The selection of politicians seeking to combat climate change is a notable shift for Australia, one of the world’s largest CO2 emitters per head and the world’s largest coal and gas exporter.

‘Together we can seize the opportunity for Australia to become a renewable energy superpower. ‘Albanese said the Labor Party would keep up its target of lowering carbon emissions by 43% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels – much harder than the outgoing Republican government’s Paris target of reducing carbon emissions by as much as 28%.

At the climate summit in Glasgow last year, it was shunned because it could not compete on the world stage with other wealthy nations with ambitious agendas.

“Together we can end the climate wars,” newly elected Premier Anthony Albanese said in his victory speech.

ALBRANESIS said Labor would keep its aim to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, a target which is already difficult to meet the outgoing Conservative government’s target of cutting carbon emissions by 28 per cent.

With the votes still to be tallied, Labor does not have a majority in the lower house, meaning it could need the backing of an expanded cross-party coalition.

Even with an absolute majority, a Senate battle might ensue, where it will probably have to work with the Greens to pass legislation, including the 2030 emissions target.

“The next couple of years look awful for energy users, and whoever’s in government will be under pressure over that,” Victorian Energy Commissioner Tennant Reed told the Australian Industry Group.

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Scott Morrison

Scott John Morrison is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current prime minister of Australia. (wikipedia)