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Mark Butler :: HOCKEY IGNORANCE ON SHOW FOR WORLD LEADERS

Mark Butler :: HOCKEY IGNORANCE ON SHOW FOR WORLD LEADERS





HOCKEY IGNORANCE ON SHOW FOR WORLD LEADERS


Date:  16 November 2014


The Australian Treasurer has displayed
his utter disregard and ignorance for the importance of tackling climate
change to the global economy, in direct contrast to the views of the
world’s most powerful political leaders.

In an interview on ABC this morning, Joe Hockey
rejected the views of United States President Barack Obama, United
Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-Moon and others that climate change is a major economic challenge
for the world to address immediately. 

Yesterday, President Obama said as the
developing world continues to develop, we need to address climate
change. He referred to the historic agreement between the United States
and China to reduce their emissions and move towards a cleaner economy.
 

“…In a historic step China made
its own commitment for the first time, agreeing to slow, peak and then
reverse the course of China's emissions… And if China and the US can
agree on this, then the world can agree on this, we can get this done
and it is necessary for us to get it done.”  
 

President Barack Obama, Address to University of Queensland, 15 November 2014 

Yet, Joe Hockey continues to adopt Tony
Abbott’s head-in-the-sand approach and refuse to accept the economic
challenges presented by a changing climate:
 

Barrie Cassidy: Sure but do you accept climate change potentially is one of the biggest impediments to growth? 

Joe Hockey: No. No, I don't. Absolutely not. 

ABC Insiders, 16 November 2014 

The Treasurer said G20 was about “about
how we are going to ensure that our children have jobs in the future”
and was not about climate change.
 

“Joe Hockey’s ignorance is breathtaking,” Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said. 

“As Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott use G20 to
complain about their Budget problems, the world’s leaders have taken the
opportunity to address the major economic challenges of our time.
 

“There will be no jobs in the future if
Australia does not do what is required to reduce carbon pollution and
secure our agriculture and energy industries in a changing climate.
 

“These comments come as the Abbott
Government seeks to reduce the Renewable Energy Target which has driven
24,000 jobs and abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and
Australian Renewable Energy Agency which both invest in clean energy
technologies.
 

“Australia may be open for business, but
only the businesses that don’t offend Joe Hockey’s sensitivities to the
aesthetic values of clean energy,” Mr Bowen said.
 

Tony Abbott has long ignored the impacts
of climate change on Australia, with our international guests having a
better grasp on Australia’s vulnerability to climate change than the
Prime Minister.
 

“The impacts of climate change will
infiltrate all areas of Australia’s economy – our agriculture, tourism
and health sectors, as well as our urban planning.
 

“As our major trading partners shift towards clean energy
sources, Australia’s energy and resources sector will need to adapt,”
Shadow Climate Change Minister Mark Butler said.


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