While the Coalition ploughs ahead with its promise to axe the carbon tax and bring in it’s alternate “Direct Action” plan, there’s a growing sense in the Australian community that action isn’t happening fast enough. A new poll from the Lowy Institute has revealed Australians want the government to show more leadership on the issue that has plagued so many of our political leaders. For former Independent Rob Oakeshott, Australia’s lack of progress on climate change is not just frustrating. He says it’s a missed opportunity.
Oakeshott has just released his memoir “The Independent Member for Lyne” in which he reflects on the key issues he tried to progress during his time in parliament. For the former National turned Independent, action on climate change was one of the deal clinchers in his choice to support Julia Gillard and the Labor Government in 2010.