.... as usual calling on solutions that will not work ... the DDD grip
on Australia is deadly indeed
Sir Jean-Paul Turcaud
Australia Mining Pioneer
Sydney Morning Herald
DROUGHT WATER BIG ELECTION ISSUES; PM
February 10, 2007 - 11:19PM
Solutions to drought and water shortages would be bigger concerns than
climate change for voters at this year's federal election, Prime
Minister John Howard says.
Mr Howard told the Sun-Herald newspaper he believed purely domestic
issues such as economic prosperity, national security and Australian
environmental issues were the key to winning at the ballot box.
The prime minister didn't want to dismiss climate change but said
Australians were more concerned about solving problems in their own
"Water is the big environmental issue," Mr Howard told the paper.
"Water, water, water. It's the biggest environmental game in town by a
long way. It's within our capacity to do something about it in the
foreseeable future - it's a self-contained Australian challenge."
Australians' inherent practicality meant they were more interested in
drought-proofing the country and fixing water problems than debating
climate change, he said.
Mr Howard said the Coalition's 11 years in office might prove a double-
edged sword at the polls.
"It's both a strength and a challenge," he said.
"Every election gets that bit harder."
Mr Howard took heart, however, from continued confidence in his
History showed that each of the five changes of government since World
War II had been preceded by a collapse in confidence in the
incumbents, he said.
"That hasn't happened to us."