Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten slammed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s attitude to climate change at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane today.
The Labor frontman said Mr Abbott is putting domestic politics front and centre at the G20 and the world’s leaders are ‘scratching their heads’ at Australia’s reluctance to talk climate change.
“The rest of the world recognises that climate change is a major economic issue, a major security issue and a major environment issue,” Mr Shorten said.
“But here we have Tony Abbott more interested and complaining about the fact that Australian politics won’t endorse his broken promises like his new taxes on the sick in Australia.”
“Tony Abbott is in denial about being in climate change denial.”
He said Prime Minister Abbott was using G20 as a tool to promote national agendas.
“He seems to determined to run a peculiarly Australian domestic political partisan fight.”
“Now is the time for Tony Abbott to move from opposition brawler to international statesman.”
Mr Shorten said he hopes the G20 summit and the media focus it draws will encourage leaders to make real progress on climate change solutions.
“It would be a real shame to have this calibre and weight of world power, influence and leadership and us not to,” he said.
“It’s been given fantastic momentum by the leadership of the President of the United States and the President of China, and the world has decided again to have genuine multilateral, international work on climate change.
“President Obama’s speech this morning I think has been very well received in Australia and hopefully beyond Australia and it contrasts to the lack of vision being articulated by Australia’s own national leader on climate change.”