Update: A couple of readers have suggested that this article may not have been intended as satire (either way, it's comedy gold!) I have sent an email to the editor of Quadrant Online to ask for clarification. If it was intended as a serious suggestion (an outcome devoutly to be wished!), it means (1) that the extremist wing of the Cli-Fi movement has reached its zenith, and (2) there will be another Detective Paco story coming up soon.
Update II: I have received an email from a Mr. Keith Windschuttle of Quadrant magazine; I reproduce it here:
Thank you for your enquiry about Michael Kile’s article. Of course he is serious. This is no time for Swiftian satire. Even the Australian national broadcaster has taken up the cause: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/counterpoint/stories/2009/2630991.htm. Nominations are now being taken for first volunteers for humane human sacrifice. Tell all your friends.
Of course, Mr. Windschuttle isn't serious, so the article turns out to be what I thought it was originally: an exceptionally fine piece of satire.