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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
24 July 2001
"It is most important that the international community has, through implementing the convention and advancing the protocol, shown a determination to significantly address this major environmental, economic and social challenge.
"I think it's worth reminding ourselves that we are still only making early and tentative steps along a very long road, we will need to build momentum. Australia is prepared to play its part and we will meet our responsibility.
"We have achieved further steps towards ratification by settling the rules on the issue of ratification itself. There's obviously a broad range of issues to take into account - certainly, in view of the United States' withdrawal, the issue of economic competitiveness with the United States must be considered."
"In the meantime, Australia will be pursuing its domestic program with the objective of meeting its Kyoto target.
"It was an honor to again coordinate the work of the umbrella group of negotiating parties - Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine, Norway and Iceland."
July 24, 2001
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