‘Not engaging isn’t the answer’: Australia under pressure as US follows EU lead on carbon tariffs

Experts and opposition MPs say Australia should work with Europe on new imports scheme instead of criticising

Australia is facing growing pressure over its climate policies as the US edges closer to following the European Union in imposing new charges on imports of emissions-intensive products.

The trade minister, , has criticised the EU’s new carbon tariffs, saying they are revenue raising and will undermine free trade. But Labor declared the Morrison government had its “head in the sand” and was “completely isolated” on the world stage as more countries consider such tariffs.

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