Labor climate position weakens: Greens

25 March, 2013 General news, Uncategorized0

Labor climate position weakens: Greens

DateMarch 25, 2013 – 3:55PM
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Australian Greens leader Christine Milne believes the federal Labor government is shifting closer to the coalition’s position on tackling climate change.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday announced the merger of the climate change department into an industry and innovation mega-department, and the appointment of former resources executive Gary Gray to cabinet as mines and energy minister.

“The worry with today is that the Gillard government has moved closer to Tony Abbott by abolishing a stand-alone climate department, merging it with another department and putting a fossil fuel advocate into the energy department,” Senator Milne told reporters in Hobart.

She said the energy minister needed to “act in the same policy framework” as Climate Change Minister Greg Combet.


Senator Milne said the reshuffle was the result of a “complete internal implosion” of the Labor Party last week.

It was crucial the government got its act together as there were big decisions to be made before the election on education funding and boosting benefits for the unemployed, she said.

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