Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has referred to as for ambitious climate targets to be set as world leaders collect in Paris for the United Nations Climate Conference.
Mr Shorten spoke to Lateline from Paris as the talks got underway and mentioned nations that did not take strong action would be increasingly isolated.
“The whole purpose for this Paris conference is simply because climate modify is possessing worse and worse effects on our environment and even more importantly, on our economy,” he mentioned.
“So nations who feel that they don’t need to alter, I believe will get isolated in the future in trade and other arrangements in between nations.”
French president Francois Hollande officially opened the summit by telling planet leaders that the “hope of all of humanity rests on your shoulders”.
Mr Shorten said he would be attending a quantity of meetings whilst he was in Paris.
“I will be meeting with hopefully leaders from the Pacific Island nations. They truly do count on Australia as becoming a massive brother in the best sense of the word for standing up for their issues,” he mentioned.
“I am searching forward to speaking with organizations. There is a lot of private sector interest in the choices that will be created at Paris, and the choices that nations make.
“See, if a nation like Australia sets ambitious ambitions, what will happen is that we can then encourage the private sector to step in and help deliver the solutions from technologies to trade opportunities to investment in renewable power.”
Shorten says ‘Turnbull playing in traffic’
Last week Mr Shorten announced Labor’s new climate policy with an emissions reduction target of 45 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
He rejected ideas a carbon price beneath the proposal could be as high as $ 200 a tonne.
“It really is just total rubbish,” he stated.
He mentioned the climate alter debate had been one of the far more toxic issues in politics and that it would have been straightforward for Labor to just give bipartisan help to the Government’s “ridiculously low targets”.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s caught. He’s caught in the middle of the road on this. He’s playing in the site visitors,” he mentioned.
“On 1 hand he had to in order to turn out to be the leader of the Liberal Celebration, sign up to Tony Abbott’s climate alter policies, with their ridiculously low targets. On the other hand he need to at least be honest with people and admit the consequences of alter.”
He stated the cost of not acting on climate change was too higher.
“The truth of the matter is that if sea levels rise, home will become, and infrastructure in Australia will turn into a lot much more expensive,” he mentioned.
“We’ll have much more drought. We’ll have more intense climate events. So there is a large price in not acting.”
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