Saturday, 19 December 2009

These little [Aussie] piggies went to Copenhagen

The following Australian officials went all the way to Copenhagen and came home with no agreement. Amazing.

  • Kevin Michael Rudd Prime Minister
  • Ms. Penelope Wong Minister, Climate Change and Water, Office of the Minister for Climate Change and Water
  • Ms. Louise Helen Hand Ambassador for Climate Change Department of Climate Change
  • Mr. David Fredericks Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mr. Philip Green Oam Senior Policy Adviser, Foreign Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mr. Andrew Charlton Senior Adviser Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mr. Lachlan Harris Senior Press Secretary Prime Minister’s Office Office of Prime Minister
  • Mr. Scott Dewar Senior Adviser Office of Prime Minister
  • Ms. Clare Penrose Adviser Office of Prime Minister
  • Ms. Fiona Sugden Media Adviser Office of Prime Minister
  • Ms. Lisa French Office of the Prime Minister
  • Mr. Jeremy Hilman Adviser Office of Prime Minister
  • Ms. Tarah Barzanji Adviser Office of Prime Minister
  • Mr. Kate Shaw Executive Secretary Office of Prime Minister
  • Ms. Gaile Barnes Executive Assistant Office of Prime Minister
  • Ms. Gordon de Brouwer Deputy Secretary Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mr. Patrick Suckling First Assistant Secretary, International Division Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Ms. Rebecca Christie Prime Minister’s Office
  • Mr. Michael Jones Official Photographer Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mr. Stephan Rudzki
  • Mr. David Bell Federal Agent Australian Federal Police
  • Ms. Kym Baillie Australian Federal Police
  • Mr. David Champion Australian Federal Police
  • Mr. Matt Jebb Federal Agent Australian Federal Police
  • Mr. Craig Kendall Federal Agent Australian Federal Police
  • Mr. Ian Lane Squadron Leader Staff, Officer VIP Operations
  • Mr. John Olenich Media Adviser / Adviser to Minister Wong Office of the Minister for Climate Change and Water
  • Ms. Kristina Hickey Adviser to Minister Wong Office of the Minister for Climate Change and Water
  • Mr. Martin Parkinson Secretary Department of Climate Change
  • Mr. Howard Bamsey Special Envoy for Climate Change Department of Climate Change
  • Mr. Robert Owen-Jones Assistant Secretary, International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Clare Walsh Assistant Secretary, International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Jenny Elizabeth Wilkinson Policy Advisor Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mary Peak Principal Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Kristin Tilley Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Mr. Andrew Ure Acting Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Annemarie Watt Director, Land Sector Negotiations international Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Kushla Munro Director, International Forest Carbon Section International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Kathleen Annette Rowley Director, Strategic and Technical Analysis Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Anitra Cowan Assistant Director, Multilateral Negotiations Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Sally Truong Assisting Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Jane Wilkinson Assistant Director Department of Climate Change
    Ms. Tracey Mackay Assistant Director International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Laura Brown Assistant Director, Multilateral Negotiations International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Tracey-Anne Leahey Delegation Manager Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Nicola Loffler Senior Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Tamara Curll Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Jessica Allen Legal Support Officer Department of Climate Change
  • Mr. Sanjiva de Silva Legal Adviser, International Climate Law Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Gaia Puleston Political Adviser Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Penelope Jane Morton Policy Adviser, Multilateral Negotiations (UNFCCC)
    International Division Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Claire Elizabeth Watt Policy Advisor Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Amanda Walker Policy Officer, Multilateral Negotiations Department of Climate Change
  • Mr. Alan David Lee Policy Adviser, Land Sector Negotiations Department of Climate Change
  • Ms. Erika Kate Oord Australian Stakeholder Manager Department of Climate Change
  • Mr. Jahda Kirian Swanborough Communications Manager Ministerial Communication Department of Climate Change
  • H.E. Mr. Sharyn Minahan Ambassador DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
  • Ms. Julia Feeney Director, Climate Change and Environment Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr. Chester Geoffrey Cunningham Second Secretary DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Germany
  • Ms. Rachael Virginia Cooper Executive Officer, Climate Change and Environment Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Ms. Rachael Grivas Executive Officer, Environment Branch Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Moya Elyn Collett Desk officer, Climate Change and Environment Section Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr. Rob Law Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr. Robin Davies Assistant Director General, Sustainable Development Group Australian Agency for International Development
  • Ms. Deborah Fulton Director, Policy and Global Environment Australian Agency for International Development
  • Ms. Katherine Renee Ann Vaughn Policy Advisor, Policy and Global Environment Australian Agency for International Development
  • Mr. Brian Dawson Policy Adviser Australian Agency for International Development
  • Mr. Andrew Leigh Clarke Deputy Secretary Department of Resources Development, Western Australia
  • Mr. Bruce Wilson General Manager, Environment Energy and Environment Division Department of Resources Development, Western Australia
  • Ms. Jill McCarthy Policy Adviser Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
  • Mr. Simon French Policy Adviser Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Mr. Ian Michael Ruscoe Policy Adviser Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Mr. David Walland Acting Superintendent, National Climate Centre Bureau of Meteorology
  • Mr. Damien Dunn Senior Policy Adviser The Australian Treasury
  • Ms. Helen Hawka Fuhrman Policy Officer, Renewable Energy Policy and Partnerships
  • Mr. Scott Vivian Davenport Chief Economics NSW Department of Industry and Investment
  • Mr. Graham Julian Levitt Policy Manager, Climate Change NSW Department of Industry and Investment
  • Ms. Kate Jennifer Jones Minister, Climate Change and Sustainability Queensland Government
  • Mr. Michael William Dart Principal Policy Advisor Office of the Hon. Kate Jones MP Queensland Government
  • Mr. Matthew Anthony Jamie Skoien Senior Director, Office of Climate Change Queensland Government
  • Mr. Michael David Rann Premier, South Australia Department of Premier and Cabinet, Southern Australia
  • Ms. Suzanne Kay Harter Adviser Department of Premier and Cabinet, Southern Australia
  • Mr. Paul David Flanagan Manager, Communications Government of South Australia
  • Mr. Timothy William O’Loughlin Deputy Chief Executive, Sustainability and Workforce Management Department of Premier and Cabinet South Australian Government
  • Ms. Nyla Sarwar M.Sc student Linacre College University of Oxford
  • Mr. Gavin Jennings Minister, Environment and Climate Change and Innovation, Victorian Government
  • Ms. Sarah Broadbent Sustainability Adviser
  • Ms. Rebecca Falkingham Senior Adviser Victoria Government/Office of Climate Change
  • Mr. Simon Camroux Policy Adviser Energy Supply Association of Australia Limited
  • Mr. Geoff Lake Adviser Australian Local Government Association
  • Sridhar Ayyalaraju Post Visit Controller DFAT Diplomatic Mission of Australia to Denmark
  • Mr. Tegan Brink Deputy Visit Controller and Security Liaison Officer Diplomatic Mission of Australia

25 comments:

concerned parent said...

I guess it depends how much you care about the future of your children and your grandchildren. Of course unless you are a totally mindless sceptic driven by your corporate masters. But as we know, money talks and morals walks.

Bothy Bill said...

I'm sure the list would have been almost non existent if the Liberal/Nats were in control and were sending delegates to something they obviously don't believe in. Probably the reason why intelligent Australians have distanced themselves even further fom the Mad Monk judging by recent weekend polls. Oh yeah, his latest effort- must have Sky Pixey (read religious) values enforced in schools.That should be a vote winner for the LNP - no, joking, really.

Miss Chief. said...

Who was left to steer the ship?
That's bloody ridiculous!

Lillian at Yorkeys said...

I'm with Miss Chef - that's bloody ludicrous - & the cost? Don't these people have email if they've forgotten something. Had to chuckle at the last on list - Mr. Tegan Brink - 'Visit Controller'. Must have been a good party-time though.

Ross Parisi said...

Concerned Parent, lend me your ear.

Sadly, its people like you that are used as pawns in the bigger game and even more sadly you follow blindly like lambs to the slaughter.

Ye, there is global climate change and yes it is caused by global warming. Big deal. Its been happening for millions of years, even before humans evolved. It will continue to do so even after or species evolves into something else that survives in the new environment.Other than a celestial catastrophe, any change will be gradual, gradual enough for our species to survive.

In the meantime, the smart perceptive Corporate masters use the emotive spectre of impending disaster to trade carbon credits and make money.

Rudd and the likes of Turnbull are the tip of the pyramid, playing their deceitful Corporate tune in their subtle pursuit for monetary dominance.

Can you imagine the Capitalist system putting aside or at least compromising its very reason for being, for a magnanimous gesture?

With misguided though noble intentions pawns like "concerned parent' are used by these corporate thugs to advocate their hidden agenda.

If all Government were serious about reducing Carbon emissions, which incidentally I heartily support, then simply legislate to prevent it. Do it in an orderly way but legislate against it.

The "Cap and Trade Scheme" is the Corporate/Capitalist way to redistribute money from the poor to the rich. Governments are here to legitimise their pursuit of Corporate greed.

Its their answer to the carbon dilemma, while continuing to reap the harvest.

Simple thinker said...

You're right Ross. Why couldn't they have basically said 'Look everyone, how about we slowly phase out coal, over the next, say, 20 or 30 years, while at the same time increasing solar, wind, hydro and nuclear energies. Further, its ok to all put in to fund a central, perhaps UN-run department who will organise all of this. That will save the money going to african dictators. All those in favour say aye? All those against? Looks like the 'ayes' have it.

Thaddeus said...

Whew...now I can see where you're coming from Ross. Well mate, I just don't know enough to have any worthwhile opinion on what we should do. Yes, world capitalism or what I call "global corporatism" has become a frightening entity and is manipulating Governments all over. As to their role in this issue, I just don't know enough.

not a fool said...

Ross you articulate well and what you say makes good sense. It is a pity that the world order is so corrupted and evil. As you say if governments were serious all they would have to do is ban carbon pollution and make it compulsory to generate power from other sources. Not complicated just simple and plain. This cap and trade thing is just pure bullshit!

Scott Andrews said...

Anyone genuinely interested in this topic should check out the thoughts, creditials and background of the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage.

www.greghunt.com.au

This bloke has 20yrs of climate change experience, having written his thesis on it. I believe this is the way forward for Australia; Brilliant young men like Greg who have devoted their lives to making Australia a better place for us all to live.
Take 5 minutes and have a read of his bio, I promise you will be impressed.

KitchenSlut said...

What Ross says makes no sense at all and illogically lurches between unsubstantiated ignorance and naivety.

I would suggest a recent posting from last years Nobel economist Paul Krugman from the liberal-left Democrat end of the US political spectrum maybe something to consider and digest.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/unhelpful-hansen/

The US has had an effective sulphur dioxide cap and trade for some time. I have previously preferred a straight carbon tax as advocated by Krugmans frequent sparring partner Greg Mankiw. A google of Mankiw's NY Times article a few years ago on this is also suggested as good background reading as he goes into the problems of just a regulatory approach.

This is the really naive bit in Ross's post which indicates it hasn't been thunk through beyond the back of a beer coaster in a public bar. Who will be regulated specifically and how to reduce their emissions? Regulation will produce costs to the community the same as a tax but without some of the efficiencies, flexibility, and benefits of either an ETS or straight carbon tax. This makes it too inefficient to even consider unless you are a flat-earther like Abbot or Joyce who are basically blowing their emissions out their arse (in contrast to Greg Hunt referenced above who is now hopelessly compromised).

Yes an ETS is a tax. So what? The governemnt needs to raise revenue somewhere and it's a better way than often high marginal taxes on low income earners and payroll taxes as it can produce effective social outcomes. See more on the Minkiw blog on pigovian taxes.

http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2008/02/carbon-tax-vs-cap-and-trade.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/business/16view.html

Meanwhile my frustration has caused me to waste more time than ever intended on a beautiful Sunday before Christmas and fall behind on my schedule to release my own emissions by knocking the top of a few bottles of bubbles with some salubrious company this afternoon ........

Mike K. said...

Ross Parisi opined:

Ye, there is global climate change and yes it is caused by global warming. Big deal. Its been happening for millions of years, even before humans evolved. It will continue to do so even after or species evolves into something else that survives in the new environment.Other than a celestial catastrophe, any change will be gradual, gradual enough for our species to survive.

It's amazing how many people parrot this simplistic idea that climate has changed before so the current warming's 1. not anthropogenic; and 2. not a big deal.

1. Just because climate has changed for other reasons previously doesn't mean that those same reasons are in play now. The evidence for the current warming being at least in part caused by anthropogenic CO2 is very strong.

2. While I agree that the human species will survive, many other species won't. We're a rather adaptable species, but even then climate change will have significant impacts even in the western world - for example changing agriculturally viable areas.

The current warming is at least in part anthropogenic, and will likely have significant human cost. It will also, unfortunately, have a significant impact on non-human species as well. The warming isn't gradual enough for them, and we have placed many barriers in their way.

Al said...

Yes Ross, we the little people have always been pawns in the bigger game - that's as natural as climate change itself. But don't let it blind you to acting in the common interest. Yes, climate change has been naturally occurring ever since the blue planet was formed and now, since the Industrial Age, many believe man-made activities are significantly exacerbating it. Okay, so you don't believe that last bit, but it appears a majority of Australians do.
If you err on the side of caution here and assume man is influencing climate change and act accordingly, and in two or three decades you are able to conclusively prove that assumption wrong; that would make the sceptic minority right and the majority of Australians wrong. But meanwhile, we could have reduced (or even eliminated) our reliance on coal and oil, replacing such fuels with clean sustainable renewables, protected our forests from further clearing, re-forested degraded areas of the country ... cleaner air, cleaner water ... nationally and globally. Where's the down side here?

Premdas said...

They must have had an extra big amount of drugs to smuggle back so needed heaps of diplomatic satchels that no one could check to bring the drugs back.

just a fly on the wall said...

Bloggers, what a joke at our expense all those hangers on, on a Copenhagen junket. The list does not include Federal and State politicans and Councillors.

This whole thing is just a scam to fleece the middle class while handing money to the multi nationals while the globe still warms up.

Bring back the stocks.

Bryan Law said...

At least they were all out of the country for a brief time... during which domestic productivity and planning was significantly improved.

I for one am glad that Tony Abbott (of all people) will flush out genuine social discourse, and demonstrate the woeful failure of the under-performing KRudd government.

Greg Hunt is very impressive in his grasp of the issues, and promising performance on energy efficiency (the low-hanging fruit of carbon abatement). His position can be criticised, but he has a refreshing take on direct action.

Meantime I suspect that Jim Turnour wouldn't be able to put on his own shoes if it wasn't for the invention of velcro.

Wazza for Leichhardt!

Sajeela said...

Jamie
What a shame - a missed opertunity. and waste of money - we have absolute idiots in control. i'm hoping for some smart person with integrity to come out of the wood works and steer the ship.

Ex- labor voter said...

Whats happened to Jimmy Turnover, did his minders forget to wind him up since the Copenhagen fiasco. As an elector of Leichhardt I want to know where he stands on the ETS and the extra impost on working families.Furthermore why should us Australians be the only ones to have such an impost when the rest of the world said no to meaningful carbon reduction.

Smithfield Sam said...
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Al said...

Dear Ex-labour voter: Don't fall for this Abbott spin that the ETS is a tax which goes under Kevin Rudd's bed. The proposed ETS only is an impost insomuch as it encourages a change of behaviour (in favour of cleaner energy). It's the equivalent of (say) an increased tax on petrol (or rego) to provide extra funds for public transport. Look beyond the politics because one way or another you will be subject to an ETS - regardless of the government in power.

Ex- Labour voter said...

Greetings. Thank you for your response. Al, I heartily agree with you that man made carbon emission must be reduced and hopefully one day eliminated.
But why do it in such a convoluted manner where the big emitters continue to pollute with Government immunity. Why not simply legislate to prohibit it over an agreed timetable. The biggest polluters are the Coal fired power generating plants. By legislation why can't they be required to develop Carbon capture and storage technology.

Miss Chief. said...

Smithfied Sam,
I think you've gone just a little bit to far with your nasty and very personal remark about Jim T's wife. I suggest you rethink what you've posted.
BTW I'm NOT a Labor supporter but I do have the belief that it's OK to take a verbal/written shot at a politician, but leave their families alone.

Smithfield Sam (re-posted) said...

"What Me Worry" Turnour has gone away to China for the holidays.

We won't be hearing a peep outta him anytime soon.

mark said...

out of that list there is only 1 person i object to being there

Mr. Michael Jones Official Photographer Prime Minister and Cabinet

surely Kevin can afford a digital camera?

stinhambo said...

What's wrong with video conferencing?

Stacey Winterburn said...

Since Mr Rudd's return from the failed global warming talkfest his minders have told him to remain mute until the results of the ALP commisioned surveys about how to address the surge of interest in Tony Abbott/Barnaby Joyce stance on the ETS.
Until these surveys are completed and analysed Mr Rudd is 'on holidays' and has left the running of the country to Penelope Wong.