Joyce’s act is to portray himself as a rube who, through some stroke of luck, has popped up in the sophisticated Finance portfolio, but being the honest and simple guy he is, still can’t help saying what he really thinks.
This is an establishment party fighting for its political existence but with nothing but a bogus scientific debate and the most anti-establishment segment of society to base it on.
Joyce’s position reflects the stance of those who don’t have much to bargain with and would prefer to voice their detachment from something they have no stake in.
Climate change has become the issue that is carrying the Coalition parties downstream not just away from the electorate, but even from their own base.
It is classic Rudd. Not just making a mockery of what was supposed to be the fault-lines of the Australian political system, but locking the opposition increasingly into the international framework that is setting the domestic debate.
In effect, politics has turned upside down. Instead of sections of society looking to get political representation we have political parties looking for someone to represent.
We have here a gaping credibility gap between a political class that doesn’t even want to take on the responsibility of interest rates anymore, but is planning to undertake the most fundamental change in how the economy is reorganised since the industrial revolution.
If Labor can look credible enough on climate change, whatever the next election will be fought on, that should be enough to win it.
The fact is that, leaving aside metaphysical claptrap, any objective assessment would have concluded that this was an election that Labor should never have looked like losing.
We now have a couple of straws in the wind that suggest the Liberals have embarked on the slow and tortuous task of undermining and destroying Turnbull’s leadership.