Abbott urges Paris withdrawal despite signing as PM

July 06, 2018

Tony Abbott, the prime minister who signed Australia up to the Paris climate agreement before losing the Liberal party leadership three years ago, now says Australia needs to pull out of the treaty to end “the emissions obsession that’s at the heart of our power crisis”.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi who was a vocal critic of the signing at the time and has welcomed Mr Abbott coming around to a common sense view on energy policy.

The Guardian reports, in a significant escalation of his campaign against the national energy guarantee, and in an overt political attack on Malcolm Turnbull, Abbott used a speech to a group of climate sceptics this week to claim he would not have signed up to the Paris treaty had he known the US would withdraw from it.

Abbott said the impact of emissions policy on economic outcomes “wasn’t widely grasped” and withdrawing from the Paris treaty “that is driving the national energy guarantee would be the best way to keep prices down and employment up.

Senator Bernardi has told radio station FIVEaa he’s pleased Mr Abbott has adopted Conservative Party policy which is the only way to guarantee cheap, reliable baseload electricity.

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