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Aus lacks full voting rights at UN climate summit in Bali in Dec, because govt refuses to ratify Kyoto: but APEC more important, says Howard

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

The fact that Australia would not have full voting rights at all sessions of the UN climate change summit in Bali in December – because the government refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol – was not important, said Prime Minister John Howard in Federal Parliament (11/9/2007).

APEC more important: In response to a question by Labor Opposition leader Kevin Rudd, Howard said, “I know that the Labor Party are a bit disappointed that we actually reached agreement on the Sydney declaration. You could pick what they did a mile off. There they were, demanding the impossible so that they would be able to say, ‘You fell short of what was needed.’ It is an old political trick. The reality is that quite a lot of progress was made on getting the three major emitters to agree to the aspirational goal. It is not something that I believed all along was going to be achieved. I am delighted that it has been achieved. I think we will make further progress at the Washington meeting later this month, convened by President Bush. It will be chaired by the Secretary of State and Australia will be represented at that meeting at a ministerial level. That will take the thing further.

Big step forward: “There will be some further progress made at the Bali meeting. I note that the leader of the Opposition was talking about full voting rights. Is he suggesting that the United States, which has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol but will be attending the Bali meeting, will have no influence on the outcome? This is the sort of arrow, legalistic, bureaucratic approach that he has taken to these things. The truth is that in Sydney, for the first time ever, we got China, America and Russia to agree on something – and that is a real step forward,” Howard added.

Reference: John Howard, Prime Minister, Member for Bennelong, Liberal Party leader, House of Representatives, Commonwealth; Kevin Rudd, Opposition leader for the Australian Labor Party, Member for Griffith, House of Representatives, Commonwealth, 11 September 2007

Erisk Net, 11/9/2007

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