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AustraliaFormer prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott square off over Paris Climate Accord

21:10  08 march  2019
21:10  08 march  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Malcolm Turnbull ridicules former prime minister Tony Abbott 's comments amid abandoning his calls to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

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Former prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott square off over Paris Climate Accord© Provided by ABC News Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull have a long-held disagreement over climate change policies. Tony Abbott's backdown on Australia's role in a global climate agreement has attracted the ire of his successor Malcolm Turnbull, as Mr Abbott fights to retain his seat in Parliament.

The outspoken climate sceptic is facing a high-profile challenge in his historically safe Liberal Sydney seat of Warringah, where climate change is one of the hottest issues.

Mr Abbott had advocated for Australia to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, but reversed his position at a candidate forum, arguing the circumstances had changed since the Government ditched its "emissions obsession".

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SYDNEY, Australia — Malcolm Turnbull , a former investment banker and lawyer, was sworn in as prime minister of Australia on Tuesday, after defeating Tony Abbott in a vote of Liberal Party lawmakers.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Malcolm Turnbull to ditch commitments made under the Paris climate agreements, signed by Mr Abbott himself when he Former prime minister Tony Abbott says Australia should withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen.

But at the same time he advocated for more coal-fired power, making a claim Mr Turnbull described as "innumerate idiocy".

The two men have long sparred over climate change policy, particularly during Mr Turnbull's prime ministership, when Mr Abbott called for him to back coal-fired power along with his support for renewables.

Mr Turnbull replaced Mr Abbott as prime minister in 2015, only to have the party dump him as Liberal leader last year.

Mr Abbott told the forum coal-fired power remained the cheapest form of baseload power, which prompted Mr Turnbull's rebuke.

Abbott: Pell going through 'very bad experience'

Abbott: Pell going through 'very bad experience' Tony Abbott has refused to back away from his friendship with George Pell after the disgraced Cardinal's conviction for serious child sex offences. Speaking to 2GB earlier today, Mr Abbott defended calling Pell in the wake of the conviction. © AAP Tony Abbott is well-known as a devout Catholic. "When it comes to the phone call, I’m not a fair-weather friend," Mr Abbott said today. "This was someone who was obviously going through a very, very bad experience." Mr Abbott, who is running for re-election as the member for Warringah on Sydney's Northern Beaches, expressed his sympathy.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has backed down on his calls for Australia to pull out of the Paris climate deal, saying the government no longer has an It was the emissions target he approved as Prime Minister but then fought bitterly against during the prime ministership of Malcolm Turnbull .

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told Liberal and Nationals MPs that Australia must do its part to cut greenhouse gas emissions, as his predecessor Tony Abbott led another attack on Former prime minister Tony Abbott has again questioned the Coalition's energy policy. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen.

"We are now able to have lower emissions and lower prices, but we need to plan it using engineering [and] economics rather than ideology and innumerate idiocy," he said.

"The reason the fossil fuel lobby and their apologists rail against Snowy Hydro 2.0, and have tried to stop it, is because it delivers the massive storage which does make renewables reliable and this enable (sic) our progress to lower emissions and lower energy prices."

Mr Abbott signed up to the agreement in 2013, committing to a 26 per cent cut in emissions by 2030.

Last year, he called on then-prime minister Mr Turnbull to withdraw from the pact.

"I'm not calling for us to pull out now," Mr Abbott told a candidate forum.

"Circumstances have changed … we've got a new Prime Minister and a new Energy Minister."

Mr Abbott holds his coastal Sydney seat with a 11.1 per cent margin.

His hold on the seat is under threat, with high-profile independent Zali Stegall running against him.

She has repeatedly called for greater action to deal with climate change and listed her stance on the issue as one of the biggest points of difference with Mr Abbott.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Mr Abbott only changed his mind on the Paris climate agreement because he was worried he would lose his seat.

"He's under pressure in his own seat so now all of a sudden he's a born-again lefty on climate change? Spare me," he said.

United States President Donald Trump said in 2017 he would withdraw his country from the agreement, something that takes years to achieve.

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