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An inquiry the pollies need – but we don’t

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-07-17


Had to chortle about the (still open under Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee) "Inquiry into the Effects of Climate Change on Training and Employment Needs"

How about training our politicians?  Or do they recognize the problem and are pleading for help?  Look at the bit I’ve bolded from the info page about the inquiry (and mirrored in the terms of reference).

On 26 June the Senate referred to its Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations an inquiry into the capacity of universities and other research and training institutions to meet current and future demand for climate change professionals, and possible measures to assist understanding of climate change in the Asia-Pacific region, including provision of training and skills assistance.

We have a goose and gander problem here.

What difference does the best advice (from scientists and independent economists alike) have on policy (not just rhetoric) from incumbent governments in Oz?  The literate public and most businesses (apart from the greenhouse mafia) have a better understanding of what is going on than the politicians.

It’s not the supply of climate change professionals that is the problem…. it’s that the important people aren’t listening to them!

Here’s a measure to assist understanding of climate change in the Asia-Pacific region….. reform electoral funding!

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One Response to “An inquiry the pollies need – but we don’t”

  1. Jacques Chester said

    I disagree. No amount of lobbying or explaining is a substitute for understanding.

    What we need is less lawyers and more scientists, engineers, mathematicians, programmers and the like.

    The only reason CFCs got banned was because Thatcher talked Regan into it. And that only happened because Thatcher held a chemistry degree and understood the science rather than getting doses of lobbying from all sides.

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