Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
To travel to my home town, the place of my birth, would take a number of days by car. For a family with small children that journey would likely stretch to over a week. When I was a child, the cost of plane fares was also exorbitant, hence our family rarely visited our relatives in Far North Queensland. I remember a special occasion when our family did make the trip by plane. Perhaps it was my first plane trip. It was very exciting.
Unlike today, the plane trip from Cairns to Sydney had to be taken in a number of hops. Our first leg on the return flight was from Cairns to Townsville. The landing certainly made an impression, most probably literally, as the plane slammed on the runway with a huge thud, causing some passengers quite some consternation. The captain of the plane clearly thought that a few reassuring words were warranted.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Captain speaking. I apologise for the bumpy landing. The co-pilot would like me to tell you that he was responsible for the landing.”
The passengers chuckled good-humouredly.
The next leg was from Townsville to Brisbane. The landing was elegant, oh-so smooth.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the co-pilot speaking. For the benefit of passengers travelling from Cairns, I hope you found this landing more to your satisfaction. The Captain would like me to tell you that he landed the plane. If you are disembarking in Brisbane, please remember to take all your personal items with you. Enjoy your stay.”
Much clapping from the passengers ensued.
After a lot of arm twisting, the Aussie government announced this week that it would adopt a target of net zero emissions by 2050. Round of applause. It has been reported in the media that the net zero target will not be legislated in the national parliament. Boo, boo.
A promise is a promise. So very transactional. You know, do that which prevents international trade and investment retaliation against businesses operating in and/or from Australia and no more. As with its response to the pandemic, I suppose the national government can rely on state governments to do all the hard emissions reduction work for them. Yes, I know the national government paid for the vaccines and in the same way, it will likely incentivise gas projects and experimental carbon capture and storage projects, as well as chucking a bit of money at regional electorates for carbon offsets. Credit where credit is due. But someone has to deliver the goods and I’m not sure that the new-old plan will get us there. Sometimes I wonder who is captaining our country. Who? The Deputy PM. That explains it then. We are in for a bumpy landing, that’s if we can land this baby at all. Who knows, a lot can change in 20 or 30 years. Sheesh, a lot can change in two years. Governments can change, and I don’t mean the Australian government.
We must learn to fly this bloody emissions reduction plan fast. 2050 is too late to get the job done. We had better shut down a few aging coal plants in good faith. Store farts in a jar. Onya ‘Straya.
Shall we have the Foo Fighters performing Learn To Fly for the Friday song? It kind of fits. Warning – the video is very un-PC. Take your seats and buckle up. We’re in for the ride for our lives.
Take care, everyone. Reduce your carbon footprint. Fly less.
Note: Ansett Australia went out of business in the years following the scrapping of the two-airline policy in Australia.