Friday, January 20, 2006

Environment ministers very past and future

So Robert Hill is gone, he did very occasionally give the impression of ocassionally having a vague idea there might two sides to the story of the government's brillance, but he has done as good job for them in the Senate. His service as Environment minister is forgotten, but Timothy Doyle in his entertaining Green Power suggests that as minister he was a master at dividing green groups and at closing down meetings by diplomatic disinterest. Should be useful in New York. He did steer through the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, the Howard government's flagship environmental legislation. It would too much to hope the Environment portfolio would go in the reshuffle to someone who actually knows something about it such as Sharman Stone? I will post next week on the new joy awaiting education I fear: the academic bill of rights.


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