SCOTT Morrison has fronted the United Nations General Assembly in New York, defending the Australian Government’s stance on climate change.
The Prime Minister used his speech to spruik the country’s environmental policies, with a major part of his address to the UN focusing on pollution, protecting oceans and our leadership role in the region to help other developing nations.
“Australia is doing our bit on climate change and we reject any suggestion to the contrary,” Mr Morrison said.
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“We are successfully balancing our global responsibilities with sensible and practical policies to secure our environmental and economic future.”
The Prime Minister continued by slamming critics of the country’s climate policies, who he says are overlooking Australia’s efforts on combating climate change.
“Australia’s internal and global critics on climate change willingly overlook or ignore our achievements, as the facts simply don’t fit the narrative they wish to project about our contribution,” he said.
He also revealed a crackdown on illegal fishing, whilst also calling on other countries to pull their weight to stop plastics from entering our oceans.
Mr Morrison ended his speech with a message to young people, seemingly in response to the impassioned address given by Swedish Activist Greta Thunberg on Monday.
“We must respect and harness the passion and aspiration of our younger generations, rather than allow others to compound or, worse, facelessly exploit their anxiety for their own agendas,” the Prime Minister said.
“We must similarly not allow their concerns to be dismissed or diminished as this can also increase their anxiety. What parent could do otherwise.
“Our children have a right not just to their future but to their optimism.
“Above all, we should let our kids be kids – teenagers be teenagers – while we work positively together to deliver practical solutions for them and their future.”