The climate wars that have been going on in Australian politics for over a decade are frustrating and tragic, not only because of Australia’s vulnerability to climate change but because Australia holds such promise with renewable energy. Parties on all sides of the political spectrum have engaged in flawed decision making and wasted opportunities in pursuit of their short-term political interests.

On 22 April 2021, Scott Morrison participated in the Leaders Summit for Climate, hosted by US President Joe Biden. “Australia is on the pathway to net zero.” These were the words of Morrison at the summit. …

After a tumultuous nine years of legal, environmental and political struggle, Australia’s largest ever coal mine finally began construction in late June. It’s the most controversial project of its kind in Australian history; the mine will release more than 4.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contribute to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, and destroy ancestral lands and waters of First Nations peoples. The mine has been condemned by leading climate scientists and hit with multiple legal challenges, so far to no avail.

But what are the facts about Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Queensland?

Firstly, what is Adani?

Adani…

On April 21 2019, the world looked on in horror as three upscale hotels and three churches were bombed in Sri Lanka during Easter morning services. These attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks. The attack led to 257 deaths and over 500 injuries, including three police officers who were killed while tracking down suspects.

The government of Sri Lanka blamed a local jihadist organisation, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) for the bombings, but the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has also taken credit for the bombing in Colombo, declaring that their militants carried out the attacks…

In April 2019, New Zealand experienced a terrorist attack that revealed human nature at its worst. As the dust began to settle, social media’s role in the Christchurch Massacre was called into question. The attacker, live streamed the massacre via Facebook. In the days leading up to it, he published a manifesto that brimmed with extremist vitriol.

The reaction to the events was almost predictable. Part of human nature involves searching for an immediate and punishable target when tragedy unfolds. In the aftermath of the Christchurch Massacre, that target became social media.

Fast forward to the Summit Against Online Extremism…

Tammy Paola

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