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Chinese President Hu’s plan: next round of Kyoto to form the mechanism for securing international action post 2012

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

Senator John Hogg, Senator for Queensland, Member of the Australian Labor Party asked Senator Minchin, the Minister representing the Prime Minister;

• Can the minister confirm that the Prime Minister failed in his attempt to sideline Kyoto in his APEC Sydney declaration?

• Didn’t Chinese President Hu insist on amendments to the declaration that allow the next round of Kyoto to form the mechanism for securing international action post 2012?

• Didn’t President Hu also make it clear to the Prime Minister that he believes that Kyoto is ‘the most authoritative universal and comprehensive international framework for tackling climate change’?

• Given the Prime Minister’s failure to sideline Kyoto, will the government finally ratify Kyoto to ensure that Australia has a seat at the table in Bali in December for the discussions on post-2012 agreement so that our national interests are represented?

In reply, Senator Nick Minchin, Minister for Finance and Administration said the Sydney declaration, under the auspices of APEC was a good thing.

Reference: John Hogg, Senator for Queensland, Member of the Australian Labor Party, Senate Hansard, Commonwealth of Australia, 11 September 2007

Erisk Net, 14/9/2007

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