Australia's climate plan clouded by political wrangling

Mr Scott Morrison holding up coal in Parliament last year to show that Australia should not be afraid of the carbon-emitting resource. Now prime minister, he has avoided committing to a new policy to curb emissions.
Mr Scott Morrison holding up coal in Parliament last year to show that Australia should not be afraid of the carbon-emitting resource. Now prime minister, he has avoided committing to a new policy to curb emissions.PHOTO: ABC NEWS

Nation plagued by long-running failure to agree on clear policy to cut carbon emissions

In one of the Australian Parliament's more bizarre stunts, Mr Scott Morrison, who was not yet the prime minister, marched into the Chamber last year with a lump of black coal to demonstrate that the nation should not be scared of the carbon-emitting resource.

"This is coal," Mr Morrison, then the Treasurer, told the Chamber. "Don't be afraid. Don't be scared."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2018, with the headline 'Australia's climate plan clouded by political wrangling'. Print Edition | Subscribe