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‘You bastards sacked me.’ When the climate sceptics arrived – Sydney Morning Herald

How did environmental issues become so politicised? The people purge early in the Abbott government – beginning in 2013 with the “night of the short knives” – gives some clues.



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On the first day of the new Abbott government, Australias climate scientists got a pretty clear message. It was September 18, 2013, and within 24 hours of the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Yarralumla, the new environment minister, Greg Hunt, had called the head of the Climate Commission and sacked him.
It was a short and courteous conversation, Dr Tim Flannery recalls. Im pretty sure that cabinet hadnt been convened when they d…

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