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We must mobilise for the climate emergency like we do in war time. Where is the climate minister?

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The second Morrison ministry contains no one with nominal responsibility for “climate” in any sense, despite the fact that it is the greatest threat facing the country. Angus Taylor, who spent much of his pre-parliamentary career fighting wind farms, claiming repeatedly that there is “too much wind and solar” in the system, is now minister for energy and emissions reduction. No mention of climate here, despite the fact that climate is what it is all about, or should be.

Sussan Ley has been made the environment minister but more intriguing, David Littleproud is minister for water resources, drought, rural finance, natural disaster and emergency management. Let’s take another look at this: water (or lack thereof) … drought … disaster … emergency management.

Is it possible that someone is starting to join the dots – a tacit admission of an escalating climate emergency? In the National Party, where competition to develop sensible climate policy is non-existent, Littleproud has at least pushed for serious policy to address climate impacts on farmers. His title, truth be known, should be the minister for the rural climate emergency.

But when he gets a briefing from disaster management officials, he may be in for a shock. During the 2017-2018 Senate inquiry on the Implications of Climate Change for Australia’s National Security the most compelling evidence was led by Mark Crosweller, the head of a resilience taskforce in the Department of Home Affairs, who used to be the director general of Emergency Management Australia.

He described potential worst-case climate scenarios as being of an “existential nature”. This analysis was taken up in the inquiry’s final........

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