PART 2: 1999 – 2017
Toward the end of the 1990s, Commonwealth Environment Minister in the Howard Government, Senator Robert Hill, “announced plans for perhaps the most far-reaching changes to Federal environmental laws in twenty years”, Shades of Green? Proposals to Change Commonwealth Environmental Laws. As a result, in 1999 the EPBC Act was introduced, one of the government’s aims being to further embed the principles of ESD into Commonwealth laws. This Commonwealth Act also further enforced compliance with “international obligations” such as the UN Agenda 21 program, as admitted by the “Independent Review of the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999”. As Chapter 2 of the review points out, the role of the EPBC Act was to enforce allegiance to foreign agencies, NOT reinforce democracy and national sovereignty:
“ the primary role of the Act – to implement Australia’s international obligation to develop in an ecologically sustainable manner.”
There was no concern about exactly who we are internationally ‘obliged to’, or whether this obligation was democratic. According to Hugh Morgan the EPBC Act fundamentally changed the nature of environmental law in Australia. Julia Patrick summarises the effects of the EPBC Act in “The Radical Ambitions of Green Sustainability”.
Meanwhile in NSW, Education Minister John Aquilina was busy indoctrinating schoolchildren with the UN Agenda 21 plan with the NSW Environmental Education Policy for Schools (2001). Agenda 21, and the Melbourne Declaration resulted in politicisation, and redesign of the school curriculum, utilising so called “cross curriculum priorities” such as sustainability, which were embedded across all subjects. Under Chapter 26 of the NSESD, the Australian government pledged to restructure the school curricula to support the UN sustainability agenda, while at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002, attended by then Environment Minister David Kemp it was confirmed again that Australian schoolchildren should be educated in line with UN sustainability objectives.
In 2002 the United Nations was busy instructing countries (see p17, Guidance in Preparing a Sustainable Development Strategy, CSD) that the UN Agenda 21/sustainable development agenda must be “continuous” & beyond party politics so a change of government will not stop the UN’s global agenda. So according to the UN, their sustainability agreement must be fundamentally undemocratic, with steps taken by governments around the world to ensure the people have no opportunity to democratically reject the agreement. This is official, from the UN.
In 2005 the UN commenced its Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), which was dedicated to “Rethinking and revising education from nursery school through university to include a clear focus on the development of knowledge, skills, perspectives and values related to sustainability.” The UN adopted resolution 57/254, “Recalling chapter 36 of Agenda 21”, and “emphasizing that education is an indispensable element for achieving sustainable development.”
In 2012 the Australian Government, led by Prime Minister Gillard, attended the Rio+20 Conference. The Government pointed out in their “Road to Rio+20” fact sheet, that they had been forcing Australians to comply with imported UN ‘laws’ for decades, even though the people had been consistently denied any democratic choice.
“Australia has participated in sustainable development discussions for more than four decades. We have signed international treaties, supported regional initiatives and enacted international commitments through new laws and policies at home.”
In the Future We Want, the outcome document from Rio+20, Prime Minister Gillard not only agreed to continue implementing Agenda 21, but further, she agreed to expand Agenda 21 under the new name of the Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This new agenda was renamed the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and was signed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in September 2015. The 2030 agenda has been described as a UN driven “master plan” or “roadmap to global socialism” aimed at controlling the planet, including so called ‘climate change’, and the life styles and energy consumption of all people and all countries. Their 15 year goals include:
• Redistributing the wealth of successful nations. According to the 2030 Agenda, ‘poverty’ can only be addressed by undemocratically giving money and power to the UN.
• The COP21 Paris climate change agreement, comprising SDG 13, is just one part of the 2030 Agenda. The UN version of climate change though, is about global power and money.
• Controlling lifestyles, energy use, and consumption by defining which activities are accepted by the UN as being ‘sustainable’. Only the UN can control ‘sustainability’.
• Controlling global education so children become activists promoting the UN agenda.
• Moving towards global enforcement by developing global monitoring, accountability mechanisms, and surveillance systems so “no one is left behind”.
• The UN 2030 agenda is completely open ended, stating no total costs, and stating no limits as far as loss of sovereignty and enforcement mechanisms are concerned.
By 2014, after more than 2 decades of Agenda 21 in Australia, but without Australians being granted even one vote on the issue, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce noted that Australian landholders are no longer in control of their own land:
”You have this crazy situation where you don’t own the vegetation on your land, the state government does, and many people have had enough.”
Also in 2014, after 2 decades of Agenda 21 ‘education’, and 9 years of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in Australia, the DESD being described as “the first globally recognized initiative of education for sustainable development. Australian students experienced a ‘decade of going backwards‘.
Continuing their undemocratic propaganda driven global agenda, in July 2016 the UN announced that the three 2015 global agreements, the 2030 SDG agenda signed by Julie Bishop, the Paris climate change conference signed by Greg Hunt, and the Addis Ababa Action agenda, all feed into (see A/71/168) their long term new world order agenda, as initiated by the 1974 Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order (see A/RES/S-6/3201).
And in December 2016, at the Seventy-first Session of the UNGA, Australia voted NOT to oppose the continued implementation of Agenda 21 (See document A/71/463/Add.1.).
Continuing with the ‘smart cities’ concept, the future of cities like Sydney are being planned in accordance with the requirements of Agenda 21, UN Habitat, and the 2030 Agenda, NOT in accordance with the democratic will of the people.
Though refusing to spell out exactly who we are internationally obliged to, and whether this obligation is democratic, our politicians could not be clearer.
Democratic domestic obligations are no longer relevant in the new world of imported elite driven global agendas.