Australia's Climate Change Election

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 11/21/2007 12:00 am EST

John Howard has been prime minister of Australia for 11 years, and by normal political standards he has done almost everything right. The country is having an unprecedented economic boom thanks to China's limitless demand for Australian natural resources. Unemployment is at a 33-year low, and Howard appeals to the underlying racism of many Australians by severely restricting asylum for refugees and subtly signalling that he will limit immigration from Asia. Yet he is probably going to lose the Nov. 24 national election.

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