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Scott Morrison: Turnbull hits back at climate change policies

The Advertiser 2020-01-12 06:25:00

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called upon Australia to act against climate change, saying there are “simply no more excuses”.

“How much of our country has to burn, how many lives have to be lost, homes destroyed before we resolve as a nation to act on climate change?” Mr Turnbull wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian, published this morning.

“There are simply no more excuses. We cannot allow political prejudice and vested interests to hold us up any longer,” he said in the article.

“The election is won, and the fires have surely demonstrated that an integrated climate and energy policy is vital.

“The world must, and I believe will, stop burning coal if we are to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. And the sooner the better.

“But above all we have to face this fact; coal is on the way out. It is, as we are seeing today, a matter of life and death. Whether we like it or not, demand for our export coal is going to decline and expire.”

Mr Turnbull then took to social media to vent his frustrations, and he’s not the only one.

Scott Morrison can't afford to waste the bushfire crisis when Australia urgently needs its own green new deal | Australian politics | The Guardian

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) January 11, 2020


Social media has exploded after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s live interview on ABC insiders this morning, which was dubbed a “train wreck” by one Twitter user.

“That interview was half an hour of my life I will never get back, can get better answers from my 4 yr old grandchild,” one person tweeted.

Scott Morrison can’t even stop himself from smirking while talking about the explicit climate change denialist views of the members of his government - let alone show leadership and make it clear that they are wrong to say this. #insiders

— Tim Watts MP (@TimWattsMP) January 11, 2020

Cld anyone follow this on google maps?@ScottMorrisonMP says he holidayed in Hawaii not the NSW South Coast because he was on his way to India (perfectly, to sell coal).#insiders

— Sarah Wilson (@_sarahwilson_) January 11, 2020

The executive producer of ABC insiders, Samuel Clark, also wasn’t too impressed.

So a Royal Commission into Australia’s bushfire emergency, and the door wide open to deeper emissions cuts (mechanism unclear). Terrific interview by @David_Speers on @abcnews, making his mark early #auspol

— Samuel Clark (@sclark_melbs) January 11, 2020

a billion+ dead animals are #NotMyNewNormal #SackMorrison #ClimateEmergency

— 😷 Teetering on the Edge (@TheTeetering) January 11, 2020

The federal government has announced a royal commission into the bushfires which will look at the impact of climate change, the operational response at a state and local level and the role of the federal government.

The latest plank in the federal response is a $76 million mental health plan to provide support to firefighters and residents in affected communities, but more announcements are expected in coming weeks including a royal commission and further support for small business.

— with AAP

Originally published as ‘No more excuses’: Turnbull slams PM