The lessons of Australia’s ‘climate-change’ election

Be careful not to read the wrong lessons from the surprise result of Australia’s so-called ‘climate-change’ election. The conservative political coalition was re-elected after six years of tumult, despite opinion polls suggesting the country was ready for a change.

It would be wrong to infer the conservatives are popular. It would also be quite wrong to read the election result as a sign that voters don’t care about the environment and that climate change is a losing issue. Former prime minister Tony Abbott, who stymied climate policy for…