So, by 1995/6 the whole idea that you might be able to ‘green’ the Australian Labor Party had kinda fallen apart. The 1993 election had ignored the issues (with Keating particularly aggressive, blah blah true believers blah blah), and despite Environment Minister John Faulkner’s best efforts, the proposed carbon tax/levy in 1994/95 died an ignominious death (there’s a quote from Cheryl Kernot’s memoir coming up, btw). And how best to demonstrate this, beyond mere assertion? Well, this book –
has 17 chapters. Not a one of them on environment, or climate change. And here are the relevant pages of the index. Nowt on carbon dioxide, climate change, greenhouse effect or global warming. Two tiny mentions of ‘environment‘.