Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared budget repair the “massive moral challenge” of the new Parliament, challenging Labor, the Greens and the crossbench to tackle the nation’s ballooning debt “head-on” while echoing Kevin Rudd’s stark warning about climate change a decade ago.
This is what he said, “This is a fundamental moral challenge. How long are we prepared as a nation, as a generation, to load more and more debt on to the shoulders of our children and grandchildren? How long are we prepared to live beyond our means, to live effectively on the credit card of the generations that come after us?”
This is what he should be saying: ” Climate change is a fundamental moral challenge. How long are we prepared as a nation, as a generation, to load more and more carbon into the atmosphere? How long are we prepared to emit carbon beyond the earth’s ability to absorb it, to live by the scoring the atmosphere for the generations that come after us?”
Fixing the budget is not a moral challenge. It’s a political challenge.
There’s no point in the Prime Minister standing on the sidelines carping about morality when he lacks a political ability and will to govern.
And it was stupid to echo Kevin Rudd’s warning on climate change. Rudd failed to meet that challenge.
And now Turnbull is drawing a comparison between Rudd’s past failures and his own current failings.
Kevin Rudd failed his great moral challenge, just as Malcolm Turnbull will