We discuss bad rocks, the Award for Services to Homophobia, and try to figure out what on earth the Labor Party is up to.
We’re on fire
- Adelaide had a massive bushfire south of the city, described as like a firestorm or a volcano.
- Two-year-old packs bad rocks.
- Meanwhile in Melbourne, on Monday a mean and menacing “tip fire” managed to motivate 17 municipalities to move a “major alert” across most media.
- In good news, South Australia met the entirety of it’s power demand with solar for a few hours.
Order of Australia
- Margaret Court, outrageous homophobe and anti-gay activist was given an Australia Day honor.
- Shoutout to the many Australians who are returning their Order of Australia honors: Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo (AO for her LGBTIQ+ advocacy), Dr Rodney Syme (AO for his work on dying with dignity & human rights campaigning), Alistair Macrae (AO for religious work).
- Shoutout too to Journalist Kerry O’Brien for rejecting the award this year.
- Who did take their award? Malcom Turnbull, for his services toward marriage equality.
Musical chair party
- The Labor party has reshuffled their shadow cabinet, replacing Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy. It was Mark Bulter, now it’s Chris Bowen.
- Mark Butler was fairly solid on Climate Change, despite being a Labor party suit.
- Labor are pursuing a “small target strategy” for the next election, not revealing any plans.
- Labor sees climate change as an “economic portfolio”.
- Joe Biden is actually doing good things for the climate? John Kerry, Biden’s new climate envoy makes allusions to Australia’s bushfires as a reason to act on climate.
- Climate denier Joel Fitzgibbon is still pushing Labor to refuse action on climate change.
- He was the shadow resources minister, but quit to spend more time building support within the right-wing faction of the Labor party.
- On Radio National, Fitzgibbon called Mark Butler “over-enthusiastic” about climate change.
- Labor leader Anthony Albanese said Joel Fitzgibbon’s comments were “wrong”.
- The Iron Law of Institutions states that “The people who control institutions care first and foremost about their power within the institution rather than the power of the institution itself”.