A freight train transports coal through the New South Wales countryside on October 13, 2020. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government have come under heavy criticism for refusing to join global efforts to phase out coal and methane emissions over domestic political concerns. Photo: Bloomberg
A freight train transports coal through the New South Wales countryside on October 13, 2020. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government have come under heavy criticism for refusing to join global efforts to phase out coal and methane emissions over domestic political concerns. Photo: Bloomberg
Kalinga Seneviratne
Opinion

Opinion

Kalinga Seneviratne

How Australia’s weak climate change plan is driven by domestic political concerns

  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under heavy criticism for proposals that appear focused on keeping fossil fuel firms and domestic voters happy
  • Rural farming and mining communities provide large vote banks for the ruling coalition, making policies that could alienate them political non-starters

A freight train transports coal through the New South Wales countryside on October 13, 2020. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government have come under heavy criticism for refusing to join global efforts to phase out coal and methane emissions over domestic political concerns. Photo: Bloomberg
A freight train transports coal through the New South Wales countryside on October 13, 2020. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government have come under heavy criticism for refusing to join global efforts to phase out coal and methane emissions over domestic political concerns. Photo: Bloomberg
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