Ex Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull Dumped from a Climate Board, as a Coal District Election Looms

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t JoNova; Climate overboard? Panicking NSW Conservatives appear to have abruptly placed political survival ahead of climate appeasement, in the face of a sudden unexpected by-election in a coal jobs district.

Malcolm Turnbull dumped from role on NSW government clean energy board after ‘media backlash’

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the NSW government has capitulated to a “ferocious campaign” from the media after his appointment to a clean energy board was overturned.

Last week, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean had backed Mr Turnbull to lead the Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy board, adding he was a great friend.

This morning, however, Mr Kean released a statement saying Mr Turnbull could “distract” from the board’s goal of creating jobs in low carbon industries and reducing state emissions while growing the economy.

Before his appointment, Mr Turnbull had written a letter objecting to the expansion of a coal mine in the Mount Pleasant area, in the Hunter Valley, citing concerns for his nearby grazing property.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said on Nine Radio this morning that he was embarrassed he had agreed to Mr Turnbull’s appointment.

“I gave the benefit of the doubt to the Liberals and the benefit of the doubt to Malcolm Turnbull and he pulled my pants down within 48 hours,” Mr Barilaro said.

The state seat of Upper Hunter is facing a by-election next month, after the resignation of disgraced Nationals MP Michael Johnsen.

The purpose of the board was to drive innovative technology and sustainable practices to reduce the state’s emissions by 35 per cent by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2050.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/malcolm-turnbull-dumped-from-role-on-nsw-government-clean-energy-board-after-media-backlash/ar-BB1fkIUr

Malcolm Turnbull deposed famously climate skeptic Aussie PM Tony Abbott in a party room Putsch in 2013, but was in turn dumped by his party in 2018, after his party became concerned at his poor polling amongst core supporters.

Could the NSW Conservatives possibly be more transparent?

I hope Upper Hunter district voters give the finger to both major parties. Labor has maintained a hardline climate platform for years, so they do not deserve the support of coal workers. The NSW Conservatives say they care, but they appoint climate radicals like Turnbull when it suits them, then about face and claim it was all a big mistake, when circumstances change and they need a few coal votes to keep their razor thin parliamentary majority.

Neither major party deserves the votes of coal miners, nor the votes of communities which depend on income from coal.

Update (EW): The clown dance continues – NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has spoken of her “everlasting respect” for Malcolm Turnbull, whom her government dumped hours before she made her everlasting respect speech.

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April 6, 2021 6:13 pm

YouTube: The Time Of Clean Coal Is Now Here.
This Sidel Carbon Capture Utilization System turns CO2 into good paying full time jobs and money.
We want to see coal power plants operating at full capacity putting into the atmosphere less CO2 than a natural gas fired power plant.

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  Sid Abma
April 7, 2021 1:54 am

Is CO2 a problem? Get rid of the soot and other pollutants, I am all for that but why waste time and $$$ on CO2

Paul C
Reply to  Sid Abma
April 7, 2021 4:41 am

The fundamental problem of Carbon (DIOXIDE) Capture is that it requires energy to operate. In other words it requires you to burn more coal less efficiently for the same usable power output. As nature performs the carbon capture by feeding the starving plants a little more of the life-giving CO2 without any additional energy input, that is the only sensible form of carbon capture to consider. We want to see coal power plants operating at maximum achievable efficiency. It is a truly amazing benefit that nature grows extra fuel when we liberate some of the ancient captured carbon.

Reply to  Sid Abma
April 7, 2021 4:52 am

What an stupid WASTE OF MONEY

Let the CO2 into the atmosphere… WHERE IT BELONGS

Fred Hubler
April 6, 2021 6:40 pm

“Mr. Turnbull had predicted evil consequences, . . . and was now doing the best in his power to bring about the verification of his own prophecies.” Anthony Trollope  

April 6, 2021 6:44 pm

Liberal, Labour, Green and Independent candidates for the Seat in the Hunter Valley are all falling over each other in a rush to distance themselves from any idea tat there could be interference with coal-mining or coal-export in a coalmining electorate. Farmers around the Hunter Valley love extra CO2 as it boosts their crops and know that coal boosts employment in the Hunter. For the period of the election, ‘climate change’ and ‘Global Warming’ are foreign words.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 6, 2021 11:38 pm

Between a flock and a coal face?

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 7, 2021 1:56 am

All coal miners can get jobs in aged care or driving tourist buses.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Clarky of Oz
April 7, 2021 3:12 am

or learning to code…

Patrick MJD
April 6, 2021 6:50 pm

You know carbon taxes and programs like these are a sc@m when Turncoat is sniffing around to get involved. Glad he’s been barred.

April 6, 2021 7:30 pm

I reckon the private polling from the coal mining electorate about the Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board scared the bejeezus out of the NSW government, so they dropped agw zealot Malcolm Turnbull like a hot thermometer.

April 6, 2021 7:31 pm

This brought a huge smile to my face last night. How sweet it is!

April 6, 2021 7:32 pm

“Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the NSW government has capitulated to a “ferocious campaign” from the media after his appointment to a clean energy board was overturned.”

Some basic information missing here. The “campaign” was from the Murdoch press. And it seems that when Murdoch speaks, conservative governments obey. From your link:

‘Mr Turnbull, who has been a fierce critic of News Corp, said the government had caved to pressure from the Murdoch press by reversing his appointment.

“There was a pretty ferocious campaign, a vendetta, really, in the characteristic way that News Corp operates,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Its goal was to bully the state government into not appointing me chair of this net zero board.”‘

Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 6, 2021 7:42 pm

Turnbull, like Rudd before him, has to blame the eeeevill Murdoch media for their rejections by the electors, because the agw acolytes Turnbull and Rudd just can’t bring themselves to accept the fact that the electors reject their loonie climate carpetbagging.

Nick, how many Aussie political parties have now been toast after pushing the climate catastrophe barrow?

Reply to  Mr.
April 6, 2021 7:47 pm

Turnbull was not rejected by the electors. He was ousted by his fellow parliamentarians.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 6, 2021 10:42 pm

Which is why Abbot was ousted before him, he was also leading them to disaster ….

Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 8, 2021 5:41 pm

After reading about the polls go back to Homepage and there is a menu of timeline and history that makes for fascinating reading.


Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 6, 2021 7:57 pm

After Turnbull led the Liberal Party to a loss of seats that reduced them to barely a majority in the House of Reps.

Previously, “climate denier” Tony Abbott had won a landslide election victory after campaigning to axe the carbon tax that a Labor / Greens government had promised not to introduce, but then did.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Mr.
April 6, 2021 8:45 pm

Previously previously, Malcolm Turnbull attempted as Leader of the Opposition to Out Left the Left on then PM Kevin Rudd’s carbon adventure.

The rank and file of the party told him that if they had wanted to back ALP policies they would have voted for the ALP and Turnbull could attempt to block Rudd, or do his own letterboxing come the next election.

End result was that Turnbull lost the support of the party and was replaced by Abbott after a leadership spill vote.

Turnbull is a multiple ‘Climate’ loser. A smarter man would backflip on his previous morals and give the voters what they wanted (or at least promise the voters). Nope. Turnbull is the special needs kid wondering why that copper bar zaps him each time he touches it.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 6, 2021 8:11 pm

Yes, that’s how becoming, or being rejected, as a party leader/PM works in Australia. Nothing to do with the Murdoch press.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 7, 2021 5:10 am

Id argue that he was massively unpopular with majority lib voters and Im one and so is the rest of my town, hes so one the nose still a sewage plants a sweeter smell

Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 6, 2021 7:49 pm

Rubbish! that’s what he said. The backlash was from the community and not just to Turnbull himself but the the whole corrupt idea of a Climate Board. That clown Matt Kean needs to go too and join the Greens if he wants too, but I also question the judgement of the premier.

Reply to  Lrp
April 7, 2021 4:40 am

I am right there with you Lrp! Turnbull needs to wake up and realise that the people were never on his side. He stole the top job from Tony Abbott, a good man who bolstered the Liberal Party, and increased the numbers.

We didn’t want Turnbull, he lost seats and promoted a leftist agenda. The media weren’t the ones responsible for him being ousted, the Liberal Party knew that he was unpopular and the the people did not want him. The Party put Morrison in the top spot. At the very least, Turnbull was gone, to the constituents, Morrison was an unknown.

Scott Morrison was put into power in his own right solely because his ‘quiet Australians’ did not want renewable energy!

He has right royally betrayed the Australian people. He knows nothing of the truth about the damage being done by renewables infrastructure, both here, but more significantly in developing countries. Nore does he care. The Australian economy, and more importantly the environment is being irretrievably trashed.

Renewables are being pushed down our throats. Every piece of information being thrust on us is pure marketing. No one asks questions, few people grasp the ramifications of rolling out wind, solar and backup. They have no understanding of the fact that CO2 is not in any way being reduced by the roll-out of renewables in Australia, it’s simply being relocated by their mining, production and shipping in developing countries.

Mining is not in any way reduced, it’s massively increased, globally. There is nothing sustainable about renewables.

This infrastructure is being dumped on regional Australia and no one asks what happens to it at end of life. A gift for future generations? Who pays for the decommissioning and restoration. Landfill must not be an option!

Kean is a disgrace, as are the large number of politicians who are Liberals in name only. They are our ‘Lino’s’, ‘Liberals in name only’. We no longer have conservative government. The two major parties, Liberal and Labor Parties, are both far left of centre, over there with the Greens. They both talk about being moderates or even centre right. That’s a joke, they are really that out of touch.

One Nation have so much work to do. Keep the bastards honest Pauline.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 6, 2021 9:00 pm

Oh, the big mean Murdoch used his evil powers to stop poor little Malcolm, did they?

Let’s look at what is actually in play.

Murdoch Press combined has the best readership in Australia.

Murdoch Press combined is not the majority media in Australia.

Media is market driven (unless you are the Australian ABC, in which case media is powered by unicorns and soy) meaning that no one is forcing you to consume. Switch off. Don’t buy. Ignore.

So if a minority group is managing to get a majority market share, the market must be happy for this to happen. ie – the media group is telling them what they are willing to pay for.

(note – what you are willing to pay for does not automatically equal the truth. If you believe it is the media’s obligation to tell the truth you do not understand how markets work. It is the media’s obligation to attempt to return a profit to the share holders. Within the laws for slander and deformation the media can say what they want provided they get the sales they are after. Free market.

(the extension to this is the ‘truth’ is flexible. The ‘truth’ to a Football fan is that Football is the greatest sport ever. The ‘truth’ to a Football-phobe is that Football fans are dumb and the players worse. The ‘truth’ to a Football apathetic is Fallout 76 is rubbish. Know your market. Structure your truth to what they want to believe. Live or die by your sales.)

So, even if we assume that Murdoch DID launch a massive anti-Turnbull campaign, where was the rest (and majority of media outlets) with their massive pro-Turnbull campaign? Why was not Nine Media (now owners of Fairfax) with front page spreads in The Age and the SMH?

To be honest I would go as far as to say there are two types of people in Australia – those who hate Turnbull and openly would like to see him fail, and those who are completely over the has been. No one actually likes him.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 6, 2021 11:30 pm

NOBODY should EVER have placed Turnbull in charge of ANYTHING…… PERIOD.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 6, 2021 11:32 pm

You are BLINDED by your far-left idiotology Nick !

Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 7, 2021 1:42 am

Oh those dastardly press when it’s anything Nick disagrees with it is there fault … if they print something he agrees with then it’s okay.

We have a description of you Nick … TOSSER.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
April 7, 2021 3:49 am

Nothing to do with the Murdoch press. Turnbull has brought this on himself. He’s a walking political disaster who still hasn’t learnt to keep his mouth shut. Wish he would resign from the Liberal Party.

Reply to  Graeme#4
April 7, 2021 4:54 am

Glad he did start with his mindless yabbering,

…. gave a very good reason to GET RID OF HIM. !

April 6, 2021 7:48 pm

I am surprised it took the byelection to give people a clue that Gladys is running a Gov that is very often not distinguishable from one run by Greens.
The PM is a fool if he sees Gladys as an ally.
Her Gov is anti-dam- tick
anti-gas – tick
anti-coal – tick
in favour of “lock the gaters” who are anti-resources exploration & development – tick
anti gas pipelines – tick
supporting the ED Office which runs lawfare for all Green causes – tick
fails to raise Warragamba Dam wall – tick
no doubt there are other issues I have missed.
Glad runs a Gov that looks EXACTLY like a busy GreenLeft Gov would look.

Reply to  wazz
April 6, 2021 8:51 pm

One you missed Wazz: she has appointed as her Minister for the Environment & Energy a guy so woke and progressive (Matt Kean) he would be welcome in either the Greens or the Labor Party

Reply to  OldCynic
April 7, 2021 2:41 pm

OldCynic, two of Matt Kean’s climate advisers are Zali Steggall, who calls herself an Independent (actually a Green), and Adam Bandt. Adam is at least honest enough to embrace the Greens Party. Matt Kean has the gall to call himself a Liberal!

Kean himself is pretty much a ‘Greenie’, as is Malcolm Turnbull. There are many of them. The thing is, they infiltrate the Liberal Party because they know that the Greens don’t get the votes. They think that we’re all idiots. The Liberal Party candidate in WA failed miserably in the recent elections held there. He was a ‘pure’ Green, woke as they come.

When are the Liberal Party going to wake up? They are so totally out of touch with the traditional conservative Liberal Party that they are unrecognisable.

They need to drag themselves back to the centre and have the guts to speak to their constituents, or they are gone.

High Treason
April 6, 2021 10:11 pm

Hoping for a massive result for One Nation in the by-election. Labor and Greens are still anti coal. The Liberals have been infected by soft- c… liberals. Thus, there is only one party left worthy of a vote in the Hunter.

April 6, 2021 11:50 pm

Presumably Malcom belongs to all the right clubs, goes to all the right parties, and the fact that he isn’t of the right politically, or even a Liberal in any traditional sense, doesn’t bother National politicians in NSW.

Queensland Labor, of course, is very pro-coal, at least when the premier’s husband gets involved in the profits.

April 7, 2021 12:32 am

Do note: when talking about coal ‘mining’ in this area we are talking huge open cast mines, operated by drag line… there aren’t tens of thousands of miners going underground or anything like that.

Objections to open cast mines from farmers have a different basis…

Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 7, 2021 3:55 am

Currently the West Australian mine sites are short of operational staff Eric, as the tradies are earning good money in Perth and don’t want to go north to the heat and flies. Plenty of good jobs still available up there.

David M
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 7, 2021 8:20 am

Eric, your friend is talking rubbish. House prices in Perth are rocketing up and have been for the last 6 months. Housing stock is the lowest it has been for 15 years and houses are selling in 2-3 weeks.

Reply to  griff
April 7, 2021 1:49 am

What would that be ignorant dropkick they get a paid holiday from farming and then get there farm back rehabilitated. Yeah everyone hates free money.

Educate yourself they usually have annual conferences on it except last years didn’t happen but here read the 2019 one

Reply to  LdB
April 7, 2021 5:24 am

It’s interesting LdB, we are the guinea pigs of large scale renewables here in the Central West Region of NSW.

We are currently fighting a 400MW solar installation plus batteries which will fence off close to 18 square kilometres of quality agricultural land. Rehabilitation of the land at the end of the contract is not even a part of the discussion, though it has been suggested that the landowner will be potentially left with valuable recyclable material. And they keep on saying how cheap they are to build these days.

At the end of life of a 20MW solar installation in America, it was decommissioned and rehabilitated and after recycling reimbursements it cost the owners $2.1 million US dollars.

A 20MW solar installation is tiny, our farmers involved in these scams are in for a rude shock. Likely this will fall back on the local councils, the owners will declare bankruptcy.

None of this has been thought through. Renewables aren’t successful anywhere in the world yet our Federal Government keeps handing out the subsidies as gifts for overseas jobs and developers. They are selling us out no one is willing to question any of it.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
April 7, 2021 2:12 am

Griff talks about nothing he knows about Australia, AGAIN!

Reply to  griff
April 7, 2021 3:59 am

Not sure if you have any idea of how big the Australian mining and gas operations are Griff. They employ thousands, often in three shifts, and work 24/7. To give you some idea, my son who is a planning consultant advised one of the sites that they were 150 folks short for just one short-term task.

Reply to  griff
April 7, 2021 4:55 am

griff LUVS to make WANTON DISPLAYS OF his IGNORANCE, don’t you griff.

Reply to  griff
April 7, 2021 5:02 pm

As a regular visitor to Hunter Valley NSW coal mines during the 1970-1980 period I can today take you to the locations where landscaping has been carried out after the “overburden” removed to expose coal seams has been replaced.

The contour of the land has changed but the landscape is now farmland grass and trees and unless you knew the mine locations you would not be able to identify them today.

April 7, 2021 4:21 am

Brief history of Mal Turnbull: Lawyer, stumbles on investment in tech stock (OzEmail), becomes rich, idolizes left wing NSW state leader, asks to join socialist party (Labor party) but gets rejected, so joins (infiltrates) conservative party (why did they have anything to do with him?), after white-anting loyal conservative PM Tony Abbott somehow becomes conservative prime minister, destroys conservative party, is champion of leftist media (Australian ABC and left wing media), continually berates conservative party. MT’s rampage through politics is one of those things that is totally gob-smackly the opposite of what is defined as basic logic.

Reply to  Dsystem
April 7, 2021 7:18 am

You forgot to mention his gig with Goldman Sachs where he was tasked with getting GS appointed to be the government’s purveyor of “carbon” credits if they ever got their trading system voted in.

Turnbull epitomizes “climate carpetbaggers”.

Reply to  Mr.
April 7, 2021 5:05 pm

He has admitted that he and his wife are “globalists” and proud of being globalists.

Reply to  Dsystem
April 7, 2021 5:04 pm

He was invited by the founder to invest in the rapidly expanding OzEmail business which he did and his investment paid huge dividends.

Michael in Dublin
April 7, 2021 4:44 am

What a mess!

April 7, 2021 5:06 am

turncoat was bitchin re murdochs campaign
not seen or heard a word from their media I read daily on it.
malc refuses to admit the avg aussie really thinks hes a whinger and a git

Jim Simpson
April 7, 2021 8:03 am

Sweet justice. 

The ‘Miserable Ghost’ (Turnbull) & his now deflated promoter, Matt (The Green) Kean now warrants a thorough reaming by way of dis-endorsement prior to the next NSW State Election.

If not, then some REAL competition for the electors of Hornsby would be useful by way of candidates from One Nation & the Shooters & Fishers Party, both preferencing one another, to give Conservative voters in the Hornsby electorate an alternative to vote for!

Reply to  Jim Simpson
April 7, 2021 5:07 pm

Matt being in NSW the leader of the “moderates” faction of the Liberal Party, them being the left leaning group and friendsand allies of the “Ghost”.

Steve Z
April 7, 2021 8:15 am

Old King Coal still reigns in Australia, and his climate fiddlers three are sent packing.

The entire “CO2 causes global warming” hypothesis was first pushed (ironically) by Margaret Thatcher’s government in the UK in the early 1980’s, in order to reduce the political power of the coal-miners’ union.

But the coal industry keeps striking back. Democrats had won the state of West Virginia (a heavy coal-mining state) in the elections of 1988, 1992, and 1996, but after Al Gore came up with his global-warming scare, West Virginia revolted and voted for George W. Bush in 2000, and has voted Republican ever since. Most of the focus in the 2000 election was on Florida, but if Gore had won West Virginia (as Clinton did twice), he would have been President even while losing Florida.

In 2009 and 2010, the Obama administration was pushing a “cap-and-trade” scheme for reducing CO2 emissions, and had a filibuster-proof Democrat majority in the Senate, but too many coal-state Democrats voted against it, and it never even got a majority in the Senate.

Even now, the Biden administration probably can’t get a “Green New Deal” through the Senate, due to opposition from Democrat Joe Manchin, from West Virginia again!

Lots of politicians like to posture about “saving the planet from climate change”, but when they have to face the voters, they’ll let people keep on mining and burning Old King Coal.
And natural gas, which burns a lot more cleanly than coal.

Reply to  Steve Z
April 7, 2021 3:13 pm

A ‘Green New Deal’ plan anywhere in the world does not result in so called clean energy Steve.

When people talk about the environment these days, they seem to relate only to CO2. They have no clue about the environmental damage, and the humanitarian
issues, being created in developing countries due to increased mining to create renewable energy. Nor do they consider the thousands of square kilometres of rural land being bulldozed to accommodate this useless infrastructure. Native animals, trees and scrub lands are destroyed and displaced in this process.

They have no clue that coal and hardwood timber are actual ingredients in the making of crystalline silicon solar panels. And that the necessary thermal processes predominantly use coal for the furnaces that have three separate processes, one of which requires temperatures to be held at 1100C for five days.

This is just one example. Mining is increased on a massive scale to create renewables, particularly coal.

I am not against mining, I live in a region that exists because of mining. But I am against unnecessary mining and using valuable resources globally for the farce that is ‘renewable energy’ is nothing short of criminal.

a happy little debunker
April 7, 2021 11:42 am

 in a party room Putsch in 2013, 

Nit-picking for fun – it was in 2015

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