Tais-toi, Madam

Honestly.  Surely the times of insisting that the IMF top job goes to some European socialist should end?  And what happened to the protocol that these overpaid, ill-informed international bureaucrats butt out of the domestic affairs of member countries?

And come off it, Christine – dealing with climate change is good for economic growth.  Where did you get that one?  Even thought absurdly slanted carbon modelling conducted by our Treasury – remember that? what a disgrace! – didn’t find that.

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has urged the Abbott government not to abandon Australia’s role as what she calls “a pioneer” in the debate on climate change.

The former finance minister of France said it would be a mistake to assign climate issues to “the backburner” because action to reduce carbon emissions could strengthen economic growth as well as protecting the environment.

Speaking to Fairfax Media in Paris ahead of her first visit to Australia as IMF chief for a G20 meeting in Sydney next week, Ms Lagarde said previous Australian governments played an important role in international debates about climate change.

Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), speaks at George Washington University in

“Australia was very much at the forefront, Australia was pioneering in this field, and I would hope that it continues to be a pioneer,” said Ms Lagarde, a former conservative French minister.

“I do think that climate change issues and progress in that regard are critical and are not just fantasies, they are real issues.”

Told of Ms Lagarde’s veiled criticism of the Abbott government’s commitment to climate change policy, the Environment Minister Greg Hunt defended his government’s record.

“The fact the Coalition government is committed to a 5per cent reduction in our domestic emissions by 2020 backed by the Emissions Reduction Fund, shows we take the issue very seriously,” he said.

“Australia is committed to taking action to address climate change.”

Despite being criticised for unwinding the previous government’s hard-won price on carbon pollution, Mr Hunt suggested “anyone who supports tackling climate change would support repealing the carbon tax”.

“As a climate change measure, the carbon tax is a failure,” he said. “Despite being a $7.6 billion hit on the economy, our emissions reduced by only 0.1 per cent in the first year.”

The IMF chief, who oversees more than $1 trillion in loan capacity, applauded Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s promise to try to use his chairmanship of this year’s G20 economic summit in Brisbane to produce a brief and practical communique, but she warned it would not be easy.

Mr Abbott told the World Economic Forum in Davos last month that he would aim for “a communique just three pages long [concentrating on] a few key subjects because progress usually comes one step at a time”.

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32 Responses to Tais-toi, Madam

  1. Aussiejohn

    ” former conservative ” That’s obvious!

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    We need to try anarchy for a while, ‘ordered’ government has taken on a tinge of the fascist.

  3. Robbo

    France has accumulated a massive debt over the decades and with Hollande in power that debt will only get larger and larger. With that in mind who on God’s earth thinks it is a good idea to put a French citizen in charge of the IMF?

  4. Andrew

    Very much at the forefront? I thought TLS et al sneered at any suggestions that Oz was leading the world and said if anything we were falling behind. Windbag came back from his study tour of Spain and said there was so much more we could do to be like them.

  5. Watching It Unfold

    Looks like she’s been at the beach, probably took a sickie……

  6. i believe that Ms Lagarde learned much from her uncle: “Why, man is a nuisance. … The sooner he is exterminated, the better. … From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy”, explained Dr. Zaius.

  7. Turtle of WA

    “I do think that climate change issues and progress in that regard are critical and are not just fantasies, they are real issues.”

    Not just fantasies! Ha ha ha. She knows the climate circus is over.

  8. Beef

    Mr Abbott told the World Economic Forum in Davos last month that he would aim for “a communique just three pages long

    3 pages eh. ITS.ALL.SHIT. One word per page in big bold type.

  9. Ant

    I can just imagine the lifestyle this communist windbag leads, as she passes her fabulous wisdom down to the plebs.

  10. Honestly. Surely the times of insisting that the IMF top job goes to some European socialist

    Lagarde, as a politician, was a Conservative.
    But I guess, Judith, from the extreme position you occupy on the spectrum, anyone to your left is a “socialist”‘

    And what happened to the protocol that these overpaid, ill-informed international bureaucrats butt out of the domestic affairs of member countries?

    Given that she is the head of the International Monetary Fund, it is entirely appropriate that she comment in an international forum. Australia is active in the IMF.

    Would you censor her from commenting anywhere except in her native country?

    There is a whiff of envy in your post.
    (Lagarde is an Officer, Order of Légion d’honneur, holds an Ordre du Merite agricole Commandeur and is a Commander, Order of Mérite agricole. She has an Honorary doctorate from KU Leuven (Belgium) – awarded at KU Leuven Kulak)
    It cpmpletely lacks substance and consists only of name calling and abuse.

    Given you believe it is OK to publicly insult an honoured visitor to our country in the crudest terms, it must be equally OK for you to be told – Foutre le camp, Judith.

  11. Robert O.

    It’s interesting, France is supplied with non polluting nuclear power having decided to go that way after the Arab Oil Embargo in the 1970′s, and sells a lot to its green neighbours. The SNCF is nearly 100% electrified, so apart from motor vehicles is pretty “carbon pollution free”, pardon the lousy chemistry.
    Most politicians, or ex ones in Ms. Lagarde’s case, have yet to understand that the world is not warming, or hasn’t for 17 years, and that there is no significant correlation between carbon dioxide levels, which are rising, and temperature. In other words a carbon tax is non answer to a non problem. It’s just politics, nothing much to do with real science.

  12. MT Isa Miner

    Judith, underground at MIM whenever a visitor was brought in you’d hear “excuse the French” regularly after some swearing. I had to google the french, but yes someone had to say it.

    The whole kit and kaboodle of self interested UN Marxists/socialists should just F**! off to their own ruined countries and economies.

    I’ll excuse your French if you’ll excuse mine and I hope Abbott listens to you. Funny how two of the top writers ( you and Collier) are women and have more stones than all the rest. Bar Ergas, who’s more diplomatic.

  13. Gab

    When Abbott gets rid of the carbon tax, the UN will miss out on some donations from Australia as some portion of the tax collected was allocated to the UN under gillard. I’m tipping that’s why Lagarde is whining about Abbott given the existing covenant between the UN and the IMF. She’s like the UN’s debt enforcer. The IMF – another snout in the trough useless organisation.

  14. candy

    And what happened to the protocol that these overpaid, ill-informed international bureaucrats butt out of the domestic affairs of member countries?

    I’m sure the prime minister and Greg Hunt will be very respectful and charming and listen to her views, and then just go their own way …

  15. cohenite

    Ho hum, another ‘internationalist’ beating the drum against any nascent nationalism and self-interest. And common sense.

    AGW is such a clever invention, allowing people like this to fortify their position. That is why AGW will never be let go; there is too much investment in it, too much power, too much ego and too much fanaticism involved.

    If anyone thinks the Abbott government is going to resist this sun-tanned balltearer and others like her, with Hunt and Turnbull in the ranks, they’re dreaming.

  16. Louis Hissink

    Remember the IMF is funded by governments.

  17. Ms Legard is welcome to subsidise as many Australian global warming activists as she likes, there are plenty to choose from.

    I can highly recommend a Mr Steffen, who I’m sure would be only too pleased to go back to France to advise her, and a Mr Flannery, a local expert on precipitation, who could assist him.

    Just keep them well away from those nuclear plants.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    The solarium has fried her frontal lobe.

  19. H B Bear

    Ol’ Leathery’s Mum?

  20. Louis Hissink

    Conservative, leftist, rightist – the confusion this causes….

    Rightists are socialists who prefer to have state authority based on a church/religion
    Leftists are socialists who reject religion and replace it with the authority of the state.

    Both groups reject the primacy of the individual over the state, and are also collectivists.

    So the appellation ‘conservative’ , Numbers, is neither here nor there – she remains a socialist.

  21. Baldrick

    Do we really need another un-elected entity telling us what to do and how to do it?

  22. rebel with cause

    The former finance minister of France

    LOL. So she has zero credibility then.

  23. cuckoo

    Plibersek was on ABC last night ranting that, as Lagarde is a ‘Conservative’ head of a ‘conservative’ organisation, Tony Abbott should listen to her. Luckily I had disabled my BS-detector for routine maintenance, or it would have exploded at that point.

  24. Markus Frank

    If Australia is rated as so important in the international forum on climate change, a much more beneficial contribution would be made for international economic well-being if the government had the courage to call the climate change scam what it is.
    Alternative energy is all well and good if some genius develops a competitive technology in a free market.
    This will not happen until the shills at the UN and IMF support the rent-seeking thievery of a distorted energy market that is making beggars of millions.

  25. Rabz

    FFS, what a bizarre looking harridan.

    Here’s a message for you sweetie – Fuck off back to frogville, toot sweet.

  26. Eyrie

    What a hag!. Same age as Mrs Eyrie who looks 25 years younger than that.

  27. Myrddin Seren

    And what happened to the protocol that these overpaid, ill-informed international bureaucrats butt out of the domestic affairs of member countries?

    Passe once the EU insisted that national governments override or re-issue referenda that rejected greater ceding of powers to the EU until they got the correct answer.

    The technocratic elite are fairly shameless these days in their flagging their desire for rule by ‘philosopher kings’.

  28. HK_Brother

    Christine Lagarde: “Australia should…blah blah blah.”

    Australia: “Bugger off!”


    The Carbon Tax has cost AUD$350 for every man, woman, and child of this Nation. It has added AUD$115 to each Toyota car produced in Australia. It has done NOTHING for the environment. Its a total scam of mass proportions.

  29. JimmyB

    @Beef::: TA pretty much summed it up once…. ‘ Globull Warming is CRAP!’ ……

    All the best….Jimmy.

  30. Helen

    I saw obumma interviewed on news after leftsiders, and he was spruking that California has the worst drought in 500 years and this was due to global warmening.

    The world will continue to slowly warm he said, ignoring massive snow and ice in other parts of the USA becasue that was somewhere else from where he was and if he couldn’t see it, it is not real..

    But about that 500 years, how come there was a worse drought then, before industrialisation and evil fossil fuels sent the carbon dioxide levels up? (Thanks be to god say the plants – Stephen Fry who hosts Qi had a good question the other night – what are trees made of? Wood said someone well yes, but what is that made of and where do trees get it? no-one knew the answer, carbon from carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

  31. Stephen of Glasshouse

    Bugger off kermit

  32. Toiling Mass

    Australia is leading the world in its response to Global Warming – I hope other countries follow our lead in ditching it.

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