Meeting number two: Andrew Wilkie, one of the independent MPs who hold th balance of power in our minoity government.
Wilkie started by mentioning he’d been in a meeting to try to stop live animal exports – a moral blight, which the animal rights movement has been agitating against since I was in Animal Liberation in the mid 80s.
Present were Bishop George Browning, Sister Geraldine Kearny (Catholic Religious Australia), Father Charles Rue (Columban), and Rev Rex Graham (Uniting Earthweb).
Wilkie was supportive of carbon tax, noting that he came primarily from a social justice perspectice, and sees climate change in these terms: bringing justice to the poor. He agreed that we need leadership to show the way. We spoke of creating a vision of a future that we want to live in.
He strongly agreed that the crucial thing was getting the mechanism in place, and seemed to be onfident that the pieces were falling together to make this a reality. In discussions with the PM, their concern was for how to implement the best policy, underlying a basic agreement on the seriousness of the problem and the need for committed action.
Wilkie asked us to keep the channels open, and congratulated us in our efforts, and encouraged us to keep going.