The shadow foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, says Labor will beef up international approaches to combating climate change, including with work in the Pacific and with Asean countries, in an effort to restore lost credibility as a consequence of repealing the carbon price.
|Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek. The shadow foreign affairs|
minister will argue Tony Abbott’s actions on the carbon price
damaged Australia’s reputation on climate change.
Wong will use a speech to a climate conference in Melbourne on Tuesday to commit Labor to reinstituting the position of climate change ambassador, and broadening Australia’s work in the Pacific through the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum, the Pacific Community (formerly the South Pacific Commission) and the secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program.
The shadow foreign minister will argue Australia, if it wants to be a serious international player on global warming, needs to demonstrate constructive internationalism.
Read Katherine Murphy’s story from The Guardian - “Penny Wong says Labor will try and undo Abbott's legacy on climate policy.”