Aussie Prime Minister Anthony Albanese Fiddles While Australia's Energy Security Burns. Note this is a satirical photoshopped image.

Too Much Business Input: Aussie Government Stacks Climate Authority with Radical Activists

Essay by Eric Worrall

Hands up who plans to invest in Australia? Three radical climate activists have been added to the 9 person climate change authority, to counter perceptions of too much business influence on government policy.

Labor overhauls Climate Change Authority to counter concerns of excessive business influence

Albanese government appoints three women with environmental backgrounds to board

Adam Morton Climate and environment editor
Wed 14 Sep 2022 03.30 AEST

The Albanese government has appointed three women with environmental backgrounds to the board of the Climate Change Authority in a bid to counter concerns the advisory body was taken over by business leaders under the Coalition.

The authority was given expanded responsibilities under climate change legislation that passed parliament last week, including advising the government on future emissions reduction targets and an annual statement to parliament by the climate change minister. The advice must be made public, and the minister must explain why if he rejects it.

Climate activists have questioned whether the authority’s existing board is qualified to offer scientific advice after the Coalition appointed several business leaders to fill board vacancies.

The new members are the biologist Prof Lesley Hughes, a distinguished academic who has held government advisory roles and is a member of the Climate Council, Dr Virginia Marshall, a legal researcher who has worked on Indigenous water rights, and Sam Mostyn, a businesswoman and sustainability adviser who was chair of the climate advocacy group 1 Million Women.

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One of the activists is Professor Lesley Hughes, a member of the Climate Council. The Climate Council makes frequent appearances on WUWT, because of their hilarious backflip from predicting climate change will cause endless drought, to their new position that climate change causes severe flooding.

Leslie Hughes apparently believes the planet could warm by 4C by the end of the century. She also believes the ocean swallowed global warming during the pause.

Obviously the presence of such people on an important government advisory board, and the Aussie federal government’s open willingness to pander to deep greens at the expense of business, is yet another reason for investors to avoid creating energy intensive manufacturing jobs in Australia.

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September 14, 2022 10:13 pm

No shit, we have something similar in Austria (not Australia!!!) called “Klimarat”, or climate counsil. 100 randomly picked (sure!) citizens are meant to advice on climate policies. As far as they are laymen, they will be adviced by experts. Guess what the Greek chrous is going to do…

Reply to  E. Schaffer
September 14, 2022 10:25 pm

This seems appropriate for a response to the Aussie government.

September 14, 2022 10:22 pm

The new members are the biologist Prof Lesley Hughes, a distinguished academic who has held government advisory roles and is a member of the Climate Council, Dr Virginia Marshall, a legal researcher who has worked on Indigenous water rights, and Sam Mostyn, a businesswoman and sustainability adviser who was chair of the climate advocacy group 1 Million Women.”

Three of the most useless people on the planet. Of course, they need to be in government which is comprised, with some notable exceptions, of the most useless people on the planet, as well.
Birds of a feather… comes to mind.

Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
Reply to  KcTaz
September 15, 2022 12:31 am

Who says this group of 1 million women actually has one million members.

Perhaps I am wrong, but with all of the problems facing the government, I don’t think that the PM is really going to take any notice of any recommendations from this body.

It’s just a ploy to shut up the Greens.

As for the recency passed 40 % by 2030, that is two more elections away.

Plenty of time for excuses.

Watch Europe this Winter, that may well be the end of the Green Dream.

.Michael VK5ELL

Reply to  Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
September 15, 2022 12:49 am

I hope you are right, but watching people freeze is inhumane.

Reply to  Derg
September 15, 2022 1:46 am

what’s inhumane is the nearly 10,000 children who die daily from hunger and malnutrition because they don’t have access to benefits of abundant, plentiful and cheap fossil fuels.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Ron
September 15, 2022 4:30 am

You are right about there being many preventable deaths where fossil fuels can make a huge difference in their communities. I would, however, like to know the source of the number you quote.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
September 15, 2022 10:02 am

From the data below, it appears that it is ~ 10,000 per month.* So, that’s okay, then.

Annual Malnutrition Deaths by Age

2019 Malnutrition Deaths by Country

*I think you will easily find (I’m not taking the time to do it) that most of the people in the countries with a significant child malnutrition death problem do NOT have access to benefits of abundant, plentiful and cheap fossil fuels.

Reply to  Janice Moore
September 15, 2022 11:12 am

Sorry Janice, but I must agree with Ron.

It is 30 times what your reference materials suggest because Ron says so, and we all know proof, we don’t need no stinking proof when ACTION MUST BE TAKEN.

Just following the LEFTIST methodology. It works for them, why not for us?

Janice Moore
Reply to  Drake
September 15, 2022 11:55 am


Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Janice Moore
September 15, 2022 3:12 pm


Looking at some countries I know I think the numbers of the OurWorld graphs are on the low side.

While coal, oil and gas have massively improved the lives of people far better use of wood is possible in poor countries. I attended a talk some 40 years ago by a man who spent time in African rural areas showing people how to build a clay stove. Only the hot plate was metal. This stove was safe and used less than half the wood needed than when cooking on an open fire. I regret not having photos or finding something similar online.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
September 15, 2022 5:29 pm

Thanks for sharing that interesting fact, Michael. 🙂

Reply to  Derg
September 15, 2022 12:20 pm

LA Times claims extreme heat kills 5 times the number that succumb from extreme cold. They don’t cite a source, they just say it.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Wharfplank
September 15, 2022 5:30 pm

Thus saith the Times. 🙄

Reply to  Wharfplank
September 17, 2022 5:27 pm

That is probably true for Africa.

another ian
Reply to  Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
September 15, 2022 12:56 am

I’d suggest before you place your bet that you check the odds with a bookie with local experience

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
September 15, 2022 5:57 pm

actually has one million members.

A valid question in any rational discussion.

What actually seems to happen is collection of sub groups and/or splitters form their own little organisations with – oddly enough – themselves in charge. They claim to have members, possibly by getting people to sign up to their newsletter but possibly by other more convenient (ie – formally joining) methods.

Then they organise gravy train conferences and agree among themselves that in order to be heard they need to form a coalition. Hence they agree (among themselves) to grant affiliate membership to each other and then have someone else appointed as the leader of the coalition and then under that banner start sending out press releases.

Back a few years ago there was the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the head – a woman who’s name I cannot remember – suddenly became a media go to person and held a degree of ‘power’.


Old Man Winter
Reply to  KcTaz
September 15, 2022 1:23 am

New hires to maintain & expand “business” for The Team™!

September 14, 2022 10:40 pm

Come on Australia wake up, quit being so stupid.

Reply to  Bob
September 14, 2022 11:07 pm

Life is tough, its tougher when you’re stupid. ~ said some wise man.

The saying could be amended to include voting in stupid politicians but, generally speaking, if politicians were smart, they’d have a real job.

Reply to  Brad-DXT
September 15, 2022 4:54 am

“…a real job…”
It’s not uncommon for US politicians to go into office with a net worth of a couple million and come out 2 decades later with a charitable foundation of which they are in charge, with net worth of a couple hundred million. Apparently it is a secret how they do this. No “real jobs” can compete with such a savings plan.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
September 15, 2022 7:21 am

Its not a secret how they do this. They are using a legal procedure to cover illegal activity.
You don’t have to be smart to be a criminal, it helps though.

Reply to  Bob
September 14, 2022 11:12 pm

We have reached (passed in fact) a time of electing Members of Parliament knowing that of the two major sides that end up in government from time to time one is from the left and the other from the right, both sides have factions in between centre of the political spectrum to centre-right or centre-left and further left.

Today there have been a majority on the has been centre-right predominantly now centre-left and therefore for climate and warming hoax purposes on the same side.

Influenced by foreigners in various organisations but notably United Nations organisations.

Reply to  Dennis
September 14, 2022 11:21 pm

Australia is well known for having vast reserves of minerals and energy, but over the past thirty years State governments have blocked access, based on UN Agenda 21 signed around 1990 creation of National Parks on State and Commonwealth lands locking those areas up from exploitation of everything under the ground and no commercial sustainable logging or construction of dams. Marine National Parks as well resulting in commercial fishing bans and increasing importation of seafood.

UN Lima Protocol requiring signatory nations to not stand in the way of manufacturing industry businesses relocating to developing nations like China signed during 1975. Kyoto and Paris Agreements on lowering emissions, first “greenhouse gases” and now focusing on Carbon Dioxide.

There have been no referendums held to ask the people, UN agreements are signed by the Federal Government backed by legislation and the States also legislate and create regulations and Local Government Councils reporting to State governments impose regulations.

Reply to  Dennis
September 15, 2022 8:33 am

That’s only true if you consider socialists to be the center of the political spectrum.

Mark Amey
September 14, 2022 11:06 pm

I guess Albanese couldn’t find any blue haired, transgender, indigenous lesbians, so this lot had to do.

September 14, 2022 11:07 pm

Climate Council non-government organisation started by Professor of Palaeontology Tim Flannery (aka Tom Foolery) and defunded by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott Coalition Federal Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, a constitutional monarchy.

Steve G
Reply to  Dennis
September 14, 2022 11:42 pm

Flimflam Flannery…

September 14, 2022 11:09 pm

The more the merrier with these climate changers as sooner or later they’re forced to implement more stupidity they have to answer for to their cult following-
EU stings renewable energy suppliers with €140bn windfall tax (

That will simply beget calls for matching windfall taxes on fossil fuel suppliers and ignore the real underlying problem of dumping on grids by wind and solar. The only sensible policy until Russia manages to ameliorate global fossil fuel supply shocks supplying the likes of China and India is to use the crisis to fix the dumping.

Demand a level playing field from all generators thereby forcing the current dumpers to partner with reliables in order to up their average tender. Naturally they’ll have to pay fossil fuel generators their insurance premiums in order to do that thereby lowering the price setters’ costs. OTOH Liz Truss is off with the fairies printing money to subsidize the problem kicking the can down the road with more inflation. Female stupidity won’t fix male stupidity.

Reply to  observa
September 14, 2022 11:47 pm

There should be a windfall tax when the wind falls

Reply to  observa
September 15, 2022 6:27 am

what was MORE annoying?
theyre NOT going to hit the renewables scammers for THEIR windfall profits!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply to  ozspeaksup
September 15, 2022 8:36 am

Windfall profit taxes are always a bad idea. However just applying them to groups that are out of favor with the government makes the infinitely worse.

Alexy Scherbakoff
September 14, 2022 11:16 pm

I’ve had bad experiences with women in authority positions. They are far too emotional. I voted for a woman in the last federal election and she crossed the floor. Not happening again. Misogynist? no. Just personal experience in various situations.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2022 2:17 am

If she was smarter, she would NOT have built a load out facility at Port Hedland, (Western Australia). Instead she should have bought FMG. At the time the whole company was worth less than half the cost of the port facility that she was planning/building. And she would have secured the recently built FMG port infrastructure AND their mines and the plant that goes with it.

Imagine where that $75M could have gone if she had some real drive.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2022 3:37 am

My personal experiences. I’ve come across useless men as well.

September 14, 2022 11:31 pm

Opposition Leader Albanese and colleagues devoted a lot of time to relentless negativity directed towards Prime Minister Morrison, including calling him a liar many times.

During the election campaign Mr Albanese claimed to have been economics adviser to former Labor PM Hawke. That was quickly revealed to be incorrect, Albanese was at that time a clerk working the electorate office of Hawke Cabinet Minister Uren in a suburb of Sydney.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Dennis
September 14, 2022 11:49 pm

Politician-lips moving-lie.

Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
September 15, 2022 12:24 am

Foreign hands inside the puppets

another ian
Reply to  Dennis
September 15, 2022 1:13 am

That’s not fair! You’re supposed to have a short term memory span shorter than that of the politician in question

Reply to  another ian
September 15, 2022 2:29 am

A also know that he was not raised by a single mother alone in public housing, her parents, his grandparents, were age pensioners and leased the dwelling the family shared.

September 14, 2022 11:50 pm

How about getting rid of all these “climate committees”?

If not, for balance, how about having just scientists involved in climate research from both ends of the spectrum, not climate seanctists?

Reply to  Redge
September 15, 2022 6:29 am

but but
that might be a level playing field
cant have that!

Reply to  Redge
September 15, 2022 8:10 am

How about having climate scientists stay in their scientific research lane and leave energy production & distribution to electrical engineers.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Mr.
September 15, 2022 10:52 am
Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
September 15, 2022 11:57 am

This: (first image — I forgot that no text can come after link, else, image will not appear — THEN, the power went out (!) and the wifi went with it so my WUWT time limit to edit ran out and, so, here is that first image)

Edit: the first image would not appear — even with no text following the link. Sigh. Okay. Here is ANOTHER, similar, image:

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Bob Close
Reply to  Redge
September 16, 2022 2:19 am

Seeing as ‘Albo’ has graciously declared Climate Change non political, he should support having an ongoing debate on the merits of recent Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) compared to natural benign climate change(CC) that has been happening for the past 550My since recognizable animal life began. A scientific review of climate is part of due diligence required before far reaching policies are enacted in the name of CC that effect all of Australia and heavily impact our economy. We need to get this right, just listening to selected biased advisors on critical policy is not good enough in a trend setting democracy such as ours.
An aboriginal voice gets a referendum, but the more important issue of climate science, doesn’t even get an impartial Senate committee review. Come on Australia, for your own sakes, fair go!

September 14, 2022 11:51 pm

This article ( suggests that Pavlovian threat conditioning (also known as fear conditioning) is a basic form of learning in which an animal or person comes to associate a particular stimulus with a negative outcome. The findings provide insight into the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and could have important implications for both research on learning and clinical treatment.

Maybe our approach should be to point out all the positive things that happen with the present natural climate change. We could further note, that those who get exposed to and absorb the ‘doomsday’ negative effects of so-called climate change, are likely suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may need to get treatment! These ladies should be checking themselves out.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2022 11:20 am

Reminds me of the train bombings in Spain just before an election, polls before the bombing showed the conservatives winning, after the bombing the liberals won.

Before the plandemic, a good chance of the Liberal party cleaning up, after, not so much.

September 14, 2022 11:57 pm

Australia is rich in natural resources spread across a tiny population. The country has to work hard at stupid to avoid being wealthy. Governments appoint numbats into roles that pay squillions to make life hard for producers. That guarantees the balance is tipping toward stupid.

Through careful infiltration, China has enough influence to keep their supply chains functioning.

Where do you think all the raw materials that went into the heaters Germany is buying came from? Certainly not Germany!

Reply to  RickWill
September 15, 2022 12:21 am

A friend who is a migrant to Australia from the United States of America often points out that the wealth of this nation considering the natural resources are more than enough to make the Commonwealth of Australia a much more wealthy nation with infrastructure and services second to no other nation.

And manufacturing it used to be before the Whitlam Labor Government signed the United Nations Lima Protocol in 1975 agreeing to the gradual transfer of manufacturing industry businesses, including pushing the owners out with many compliance to government regulation costs, an uncompetitive tax regime, industrial laws that favoured unions over businesses, and more, adding increase of electricity and gas prices and reducing reliability of electricity supply.

Even the farming sector has been penalised based on UN Agenda 21 – Sustainability based laws and regulations.

The book titled The Lucky Country written by Donald Horne points out how stupid it has become, still wealthy despite the politicians. But obviously nowhere near as wealthy as the nation should be based on the natural resources alone.

Reply to  Dennis
September 15, 2022 5:23 am

Canada too….gov’t hoovers up the income taxes and capital gains taxes of those employed and investing in resource extraction….At the same time the MP’s are all in the lawyer club, who as a group make big side bucks off the housing and financial markets under club control simply by 1) the club letting in immigrants and authorizing the requisite loans and mortgages and title change documents 2) club members charging big bucks for those loans and documents 3) at the same time the club keeps other immigrants out with club members again charging huge legal fees for entry Visas, working Visas, or proof of wealth before bringing their family over. 4) the club letting inflation be whatever it has to be to keep the new immigrants thinking that their house value is increasing instead of declining since they don’t have resource extraction jobs…… It is a finely tuned near-Ponzi scheme….but what you gonna do when your club retirement on the beach somewhere warm is at stake ?

Reply to  Dennis
September 15, 2022 6:32 am

last week our local rag started the hate on Nitrogen campaign
our areas SAND it wont grow much without inputs
wimmera hay and grains supported the bushfire starving animals the droughted ones and the flooded ones.
stuff around and things could be rather dire, were having a 3rd good start and season coming presently

September 15, 2022 2:59 am

How many women are there in the climate advocacy group,“1 million women”?

a happy little debunker
September 15, 2022 3:28 am
September 15, 2022 4:02 am

“She also believes the ocean swallowed global warming during the pause.”

That pretty well sums up the anti-science, ignorance factory that is WUWT.

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More heat has gone in to melting ice than warming the atmosphere.

Robert Austin
Reply to  Loydo
September 15, 2022 6:00 am

What does the chart look like if you change the Y axis to temperature?

Reply to  Loydo
September 15, 2022 6:04 am

Oceans contain 1.4 zettalitres of water, L = 1Kg., and specific heat of water is 4.187 kJ/kgK, so call it 4200 joules per L/deg. So your graph implies the entire ocean has warmed 1/10 of a degree. But below 700 M, which is most of the ocean volume, Argo buoys say the warming is only hundredths of a degree. So wherever your graph came from, it is junk.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
September 15, 2022 8:46 am

But it can’t be junk, it supports the narrative.

Reply to  Loydo
September 15, 2022 8:25 am

Given the insulating nature of water, also can be stated as ability to resist temperature changes, it requires roughly 7 times more joules to raise a given quantity of water than atmospheric air.
Air = 700 joules per kg per K.
Water = 4815 joules per kg per K
So, Loydo, how do explain the special aspect of CO2 heating from anthropolic sources which specifically effects ice and not the air we breath?

Reply to  Loydo
September 15, 2022 8:45 am

Once again, Loydo demonstrates that it knows nothing about science.
First off, the actual increase in temperature that has its panties in such a knot is just a few thousandths of a degree. Measured using a couple of dozen instruments with an accuracy of around 0.3C, In other words, the claim is utter nonsense.

Michael in Dublin
September 15, 2022 4:24 am

Unfortunately these climate clowns are neither funny nor entertaining.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
September 15, 2022 1:05 pm

And THAT is the WORST of it. If they were at least funny…. But, nnnooOOOOOooooo. Just garden variety, tediously, relentlessly, boring liars.

(the guy smashing his head to keep awake owns the venue — he’s making sure those clowns don’t steal any of the AV equipment)

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Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Janice Moore
September 15, 2022 4:42 pm

G’Day Janice,

“Just garden variety…”

The photo puts me in mind of “Kinder-” garden. “OK children. Crossed arms, head down. It’s afternoon nap time.”

ie: learn to do as you’re told.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Tombstone Gabby
September 15, 2022 5:46 pm

G’day, Gabby. 🙂 And one little boy who refuses to conform. Probably grow up to be a CEO or Prime Minister in the tradition of Churchill or President (a duly elected president like TRUMP! will be in 2024! 😃)

I remember nap time in kindergarten. We all had little rugs we brought from home to lie on. I wasn’t sleepy and thought it was verrrry boring. Nevertheless, the one who was the quietest and stillest got to pass out the cookies (out of a box kept safe in the happy clown in the back of the room). I tried so hard. I was just SURE that I would be chosen…… No. Another child was. And the next day…. and the next day….

About 1/2 through the year, I think I figured out that the teacher was simply giving each of us a turn — we were all trying very hard. Being rebellious wasn’t considered “cool.” Being good* was.

And you know what? Even today, most little 5-year-olds who have loving, but firm, discipline, want more than anything to be “good.” A mighty millstone awaits the climate crooks who con and coerce these little ones to rebel in order to promote the lie about human CO2 emissions.

*Obeying a good, legitimate, authority is a good thing. Rebellion is not, per se, righteous. Only rebellion in the cause of good, to fight evil, is good.

Philip CM
September 15, 2022 6:05 am

More proof that few governments are concerned with the actual climate data, or limiting the number of ‘green’ moochers living off the taxpayer’s dollar.

CAGW has become a branch of western civilizations welfare State. Corporate welfare advocates had better watch out. That budget is only getting smaller with liberal economic incompetence as numbers among long-term unemployed increases.

September 15, 2022 6:24 am

albos NOT going to COP
funny because he sledged scomo for not going last time;-)

September 15, 2022 6:27 am

Yet another Lynch mob.. Well done Albo you are doomed.

September 15, 2022 8:42 am

Minister must explain why he rejects advice. And how about explaining why he accepts the advice.

September 15, 2022 9:27 pm

Australia’s Labor Albanese Government has a very excitable Minister now responsible for climate matters, Chris Bowen. He refused to accept the advice from the CEO of the now Federal Government owned Snowy Mountains Hydro regarding a gas fired generator being installed in NSW (Kurri Kurri) that “green” hydrogen is not commercially available and that more than 5 per cent mixed with gas becomes a safety concern, so he dismissed him.

The Albanese Government plans to have installed about 80 per cent of baseload electricity supplied by wind turbines and solar within a few years time.

September 15, 2022 9:41 pm

They need the senior “””EXPERT””” who recently said that “Australia will be drier in the future, but will have more rain”.

You just can’t possibly make this stuff up.

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