World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Australian Hansard – PM Howard On Kyoto Protocol

Extract from Australian Parliamentary Hansard Page 2824, 2002

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Environment: Kyoto Protocol

Mr KELVIN THOMSON (2.00 p.m.)—My question is to the Prime Minister. On World Environment Day, is the Prime Minister aware of last week’s ratification of the Kyoto protocol on climate change by the European Union and yesterday’s ratification by Japan? Given the Prime Minister’s statement that the government is committed to meeting Australia’s 2010 Kyoto target for greenhouse gas emissions, isn’t it in Australia’s interests to ratify the Kyoto protocol, thereby helping to ensure that other countries meet their targets and enabling Australian industry to benefit from emissions trading and other flexibility mechanisms under the protocol?

Mr HOWARD—I thank the honourable member for his question. It is not in Australia’s interests to ratify the Kyoto protocol. The reason it is not in Australia’s interests to ratify the Kyoto protocol is that, because the arrangements currently exclude— and are likely under present settings to continue to exclude —both developing countries and the United States, for us to ratify the protocol would cost us jobs and damage our industry. That is why the Australian government will continue to oppose ratification. You cite the example of Japan. Japan is a massive energy importer; Australia is a massive net exporter of energy. One of the things that makes Australia almost unique in this context is that as a developed country we are a major net exporter of energy. The idea that you can sign up to a protocol that would facilitate the export of dirty industries from this country into developing countries and thereby facilitate the flight of jobs from this country— Mr Crean interjecting—

The SPEAKER—The Leader of the Opposition! The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr HOWARD—It amazes me that a Labor Party that claims, from time to time, to represent the interests of the working men and women of this country would sign up to an arrangement that would hurt this country. As with so many things—indeed as with all things—this government will continue above everything else to assert the Australian national interest. Wednesday, 5 June 2002 REPRESENTATIVES P 2825 The Australian national interest does not lie in ratifying Kyoto: that is why we are opposed to it.

Dr Lawrence interjecting—

The SPEAKER—The member for Fremantle is aware that the chair has never denied her the right to the call when the standing orders offer it.

Honourable members—Hear, hear!


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC