An open letter to Mr Josh Frydenberg
I wrote to you some months ago and suggested then that you were using your well developed debating skills in the Parliament in the matter of climate change and mitigation to argue a position you knew wasn't sound.
I now know that I was in error and that you either believed then that climate change was not anything that we need to worry about or you were prepared to say the things you said in spite of the facts.
Now you are a spruiker for coal mining and coal burning in spite of the massive drop in world coal prices and the clear desire of the voters of Australia to move as quickly as possible to renewal energy which in the long run would be cheaper, job creating and clean.
I had a look at your web site to see how you see yourself. Some of your quotes are extracted below followed by my responses.
“How would I like to see the future unfold? I want to see an Australia that is safe and secure.
I want to see an Australia where the only relevant consideration is the content of a person’s character.
I want to see an Australia where families are valued and encouraged.
I want to see an Australia where each citizen has the opportunity to be the best that they can be.”
Like you I am a child of Holocaust survivors. My father passed away ten years ago and my mother will be 91 in a couple of weeks. They arrived in Australia penniless but with a huge amount of energy to make a new life in a country that welcomed them and where there were opportunities for these New Australians.
My mother has two children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren a fact that seemed impossible from the forests of Belarus where she survived the war as a partisan. The difficulty I have with your statement quoted above is that on any fair reading it would include the welcome of asylum seekers rather than the cruel policy your government has. I have a close friend who came as a boat person fleeing Vietnam. He was ten years old but his family were welcomed by Malcolm Fraser and the government of the day. Today he heads up an IT com pany and has and is making a contribution to this country. If his family were attempting the same thing today the would end up on Nauru or Manus with no hope or future.
One of the lies that Dutton and Morrison and many on your side tell is that we are now punching above our weight in taking refugees when the truth is that on a per capita basis we rank sixty seventh. Another terrible lie.
Well you can lie to the people some of the time but eventually you will be found to be what is plain to many of us. A disgrace to the office to which you have been entrusted. May you go with Bronwyn Bishop noisily into the night.
While your party looks back to Howard as the great leader the Chilcott report suggests he is a war criminal. And as you celebrate the great fiscal returns of the Howard Costello regime it is now evident that they in fact brought us the structural deficit we are now struggling with.
As the son of an eminent medico it is disappointing to see you spruik for greed rather than listen to the science. Now you have replaced the liar-in-chief Greg Hunt maybe you can do better than "coal is good for humanity."