HOT HEADS: Political correspondent advocates eco-terrorism and riot to tackle climate change






It gets dull in Canberra when the politicians aren’t there.

The left-wing email newsletter Crikey’s Canberra Press Gallery nonce (as in purveyor of nonsense not any other meaning) Bernard Keane must have been bored when he flicked the switch to Che Guevera and demanded that – in the event of a Coalition win and subsequent repeal of the carbon tax/ETS – Australian youth rise up and commit acts of terrorism against those he deemed guilty of causing climate change:

There are other consequences to repeal, perhaps more esoteric. Repeal of the scheme would be a strong signal to the international community that Australia wants no role in any international action to combat climate change. Running interference in climate negotiations, and trying to extract the best deal from them, as the Howard government did, is one thing. Actively sabotaging an operational domestic abatement scheme is quite different, and the international community is unlikely to regard the Coalition’s risible "direct action" policy as any sort of replacement. The possibility of retaliatory action, particularly from Europe, towards Australian exports will have to be considered.

The other consequence is blunter. Should a carbon pricing scheme be legislated and implemented, and then be repealed, it will be a clear signal that parliamentary politics simply cannot cope with the policy challenge of climate change. Those who take the need to curb emissions seriously — particularly younger people, who will pay the price of climate change — will be forced to consider other alternatives. The most logical one is taking "direct action" of their own, to shut down our most emissions-intensive industries — think the dirtiest power stations — and stop emissions-intensive exports such as coal.

Given the repeal of a functional carbon pricing scheme, they will have a strong moral justification, as well as policy rationale, for doing so.

His employer, Eric Beecher, is reputed to be a slow-payer of his staff and contractors. He only hope the multi-millionaire dusts off his cheque-book soon so that stern Bernie can resume whatever medication he may have recently stopped taking.



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14 responses to “HOT HEADS: Political correspondent advocates eco-terrorism and riot to tackle climate change

  1. The Truth

    Mr Keane seems to be rather ignorant to the laws and customs of the Commonwealth based on his comments. The problem with misplaced Bolsheviks like Mr Keane, other than not being born in Russia a century ago, is that under our Constitution the will of the people is supreme and not a self-fancied set of “intellects” wanting to play God and dictate to the populous what is best for them.

  2. Giuseppe De Simone

    There is no justification in a democratic society for people using vandalism and terrorist acts to achieve what they cannot achieve by peaceful protest and reasoned argument. If the vote goes against you, the simple solution is to work harder the next time to win the vote.

    By encouraging violence and confrontation, Crikey has lost any moral authority it claims to possess.

    The only way it can be regained is by a show of democratic decency. This self-styled political correspondent should be sacked.

    I’ve put up with his left-wing bias, his third-rate analysis and his championing of trivia because I believe in free speech and the right to express an opinion.

    However, as a life time subscriber and early supporter of this journal when it really mattered (and its fearless reporting and political sources were nearly as good as Vexnews) I cannot swallow this infantile pseudo-revolutionary stomach churning call to the barricades.

    Sack him. Sack him now. Bring back Christian Kerr if you can afford him but just get rid of this armchair prognosticator.

    Better still, send him out of the country on a fact finding tour to Tibet or Iran where he can agitate against a repressive regime to see what it is really like.

  3. Mitchell Observer

    Chris Kenny, in today’s ‘Oz’, describes so well how the ‘insiders’ in the press gallery just cannot comprehend, or grasp, that the general public have not bought the carbon tax rationale, and that Julia’s credibility is rock bottom.
    Labor, and the Left in general, are in enormous political trouble.

  4. Wotever

    Keane is so immature

  5. Thomas Layton

    Democracy is a wonderful thing. It’s perfect for ensuring that morons like him never get any real influence

  6. Viewers should log on to the ABC iView and watch the interview with Paul Keating. Keating sums it up pretty well I think. Abbott is scaremongering by feeding misconceptions and pumping out false information. he conistently lies. Tony Abbott demonstrates time and time again that he is not suitable for public office

  7. Jazza

    So the laws of the land and democracy would no longer apply to them but apparently would apply to those who do not believe in the climate scam and the Brown/Gillard Clayton’s “fix”???

    I’d very much like to be present when they all get arrested and thrown in clink!

  8. Bill

    Oh dear!

    I might be a bit slow, but where in the article does he advocate any kind of violence, terrorism or other such lawlessness?

    All people have the power to shut down any business by withdrawing their patronage en masse. Could this perhaps be the direct action Mr Keane was referring to?
    I don’t know if that’s what he meant, but neither do you.

    Now what was that about beat-ups on a dull day?

  9. Vicelord

    He should be forced to grow a pointy beard, have his eyes surgically shaped like Vladimir Ilyich’s and be propelled to the Latrobe Valley in a sealed train in order to lead our carbonista revolution…

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  11. EH

    Typo in the last line – you mean “we”, not “he”

  12. cohenite

    Coal is chocolate sunshine

  13. Real

    How many people read Crikey compared to how many read this?

    Isn’t envy a sin?

  14. Wendy

    You’re right. kepp burning brown coal. Victorians will love it. Breathe in deeply and burn baby burn. Actually, why not expand them. I’m sure many of your suburban conservative readers will flock to get jobs in the coal mining industry!

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