In a company newsletter, aptly known as “Connexions”, Melbourne Transport Operator Connex has gone to the trouble of articulating and thereby endorsing details of the Rudd Governments proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme for its 3000 + employees in Melbourne.
Produced and published by its “Corporate Affairs Team” the internal circular ran an article in late December entitled, “CPRS - WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?” It explained:
"The Commonwealth Government released its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) White Paper this week (climatechange.gov.au). Our very own Environmental Sustainability Manager, (name), takes time to break down what it’s all about … He says, “Though conservative the paper marks a pivotal movement in the Government’s stance on the climate change policy and its commitment to manage emissions reduction … The White paper included the Rudd Labor governments targets for Greenhouse gas emissions, 5% below 2000 by 2020".Presented thereafter are key features of the proposed scheme in addition to the likely impact for consumers. However, and in terms of the latter, the emphasis is placed squarely on the expected assistance measures put forward by the paper in terms of assisting consumers through a “package of $6 billion” to cushion the impact of the proposed measures.
The article is concerning on several levels. Perhaps someone ought to tell the corporate affairs team at Connex that “climate change” per-se, remains a highly contentious issue and that as we speak, many within the science establishment are coming forward to pronounce, in no uncertain terms, that Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is a scam, with no basis in science and that furthermore, dangerous human caused warming can neither be demonstrated nor measured. A call that is only likely to increase in the coming year. Put simply, while mainstream media has made it s mind up on the issue, a great body of science and indeed economics, is sounding the alarm bells on carbon constrained economies.
Not the first time
Earlier in 2008, the same newsletter ran an article endorsing a previously announced, Rudd Government transport infrastructure-spending package. Admittedly, I cannot recall the articles complete title however, one component of it is still vivid in the mind, “Rudd knows best”, need I say more…
Perhaps we ought to remind Connex that it is not a good look for company newsletters, particularly so pertaining to employers as large as Connex, to publish articles’ with, unambiguous political and/or ideological overtones.
That the term “Carbon Pollution” was created and put forward by the Rudd Government and his Minister for economic destruction Penny Wong in an attempt to seize the higher moral ground on the issue. On this note, I dare anyone to visit his or her local library and find a science text that refers to Carbon Dioxide as a pollutant.
Finally, we are merely referring to a White Paper which has not even been debated in our Federal Parliament. White papers refer to a proposed action and/or policy on the part of Government as to details of planned legislation.
We wonder whether the team at Connex/Connexions will make a similar effort to published details of the Oppositions response to the Governments White Paper upon release.
Intriguingly, the internal article concludes:
For further information visit the http://climatechange.gov.au/whitepaper or contact Environmental Sustainability Manager (name) on extension …Thus, we can be excused for thinking that Connex’s Environmental Sustainability Manager is a conduit for the Rudd Governments proposed scheme …
Undoubtedly, Connex would deny any support for any party or political persuasion, nonetheless we do know that it contributed to State ALP coffers in 2003-4.
I would venture to suggest that the editorial team behind the newsletter and the companies Environmental Sustainability Manager were and are, out of their depth on the issue. Moreover, I am compelled to add, would it not be wiser, more prudent and professional for the aforementioned manager to limit his office work and commentary to methods for making Connex more environmentally friendly – to reduce its own carbon footprint – as opposed to articulating the merits or otherwise endorsing and sanctioning proposed Government legislation - white papers for heaven’s sake ...
Connex, being a part of Veolia transport has been entrusted to operate suburban train passenger services in Melbourne until its contract expires in November this year. As part of the agreement, it enjoys yearly taxpayer-funded subsidies worth in excess of $340 million a year. It would be wise to focus on delivering a world class transport system commensurate with the greatness of the city it serves. As for its ALP spinsters within the companies corporate affairs team, and notwithstanding other elements of its “Connexions” newsletter - elements that are praiseworthy - perhaps it should focus on matters other than, the indoctrination of its own on issues pertaining to politics.
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