2 November 2020

Hundreds of doctors call for Angus Taylor’s sacking

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The Minister for Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, is making a mockery of the role and must go, according to 700 health professionals.

This morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison received a letter signed by hundreds of doctors, calling for a new minister who would take action on harmful emissions.

“Public health is inextricably linked to climate health,” the doctors say. “Climate damage is here now – and it is killing people.”

The letter’s signatories include, alongside a multitude of GPs, the Medical Journal of Australia’s editor-in-chief Professor Nick Talley, former chair of RACGP Tasmania Dr Clare Ballingall, member of Doctors for the Environment Australia and GP Dr George Crisp, Rural Doctors Association of Victoria president Dr Rob Phair, incoming president of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine Dr Clare Skinner and president of the Australasian Epidemiological Association Associate Professor Brigid Lynch.

The letter says Mr Taylor is “failing in his responsibilities to reduce emissions”, and thereby contributing to more harm, by continuing to give public funds to gas and other fossil fuel projects, while overseeing a nationwide 50% decline in large-scale renewables investment. He is also failing to reduce Australia’s emissions in line with the country’s international obligations, and not committing to a 2050 net zero emissions target.

“The burning of fossil fuels such as coal and gas that drives global warming is also a major contributor to air pollution – this silent killer is linked to the premature deaths of 3,000 Australians each year,” it says.
“Higher levels of air pollution are also associated with increasing illness and death related to ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive airways disease, lung cancer and asthma [and] also with adverse outcomes in pregnancy, including low birthweight and stillbirth.”

Australia’s pandemic recovery “must recognise that human health, economic health and environmental health are closely connected”, according to the group, spearheaded by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

“The pandemic compels us to pursue a recovery that strengthens our resilience to future shocks; to our collective health, to economic frailties and to extremes of weather.”

Now is the crucial time to address the climate crisis, especially considering our country is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters and we are the highest emitters per capita, it goes on.

“We urge you to immediately take meaningful action to reduce emissions and tackle climate change, and replace Angus Taylor with a Minister who is committed to this goal.”

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Ariane Cullen
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Ariane Cullen
26 days 8 hours ago

Well put, George Crisp, thank you!

Shannon
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Shannon
26 days 23 hours ago
Please stop this left wing propaganda. If you want to go expanding the role of doctors into every facet of human life, just like left wing proponents want to tell everyone how to think, what to wear, what to eat, what to get upset at and what to believe then why is no-one talking about the evils of socialism and how it is singlehandedly responsible for the most human deaths in recorded history, and how most people don’t know about the gulag archipelago or care to acknowledge it’s significance. I dont know any religious doctors (Christian, Muslim, Catholic or Hindu… Read more »
Sandra Skinner
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Sandra Skinner
29 days 22 hours ago

Good on the minister for not bowing to hysteria and fake science. “Climate Change” is one of the biggest rorts of this millenia. I’m all for looking after our environment but let’s keep it real. It’s not ok to lie just to make people thing your way. The renewable energy push is financial and about wealth redistribution and ushering in cultural Marxism. Nothing to do with polar bears or forests.

Rupert Good
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Rupert Good
1 month 23 hours ago
As a medical doctor with a background in astrophysics it is most reassuring to know CO2 warming is only a theory. It is not evidence based, as there are no observations that support the theory. So let us place our medical doctor’s hats on and look for the evidence base before jumping at the claims made by fund seekers. Here is some evidence that the theories are incorrect: 1. CO2 warming theories all have the side effect of causing an equatorial hotspot – no such hotspot exists despite tens of thousands of weather balloons looking for such a hotspot 2.… Read more »
George Crisp
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George Crisp
1 month 1 hour ago
If you want to understand climate science, then you should read the excellent summaries provided by all of the world’s peak science bodies including The Royal Society, AAAS, NASA, and our CSIRO rather than rely on factoids that support an ideological argument. The dominant contribution of CO2 in determining global atmospheric temperature has been well established for over a century and now extremely well understood and increasing observed. Our role in this is not to question other areas of specialist expertise but apply our own, and this is highly relevant to us precisely because prevailing climatic conditions (and extremes) are… Read more »
Craig Thompson
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Craig Thompson
1 month 1 day ago
Some of the assertions are sweeping generalities and inaccurate: Autralian greenhouse gas emission account for1% of global emissions (c.f. China 28%,USA 15%,Russia 5%, Japan 3%,Germany 2% – UK Italy Poland France and Australia all 1% World Health Organization international definition for perinatal deaths: For the purposes of international comparison, stillbirths and neonatal deaths are defined as third trimester perinatal deaths—greater than or equal to 28 weeks gestational age and/or greater than or equal to 1,000 grams birthweight (WHO 2015). This differs from the standard definitions used for stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia—greater than or equal to 20 weeks’ gestational… Read more »
Elizabeth Grey
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Elizabeth Grey
1 month 1 day ago

Just to add that whilst Australia may appear to cop out at 1%; if you check you will discover that whilst Australia has 0.3% of the world’s population we are (per capita) the 2nd highest CO2 emitters in the world. USA first at 16.5; Australia 15.4; Canada 15.1; China scores 7.5 and India 1.7 metric tonnes per capita. This does not take into consideration that we export fossil fuels-this countries receiving them assumes that emission. https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/10296/economics/top-co2-polluters-highest-per-capita/ for a neat concise page of comparison. Cheers.

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