Climate issue rejected – Historic win in Australia after Labor loses ‘unlosable’ election

Given the rejection, this may be the last Australian election where “climate” is used as a key issue.

From CNN:

Australia’s Liberal National coalition government under Prime Minister Scott Morrison has won a historic victory, taking his party for a third term in government against all expectations.It is still unknown if Morrison will form a majority or minority government, but swings to the coalition across large Australian states, especially Queensland, have ensured he will remain prime minister.

In a triumphant speech Saturday night, Morrison said he had “always believed in miracles.””And tonight we’ve been delivered another one,” he told jubilant supporters in Sydney who chanted Morrison’s nickname “ScoMo.”

After losing an election which many analysts described as “unlosable,” Labor leader Bill Shorten conceded and announced he would be stepping down as head of the party.

From Al Jazeera:

Climate change to be decisive issue in Australian election

Energy and global warming debates have dominated Australia’s election campaign, with many voters calling for change.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s centre-right Liberal-National Coalition is seeking a third-straight term in power, but polls have shown Bill Shorten’s opposition Labor Party clinging to a narrow lead. The left-wing Greens Party is expected to remain the third force in the country’s politics.

“Australia doesn’t solve climate change by itself,” Morrison insisted last week during the final party leaders’ election campaign debate.

“It actually does its bit in concert with other countries.

But Australia is one of the world’s largest per capita emitters – producing some 1.3 percent of global carbon emissions in 2017 with only 0.3 of the world’s population.

“Climate change is shaping up to be a number one issue in this federal election,” said Kelly Albion, the head of campaigns at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, attributing this to “young people as a moral voice for action on the greatest issue facing our generation”.

From CNBC:

Climate change set to be major issue in Australian election

CNBC’s Will Koulouris reports from Longreach, Australia.

Video at this link

Looks like voters have rejected “climate change” as an important election issue, much like we’ve seen in the USA with the election of Donald Trump in 2016, who promised and delivered on exiting the Paris Climate Accord.

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Tom Halla
May 18, 2019 1:23 pm

Climate change seems to be an issue that draws more campaign contributions than votes. Hillary Clinton ran on that, and so far, most of the 24 announced Democratic candidates are running on a Green platform.
Hopefully, they will have the same electoral fate as Clinton and Shorten.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Tom Halla
May 18, 2019 2:22 pm

Tom Steyer, George Soros, and Michael Bloomberg are slow learners, repeating the same mistakes over and over. Comes from their puffed-up hubris in them to think their money can buy election outcomes in the US now in the Age of the Internet. Dunces, all of them.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 18, 2019 5:56 pm

Their hirelings are slow learners. Those you mentioned are like Roman Emperors in that they have little contact with public sentiment, being dependent upon their hirelings to inform them.

I call it The Roman Emperor problem.

Roger Taguchi
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
May 18, 2019 11:04 pm

Good call. – Roger of Ottawa

Leo Smith
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 18, 2019 10:28 pm

their money can buy election outcomes in the US now in the Age of the Internet.

It can, and they are working out how to do it.
Mass alteration of data is one way. Using hate laws to shut down dissenting views is another.

The Internet is like the Wild West – for a time it was rough, uncivilised, lawless and lots of fun, but they had to put a stop to it.

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 18, 2019 2:33 pm

Having spent the last two and a half years doing nothing but puff stupid claims of Russiagate, they suddenly find themselves with the next election cycle approaching and NO policy. They are simply grabbing hold of the nearest piece of political dead wood floating past in the hope that can be used as a platform to stand on.

Reply to  Greg
May 18, 2019 3:41 pm

What do you mean “NO policy”? Of course the leftists have a policy, it’s very simple. Oppose Trump, Raise taxes, Oppose Trump, Close down businesses, Oppose Trump, Put people out of work, Oppose Trump…

Reply to  SMC
May 18, 2019 5:39 pm

You forgot “Ban Guns”. Never forget they want a pacified population that will be unable to oppose them when they ban the constitution.

Reply to  OweninGA
May 18, 2019 10:29 pm


[Language, and way off topic.I would suggest a nice cuppa, and a nap. You can vote again in several years]

Bemused Bill
Reply to  SMC
May 18, 2019 10:41 pm

[snip . . . you could try it again without channeling Bill Nye the expletive guy . . . mod]

[Language. Is there a virus out there causing Tourette’s Syndrome?. Mod]

Reply to  Bemused Bill
May 19, 2019 9:41 am

Well Anthony, you know that Bill is a “science guy” and all.

paul courtney
Reply to  Greg
May 19, 2019 6:07 am

Greg: An excellent summary. The deadwood line in particular. I imagine it’s the tree ring samples Mann found “non-conforming.”

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 18, 2019 2:55 pm

Let’s hope for the sake of peace and prosperity of the world.

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 18, 2019 4:23 pm

Hopefully, their self righteous indignation will keep them from recognizing from the Australian example that Greenunism isn’t compatible with rational thinking.

Javert, Chip
Reply to  co2isnotevil
May 18, 2019 6:37 pm


Greenunism seems to take it in the shorts pretty badly once individual taxes are jacked up to support climate nonsense (eg: France) or repeated power outages (eg: Australia)

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Javert, Chip
May 18, 2019 7:58 pm

My wife was in Zimbabwe recently seeing a sick relative and was unable to do some study work on a laptop due to power outages. This is what the ruling elite wants for Australia too.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 19, 2019 4:34 am

I was in Johannesburg a few years ago when there was a cry for ubiquitous internet and a newspaper headline read ‘Internet or flush toilets?” Basic hygenic facilities still don’t exist in many places here and a green agenda distracts from real infrastructure needs. Ubiuitous, inexpensive electricity would go a long way to helping the people of these nations. I think oil, gas, nuclear and even coal would help a great deal. Solar if it makes sense, yes, but not to the exclusion of traditional carbon based energy sources.

May 18, 2019 1:26 pm

I don’t think there is any doubt that this election was mostly about climate, and Australian voters resoundingly rejected the Labor position on their onerous position of CAGW and CO2. Let’s hope this turns into a majority win for the center right ‘Liberal’ Gov’t and is a reminder for voters in the upcoming EU, Canada and USA elections about the absurdity of any ‘climate emergency’. Hopefully this is the last gasp rejection of current climate science in Australia, which has sadly turned so corrupt.

Reply to  Earthling2
May 18, 2019 4:17 pm

I doubt that. Climate and energy policies were just two of a bundle of issues and the failure of Labor to reveal what its policies in these areas would cost probably hurt it. The right-wing coalition also emphasised Labor’s poor record of financial financial management, summing it up in an effective advertising slogan “Labor. The Bill Australia Can’t Afford.”

There are at least some climate sceptics in the Coalition, whereas there are none in the Labor party or the rapidly disappearing Greens. The Coalition is closer to Trump on the issue. While not (yet) withdrawing from the Paris Agreement it does try to minimise damage to the Australian economy.

Reply to  John
May 18, 2019 5:29 pm

Clearly, the majority of voters who turned out must have known what the policies of Labor was with regards to climate, and what it was going to cost, or they wouldn’t have elected the Liberal Coalition to power. And climate and energy must have been the dominant issues in the campaign otherwise the pollsters wouldn’t be wrong about predicting a major Labor win. Sure there were other major issues in this campaign, but at the end of the day it was climate (energy policies) that the majority of voters in Australia rejected.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Earthling2
May 18, 2019 7:55 pm

There was a lot of talk by Labor and the Greens about climate change, the great extinction even (Happening right now), plenty of gum flapping, but, as usual, no detail. One of the major contributors to Labors loss was the threat to fiddling with tax and that put off many pensioners and property owners and the “top end of town” (Or the 1% ers). The ALP were simply going to tax and spend.

Reply to  Earthling2
May 18, 2019 4:27 pm

I wasn’t following the election closely but I did catch this:

Mr Morrison warned of a threat to the economy from the expansion of union “red tape” and environmental “green tape” that tied down employers when they should have more freedom to expand and hire workers. link


Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Earthling2
May 18, 2019 6:04 pm

We have an electon in Canada in October. The Liberals are tied to Warmism as they have just introduced a “Carbon Tax” which they pass off as a tax on pollution. Hopefully they will be wiped out but I have little faith in the traditional parties to diverge from the modern theology.

The only choice is Mad Max and the Peoples Party of Canada.

Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 1:26 pm

None of those reports say it was a “landslide win”. It can hardly be so if it is uncertain whether the government has a majority.

Tony Abbott lost his seat to an independent specifically campaigning on climate.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 1:51 pm

I think its fair to say climate wasn’t a priority. The most memorable advertisements were PM Scott Morrison warning he had just returned the government to fiscal surplus and that electing labor would ruin all his efforts.

Abbott was the victim of a concentrated effort to get him out, lots of dirty campaigning and an absolute deluge of cash from rich greens to his opponent.

Nick Stokes
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 18, 2019 2:08 pm

“I think its fair to say climate wasn’t a priority. “
But the headline says – “climate issue rejected”.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
May 18, 2019 2:25 pm

Yes. Morrison’s economic message carried more weight on the night than climate scaremongering.

Mike H
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 2:28 pm

Obviously, the Morrison voters rejected the climate issue as a priority, as other issues were more important to them. Shouldn’t be too difficult to comprehend that.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 2:39 pm

I think the better way to understand this is the pollsters trying to gauge public sentiment were rejected.

This is why communist-style dictatorships are the favored governing model for Climate Alarmists. The big handicap the Alarmists around the world now face with voters is their “green veneer” has been stripped away to reveal the true Red underneath.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 19, 2019 3:01 pm

That’s why I call them “watermelons”: green on the outside, red on the inside.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 2:40 pm

Yes it does Nick. Do you have a reading comprehension problem?

Leo Smith
Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 18, 2019 10:30 pm

Yes, he does.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 2:45 pm

The Step up warming “wasn’t a priority” ever to be considered as with some holding value…anyway or anyhow, but still;
And still, it stands clearly as a rejected issue, indisputably so thus far, by the very means of what we consider reality by the evidence and “data”,
or otherwise simply considered as factual, in the main and only concept of possibility…


Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 2:51 pm

It was rejected – if the majority of people accepted the crass junk science headlines fed to us multiple times a day by the BBC, ABC etc. they would prioritize preventing the end of the world above all else.

The failure to secure a win during the most intensive propaganda campaign ever mounted in history shows that the alarmists can never win, however more insane their lies get.

Gore’s intervention probably backfired generally, although it certainly amounted to unwarranted foreign interference in Abbott’s case, and there must be an investigation.

Reply to  MrGrimNasty
May 18, 2019 10:31 pm

Yeah, “the most intensive propaganda campaign in history”. Like the Greens and their volunteers are some sort of elite, against the Liberals who have to pay people to campaign for them and Palmer who paid $80 million for his campaign. You guys are so deluded I can’t believe it.

Serge Wright
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 5:34 pm

The single largest contributer to Morrison’s win was the proposed Adani coal mine in QLD. It was his endorsement of this mine that provided a big swing in that state delivering the seats needed for victory. So yes, climate change was a big factor.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 8:11 pm

Labor lost the unlosable election and now nothing will happen with climate change in Australia until 2022. So we can all argue about it again in 3 years time. I personally think the emission control issue will be dead by then, if you really want to tackle CO2 levels you will need to do it with hard science, engineering and technology not eco mumbo jumbo.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 18, 2019 5:41 pm

The problem with the Abbott Monster (which the Left Created) is he refuses to play by their rules.

The left assume they remove him and he goes away. Hence they backstabbed him with the ABC and put Turnbull in. They then all fell over themselves by talking up his praises and wishing him well on his retirement… only for him not to retire.

Abbott has been and remains one of the most influential public figures in Australia. I mean he was a BACK BENCHER. He didn’t even have a ministry after Turnbull betrayed him OR after Morrison finally removed the Malcolm mistake. Politically speaking he should have been one of those nodding people standing in the background while important people gave press conferences, but no, the LEFT continued to target him as enemy of the world.

Disappointed he lost to GetUp, but on the plus side he is now free to speak and act without the restrictions of being a loyal team player to the party.

Abbott has not been defeated. He has just evolved.

Don’t be shocked if he ends up Governor General in about 15 years time.

Nick Stokes
Reply to  Marcus
May 18, 2019 6:01 pm

Your link says:
“In counting to date, the Coalition holds 74 seats to Labor’s 67 seats, while the crossbench looks set to contain six members. It is ahead in three seats which are too close to call. If these leads hold, it could win a bare majority in the 151-seat House of Representatives.”

Bryan A
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 9:33 pm

Obviously it is another clear cut case of Russian Collusion
That seems to be the case with most AGW/Climate Catastrophe candidates only losing their elections if some foreign power tries to affect the outcome.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 2:25 pm

Tony Abbott lost to a Getup money laundering scheme. Getup funded about 2 million dollars and 5 candidates pretending to be ‘Independents’ to unseat him. It seems to have worked because enough brain dead voters in Warringah fell for it. When the winner does nothing for the next 3 years then the Libs will get the seat back. See Wentworth has returned to the Libs.

a happy little debunker
Reply to  Steve B
May 18, 2019 4:57 pm

It was observed that the major alternate parties (Labor and the Greens) were ‘assisting’ these ‘Independents’ to oust Tony Abbott.
The former Liberal PM Turnbull’s own son not only endorsed these ‘Independents’, but funnelled monies and expertise with the sole ideological purpose of defeating his father’s former rival.

From vandalising his campaign material to sending hollowed out books filled with excrement and finally to the common assaulting his campaign workers – this was a knocked down, dragged out brutal campaign against an honourable and long standing contributor to both the local electorate and the country.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 2:29 pm

I did hear one suggestion that the climate message was strongest in rich areas. Poorer working class voters who struggle to feed their families were far more worried about jobs and the economy.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 18, 2019 4:41 pm

I think that is true Eric, although the climate propaganda has deceived many who would otherwise vote with their economic interests. The climate propaganda is all they hear and most poorer voters would like to do the right thing (until they get their electricity bills).

Unfortunately, it looks like most of the ‘independent’ candidates that have won or are leading are brainwashed climate catastrophists and ScoMo may have to cut a deal with them if the Coalition can’t come up with a couple more seats.

Reply to  DaveW
May 18, 2019 10:33 pm

The Liberals, Adani, etc don’t care about workers any more than they care about the environment, or any issue OTHER than profits.

Reply to  ClimateIsReal
May 19, 2019 2:36 am

In fact, Working class suburbs drifted away from Labor, to the Coalition.

Labor’s constituency is now those insulated from economic pain – either wealthy inne-city professionals voting to assuage their environmental guilt or those on the public teat.

Labor offers nothing to an ordinary white, male working Australian, other than taxes and guilt trips – if you think otherwise, tell us why union memberships are at record lows in the private sector. Tell us which of the policies that Shorten listed in his resignation speech actually DO anything for a white working-class, heterosexual Australian male. I certainly didn’t hear any.

Labor loves unions, but not workers. Threatening to increase power prices and business costs while reducing reliability only drives more jobs overseas. It loves “victims”, and is always concerned to ensure that there are plenty of them

Contrary to the dictum ofclass hatred, there is nothing that business likes more than lots of well-paid people in society. They are called “customers”, and every business needs them.

Jim Duncan
Reply to  ClimateIsReal
May 20, 2019 1:38 am

The left have lost touch with their constituency. Labor and the eco socialists (the Greens) are now firmly held to be parties of the inner city elites. In other words the working class were cut adrift by Labor and the Greens have never put the well being of working people above environmental issues.

The Australian Liberal Party, once a party of the “bosses” is now the champion of working people. The same switch took place in the USA. The Republicans attract the working class vote while the Democrats pander to the elites.

Lewis P Buckingham
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 3:05 pm

The GetUp crowd stupidly did a consensus plebiscite of members to decide which consrvative candidates to unseat.
Abbott got the top target.
They then poured all their spite anger and treasure into that electorate and put up a sports star as an independant.
If they had used their money and personnel better they would have actually achieved some of their aims.
In the meanwhile their opponents got on with the election instead of settling scores.
The people of Warringah have just lost an able voice, who would have been in cabinet in the ruling party.
More fool them.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Lewis P Buckingham
May 18, 2019 3:20 pm

Comment number 18 on Jo Nova’s site says:

“Abbott will now be free of the restrictions of being an elected member of parliament and formally supporting the party position. Abbott has gone from being important and influential member of parliament to being important and influential private citizen, only with new added free speech. If the Left think they have seen the end of Abbott – a monster they themselves largely created – they are dumber then I claim they are.”

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 3:07 pm

Lost his seat due to the swamping of his electorate by GetUp and associated screaming banshees. Soros & Co do not have the resources to do that everywhere. Contributory negligence by Abbott himself of course.
Managed to do a few dumb things. He got rid of the Carbon Tax A-bomb but failed to notice there was the Renewable Energy H-bomb available in reserve. This has now massively increased the cost of electricity.
Perhaps you haven’t realised that CNN, Al Jazeera and AYCC are quoted above because they got it completely wrong?

Peter K
Reply to  Martin Clark
May 18, 2019 10:04 pm

Not to mention that it was Tony Abbott that stopped the illegal boats from coming to Australia and in turn would have saved hundreds of lives, from being lost at sea. Tony’s replacement is a die hard Greenie and climate change worshiper.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 3:38 pm
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 3:42 pm

An independent with a huge bankroll from wealthy liberals.
Abbott’s seat is the only bright spot for the liberal/green wing.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 4:06 pm

Abbott’s opponent is a trendy who won a seat that is nowadays populated by trendies. Abbott, a committed Christian who believes in the value of hard work and saving, had become an anachronism there.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 4:54 pm

Hi Nick.
Climate was only one of the excuses for the Labor agenda of high taxes, profligate spending and social control.

The problem with reading headlines is that they come from the same media that have been effectively campaigning for a Labor win and were so wound up in their agenda that they simply didn’t listen to the average Australian.

It’s interestin that Labor heartland is now the richest urban suburbs and the social-welfare enclaves. The people who are insulated from the consequences of economic policy.

Those of us working, taking risks and trying to get somewhere….. were frightened.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 5:12 pm

Certainly not a landslide, but the 5 seats the Libs and LNP gained as of Sunday morning were all by impressive swings (currently +4.9-8.4% according to the ABC) and the environment (or perhaps anti-environment) seems to have been important in several of those gains.

Unfortunately, most of the Independents seem to be on your side Nick, and they may hold the balance of power, so you shouldn’t be too disgruntled. It seems unlikely the Coalition will be able to do anything to save the electricity grid from becoming ever more expensive and unreliable and nuclear will be as dead as ever.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 18, 2019 8:58 pm

By ‘those reports’ I assume you mean the three above.

Well if you read closely you will notice that only the first was written AFTER the election, and this was the election that Shorten was absolutely going to win. Not might win. Would win. Shorten even rubbed up to Arnold’s slightly aging pecs and stated that he was going to be Australia’s next Prime Minister.

Spoiler? He isn’t.

So it doesn’t really matter that the MSM are not claiming it was a landslide (the fact that only the Left win Landslides and the Right scrape in with a small majority) is not important. The fact is the MSM got it wrong and Labor lost.

Also of interest is that if you look at the AEC info for Warringah only 82,000 or so vote were recorded, with formal being 78,253 and informal 3893. Now the roll is normally about 100,000 and attendance normally comes in at about 96%.

This means there are still likely to be about 15000 pre-poll and postal votes to be counted.

Now traditionally pre-poll heavily favour the right – because conservatives are generally more organised and get things done in advance – but it is unlikely they will ALL be Abbott votes.

I don’t really think he will come from behind, but I do think the current impressive looking victory by Steggall is going to remain. My call is she will only finish up with a 1 or 2% margin.

Be a bit upset if I was GetUp, especially after all the effort they put in.

Steggall will also need to rapidly do some damage control. One of Abbott’s supporters was stabbed with a corkscrew and the GetUp campaign has been seen by a significant amount of people as being very underhanded. Steggall needs to make sure none of that stick to her.

Could be interesting to be honest. Plus Abbott is now free to say what he really thinks without having to worry about toeing the party line on policy.

Dave Freer
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 19, 2019 2:58 am

The election was forecast to be ‘landslide and certainty for’ Labour – who have not gained that landslide and lost seats and the election. That means a ‘landslide’ of those supposed Labour voters… slid the other way. Nick, instead of splitting hairs about trivia and quibbling and always making it ‘everyone else is wrong’ why don’t you seize the opportunity to do a little self-examination and take some responsibility for having, if nothing else, deceived yourself as to what ordinary voters would find important.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 19, 2019 5:44 am

No one said it was a landslide Nick

However it was shock come from behind win by Scott Morrison in defiance of the Polls including exit polls which had ALP well ahead

Mike Lowe
May 18, 2019 1:29 pm

Congratulations to the Aussies, who have demonstrated again that they are not persuaded to follow the destructive course of socialism. Unlike our New Zealand, where we have an acknowledged communist supposedly heading the country but unable or unwilling to carry out her duties as our Prime Minister. Her business experience is limited to flipping burgers in a takeaway joint, but meanwhile is the star attraction at yet another Paris talkfest. Unbelievable – except in New Zealand!

Larry in Texas
May 18, 2019 1:29 pm

This is tremendous news, Anthony. Congratulations to the people of Australia for punishing those who would reduce your liberties and ruin your economy in the name of this chimera called “climate change.”

We are going to have to do the same thing to the Democrats in our country, who listen to no one but their own elites and radical advisers.

May 18, 2019 1:42 pm

Listen to 2GB radio. The overnight host is Alex Jones, no, NOT that Alex Jones. They are covering the results.

May 18, 2019 1:45 pm

Yuk, Yuk, Yuk……..

Poor snowflakes.

Well done Aus.

Mike H
May 18, 2019 1:55 pm

Perhaps wealth redistribution and heavy-handed climate change legislation are not the winners the left has deluded themselves into believing.

Arend Lanser
May 18, 2019 1:55 pm

Brilliant just brilliant isn’t it. I am smiling this morning down under in New Zealand. This was so against expectations the media and pollsters will be eating dead crow.

Murphy Slaw
May 18, 2019 1:57 pm

Ha, the climate changers were WRONG………….again.

iain russell
May 18, 2019 2:02 pm

This was a great victory over Evil, over lies, over The Elite. A victory for common sense and science over fiction and myth.

Reply to  iain russell
May 18, 2019 3:00 pm

Labor Parties have strayed so far off course at this point they could claim alien status.

May 18, 2019 2:03 pm

Well done lads -er- blokes -er- Aussies!!

Paul Blair
May 18, 2019 2:08 pm

Our green friends are going hungry every year. Help burn the messes Mother Nature left spoiling the land and under the seas. Put the carbon our green neighbours need back into the air for them to breathe.

May 18, 2019 2:09 pm

Finally, Australia provides hope that sanity will prevail eventually.

May 18, 2019 2:10 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha….and do on

Tim Whittle
May 18, 2019 2:11 pm

I’m in Australia, I live in beautiful, marvellous, delightful Queensland and we booted that Leftist bottom feeder to the gutter!!! Yippee, a proud day!!!

James Fosser
Reply to  Tim Whittle
May 18, 2019 2:28 pm

I too live in Queensland and the brilliant winter sunshine here in Brisbane has now gotten even more brilliant plus a lovely 24C max temp forecast for today.

Chris in Hervey Bay
Reply to  James Fosser
May 18, 2019 6:18 pm

Proud to be a Queenslander today !

John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia
Reply to  Chris in Hervey Bay
May 19, 2019 8:01 pm

Greenie, Bob Brown’s anti-coal convoy did us a favor.

Reply to  James Fosser
May 18, 2019 11:58 pm

Downright nippy in Townsville last night, what could be better.



Reply to  Tim Whittle
May 18, 2019 2:30 pm

Yep – our Queensland is today’s blame figure.

Reply to  Tim Whittle
May 18, 2019 3:10 pm


Robert of Texas
Reply to  Tim Whittle
May 18, 2019 3:11 pm

Hey, we have a bunch we can ship down to ya! Gore, Clinton, Nye (you know, the idiot guy), AOC. We won’t miss them!

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Robert of Texas
May 19, 2019 7:39 pm

Sure thing. I’m pretty sure Tasmania is still a convict settlement, so we’ll send em’ down there.

Non Nomen
May 18, 2019 2:11 pm

Let us wait until the dust has settled. Promises won’t butter bread, whatever else they do.

TG McCoy
May 18, 2019 2:13 pm
The Aussies can be Aussies again…
good in a fight, too (Personal experience, when a bar full of bikers and cowboys
wnet south and and my Aussie friend and I beat it to the front door..)

May 18, 2019 2:14 pm

Climate scare tactics backfire again. Sweet!

Urban elitism of the most detached from reality loses again. It’s back to the parlor for more tricks and the next run with new advocacy opiates. Bring out the climate psychologists to tell the voters how wrongheaded they are.

Roger Knights
May 18, 2019 2:19 pm

Here’s the link to Jo Nova’s thread on this election. It’s sure to be the most up-to-date and detailed site for this matter.

May 18, 2019 2:20 pm

Maybe, just maybe, the world is waking up to the FRAUD that is climate scaremongering.

J Mac
May 18, 2019 2:20 pm

Good on ya, Mates!
May the Farce no longer be with you!

May 18, 2019 2:29 pm

Looks like Aussies will be able to get all that “dirty coal” out of their country and send it to China for reprocessing into nice , clean, invisible and non toxic CO2.

Reply to  Greg
May 18, 2019 8:30 pm

Our house in Nelson Bay NSW overlooks the Pacific Ocean about 50km up the coast from the Newcastle coal port. I can see in the distance ships laden with coal heading north to China, etc. It’s like a barometer of our economy and lovely to see.

Bill Schroeder
May 18, 2019 2:36 pm

You Rippers!

M Courtney
May 18, 2019 2:39 pm

Climate is always bottom of every poll on ‘What issue do you care about most?’

So it’s not that climate change was rejected as an issue. It my still be an issue to Aussies.
It’s just that the supposed eventual end of the world is less important than feeding your family today.

Because failing to do that is the end of your world today.

May 18, 2019 2:48 pm

As a Queenslander, I am incredibly proud of my State.
Labor as Opposition got only 27% of the primary vote to the Government’s 43%!
After preferences, ( Australia has a Preferential system not “first past the post” like UK or US) the two part preferred vote was about 52% to 48% to the Government.
It is looking very likely that the Coalition will get 76-78 seats for a majority government.
The Opposition certainly made climate change a central issue if not the prime issue.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Herbert
May 18, 2019 6:54 pm

Was it Bob “My fellow earthicans” Brown and his caravan that helped Queenslanders reject ALP and Green policy on climate?

Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 18, 2019 8:34 pm

The locals had baseball bats out for them and one got knocked over by some idiot on a horse 🙂

However according to their leader they did really well because the election was about climate change … meanwhile there national vote went down by -0.2% to 10% flat. Success as defined by greens is not what the rest of us would call success.

May 18, 2019 2:49 pm

Yeah, we had one of those “unlosable elections” here in the States. Two and half years later Hillary is still finding new people to blame for her loss; while her die-hard supporters still refuse to accept the results.

Expect the same thing in Australia.

Curious George
Reply to  ScienceABC123
May 18, 2019 3:50 pm

Labor did not lose the election. It was stolen from them. Kapish?


Reply to  ScienceABC123
May 18, 2019 4:20 pm

Well, clearly climate change makes people confused, causing them vote for the wrong Party.
Everything is the fault of the magical molecule, CO2. So Shorten really did win.

Perhaps there is cause to adjust the vote totals to agree with what the modelers predicted.

(sarc, naturally)

Transport by Zeppelin
May 18, 2019 3:18 pm

The Applausables have won.

Australia, the smart country.

May 18, 2019 3:23 pm

Malcolm Roberts may be back!
He was our leading skeptic in Senate.
Sad we lost Tony Abbott courtesy of an aggressive green mafia hatchet-job.

May 18, 2019 3:42 pm

Sadly the 25 year standing Warringah Liberal member Tony Abbott, was beaten by a left wing loonie, Steggell, on her platform of global warming. Abbott has been an outspoken opponent to the global warming scam.

The streets were filled with nutters wearing global warming T-shirts.

May 18, 2019 3:45 pm

The election winner, PM, Morrison:
“Prime Minister Scott Morrison has launched a new pre-election climate change policy, pledging $2 billion for projects to bring down Australia’s emissions.”

Morrison is as left as the left.

Patrick MJD
May 18, 2019 3:51 pm

One thing I find funny is that yesterday climate change alarmists, Labor and Green party supporters were out in force frantically posting on as many articles at the SMH about the election and climate change. Today, very little noise from them.

Thank you Australian voters. Make Australia Great Again!

And maybe the case against Dr. Ridd and Adani helped sway voters.

Bruce Clark
May 18, 2019 4:03 pm

One thing I noticed during the campaign was the incessant use of the phrase “address climate change” So and so did not do enough to “address climate change”. We will “address climate change”. and on and on. Not once did I hear what anyone was actually going to do to “address climate change”. How were they going to “address climate change” What actions are needed “address climate change”. Nothing, no policies, no strategies, no targets, no costing, nothing.

Now that Ms Steggall is in, largely on a policy of I will “address climate change”, she is likely to find herself pretty lonely on the Hill in Canberra. She can stand out there and “address climate change” till the cows come home and not make one speck of difference.

Bruce Cobb
May 18, 2019 4:04 pm

Preview of US election in 2020?

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
May 18, 2019 6:38 pm

Very definitely!
The self-interest and stupidity are a phenomenon like no other in recent history.
Trump, despite his regular opportunism and occasional duplicity, could disappear between now and 2020 and still win handsomely.
Green suicide is the new order.
Eventually ‘democrats’ will realize their donors are selling them down the river for a carbon-trading seat.
Carbon-trading will never happen; but they don’t know that yet . . .

E J Zuiderwijk
May 18, 2019 4:08 pm

Whatever the per capita emissions are of Australians are, or for that matter of anybody else, it doesn’t matter. Carbon dioxide is not an important ‘climate driver’ but it is a beneficial gas that will sustain our food production.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  E J Zuiderwijk
May 18, 2019 5:13 pm

Many Australians believe Australians are the worst “carbon polluters” per-capita in the world. They seem to forget that Australia is a very very large carbon sink.

I think the result, which was unexpected to me, has sent a message to career politicians, Greens, alarmists and the elite that Australians have had enough of the fear mongering, the scare campaigns and simply want good jobs, industry return, a healthy environment (It already is!) and affordable, reliable energy.

Let’s just hope we don’t see the political backstabbing pantomime we’ve seen over the last 3 years. Stable Govn’t, stable leadership please for the next 3 years Shouty (Scott Morrison’s nickname).

Sun Spot
May 18, 2019 4:27 pm

The Canadian federal election is the next one to watch as our Prime Minister has nothing to say on anything other than bull horn the climate-change-fear-narrative, this Prime Minister & his climate-change-minister are brain dead and only know how to use climate-change as a means of governance, the stupidity of this man is something to behold. He was a high school drama teacher before suckering the electorate with his great hair and good looks !!!

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Sun Spot
May 18, 2019 6:07 pm

The alternative parties, except the PPC, all offer the same BS. Vote Mad MAx and the local PPC candidate!

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
May 18, 2019 8:34 pm

A vote for Max splits the Conservative vote. You might as well vote twice for Liberal Trudeau….

Reply to  DMacKenzie
May 19, 2019 12:18 am

I disagree, if the conservative groupings can still form a minority government via a Conservative coalition alliance, then who loses?

The left does!

And having a conservative split actually helps to refocus the conserves back toward actual conservative thinking and practicality, imho.

In other words, a right-side plit is not to be feared in that way, just vote in your own interests and let the respective negotiators in the conserve groupings figure out how to take government via alliance and policy mix compromises.

It’ll work and is not going to automatically produce left wins as presumed. What it will produce is a revitalized and refocused conservative cohort which will prevent infiltrated ‘centerists’ from effectively destroying the conservative’s electability from within.

Which is the very reason why a conservative spit takes place, btw. Don’t fear it.

May 18, 2019 4:42 pm

Trump will also win big next election. Everybody I talk to likes that he is not PC, even those that disagree with him. Many people have woken up.

May 18, 2019 4:42 pm

You may now return to your jobs, your savings, and your future. That lurch into the policy ditch has been averted for now.

Rob Leviston
May 18, 2019 4:57 pm

Australia, we dodged a Billet! Well done!

May 18, 2019 5:00 pm

Polls and climate predictions are both science-based.
Bias renders both useless.
Ironic, isn’t it?

May 18, 2019 5:36 pm

Nice little earner for me. Scomo was out to $8 when I took the plunge.
Funny how ALP the supposed party of the worker continues to believe taking elite climate policy to elections which is essentially designed to destroy the industry jobs of the same workers.
Tony Abbott lost because his seat is full of Soros types, doctors wives and latte sippers.

Reply to  Fairsuckofthesav
May 18, 2019 6:24 pm

Well done Fairsuckofthesav and spot on re “Soros types, doctors wives and latte sippers”.

May 18, 2019 5:39 pm

Eric Wirral, Nay 18. says it all.

Tony Abbott in his farewell speech hit it exactly. In the rich seats, where e
the residents were so well off that they can afford some Virtue signalling
as to how they want to Save the Planet, then they vote either Green, or a for
Independent who promises Green ideas.

But in seats in the working class areas , faced with ever higher electricity
costs, plus a high cost of living, again the result of the high cost of energy,
then a possible climate problem n a 100 or more year s time does not bother

Over the last 6 years, ever since Abbott won the 2013 election, which was
mainly because the “”Green “” PM . Gillard had made a big mess of things,
but the Senate opposed all attempts by Abbott to fix the Australian economy
, and the polls slowly turned against the Liberal National Parties.

It was reasonably expected that the ALP Labour party , that Bill Shorten
would win, possibly with a landslide against the Morrison government , but
Climate change and its true cost to the economy , never disclosed by Bill ,
went against him. Bill also promised far too much, things that possibly did
need fixing, but the old cry of “”Where is the money coming g from “” turned
some voters off.

Perhaps it came down to “The devil that you know is better than the devil
that you do not know ” who knows. Post Mortems and books will be written
about this election in the years to come.


Reply to  Michael
May 18, 2019 6:28 pm

And next morning the MSM & the failed politicians are still barking on about climate change.
They just don’t get it; well they don’t want to . . .

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Warren
May 18, 2019 7:51 pm

They just think if they say it enough times, the climate will stop changing.

michael hart
May 18, 2019 6:27 pm

Very low key reporting here by the BBC. Clearly not the result they wanted.

Lewis P Buckingham
Reply to  michael hart
May 18, 2019 11:53 pm

The ABC here in Australia were in a state of grief. It was on their faces as they were forced to tell the truth of the results.
Their coverage always emphasised the Green narrative, as did the pollsters and commentators.
Their top management told us to vote Labor or the ABC would have its funds cut.
They expected that their reach and control of agendsa would sway things their way.
Morrison however found out what electorates wanted, put out a news briefing, went to the electorate and was on TV ,local, the next night.
It worked in Bass.
The opposition treasurer had told fixed income retirees that if they did not like their new tax, they could always vote against it.
They did.
I don’t think he will last long as opposition treasurer.

Patrick MJD
May 18, 2019 6:47 pm

I think the ALP and Greens were in a unloseable position because of the Paris Agreement and what Ardern in New Zealand is doing. They assumed Australia would follow. I expect many NZers will be migrating to Australia in the coming years, I know someone already is, but not due to climate policy, just there’s no work for her in Wellington.

After the months and months or bullying and an unbelieveable volume of climate alarmism in the media, Australian gave the ALP, the Greens and the climate scare the bird!

Hard working Queenslanders also do not like to be bullied by latte sipping townies like Bob “My fellow Earthicans” Brown.

May 18, 2019 7:32 pm

Let’s not forget what happened back in 2012, when the ‘climate change’ party lost so badly during the Queensland, Australia elections that they had too few seats to be considered an officially recognized party.

May 18, 2019 8:35 pm

You note the characteristic move of the pea under the thimble?

We start out claiming that the total tons of CO2 emitted are driving a ‘climate emergency’.

We then move without a pause to claiming that the assessment should be based on per capita emissions, not total tons emitted.

And when this doesn’t work, as when comparing China with the EU, whose per capita levels are now roughly the same, we find some other reason, this time ‘fairness’ of various sorts, why only the West should reduce.

The way to approach this is to keep asking: do you really believe that total tonnage of CO2 emitted is what drives climate? That the total tonnage emitted will determine whether or not civilisation survives?

Fine, then tell me again why China does not have to reduce? One third of the worlds emissions, more coal mined and burned than the rest of the world put together. Why do they not have to reduce?

Then walk. Because you are probably talking to a Chinese funded astroturfer. Whether they know they are or not.

Peter K
May 18, 2019 10:29 pm

A week ago our shock Jock Alan Jones asked the deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek, ” this is not a trick question Tanya” “can you tell me what is the percentage of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at present”. Her answer was “I don’t know” Of course Alan enlightened her by saying “it is 0.041%”. So here we had the Labor Party going into the election with a mandate to “Change the Climate” with an open cheque book of tax payers money, having no idea of the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Reply to  Peter K
May 18, 2019 11:32 pm

Tanya Plibersek is a terrific asset, but not for Labor.

French geographer
May 19, 2019 7:49 am

Thank You, dear Australian fellows ! We, in France, are completely intoxicated, during the present european elections, with the “cliamte emregency”. Right, left, greens and others suggest in their programs the best way to the “ecological transition” with carbon taxes and other stupidities. The EU is really a new green USSR !
May I come to Australia asking for a status of political refugee ?

May 19, 2019 10:26 am

Yes … “winning” … what it looks like – “Dr. Trump” .. a play on KISS’s “Calling Dr. Love” (and for which Crowder received a Copyright Strike from YouTube WHICH Crowder then FOUGHT and WON.)


Tom in Florida
May 19, 2019 1:35 pm

“After losing an election which many analysts described as “unlosable,” Labor leader Bill Shorten conceded and announced he would be now known as Hillary”.

May 21, 2019 10:23 pm

Once more for the dummies: given a choice, people will vote for less/lesser *climate action* rather than more. But I’m also a dummy for not backing ScoMo at 6-1.

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