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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

23 March 2004

International Carr-tel?

Is Mark Latham struggling with his lack of a greenhouse policy that he has handed matters over to Bob Carr?

Last time we checked, Bob Carr was still Premier of New South Wales, a state with hospitals in distress, public transport in chaos and schools in crisis.

Bob Carr was elected by the people of New South Wales to manage and maintain those vital services. He hasn't. He 's caused the problems and now he refuses to address them.

Instead, Bob Carr is big-noting himself in London by joining a new international political cabal to promote ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Kyoto Protocol is flawed. It does not include the world's largest emitter, the United States, or the developing countries, which will be the world's largest emitters within a decade. It will deliver greenhouse reductions of around one per cent.

Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol will cost Australian jobs and deter investment.

The Howard Government has continued to play a leading role in working towards a truly inclusive global approach, an approach that is in Australia's interest. It has committed almost $1 billion to greenhouse abatement.

While many European nations flounder and will shed jobs and perhaps industries to reach their targets, Bob Carr is desperate for Australia to do same. Having risked investment in his own state with his greenhouse benchmark targets, he now seeks to cripple the entire nation.

In contrast, the Howard Government approach will ensure that Australia maintains its competitiveness, its jobs and industries and hit its target of 108% of 1990 emissions.

At the same time, Australia maintains its position as chair of the influential Umbrella Group, and continues to seek bilateral relationships with other nations to better understand the reasons for climate change and the actions we will need to pursue to combat its effects.

Bob Carr does not understand the national interest. He cannot see beyond the borders of New South Wales. He should stick to dealing with problems that are his to fix, instead of drawing attention to his gross ignorance of issues beyond his narrow purview.

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