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Putting myself in the PM's shoes

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When I put myself in our ultra-Christian Prime Minister's shoes (forgive me for not putting myself in his Hawaiian shirts for they clash with my Nordic hair and complexion), I can begin to understand his struggle to sincerely engage with climate change and bushfire issues.

More of my probing, atheistic analysis is just a moment but first to how bewilderingly hard it is to explain the Prime Minister's strange insensitivity-incompetence in everything to do with climate change and the tragic fires. After all, he is a politician who has slithered his way to success along a path lubricated by politics' slime and so might be expected to show at least a cunning, voter-stroking pragmatism in all he does and says. Instead, beginning with his transparent lack of urgent interest in climate change and his clodhopping holiday in idyllic Hawaii, he has been strangely, absently inept. It has been like watching someone on Australia's Got Talent, who, embarrassingly, hasn't got any talent.

And his talentlessness in climate and fire matters threatens to be his undoing. As The Canberra Times thunderously reported on in Tuesday's front-page story (''PM Slammed Over Fires''), a new ANU poll confirms that the people are embittered by the Prime Minister's strange........

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