Musings of a morbid mind

The general ravings of Scott Baldwin

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Orange Parrot is the new Red Herring

With the Federal Government putting the $220 million dollar Victorian wind farm project on hold over dubious concerns that the Endangered Orange Bellied Parrot may be further threatened by the existance of the wind turbines in a region it rarely visits, a few of my work collegues have decided to hijack an old enlglish idiom to highlight just how ludicrous the debate has become.

From now on instead of using the term "Red Herring" to describe a situation or topic designed to divert attention from the real issues at hand, we have decided to use the term "Orange Parrot". So when we describe something as an "Orange Parrot" the idea is that it is a side issue raised to craftily turn debate away from the real issues.

Hopefully this will take on, and will expose the stupid political games the Federal Government is playing at the expense of furthering progress on renewable energy technologies.


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