Littleproud’s gaffe and PM’s reluctance only reinforce Australia’s climate reputation

Most major players, including China, remain committed to the Paris process in a way Australia apparently is not

On one level it appeared just another week in Australian climate politics. A ridiculous statement by a government minister made headlines; the crossbench pushed for stronger action; the prime minister’s office quietly suggested he may not fulfil the next step of the Paris agreement, a deal he has repeatedly promised voters he would honour.

Meanwhile, much of the media coverage of climate policy focused on what the opposition might do if it wins power in three years’ time.

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