Governor-General, Please Dismiss Scott Morrison

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We the undersigned ask the Governor-General of Australia, General David Hurley, to use his powers under the Australian Constitution to dismiss the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

In our democratic system, the role of politicians is to represent us. By electing them, we give them the power to make decisions and laws on our behalf. So, it’s important for them to know what we think and what we want them to do.

The 2019 Lowy poll revealed that a majority of Australian adults (64%) see climate change as “a critical threat”, an increase of six points from 2018 and 18 points since 2014. This is the first time climate change has led the list of threats since the Lowy Institute first asked this question in the 2006 Lowy Institute Poll. Three quarters of younger Australians aged 18-44 (76%, up six points from 2018) say global warming is a “serious and pressing problem”.

A special online Roy Morgan survey conducted in mid-September 2019 found: Over three-quarters of Australians, 78%, are concerned about Global Warming – this is up 12% since February 2014 and the highest level of concern for well over a decade since April 2006 (82%) before the Global Financial Crisis.

Findings from The Australia Institute's 2019 Climate of the Nation report shows Australians are becoming increasingly unhappy over a range of climate and energy issues. Nearly 80 per cent of women said they are either "very concerned" or "fairly concerned" about climate change, versus 70 per cent of men. General concern about climate change was highest among 18 to 34-year-olds, with more than 81 per cent of respondents saying climate change worried them. Two out of three Australians agreed that the government should plan for an orderly phaseout of coal, while 64 percent said Australia should aim for net-zero emissions by 2050.

Agility, resilience, climate change and customers are among the top issues on the minds of Australian CEOs, according to the findings from KPMG’s 2019 Global CEO Outlook.

According to an Essential Poll run by The Guardian in October 2019, 70% of respondents said that Scott Morrison should have joined other world leaders in attending the UN climate summit in New York.

In October 2019, a petition calling for the declaration of a climate emergency was presented to parliament. More than 400,000 Australians signed the petition. The Federal Government voted down this attempt to declare a climate emergency across the country.

On 1 November 2019, the Australian Government announced that the mining industry would receive a skills boost. “This is about making sure more Australians are able to find a job, particularly kids in remote areas. I want these kids to come out of training college with the skills they need to go land a job in the mining industry,” said Scott Morrison.

On 1 November 2019, Scott Morrison addressed the Queensland Resources Council. In his speech, he claimed, “We’re not interested in closing down the mining industry but building it up.”

Morrison's fighting statement came after the Australia Institute's 2019 Climate of the Nation report showed that two out of three Australians agreed that the government should plan for an orderly phaseout of coal. While Morrison knows what the people of Australia want, he openly and hostilely defies us.
 
On 5 November 2019, the article “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” was published in BioScience with 11,258 scientist signatories from 153 countries. The scientists stated that ”an immense increase of scale in endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis.”

The recommendations made by scientists include:

  • We need to quickly curtail habitat and biodiversity loss, protecting the remaining primary and intact forests, especially those with high carbon stores and other forests with the capacity to rapidly sequester carbon (proforestation), while increasing reforestation and afforestation where appropriate at enormous scales.
  • Excessive extraction of materials and overexploitation of ecosystems, driven by economic growth, must be quickly curtailed to maintain long-term sustainability of the biosphere.
  • The world must quickly implement massive energy efficiency and conservation practices and must replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewables and other cleaner sources of energy if safe for people and the environment. We should leave remaining stocks of fossil fuels in the ground.

All the surveys and the increasing number of public protests point to one thing: Australians want the Government to take positive action to combat Climate Change. In response, Morrison rallies against environmental activists and promises to change Australia’s laws to curtail their basic human rights – the right to public protest. While Scott Morrison promises to protect the Resources Industry, he publicly insults, threatens and discriminates against those who try to save Australia by demanding that the Government take action. Morrison’s obvious bias and loyalty to the Resources Industry makes him unable to heed the basic survival needs of Australians and therefore he is unable to make laws and decisions on our behalf.

For the future of Australia and the nation's best interests, General David Hurley, please dismiss Prime Minister Scott Morrison. His dismissal will send a clear message to the Australian Government that they need to listen to the people of Australia and act in our best interests.