Guest essay by Eric Worrall
As the center right Australian Coalition staggers towards likely defeat in the next Federal Election, rich green investors are trying to wreck any possibility climate skeptic former Aussie PM Tony Abbott might stage a comeback.
Climate of change looks a windfall for Steggall in bid to oust Abbott
12:00AM MARCH 4, 2019
Zali Steggall has scored the backing of wealthy investors who want immediate action on climate change and could reap big financial rewards in a shift away from coal to solar energy and other renewables.
Ms Steggall, the barrister and former world champion alpine skier campaigning as an independent to oust Tony Abbott from his blue-ribbon Liberal seat on Sydney’s northern beaches, is making climate change a key part of her campaign pitch.
Her claim that Mr Abbott is out of step with Warringah voters because he supports coal has helped rally support from individuals with the potential to be generous campaign donors.
Well-heeled local backers of Ms Steggall include Angus Gemmell, Rickard Gardell and Mark Kelly. Alex Turnbull and Simon Holmes a Court are among outside supporters with a deep interest in climate change and investment in renewables.
…Read more (paywalled): https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/climate-of-change-looks-a-windfall-for-steggall-in-bid-to-oust-abbott/news-story/eb695d642ee162994f8d4e10e72c6280
Tony Abbott was toppled as Prime Minister in a party room putsch in 2015, after leading the Coalition to a blockbuster win in 2013 on an anti carbon tax platform.
Since then Abbott has not challenged any of his successors to regain his old job, instead he has devoted most of his time since he was removed as Prime Minister to his district, and to good works, such as trying find solutions to the long term problems afflicting marginalised Australian Aboriginal communities.
But even Abbott on the sidelines appears to be too much of a risk for the green blob. So they are providing a massive war chest for independent Zali Steggall to challenge Abbott for his seat, in the hope of eliminating the possibility Abbott will ever be Prime Minister again.