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We’ve been arguing about climate policy for five elections: how many more before we get it right?

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A decade ago I visited a dusty shanty town in India’s capital New Delhi to interview a remarkable Australian family.

Mark and Cathy Delaney had left Brisbane suburbia to settle among the urban poor and explore a different way of living.

Their sons Tom, now 22, and Oscar, now 17, were born in India and have spent much of their lives there.

Mark and Cathy Delaney on the roof of their house in a Delhi slum in 2009Credit:Brendon Esposito

I wrote about the Delaney family for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2009 while working in India as a foreign correspondent.

They lived in a small brick room in a densely populated slum on Delhi’s sprawling outskirts. They had no running water, no TV, no fridge and no washing machine. Meals were eaten sitting on the floor and they shared a tiny squat toilet with their landlords. The family’s possessions were kept in a few steel trunks.

But the Delaneys spoke passionately about the personal fulfilment and deep friendships they had found in the slum.

“The longer we’ve stayed here, the more we can see the positive effect it has had on us as people,” Cathy Delaney told me at the time.

This week the Delaney family were in the news again.

Mark, Cathy and Oscar, who returned to Australia in April, were arrested with eight others at a climate change protest at the Brisbane offices of GHD, an engineering........

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