Terminating Abbott won’t knock-off the climate sceptics

Abbott's dire position in the polls might be thought to favour backflips on his unpopular attacks on renewable energy. But the emergence of MP Dennis Jensen, a fervent climate sceptic, in the anti-Abbott camp, illustrates it may not be so simple.

Some may believe that Prime Minister’s vulnerable leadership position has enhanced the chances of seeing a more progressive, centrist approach on climate change policy. The view is that Tony Abbott and his government more generally have got themselves into trouble with the electorate by swinging too far to the right. Therefore they’ll move back towards the centre to recover, and this includes making greater efforts to constrain carbon emissions.

The public emergence of backbencher Dennis Jensen – one of the Coalition’s most fervent believers that all the major world meteorological agencies are wrong – as one of those wanting Abbott gone, illustrates it may not be that simple.


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