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G20 puts pressure on Abbott to ‘step up’ on climate change

Chance for Abbott to show leadership?

‘ … on climate change, where there is now a wonderful confluence between Chinese and American views, the Australian government position makes it impossible for us to support both countries. Such diplomatic gifts rarely happen. This is a chance for Abbott to show leadership at the right place and time. Yet there is every possibility that because of political calculations the chance will be passed up. This would frankly be a sign of staggering incompetence and short-sightedness. This generation may not hold Abbott accountable but future generations almost certainly will.’ (Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Centre at University of Sydney, in The Weekend Conversation 15.11.14).

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