minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Sophie Mirabella. Her non-core science credentials are impeccable, having previously quit the shadow cabinet in protest at prospect of the
Mr. Abbott now provides the opportunity for the
Howard's replacement as
Nelson's successor Malcolm Turnbull was a an even bigger disappointment to the cause of non-core science. As opposition leader he stooped to negotiating with the Rudd government for an emissions trading scheme and was duly deposed by
Now Mr Turnbull has been appointed shadow minister for broadband. Cynics have suggested that he is in a no-win position that will prevent him from ever challenging Mr. Abbott for the party leadership. His job is to attack the government's most popular policy.
The reality is that Mr. Turnbull has been given a chance of redemption - a chance to re-commit to the Liberal ultra-conservative party values of non-core science without explicitly renouncing his former climate heresy.
In his new role, Mr. Turnbull has said that the 2010 election policy of broadband that violated the established laws of physics, might, for the next election, be replaced by a new policy. [or at least a new name for the current policy, Ed.].
As an example of new and superior technology that is emerging, only days after Turnbull's appointment, a South African team announced that they had surpassed existing speeds for internet video download by sending video on a memory card carried by carrier pigeon.
Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz. Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing, University of Narbethong, West Island Campus, NZ