Finding a way through the Overton climate window is the only way forward | Peter Lewis

Australia urgently needs political change. We must push for centrist, reasonable policies while still campaigning hard at the margins

With their own sense of dark irony, the bushfires that have ravaged much of Australia over summer are now closing in on Canberra – just as our leaders prepare to return to the capital to put the nation back together.

The profound human cost of lives lost, sacrifices made, wildlife destroyed and dreams shattered has moved the nation, the work of the volunteer firefighters tapping a spirit of mutuality and civic-mindedness that we thought we’d lost.

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