Earth Hour Australia – The Lights Must Not Go Off At Parliament House

Posted on Sat 03/31/2012 by


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By Andrew Bolt ~

Australia’s federal Department of Parliamentary Services has gone too far in trying to impose a political agenda on the politicians it is meant to serve:


Parliament House participating in Earth Hour on 31 March 2012

1 The Presiding Officers have approved the participation of Parliament House in Earth Hour on Saturday 31 March 2012 between 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Accordingly DPS has registered Parliament House as a participant.

Liberal (Conservative) MP Dennis Jensen puts the department’s acting secretary back in his box with an email:

As much as I dislike doing this, I again protest the politicisation of DPS, which should be apolitical.

I have done a little digging around. Remember first that Earth Hour is a political campaign begun by WWF (what about those who may choose to support Human Achievement Hour, a contra-campaign with the idea to celebrate the human use of energy by turning all the lights, etc on?). DPS, off its own bat, decided to take “Earth Hour” to the presiding officers with the recommendation that Parliament participate in said political campaign. The presiding officers at the time, being of similar political view (i.e. from the left), chose similarly to involve our supposedly apolitical Department of Parliamentary Services in a political campaign.

This is a real slippery slope that we are getting on. What if another government chose to participate in Human Achievement Hour? Do neither the Department nor the Presiding Officers see how incongruous this would be? Do none of them see the dangers of the blatant and clear politicisation of our bureaucracy, the strength of which has always supposedly been that it is apolitical and provides frank and fearless advice. How can the Department now claim this to be the case when it has blatantly joined a political campaign, which is very clearly identified with the “left”.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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