Australian PM Turnbull steps down over Paris Climate Accord issue


Turnbull waves goodbye after a news conference in Canberra today.

By Michael Bastasch

Australia has a new prime minister after the governing coalition refused to support global warming-related legislation pushed by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull stepped down Friday as a vote of no confidence loomed. Turnbull has been replaced by Scott Morrison, who helped craft Australia’s strict immigration policy and a more conservative member of Parliament.

Former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was expected to replace Turnbull, but lost in an upset ballot. Morrison beat Dutton in a 45 to 40 vote Friday.

“There was a determined insurgency from a number of people both in the party room and backed by voices, powerful voices, in the media,” Turnbull said Friday, according to CNN.

Turnbull’s leadership came into question when his conservative coalition government split over proposed legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to comply with the Paris climate accord.

Turnbull’s so-called National Energy Guarantee would have reduced energy sector emissions 26 percent by 2030 as part of Australia’s Paris accord pledge. But he couldn’t get support from a group of conservative members of Parliament led by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Full story at the Daily Caller

h/t to WUWT reader David Hart

55 thoughts on “Australian PM Turnbull steps down over Paris Climate Accord issue

  1. Revenge of the Abbott! Trumpism spreads!

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bloke.

    Glad that the Wizards of Oz have awakened to the senseless ruination wrought by the global “climate change” cabal.

    The Commonwealth faces plenty of real geopolitical and economic issues, in common with its regional neighbors. “Climate change” is a non-problem.

    • Hang on a second, this is Australia. This leadership sill has weakened the LNP in the mind of a typical voter. This will not save the LNP from a total wipeout in the coming federal election which will see an ALP/Green coalition swept in to power, along with renewed focus on “climate change”, even Shorten, the ALP leader, has said he will make the climate better.

  2. Turnbull only got in because he was pro-climate change policy, now he got ousted because he is pro- climate change policy. Australian politics and climate change policy is a complete mess.

    • I really want to refute what you say, but I can’t. Your every word is spot on. He was put on a pedestal by the Left who knew deep down he was one of them, he conned the public into believing he was a better candidate than Abbott, and his self-absorption and love of globalist dollars via all his wealthy banking connections eventually led to his downfall. Aussies hate a champagne socialist, and we are so sick of exorbitant electricity bills while our coal stations lie gathering dust. I doubt whether Morrison can reverse this, but will see how and if he tries to.

        • In Australia, we dig stuff out of the ground and send it overseas, we’re not stupid enough to actually use it ourselves. Sheesh!

          • Many Australians who believe in CAGW also believe that to use coal and gas to generate power, for instance, is stupid!

        • We don’t need the danger of nuclear when we have plenty of the best thermal coal in the world. Man made climate change is total bollocks. Prof. Carl Otto Weiss proved it using historical temperature data and mathematics. Its all been just fluctuations caused by natural cycles.

    • Not so. When Abbott ousted Turnbull from the party leadership all those years ago, it was about “Carbon” policy. Turnbull wanted to cut CO2 emissions, Abbott and a narrow majority of the party dudn’t. When Turnbull later replaced Abbott as prime minister, it was the majority of the party perceived that Abbott couldn’t explain himself to the people and would lose the next election, whereas Turnbull was a smooth operator and could win the next election. As it turned out, Turnbull did win the election, but only by a single vote, and many thought Abbott would have done as well. Turnbull’s major weakness then and now was that he was and is seen as in favour of a “price on carbon” and therefore of higher electricity prices. That view of Turnbull has now been shown to be very accurate, with CO2 emissions reduction being the central plank of the NEG (National Energy Guarantee). Abbott and Dutton and a majority of the people wanted the NEG to be about the things which would actually bring down electricity prices and not on expensive green penalties. The party election of Scott Morrison may (hopefully) prove to be the end of the dispute, if Morrison is smart enough to realise what the dispute was really about – ie, that the dispute was about electricity prices and how green ideology pushes them up. The media portrayed the dispute as baing factional – far right agaibst moderate – but that was maliciously misleading. The dispute has always been about electricity prices. Anyway, all the best to ScoMo (Scott Morrison), provided he gets proper electricity generation building up again. The best way to ensure that is simply to remove the MRET (Mandatory Renewable Energy Target). We’ll see, but I’m hopeful.

      • “Mike Jonas

        The best way to ensure that is simply to remove the MRET (Mandatory Renewable Energy Target). We’ll see, but I’m hopeful.”

        All he has to do it set MRET to zero which, of course, he won’t do.

    • He was not voted in by the people. Like many other western democracies the conservatives have been infiltrated by progressives. Turnbull was a LINO – Liberal in name only. The reason he was rolled yesterday was because there is an election coming up and they would have been smashed if Turnbull was still in charge.

      • Yes he was, he was voted for by his constituents as an MP. He was also the leader of the LNP which means if the party wins an election he goes on to be PM. The real thing I dislike is that the party can chose, as has happened many times in just over 10 years, who the leader is and thus who a PM is. Voters don’t get to chose, democracy dies right there.

        • Patrick – you just explained how DeanG was correct when he said that Prime Minister Turnbull was not elected by the people. His policies which resulted in increased power prices were not voted on by the population, and with the increasing realisation that CAGW is a hoax perpetrated by those who gain financially from it Turnbull had to go. Shame that TA is not PM, but perhaps ScoMo will take notice of opposition to CAGW.

    • Not really @thingadonta. Public perceptions in Australia have changed significantly over the last 3 years, since Turnbull seized the Prime Ministership from incumbent Tony Abbott in another party room vote. Climate change is no longer the significant issue it was. The more than doubling of power prices over the last 10 years as renewables are increased has taught the public to be wary of pro-UN global warming politicians.

    • the NEG debacle was a part for sure..but also the tax cuts for the biz n wealthy got a lot of people who cant even get a few bucks a week payrise pretty angry too.
      his stalling on the banking investigations mrgoldbagssux buddies..and when we did investigate ooooh deary deary me
      so crooked they couldnt lie straight in bed!
      we get taxed on even secondhand imports now
      he can offshore his money
      hes an Agrade A****le and good riddance.
      not impressed with the new one but damned glad bishops also outta her job too
      phew , might be some hope for us.

  3. Economic reality catches up with these dreamers sooner or later. He can join Ontario’s Wynn and Obama in forced retirement where he can show us by example how to live in a carbon-free world. Don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

    • For different reasons, Wynne and Obama are permanently done. I’m not sure we can count on Turnbull to not return.

  4. It’s good to see Turnbull go. Now if only the Brits would get some sense, and kick May to the curb (kerb in Brit).

  5. From zero hedge, 2015:

    Goldman [Sachs] Strikes Again: Did A Probe Into “Global Warming” Fraud Cost A Prime Minister’s Job

    “…while Abbott completely unexpected exit on September 14 was a shock, his Prime Ministerial replacement should come as no surprise at all: Malcolm Turnbull, as we noted, just happened to be Chairman of Goldman Sachs Australia from 1997-2001. ”

    Big banks/money must be really on board the AGW scheme.

  6. Leave the”Paris Accord”. End the RET. Remove all subsidies for wind and solar schemes.
    End the ban on nuclear power plants.

  7. > who helped craft Australia’s strict immigration policy and a more conservative member of Parliament

    Anyone who could “craft … a more conservative member of Parliament” must be pretty clever…

  8. Scott Morrison once brought a lump of coal into the Auzzie Parliament. So he seems sound on real world energy.

    • Scene 50 years in the future… little boy talking to old man… Grandpa, is it really true that Santa Claus left coal for BAD children when you were young.

      • There was a comedy series here called “Last Man Standing.” On one show near Christmas, a maid from an impoverished country told the family she worked for, “One year I got a lump of coal for Christmas. It kept our house warm for hours. BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!”

        Very funny sitcom.

      • Mother tells naughty son that Santa will only bring him a lump of coal….the boy asks “What’s coal?” Mother’s reply “coal is black rocks that burn.” Boy thinks “Wow! Black rocks that burn! I want some!” Yes, very few kids these days know what coal is.

  9. People are seeing “Climate Change” for what it is and refusing to support the scam. It has taken a few years and it’s about time.

    • I think so….midterms are coming up….I have not heard one word about climate change
      ..violence, raising taxes, impeachment, and socialism…yes….global warming no

      • Yup, but the rest of the world isn’t tuned into impeachment,and they take a tax raise like a right of passage into Socialism.

  10. If the photographer had got the camera a bit higher, it would have looked like Turnbull was thumbing his nose.

    • Turncoat has been thumbing his nose at Australians for years. He became wealthy on the back of the OneTel collapse. He invested about AU$500,000 (Like most “mum and dad” Australians could raise that sort of money to buy shares – NOT!) to invest and about 3 months before OneTel fell, he pulled his investment out to the tune of AU$50+ million IIRC. Very suspicious IMO.

  11. heh, saw an observation made by a bloke that any Aussie under the age of 31 has not voted for a PM who has served a full term.
    Not that any voted for Turnbull
    He also pointed out 11 of Australia’s 29 Prime Ministers have served less time in office than every single US President who didn’t die in office (excluding Trump’s current incomplete term).
    Your system needs fixing if the Gov’t you vote for can be changed without your say for what usually comes down to “But I wanna run things!”

    • In the parliamentary system the prime minister (chief executive) is selected by parliament…usually the leader of the majority party or coalition of parties, and is likewise removed by a parliament majority vote of no confidence, and then replaced by another member of the same party. It’s much more efficient than the US impeachment method to remove a president, which is so difficult that it’s never been accomplished. I would hesitate to suggest that their version of democracy is inferior to the US system where the president (chief executive) is the head of a separate branch of government voted in for a fixed term by the Electoral College.

      • Its worse than we thought!!!. The total amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is 0.041% the majority of which is derived from natural sources other than human contribution. So that would be 2% – 3% of an amount much less than 0.041%.

        • That’s why I said 2%-3% of the total *human* contribution so that is ~4% (Human) of that 0.041% total

      • They’re bent on committing economic suicide for < 3% of the "problem"? I always thought Aussies were level-headed pragmatists.

  12. It was a bit more complicated than the article implies. The NEG was objected to in large part because of the desire to legislate the 26% CO2 reduction target, which no other country had done. The NEG was supposed to be about reducing power prices, but this would have been extremely difficult to achieve with that CO2 reduction target. Turnbull was unpopular in some circles ever since he knifed a sitting prime minister for the top job (and left a few other metaphorical bodies lying around on his way to the top). Plus he was an abysmally poor political operator who perennially failed to tackle the hard-left opposition on most issues, especially their ludicrous 50% renewables target. He was also a dreadful election campaigner and an habitual whiner when things didn’t go his way (like nearly losing the 2016 election). We’re well rid of him- he was often patted on the back by left-wing media but few of the people who watched our Green-tinged state broadcaster ABC would ever have voted for him.

  13. It would probably be easier to balance the federal budget than to keep a promise made by someone in Paris that adversely impacts your heat, light and transportation.

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