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‘Contorted position’ of Fed Govt: wants Kyoto amended, but won’t sign it, says Garret

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

The Federal Government’s position on the Kyoto protocol was illogical and bewildering, said Peter Garrett, Labor member for Kingsford Smith (NSW), in the Federal House of Representatives (12/9/2007). Strange position-shift: “‘We will be part of that. We want to amend Kyoto’. That was what the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (Minister for the Environment and Water Resources), said yesterday in a debate in the House. What an extraordinary statement from the minister. I do not think I have heard anything like it. If I have been hearing the government correctly for the last 11 years, it has been all about bagging Kyoto. It has been all about talking about the Eurocentrism of this multilateral agreement that is already underway. It has been denying – and decrying those who claim – that Kyoto has an important role to play in addressing climate change. And now we have Minister Turnbull saying: ‘Kyoto may be amended, and we hope it will be. We will be part of that.’

Ridiculous situation: “How does the minister propose to be part of it if we are not going to ratify it? That really is the essential question that the minister has to answer: how is he going to be part of the process of amending Kyoto when he and Mr Howard refuse to ratify the protocol and therefore cannot take a place at the table and vote on the protocol itself? The government has got itself into an extraordinary, illogical, preposterous and ridiculous situation on this issue. It absolutely beggars belief.

Bewilderment: “No wonder international commentators and international political leaders look upon the position that the Howard Government has taken on the Kyoto protocol with some bewilderment. We are aware of the fact that they wanted to ratify it in the first place, but now they have got themselves into such a tortured, convoluted and contorted position,” Garret added.

Reference: Peter Garrett, Member for Kingsford Smith, House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Australia, 12 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 22/9/2007

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