Australia ratifies the Kyoto Protocol

Australia has ratified the Kyoto Protocol. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed the instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in his first act after being sworn in this morning. The ratification will come into force in 90 days. “This is the first official act of the new Australian Government, demonstrating my Government’s commitment to tackling climate change,” Mr Rudd said …

HOWARD’S BRUTOPIA

The battle of ideas in Australian politics (Originally published in The Monthly, November 2006) BY KEVIN RUDD In the October issue of The Monthly, I discussed how right-wing Christian extremism has become John Howard’s religious handmaiden in his political project to reshape Australia. I argued, too, that the campaigns of the religious Right were one front among many in Howard’s …

Faith In Politics

Above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey are arrayed ten great statues of the martyrs of the Church. Not Peter, Stephen, James or the familiar names of the saints sacrificed during the great Roman persecution before Constantine’s conversion. No: these are martyrs of the twentieth century, when the age of faith was, in the minds of many in the …