Sleep Walking Into Subservience: Sovereignty or COP26

November 1, 2021 Updated: November 1, 2021

Commentary

Some Australians are more worried about net zero climate policies than defending our freedom and sovereignty, ironically against the largest polluter the world has ever known.

And some Australians are profiting from pushing climate policies.

At no time since World War II has Australia, the Indo-Pacific, and the free world been at more risk than we are now.

China is engaged in the most significant and most rapid expansion of military power in “peacetime” history, with the world’s largest navy and army, coupled with a formidable missile and air force.

In his recent Lowy Institute report “Australia and the Growing Reach of China’s Military,” Thomas Shugart noted: “Based on its scope, scale, and the specific capabilities being developed, this buildup appears to be designed to, first, threaten the United States with ejection from the western Pacific, and then to achieve dominance in the Indo-Pacific.”

There will be no democracy to defend and pass on to our children if we don’t wake up and address the immediate danger, and that’s not climate change.

With all care and no responsibility, weakening Australia is precisely what Simon Holmes à Court, senior advisor to Melbourne University’s Energy Transition Hub, supports with his Climate 200 group. The group has raised millions to fund the anti-AUKUS Greens Party and independent candidates like Zali Stegall.

But instead of supporting Australia, speaking out positively for initiatives like AUKUS, the defence of Taiwan, and Australian security, Holmes à Court and people like him are criticising the government’s net zero plan.

“We’re talking about it because Morrison is about to go to Glasgow with nothing more than Tony Abbott’s warmed-up homework from 2015. We’re going to be an absolute embarrassment when we get there,” Holmes à Court said on ABC Q&A.

But where was Holmes à Court when China built and militarised seven artificial islands in international waters, causing immense environmental damage to the marine ecosystem?

China dredging Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands
Chinese dredgers work on the construction of artificial islands on and around Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea on May 2, 2015. (U.S. Navy)

Undermining Supply Chain Sovereignty

Unsurprisingly, according to research provider BloombergNEF, China dominates the lithium-ion battery supply chain. China’s success results from its sizeable domestic battery demand, 72GWh, and control of 80 percent of the world’s raw material refining, 77 percent of the world’s cell capacity, and 60 percent of the world’s component manufacturing.

The renewable energy business case is reliant upon energy storage, primarily via batteries. But, unfortunately, it’s not always sunny or windy, so generators must store energy, which is where batteries are crucial.

But this also opens Australia up to continued reliance upon other countries, like China, for a critical component fundamental to the operation of our economy.

While Australia is at risk from our largest adversary, the Morrison government is looking to invest in and shore up sovereign control over our supply chains.

But over-reliance on high total cost renewables, electric vehicles, and batteries undermines our sovereignty and makes us unnecessarily vulnerable to foreign countries supplying a critical supply chain component.

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A giant sand artwork adorns New Brighton Beach to highlight the forthcoming COP26 global climate conference on in Wirral, Merseyside, on May 31, 2021. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

FLOP26 for Globalists

Prince Charles publicly urged Prime Minister Morrison to attend COP26 in Glasgow, calling it a “last chance saloon” to save the planet.

However, the Australian government’s first priority is the safety and continued sovereignty of our people, in our country, not the planet.

Given the leaders from China, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Iran, Mexico, and the Vatican are not attending—Prince Charles, Holmes à Court, the Australian Greens Party, and Zali Steggal ought to be “urging” these leaders to act if they are actually fair dinkum about climate change.

Weakening Australia’s national security by placing additional costs, new so-called “eco-friendly” methods and systems on our industries while tethering energy storage to foreign-made batteries is reckless and not in our national interest.

Pretending to be doing all of this as a saviour of the environment when you stand to gain financially from changes to government policy is deceptive.

Doing so at a time when Australia is under threat from the largest and most powerful authoritarian military the world has ever seen is dangerous.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Lincoln Parker has over 20 years experience in government, defence research and technology development. Based in Sydney, he chairs the Defence and National Security Policy Branch of the Liberal Party of Australia. Parker has worked for the Australian government, and at its consulates in San Francisco and New York. He later established the Victorian government's office in Washington D.C. with a focus on defence tech collaboration. He contributes regularly to domestic and international publications, and has appeared on Sky News Australia