According to all political commentators I’ve read, the Liberals have achieved a triumph in policy formulation on climate change, reverting to the policy they put at the last election, where climate change was a central issue. It’s a while ago now, but can anyone remember how that turned out for them?
It’s striking that they’ve managed to replicate not only the policy but the style and even the body language of John Howard on this issue. You can see Nelson trying to placate the delusionists in the party room while he emphasises that they will only support the tiniest, least significant possible steps, delayed as long as possible. It will be interesting to see how Costello (or Turnbull if Costello bottles it again) handles the issue.