Part of the narrative stemming from the change of government has been occupied with criticising (and, perhaps, not critiquing) the Abbott Government’s decision to scrap a number of public service institutions. The criticism has been interesting if for no other reason than its reverence for the status quo.
The case of the Climate Commission is the most notable. As part of the ALP’s failure to lead the public debate on climate change, the ALP established the Climate Commission in February 2011 to provide expert advice and information on climate change to the Australian community. Since then, it’s done surprisingly little. It barely manages to update its webpage.
During 2012, the Commission looks forward to meeting with many more, and will be producing new information on the science and impacts of climate change as well as the opportunities – in Australia and worldwide – that acting on climate change will bring. [Source: ‘About the Commission’, ClimateCommission.gov.au (accessed 24 Sep 2013)]
Recent past events include two community fora in June, then nothing since December 2012. It doesn’t seem to have published anything since November 2012 (although this could be wrong — the website is difficult to navigate to find its latest publications).
In other words, this was an expensive white elephant.