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For years, Australia’s Liberal prime ministers denied the need for action on the climate crisis, then delayed action. Last Saturday it helped propel them to one of the worst election defeats in Australian political history.

Editor of Guardian Australia, Lenore Taylor, recount Michael Safi that while it wasn’t the only issue that led to Scott Morrison’s downfall as prime minister, his inaction on climate change was a major factor.

The nearly two-decade struggle over how Australia should handle global warming has been called the Climate Wars. On the one hand, there have been scientists and activists who have sounded the alarm, arguing that the abnormal weather we are seeing is no accident. On the other, Australia’s powerful fossil fuel industry – and the politicians who don’t want to stand up to it.

But recent years have seen increasingly severe bushfires, droughts and floods, putting global warming high on the political agenda. Now, thanks in part to the gains of Independent and Green candidates, Labor has the opportunity to reset Australian climate policy and end the climate wars for good.

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