Abbott must return with a global vision

Seeing Australia through foreign eyes may just convince Tony Abbott that he has an historic opportunity to change Australia’s political economy for the better.

A quarter of a century ago, the slogan “Think globally, act locally” was gaining currency in the environmental movement. The “greenhouse effect” was the emerging global issue of the time, and protests against the forestry industry, new roads, gas guzzling cars and the like were the local response in many developed nations.

But why should that slogan be used only for climate change, or other unfolding ecological catastrophes, such as disruptions to food supplies, large regions of almost unbreathable air, or the accelerating extinctions of species?

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