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In 21 days, the Senate will vote on the Government’s climate change legislation that will – for the first time ever – turn the corner on rising carbon pollution in Australia.
This means Malcolm Turnbull has 21 days to get his party into shape on climate change.
We have seen a diverse parade of positions from the Liberal Party on climate change this week, not to mention the views put forward by their coalition partners in the National Party.
We have seen Mr Turnbull clearly indicate on Monday that he would seek to amend the Government’s climate change legislation.
We have seen Wilson Tuckey accuse Mr Turnbull of acting in his own interests rather than that of the Party Room, describing Mr Turnbull as ‘arrogant’ and ‘inexperienced’.
We have seen the Deputy Leader, Julie Bishop tell regional radio listeners yesterday that the debate on climate change is yet to happen in the Party Room, only to then hear the following heavy handed message from Senator Minchin today: “Malcolm understands the Party’s position, and supports the Party’s position that we will vote this down in August.”
The first challenge for Mr Turnbull is to explain the Liberal Party’s position on climate change to the Australian people.
Are they prepared to be constructive on this important issue or have they already decided to vote ‘no’ in August as Senator Minchin has said today?
Mr Turnbull must show some leadership and resolve the differences in his own Party Room if he wants to be taken seriously on climate change.
Australia has waited a long time for action on climate change and we now have an opportunity to end the Howard Government’s legacy of inaction.
I recently attended climate change talks in Italy with Kevin Rudd.
The message from President Obama and other world leaders was clear: Climate change poses a serious threat to all countries and we must act immediately to address it.
We’ve always said taking action on climate change would not be easy, but the risks to our children and our economy are too great for us to fail in this task.
Mr Turnbull is Australia’s alternative Prime Minister. He has 21 days to decide whether he is going to lead or roll to those in his Party who stopped Australia taking action on climate change under the Howard Government.
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