Abbott’s business adviser despises wind, doubts climate change

Tony Abbott's latest Coalition policy statement remains short on climate policy detail. More worrying, however, is his selection of a noted anti-wind farm advocate and climate change sceptic as lead business adviser.

Yesterday Opposition Leader Tony Abbott launched a policy statement which was described as the direction, values and policy priorities of the next Coalition government. It contained no additional detail on climate change policy beyond what was outlined in the Coalition's 2010 election policy, which was largely expected. But what was more unnerving was outlined under economic policy:

“We will establish a new Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council to advise the Executive Government on developing the economy. The Business Advisory Council will be chaired by leading Australian business leader Mr Maurice Newman.”


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