Mathias Cormann has experienced a sudden fervent "conversion" for the cause of urgent greenhouse gas emissions reduction, on the road to Paris. As well as wearing a new political skin cover in which to apply for an OECD position, Mr Cormann gets the use of tax-payer Australian air force plane, and tax-payer funded staff. Too bad he won't be coming back to Australia backed by the same tax-payer resources to preach his newly found beliefs to the Australian public, media and mining friends.
This is the best evidence yet that Australian government resource management has always understood the logic of why global carbon emissions must be reduced as quickly as possible. Making "exceptions" for Australia for more than three decades can only have been to help best mates in foreign mining corporations reap investment billions in Australian coal and gas.
This is how Australian politics has always "worked". Up close it stinks like a very deep old cess pitt, still being filled up with fresh sewage. Australian governments and the mining (Murdoch) media are so good at telling climate lies. Alan Jones, the old climate-change denial radio-parrot, was happy to state every day to the public, that Australian contributions to climate change were negligible. This is no doubt because of the billions of dollars of mining profits involved. With such sums, a small public conscience salve became necessary. Big money flows work some into the pockets of current climate-denial government, in quantities that are surely non-negligible.