Australia on the couch

A country in denial.

AP

If you put Australia on the couch this is what you get—a country in denial.

Climate change. Geopolitical posturing in Asia. Its relationship to the land and its people. European settlers arrived in the 18th century, thirsty for a new beginning. They never lost their taste for pillage … though this is not the story the nation likes to tell itself.

Instead, folks are more comfortable with a tale about abandoned convicts sent to the island as prisoners, forgotten, neglected and owed an apology.

Now the ultimate denial is upon them. As droughts, wildfires, heat waves and crop failures increase at a rabid pace, their leaders and industries continue to be the face of global climate denial. Current Australian PM Tony Abbott famously called the science behind climate change “absolute crap.”

Without a serious reckoning, this final gasp of denial could toast their 200-year experiment for good.