One of the major failings of the Australian government is its apathy about climate policies, a Liberal Party tradition, writes Hannah Thomas.
The Australians depend on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ignore his responsibility.
Morrison’s approaches are to disguise his actions (by claiming to above targets or say that a zero was a net good) and scapegoat (pointing the finger at developing countries, especially China).
Australia is emerging as the villain in Glasgow, and Morrison has no inner strength to lead the chorus of boos on the world stage.
China has emerged as the more decent climate person on the whole of the world, though Australia has a much larger historical responsibility for carbon emissions and a much larger carbon footprint per capita.
At home, Morrison’s focus has always remained on distraction instead of climate change.
An open war has broken out between moderate liberals who oppose science, and the anti-science National Party over whether to commit to net zero through 2050.
I live in a constituency held by a “moderate Liberal” which is a more honed twist.