Australia’s online betting agencies have slashed the odds of a Labor victory at the looming federal election after Rupert Murdoch lauded the party’s climate-change policies and promised his “news outlets will do whatever is needed to get Anthony Albanese and his team over the line”.
Flanked by Shadow Energy Minister Chris Bowen, Mr Albanese yesterday pledged a Labor government would reduce carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2030.
By comparison, the Morrison government has stubbornly kept to its Tony Abbott-era pledge to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent, although it claims that figure will probably be higher by 2030 through technological advances.
Betting agencies including Sportsbet, Betfair and Ladbrokes have overnight slashed their odds for a Labor victory to little better than evens after the NewsCorp chief, in comments made in New York, declared “It’s Time”.
“My global news network wasn’t mucking around when it declared back in early October that real action was needed to combat climate change if human civilisation was to survive.
“We declared then that Australia could be number one in a new global, net zero world!
“Without even being told what to do, it was no coincidence that my editors at NewsCorp Australia newspapers around the nation had multi-page wraparounds making climate-change action an absolute priority.
“Well, the Australian Labor Party has heeded our Green and Gold call and I couldn’t be more chuffed.
“I had been holding out hope that Prime Minister Morrison would have gone to COP26 in Glasgow with an improved 2030 target and I must say I was bitterly disappointed when he did not.
“But now that Mr Albanese and Labor have come out with a well-considered, well-researched target that is clearly obtainable and one that will have enormous benefits for all Australians, well that’s good enough for me.
“And without me even having to tell them – and I never have, mind – my editors will be going hell for leather from now on until the last vote is cast on election day to bring about a change in government for not just Australia’s but for the world’s sake.
And Mr Murdoch made it clear he would “not be for turning” if the LNP government had an abrupt change of mind and matched the Labor emissions reduction target.
“No, of his own making, Scott Morrison is now totally wedged on this issue and he would look absolutely pathetic in the minds of voters if he now tried to change course.
“Who could ever believe anything he says?”
STOP PRESS: Former NewsCorp executive and current Sunday Mail columnist Des Houghton is in an induced coma in a Brisbane hospital after he collapsed on hearing what Rupert Murdoch had to say.