Poll results: Who sits the carbon throne?

Now that all the excitement from Monday’s start to a brand new series of Game of Thrones has subsided somewhat, no doubt your mind has turned to the results of our equally exciting readers’ poll!

Last week we asked: Which Game of Thrones character best represents carbon pricing in Australia? The options are repeated below, now with the addition of our results. And befitting a storyline as gripping as that offered by the iconic television program, it’s gone right down to the wire… culminating in a dead heat!

According to you, our readers, Jon Snow (Dead – but clearly coming back) and Danaerys Targaryen (Alive and well and very busy – overseas) cannot be split as the best options when it comes to the personification of carbon pricing in this country. Clearly, the much maligned policy is not dead and buried yet.

This character represents carbon pricing in Australia because they are…

ned_stark138x188Ned Stark
Noble, right and dead.


Robb Stark - Game of ThronesRobb Stark
Noble, never really up to the job, and dead.


Robert Baratheon - Game of ThronesRobert Baratheon
Oafishly inept, fiscally incontinent, and in hindsight pretty terrific compared to what came after. Also dead.


Joffrey BaratheonJoffrey Baratheon
Illegitimate, disastrous, and thankfully dead.


Jon Snow - Game of ThronesJon Snow
Dead – but clearly coming back.


Danaerys Targaryen
Alive and well and very busy – overseas.


The Night's King - Game of ThronesThe Night’s King
A life-hating monstrosity, once defeated by fallen heroes, which threatens to return and end the world.


And if you’re now ready for an in-depth examination of the issues underpinning our playful poll, why not read our related Blog post: Carbon pricing after Paris.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our readers’ poll.

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Tennant is Principal National Adviser – Public Policy at Ai Group. He has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency. He also works on a range of issues related to manufacturing and innovation. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.

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