Julie Bishop says Australia must show leadership on climate change in the aftermath of the bushfire crisis – and that we cannot blame other countries for rising temperatures
- Julie Bishop says that Australia must demonstrate global leadership in climate change
- Former Foreign Minister says that the country must come up with a coherent policy
- Scott Morrison defended his record on climate change this weekend
Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia must show global leadership on climate change in response to the bushfire crisis
Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia must show global leadership on climate change in response to the bushfire crisis.
“Countries look to Australia for guidance and leadership,” she told the Nine Network on Monday.
Mrs. Bishop said that Australia must prepare a coherent national climate and energy policy to present at international conferences.
“We have no national energy policy in this country and a national approach to climate change … we are part of a global effort,” she said.
“If a country like Australia fails to show leadership, we can hardly blame other countries for not showing leadership in this area in the same way.”
Despite increasing pressure, Scott Morrison defended his record of climate change this weekend.
The prime minister claimed that his government had always made the connection between climate change and extreme weather conditions.
Mr. Morrison said that Australia focused on achieving its emission reduction targets and argued what other countries were doing was a matter for them.
Green leader Richard Di Natale is not impressed.
“This should be a wake-up call for every member of the political establishment in Australia,” Senator Di Natale told ABC radio.
“The reality is that we had a prime minister who chose to work effectively as a coal industry lobbyist at a time when he should have protected Australians.”
He said that Australia should phase out coal-fired energy and prevent the construction of new coal mines.
Despite increasing pressure, Scott Morrison defended his record of climate change this weekend. Animals are seen in fire destroyed Cobargo in New South Wales