Australia defeated party urged to keep strong climate policy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An opposition review of the Australian conservative government’s shock election win has urged the dispirited Labor Party to stick with strong policies on climate change.
Senior Labor Party figures Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill released their report on the reasons why their center-left party lost in May against the expectations of opinions polls, bookmakers and most federal lawmakers.
One of the major policy differences between Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition and Labor was climate change. Labor had pledge to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% below 2005 levels by 2030. The coalition has committed to reduce emissions by 26% to 28% by 2030.
The report says Labor needed to increase public awareness of the costs of inaction on climate change and respect workers in Australia’s coal and gas industries.