You’d think that government ministers would check easily verifiable facts when writing essays in national newspapers, wouldn’t you?
Ian Macfarlane or his staffers obviously don’t, as shown in this opinion piece (Brown plan will leave nation an industrial backwater) in today’s Australian.
Obviously, the piece is designed to strengthen the idea that the Greens are economic loops, completely apart from reality, and that they shouldn’t be allowed to influence public policy. Let’s look at the first para:
GREENS leader Bob Brown wants to shut down the coal export industry in the next term of government. But his latest assault on the growing Australian economy would have ramifications far beyond what would be a devastating outcome for our coal industry.
But Bob Brown doesn’t want to shut down the coal export industry in the next term of government, notwithstanding the fact that this has been reported and commented on for a couple of days. Instead, The Greens want something quite different, as detailed in this press release on the Greens web-site:
The Greens believe that we need to move beyond Australia’s reliance on coal. Last week, I called on whoever wins office at this year’s election to commit to a plan to phase out coal exports. That plan must be in place by the end of the next term of government so that we can move beyond coal as a matter of urgency. It might take decades for the task to be completed, but the scientists are telling us that we must start immediately.
Ah, there’s nothing like misquoting a political opponent to discredit them.