John Quiggin and Danny Price have resigned from the Climate Change Authority, with Quiggin speaking out against the lack of Government interest in the advice the authority has to offer, and “right wing anti-science activists” within both the media and the government itself.
Quiggin spoke to The Guardian about his decision, calling both climate change and energy security “an opportunity for political point-scoring and culture war rhetoric” for the government.
The straw that broke the camel’s back, however, was the release of the Climate Change Authority’s third report into possible future climate policies. The government botyh requested the report, and by law was required to respond to it. It not only didn’t respond to it, but said it will reject the review’s recommendations.
Price quit because he doesn’t believe it was appropriate, as a government agency member, to be criticising government policy.