“Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme” Reduction Scheme

John Maynard Keynes famously said “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”. Today the government said that would be delaying the start of the CPRS until July 2012 until the earliest. How much of this delay is due to the GFC and how much is it due to the fact that the government got the scheme wrong and that they knew it would not get through the senate?

The opposition should be using this to their advantage, but will their message get through? Just watching Andrew Robb on Lateline just now, and his message is confused and muddled. They need to get their act together.

Do people deserve the right to die?

The right to choose when and how to die is just as important as freedom of speech, an elderly Hobart man says.

John Palmer, 84, is lobbying for the drug Nembutal, a barbiturate used for euthanasia, to be legalised in a bill of human rights.

In Hobart today, the Federal Government’s Human Rights Consultation Committee is gauging public opinion on the need for a legal document to protect rights.

Mr Palmer believes a bill of rights is necessary, particularly one that legalises Nembutal.

He said he was not suffering any life-threatening terminal illnesses but was simply getting old and was more aware of death.

“I’m furious with the politicians for saying when we can or cannot die,” he said.

“I firmly believe that we should have the right to have a peaceful death at a time and in a way of choice.

“It’s the most basic of human rights.”

Mr Palmer said he had watched several friends die terrible deaths because of terminal illness and he wanted to be able to choose a peaceful death.

“I want to have Nembutal in our bathroom cupboard so when the day comes, we can take it and die. We’d feel better just knowing it was there,” he said.

“My wife doesn’t want to survive me and I don’t want to survive her, and this will ensure that doesn’t happen and we can die in each other’s arms.”

According to Australian Lawyers Alliance president Clara Davis says “few people realise that rights such as freedom of speech and association are not poperly protected in the country and will not be unless people tell the Government that they should be protected.”

Nembutal was taken off the Australian market as a sleeping drug in 1998 and is available only to veterinarians for animals to die by euthanasia.

From The Mercury

Monday by the Magazine Rack.


Welcome to our beginning of the week idle chit-chat thread…

Turnbull told to “Bring out Your Dead”

It looks like Malcolm Turnbull has a major internal battle on his hands with revelations today that a number of leading business figures and supporters of the Liberal party have threatened to withdraw their financial support unless a number of “Howard era” MPs get the boot.

On the basis of anonymity, the leading Sydney business figure says Mr Turnbull and the Liberal party must be prepared to go through with “a full-scale public bloodletting” if those named on the list refused to budge from their seats.

According to The Australian, the list of 14 MPs includes Philip Ruddock, Bronwyn Bishop, Kevin Andrews and Bill Heffernan.

However, other sources suggest the list also includes: Wilson Tuckey, Andrew Laming, Alby Schultz, Joanna Gash, Margaret May, Bruce Scott, Michael Johnson, Alex Somlyay, Judi Moylan and John Forrest.

The list of names is being circulated within the Liberal Party accompanied by a commentary which says in part:

“The emerging issue federally for both the current leader and any other potential leader is team composition.

“And it is an issue. And finance donors from key players expect an upgrade.”

The screed from business says it is Mr Turnbull himself who must drive the renewal process, rather than “the slow moribund party organisational leadership”.

The author makes it clear the hit list was drawn up in consultation with like-minded business figures and says, ominously, that it is not exhaustive.

In response, senior Liberals yesterday described the call for renewal as “justified”, confirming that fundraising for the party had become much more difficult in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Perhaps what they really mean is “in the wake of a catacylsmic election defeat.”

However, in other reports, Mr Turnbull has denied that he has received any such list.

“Nobody sent that list to me,” he said.

“We have a strong team, a mixture of youth and experience, a mixture of people who have been in Parliament for a long time, people that have had long careers in other areas and have been in Parliament for a shorter time.”

It Mr Turnbull hasn’t seen the list, could it be because his name’s on it? An unlikely, but novel idea, given that he could represent a new, more youthful and more moderate persona in comparison to his Howard era counterparts.

Either way, it looks like the Liberal party are in for yet another rollercoaster week of internal bickering played out in the public domain.

The last Newspoll had the Coalition on 42 per cent behind Labor at 58 per cent and Mr Turnbull has sits at just 19 per cent compared to Kevin Rudd’s 67 per cent as preferred prime minister.

I imagine there will be a lot of frantic phone calls going on right now…