Australian election upcoming


in Politics, The environment

In nine days, Australia is having a federal election. Based on polls, it seems more likely than not that John Howard – the Conservative Prime Minister – will lose to Kevin Rudd of the Labor Party.

Both Nature and The Economist have commented upon the election in general and the importance of climate change as an issue within it. Up to now, Australia has been one of the least cooperative countries in the world, when it comes to the international regulation of greenhouse gasses. That might change to a considerable extent under Labor leadership.

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R.K. November 15, 2007 at 10:14 pm

With changed American leadership after 2008 and changed Austalian leadership in a week’s time, Canada will really be left behind, won’t it?

AT November 16, 2007 at 2:55 am

They aren’t only uncooperative – they’re the worst.

Anon November 16, 2007 at 10:11 am

Harper set to lose major ally against Kyoto

Australian PM who wouldn’t ratify accord poised to lose election just ahead of international meeting on future of protocol


From Friday’s Globe and Mail

November 16, 2007 at 5:12 AM EST

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on the verge of losing a key international ally in his criticisms of the Kyoto Protocol on the eve of major international climate-change talks.

Polls show Australian Prime Minister John Howard is likely to lose the Nov. 24 election to a pro-Kyoto Labor party dependent on support from Australia’s Green Party. Any change in government would come just one week before a major international meeting in Bali, Indonesia, that would decide whether the Kyoto Protocol should be extended beyond 2012.

Anon November 16, 2007 at 10:12 am

“There’s an exciting political dynamic going on,” NDP Leader Jack Layton said. He also said the Canadian delegation in Bali will look like Neanderthals addicted to fossil fuels unless Conservatives reassess their position on Kyoto.

Anonymous November 22, 2007 at 11:54 am

Australia Set to Become a Global Warming Leader With Howard’s Expected Election Defeat

By Kevin Grandia on kyoto protocol

Three days ahead of an Australian general election, front-running Labor leader, Kevin Rudd has committed to immediately signing the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, describing it as the “number one” priority.

Australian’s have been experiencing first hand the effects of a warmer planet with massive drought. Instead of taking a leadership role on the issue, soon-to-be former Prime Minister John Howard ducked the Kyoto Protocol and only acknowledged the threat of climate change when it appeared to be the politically expedient thing to do.

. November 24, 2007 at 10:01 am

PM Howard concedes Australia poll

In Asia-Pacific

Australian PM John Howard concedes election victory to Labor, and looks set to lose his own seat.

. December 3, 2007 at 9:18 am

Rudd takes Australia inside Kyoto

Australian Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as prime minister, following a landslide victory in parliamentary elections last week.

Immediately after the ceremony, he signed documents to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, reversing the previous administration’s policy.

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