For more than 30 years, Australian politics has been grappling with climate change and the nation’s most senior public servants have been there through it all.
In Canberra’s corridors of power, the nation’s most senior public servants have been there through it all. Usually, they keep their thoughts private, rarely making a foray into public debate, even in retirement.
Now, after the devastating “black summer” fire season, the former heads of the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of the Treasury, along with former chief scientists, have decided they can no longer stay silent.
They believe there has been a colossal failure by politicians of all stripes to comprehensively tackle climate change.
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