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Climate: after ten years of political nothingness, the timid “comeback” …




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Talk of a consecration would be exaggerated, but the law on climate change voted by the Australian Parliament in Canberra, on September 8, still has the air of victory. After ten years under the governance of the Conservatives, reluctant to listen to scientists and act against climate change, the Climate Change Bill was adopted without too much difficulty by a House of Representatives and a Senate where Labor could count on the support Greens and independent Green MPs.

A relief. As if the country had just freed itself from a hold that prevented it from making the slightest gesture, while Australians have seen in recent years, helpless, the consequences of an overheating planet, between devastating fires and deadly floods.

Some Australian media talk about a law “historical”after a decade of nothing, at the start of which ex-Prime Minister Tony Abbott (Liberal) got rid of the carbon tax, criticized by mining groups in 2014, before his successors, including Scott Morrison (also Liberal) ), in turn support this same fossil fuel industry.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra, July 26, 2022. © Photo AFP

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