defence against climate change

Former Military Chiefs Urge Government to Develop a Defence Against Climate Change

28 September 2023

2.4 MINS

The Australian Government is being urged to come up with a defence plan to protect us from our greatest adversary… climate change!

The Canberra Times reported last week that:

The federal government has been urged to come up with a strategy to deal with social tension, conflict and people fleeing their homes as the climate changes.

People fleeing their homes? You mean fleeing the cars they’ve been sleeping in. Australians are more concerned about the housing crisis than about the climate crisis.

But it went on:

A group of former defence and security officials, including former defence force chief Admiral Chris Barrie, wants the government to develop a National Climate Security Strategy.

My favourite word in the above sentence is “former”. It actually brings me great comfort.

Forgive me for interrupting. Please continue reading the article:

“Climate change now poses the greatest threat to our security and the government should be engaging the electorate to build understanding of climate risks and how to respond,” Admiral Barrie said.

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Sorry. I’m interrupting again. As you were:

“Instead, the government has a strategy of non-engagement when it comes to the most significant threat to our future. That is a fatal mistake.”

Admiral Barrie said the world was facing severe climate events and increasing food and water insecurity.


Ignoring Actual Factors

Australia’s food security is threatened by huge tracts of agricultural land being taken up by solar and wind farms, and by farming practices being disrupted by the thousands of kilometres of poles and wires connecting those renewable monstrosities to the grid.

Australia’s water security would be assured if someone had the courage to build a dam, or two.

The article continues:

“The government’s lack of focus increases the risks of economic and supply chain disruption, social tensions, conflict and people displacement in our region becoming the norm,” he said.

I think that what the former defence officials meant to say was that the government’s lack of focus right now is increasing the risks of blackouts, which will cause economic and supply chain disruption, social tensions, conflict and just generally piss everyone off.


In parliament on Wednesday, independent MP Kate Chaney asked Defence Minister Richard Marles how the government planned to respond.

Thank God for independent MPs.

I wonder if voters realised, when electing Ms Chaney, that they were sending a local representative to Parliament whose chief concern was to ask the Defence Minister what they were doing to fight the sun.

Actually, she’s the local member for Curtin in the ACT, so it’s highly likely voters shared her kooky priorities.

Mr Marles said climate change was a critically important issue for defence planning and strategy.

Fighting climate change as a defence priority? How about you just organise a sub. Or maybe a car from Tullamarine to Geelong.

“I do accept that the pressures of climate change will give rise to a more complex and volatile strategic landscape,” he said.

“So we will need to be very mindful of the way in which we posture ourselves in respect of that.”

Good posture is very important. My mother always used to say that.

The Australian Security Leaders Climate Group’s call for a strategy followed a successful push for a national climate risk assessment.

If Australia can cut 43 per cent of the 1.3 per cent of global emissions we produce by purchasing expensive wind turbines and solar panels manufactured in coal-burning China, it will make absolutely no difference to the climate at all, while enriching our chief military foe.

How’s that for a national climate risk assessment?



Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.

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  1. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 28 September 2023 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Get rid of this government and bring some logical thinking and sanity back before our security and economy are irreparably harmed . Many years ago geologist David Leaman explained in one of his books that the Tasmanian climate was much warmer , that palm trees grew and that remains of small crocodiles have since been found around the Tasman Peninsula. Antartica was much warmer too ! Bettany Hughes in “Istanbul, the tale of three cities “refers to the increased warmer climate when The Ice Age melted and flooded the lake and turned it into the Black Sea about 10,000 years ago. Was this large increase in world temperature caused by the use of fossil fuels by industry ? Of course not , because about 10, 000-00 years ago there was no burning of coal in giant plants to produce electricity to light homes and power factories producing cars, etc !
    Increased world temperature by 2 degrees and variations into a mini Ice Age and vice versa have been normal in many epochs . The “religion “of Climate Change is in my opinion , a modern conspiracy to destroy our economy ,line the pockets of certain international organisations and destroy the hopes of young people , some of whom in despair, commit suicide .

  2. Ian Moncrieff. 28 September 2023 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Hit the (manufactured in China) nail on the head once again James. Thank you.

  3. Ruth Allison 30 September 2023 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    We would do much better if we listened to God – He is in charge of our climate! I think He is warning us that we are ripe for judgement. Thankfully He is a God of mercy and mercy triumphs over judgement.

  4. Ken Day 3 October 2023 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you James. So spot on. I will share this with others.

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