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Australia 'You aren't leading the country on climate change': Karl Stefanovic slams Scott Morrison during fiery debate about bushfire crisis - and says 'people want you to do something'

02:10  20 january  2020
02:10  20 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Karl Stefanovic slammed Scott Morrison in a fiery interview on the Today Show this morning, saying he was The host continued: ' People aren ' t satisfied with what you are doing . Are you not concerned in any Mr Morrison acknowledged that summers are 'longer drier and hotter' than ever before but

“Minister slams climate debate ”, with the lead that “Australia’s bushfire crisis has prompted a said in 2015, then your level of reading between the lines has become so great you are seeing Just because we all desire the Coalition to do something on climate change doesn’ t actually mean they

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: The Prime Minister outlined new policies to support bushfire victims, including zero-interest loans for small businesses© Provided by Daily Mail The Prime Minister outlined new policies to support bushfire victims, including zero-interest loans for small businesses Karl Stefanovic slammed Scott Morrison in a fiery interview on the Today Show this morning, saying he was not doing enough to tackle climate change.

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climate change . Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejects rumours his own frontbench is turning on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Karl Stefanovic clash on the Today Show over climate change in the I think there is a perception right or wrong you aren ’ t leading the country on climate change .

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The Prime Minister outlined new policies to support bushfire victims, including zero-interest loans for small businesses, but Stefanovic swiftly brought up global warming.

He said: 'The country has been burning. We now have floods. We now have these horrific dust storms. Homes have been lost. We've lost lives. And the country is grieving. Farmers are shooting their own cattle.

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Climate activists have therefore changed their emphasis. No more eliciting pieties by explaining what happens when carbon dioxide rises past 400 parts per million. “The climate crisis already has been solved,” she said at a TED Talk in Stockholm this year. All we have to do is wake up and change .”

'I think there is a perception, right or wrong, that you aren't leading the country on climate change.'

The host continued: 'People aren't satisfied with wTesshat you are doing. Are you not concerned in any way, shape or form, that you are out of step with what everyday Australians are thinking and feeling during this crisis? And it is a crisis.'

Mr Morrison acknowledged that summers are 'longer drier and hotter' than ever before but insisted he was taking action on climate change.

'We will beat the Kyoto targets and meet and beat the Paris agreements... We will reduce our carbon emissions per capita by half between now and 2030,' he said.

'We are leading the world on renewable investments in technology and energy in this country. These are the facts Karl.'

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More virtue-signalling from Gladys Berejiklian and Scott Morrison , who fail to mention the 'c' words as our state burns. The politicisation of something so fundamental to our existence is harming us all. The Prime Minister is the worst of the lot, sanctimonious in his self-serving climate change denialism.

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Unsatisfied with that answer, Stefanovic probed further. 'The perception is you are not doing enough. People want you to do something more. They feel it. They're worried,' he said.

Appealing to voters in regional Australia, Mr Morrison replied that he favoured a 'balanced' climate change policy that did not put coalminers out of work.

'People don't want me to take reckless policies which threaten people's jobs,' he said.

Karl Stefanovic, Allison Langdon posing for the camera: Stefanovic told the PM: 'I think there is a perception, right or wrong, that you aren't leading the country on climate change'© Provided by Daily Mail Stefanovic told the PM: 'I think there is a perception, right or wrong, that you aren't leading the country on climate change'

'Per capita emissions will fall by half in the next 10 years but we will do it in a way that will not penalise Australians for the jobs they have.'

Mr Morrison, who once brought a lump of coal into parliament and told MPs 'don't be scared', also ruled out introducing a carbon tax.

He suggested the state governments need to do more to stop bushfires by way of hazard reduction.

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Scott Morrison has said changing the date of Australia Day 'is not even a debate '. The PM said : 'We do have something is to talk about and that is people affected by bushfires . On Australia Day I will be saying thank you to every volunteer that has supported everyone through this terrible crisis .

'When it comes to building climate resilience, it means building dams, hazard reduction. I'm concerned about the failure to reach hazard reduction targets.

'There are many reasons why that has occurred. I'm sure that will be looked at closely when we get to the inquiry stage.

'State Governments need to focus on what they need to focus on and I will focus on the Government.

'I am taking forward a policy I took to the Australian public.'

The topic of hazard reduction has been a contentious one, held up by climate sceptics on the right of Liberal Party and in the National Party as a major cause of the bushfire crisis.

a group of people holding a sign: Under the Paris Climate Agreement, Australia set a target of reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent compared with 2005. Pictured: Perth activists rally for climate action this month© Provided by Daily Mail Under the Paris Climate Agreement, Australia set a target of reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent compared with 2005. Pictured: Perth activists rally for climate action this month

Mr Morrison also said reports that some of his ministers want him to do more on climate change are a 'beat-up'.

Last week NSW State Environment Minister Matt Kean suggested federal Liberal MPs are pushing the PM for more ambitious emissions reductions targets.

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Embattled TODAY host Karl Stefanovic was quick to question legality issues. But Karl quickly quipped back at Mr Morrison , asking what would happen to these people if their It's the biggest religious extremism threat we have in this country and we all have a job to do something about that.

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'I don't know what he's talking about,' Mr Morrison said.

'I think Matt can focus on hazard reduction and I will focus on emissions reduction.'

Stefanovic asked the PM if he was worried about 'rats in the ranks' and he replied: 'No, it's all a beat up.'

In an appearance on ABC's AM, he added: 'Matt Kean doesn't know what he's talking about, he doesn't know what's going on in the federal cabinet [and] most of the federal cabinet wouldn't even know who Matt Kean was'.

Australia has one of the highest rates of carbon emissions per person in the world, largely due to burning coal to generate around 70 per cent of its electricity.

"Most of the federal cabinet wouldn't even know who Matt Kean was "
PM's put down on NSW State Environment Minister

Under the Paris Climate Agreement, Australia set a target of reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent compared with 2005.

In September, Australia was banned from speaking at a UN climate summit in New York and was criticised for not being on track.

A UN report said: 'There has been no improvement in Australia's climate policy since 2017 and emission levels for 2030 are projected to be well above the target.'

Mr Morrison was in the US during the summit but did not attend and instead visited a McDonald's.

He has been criticised by numerous MPs, and even former PM Malcolm Turnbull, for not doing more to tackle climate change.

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We know that climate change is happening – but there are plenty of things individuals can do to In a new report published in September 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists made their starkest Whether you are a coffee farmer in Colombia or a homeowner in California, climate change will have

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Australia's economy is heavily reliant on fossil fuels and the industry generates billions in revenue for the government.

The coal industry alone gives jobs to around 40,000 Australians.

Last year Australia became the world's biggest exported of liquefied natural gas, shipping 77.5 million tonnes worth a total of $49billion.

Earlier this month Germany showed the world how to phase out coal by announcing it would offer power plants billions of euros in compensation to shut down early.

New policies to help bushfire victims

The Morrison government is providing a suite of measures to help small businesses that have suffered the impact of devastating bushfires.

The package includes grants, loans and some tax assistance for the estimated 192,000 small businesses and sole traders in the most severely affected regions.

'Getting small business back on their feet is critical,' Prime Minister Scott Morrison said announcing the measures on Monday.

The package follows a small business roundtable last week led by Mr Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Small Business Minister Michaelia Cash that included 70 attendees like the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other chambers of commerce..

An overarching figure on the cost of the package has yet to be announced as damage is still being assessed in many communities.

'This comprehensive package will make it easier for those who have suffered direct fire damage, or have been indirectly economically impacted following the bushfires, to get back back on their feet,' Mr Morrison said.

'Not how a PM should act'

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We Aren ’ t on Track to Do Any of Them. Scientists and policymakers have the knowhow to address climate change and stave off some of the worst effects of the phenomenon, but political leaders are nowhere close to fully undertaking any of these steps, the report shows.

Loans of up to $500,000 will be offered for business that have suffered significant asset loss or significant loss of revenue.

The loan would be up 10 years and used for the purposes of restoring or replacing damaged assets and for working capital.

The loans will be available with a repayment holiday of up to two years, with no interest accruing during this period. The subsequent interest rate would be set at 50 per cent of the ten-year Commonwealth government bond rate - currently around 0.6 per cent.

Building on the disaster recovery grants put in place by state governments, the federal government will also provide top-up grants to eligible small businesses and non-profit organisations.

This program is uncapped and means that businesses and organisations that have sustained damage as result of the fires can access up to $50,000 in tax-free, grant funding.

The commissioner of taxation has also agreed to provide a range of assistance measures.

Taxpayers in impacted postcodes will now have until May 28, 2020 to lodge and pay business activity statements and income tax returns.

Businesses that pay their Pay-As-You-Go Instalments quarterly are also allowed to vary these instalments to zero for the December 2019 quarter and claim a refund for any instalments made in the September 2019 quarter.

This suite of measures follow the announcement on Sunday of an initial $76 million tourism recovery package.


'Not how a PM should act' .
Malcolm Turnbull has lashed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's handling of Australia's bushfire crisis, saying he cannot explain why he acted the way he did.Malcolm Turnbull has hit out at the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison during Australia's bushfire crisis in an extraordinary interview in which he also took aim at the Liberal Party.

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