Australia’s new leader, Anthony Albanese, promises to make a big difference in climate policy and “end the climate war”.
Labor in the Albanese ended nearly a decade of conservative rule after the ruling coalition was swept away by waves of support for candidates campaigning for more climate action.
Albanese will take office on Monday, days after winning his first election since 2007. However, it is not yet clear whether his party will win a parliamentary majority or whether he should join a coalition government. form a government
“We now have a chance to end Australia’s climate war,” Albanese told BBC News shortly after winning the election.
“Australian businesses know that good action on climate change is good for jobs and our economy, and I want to join the global effort.”
The prime minister-elect has also promised to adopt more ambitious emission targets, although so far he has refused to phase out coal.
After the devastating 2019-2020 wildfires, the Scott Morrison government has been criticized by scientists for being “willfully negligent with regard to the climate” and failing to protect biodiversity.
Labor has set a target to cut greenhouse gases by 43% by 2030, supported by the business group, but environmentalists say it should be closer to 60-75%.
After taking the oath on Monday, Albanese will fly to Tokyo to attend the fourth summit with leaders of Japan, India and the United States. He is expected to explain the government’s goals for climate change at the summit.
“Obviously the quad leader meeting is an absolute priority for us,” he told reporters on Sunday. “This is an opportunity to send the message that governments are changing and that there will be changes in policies like climate change.
“I will return to Australia on Wednesday and get to work.”
A Labor leader nicknamed “Albo” has promised Australians “safe change” and unity in an election campaign driven by a post-epidemic recovery, cost of living crisis and national security. .
Morrison has admitted defeat, but with millions of votes yet to be gathered, the Albanian prime minister’s new government could result in a minority government with a balance of powers between the Greens and the independents.
Neither of the major parties appears to have secured the minimum 76 seats needed to win a majority in the 151-seat Australian Parliament.
with 70% of the votes on Sunday, Prime Minister Morrison’s Liberal coalition won 51 seats and Labour’s 72 seats. Independents and Greens won 14 seats, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. 14 seats are still unknown.
According to former Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, the gains the Greens and independents have gained now show that there is a clear message from voters for climate action.