In reporting on today’s Cabinet Reshuffle, Bernard Keane observed in Crikey:
Former mining company executive Gary Gray replaces Martin Ferguson as Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism and takes on Small Business, as well as moving into cabinet. Mark Dreyfus takes his roles in relation to Special Minister of State and Public Service. Gray’s appointment was instantly welcomed by mining companies, reflecting his former role as a Woodside executive.
Popping into Twitter briefly, I noticed that someone had tweeted a piece I wrote for Crikey back in 2007. Here’s an excerpt:
If climate change denialism is so indicative of a lack of credibility on environmental issues, how does Rudd explain his personal endorsement of Gary Gray’s candidacy?
I was riffing off a post Paul Norton made here at LP about Gray’s record:
During his time as ALP National Secretary, Gray distinguished himself as one of the most case-hardened anti-environmentalists in the Labor Party. Early in his time in that job, Gray declared in an interview that global warming was “pop science” and availed himself of the usual tired jokes about long-footed potaroos. The relationship between federal Labor and the environmental movement was at an all-time low throughout Gray’s time as National Secretary.
After leaving that job, Gray was a founder of the greenhouse denialist Lavoisier Group, and made no secret of his disapproval of former Western Australian Premier Geoff Gallop’s decision to preserve the old growth forests of south-west WA. He has never renounced his greenhouse denialist views.
Sadly, the more things change, the more things stay the same, it would seem.
NB: Any comments on the Cabinet Reshuffle are also on topic for this thread.
Update: I’m told on Twitter that Gray has said on Lateline that he has changed his mind. I haven’t had a chance to watch the video, though.