Julie Bishop is our local member and she is also Australia’s lead negotiator at the UN climate talks culminating in Paris in December. This is a unique opportunity to amplify a conversation between Minister Bishop and her constituents. While her immediate constituents are in her electorate, as the foreign affairs minister and lead negotiator, every Australian should be asking her to ‘Make us Proud in Paris’. Check us out at curtinscase.org.
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Julie Bishop and climate policy
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By mid-June, the government will release its proposed binding emissions reduction targets for international scrutiny and revision. Right now is an important moment to tell the minister that Australians want effective action on climate change. In fact over 60% of Australians want the government to take a lead on this issue.
Unfortunately, the minister accepts the line taken in the first government paper on the UN climate talks process that Australia is a special economic case because the economy relies heavily on coal to fire our power stations and as an export commodity. Numerous studies demonstrate that Australia will suffer if we do not move to renewable energy, most recently one from the ANU.
While the minister may be most responsive to economic arguments, concerning:
Wherever you are, please join the conversation to tell Julie Bishop that ambitious action on climate change is the only way to protect our economy as well as our lives and our future.
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