PARIS FAILS TEST OF REL­E­VANCE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

Mi­randa Devine’s ar­ti­cle about Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son states how he re­it­er­ates his po­si­tion on the Paris cli­mate treaty, from where he will not with­draw be­cause it will make no dif­fer­ence to power prices, with Aus­tralia keep­ing its com­mit­ments (“Fi­nally a PM who can kick goals”, 23/9).

Tony Ab­bott signed Aus­tralia up to the agree­ment but only on con­di­tion that it could with­draw if oth­ers with­drew and that the tar­gets agreed upon were only as­pi­ra­tional.

Clearly, Mr Mor­ri­son should with­draw. For as long as Aus­tralia re­mains at­tached to the Paris Agree­ment, it gives cred­i­bil­ity to an agree­ment that has al­ready failed mis­er­ably.

It’s like Aus­tralia slav­ishly sup­port­ing the equiv­a­lent of a buggy whip com­pany. It’s a lack­lus­tre agree­ment lost and for­lorn, an as­pi­ra­tional fail­ure over­whelmed by more per­ti­nent cur­rent events and in­dus­trial needs. LEE DU BRAY

SYD­NEY

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