States re­ject Price ef­forts for united ac­tion plan

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION - RICHARD FER­GU­SON

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Melissa Price has re­fused to an­swer ques­tions on a ma­jor cli­mate change sum­mit in Poland af­ter she failed to get the sup­port of state min­is­ters for an “ac­tion plan” to tackle global warm­ing.

Ms Price flies out tonight for Ka­tow­ice, Poland, to at­tend the COP24 Sum­mit, which is seen as the big­gest cli­mate con­fer­ence since the for­ma­tion of the Paris Agree­ment in 2015.

But she failed to se­cure agree­ment on a na­tional ac­tion plan on cli­mate change yes­ter­day af­ter the states re­jected the word­ing.

“What I had sug­gested was that we have an agreed state­ment that we would all work to­gether to­wards an ac­tion plan with re­spect to cli­mate, in re­spect to things that we can do in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively,” she said. “Sadly, that was not agreed … I don’t think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate for me to say who did agree and didn’t agree.”

The Week­end Aus­tralian un­der­stands Ms Price’s ac­tion plan would put the onus on the states to lead en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy but La­bor states de­manded the com­mon­wealth present its own plan.

Af­ter ques­tions on her fail­ure to gain the sup­port of the states, the min­is­ter walked out of a press con­fer­ence and ig­nored ques­tions on the Poland sum­mit.

A joint state­ment by La­bor min­is­ters said: “Our ju­ris­dic­tions are ini­ti­at­ing, de­vel­op­ing and de­liv­er­ing strong and last­ing ac­tion on cli­mate change … it is time the Lib­eral-Na­tional states and the com­mon­wealth join us.”

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