/ 16 November 2021

Targets set as we race to an election

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

In the wake of the Glasgow Climate Pact that doesn’t go far enough to lock in emissions reductions that would ensure global warming is kept well under 2C, Australia’s political leaders yesterday gave their take. Asked if he will deliver more emissions cuts ASAP, PM Scott Morrison said yeah nah… He says the Glasgow deal delivers a “request to revisit” earlier targets and what matters is that Australia is on track to cut emissions by 35% by 2030, which is more than our formal target of 26-28%. Instead, Morrison switched the conversation to the management of the economy, fancying himself over the opposition. For Labor’s part, Anthony Albanese yesterday said the party will release its climate plan, including a 2030 emissions reduction target, “before the end of the year”. As we head towards an election, The Australian’s Newspoll (paywall) shows Morrison trailing Albanese on trust and likability but ahead on decisiveness.

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