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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

11 July 2001

Just what is Labor's position on greenhouse?

Once again the Labor party is hiding behind a smokescreen on the Kyoto Protocol.

Why are Nick Bolkus and Kym Beazley failing to make a definitive statement on greenhouse?

Bolkus and Beazley call for ratification but refuse to say whether a Labor Government would do so. Bolkus and Beazley criticise the Howard Government for wanting developing countries to be part of an international solution to climate change but at the same time say they must be part of the solution.

Just what is the Labor position on greenhouse? Labor's candidate in Aston doesn't seem to have any idea and nor do Bolkus and Beazley.

The Howard Government has committed itself to working constructively at the Bonn meeting on climate change. The Howard Government will negotiate in terms of the Convention and Protocol to achieve the best global response.

"Australia has signed the Kyoto Protocol, we have a fair target and the Howard Government has committed a billion dollars to a greenhouse program to achieve that target," Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said.

"Australia will be a constructive participant at the Bonn climate change meetings, we want the world to develop an effective global response to greenhouse without shutting the door on the United States, the world's largest emitter."

"The Howard Government has made its commitment and position in reducing greenhouse emissions clear - why don't Beazley and Bolkus do the same?

"Senator Bolkus said last year that a Labor Government would ratify the Kyoto Protocol but he was rolled by his party's national conference. Labor should come clean on its position instead of sniping from the sidelines."

Wednesday, July 11
Media contact: Belinda Huppatz 08 8237 7920 or 0419 258364

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