Australian Labor Party promises climate change measures at national security election pitch

Labor leaders promise to maintain the AUKUS nuclear submarine program and close capacity gaps

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese has promised solid action against climate change as part of the foreign policy election pitch.

The pledge is Lowi Institute In Sydney, Australian Labor Party (ALP) leaders outlined the party’s credentials in criticism from the federal government that ALP is vulnerable to Beijing and defense.

“Our allies, including the United States and the United Kingdom, understand that a global climate emergency is a direct threat to global security,” he said. “Without meaningful action, climate change will cause massive migration, refugee surges, and new grounds for conflict over clean water and fertile lands that are rarer than ever.”

Albanese said he would ask the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense to carry out a risk assessment of the impact of climate change on national security if he was elected.

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Protesters will attend the School Strike 4 Climate Rally on May 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (GrahamDenholm / Getty Images)

“Instead of playing an active role in the global effort to combat climate change, Australia is seen as one of the resistant countries that are restraining action,” he said.

ALP also promised to reduce emissions faster than the Liberal Party, aiming for a 43% reduction by 2030, promoting renewable energy to account for 82% of the country’s electricity production if elected. doing.

Current Prime Minister Scott Morrison has maintained the 26-28% target by 2030, but has agreed to reach net zero by 2050 through technological development under strong media pressure.

While ALP’s climate change policy is a significant differentiator from the Liberal Party and could appeal to young urban voters, Albanese has launched an existing defense project involving the Labor Party’s acquisition of a nuclear submarine from the United States. Emphasized that it will continue for the most part. State and United Kingdom.

“We are working on a project. We are working on a project based on the advice we receive,” he said.

“We did it for the benefits of nuclear propulsion in terms of the tasks we have in terms of speed, ability to remain submerged. All the benefits it has are very obvious. It was, “he added. “And we made a very clear and calm decision. I think it was an example of the maturity of the Australian Labor Party.”

Albanese also said his party would consider bridging the capacity gap between the arrival of nuclear submarines and the retirement of the current fleet of Collins-class submarines.

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The Rivercat Ferry will pass the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarine HMAS Waller on May 4, 2020, leaving Sydney Harbor, Australia. (Reuters)

“We will consider whether the Tomahawk missile can be mounted on a Collins-class submarine,” he said. “Watch the progress of the frigate project and see if upgraded weapons from the Alafra-class offshore patrol boats or additional Hobart-class destroyers can enhance naval power.”

Opposition leaders advertised the party’s bipartisan support for national security issues such as AUKUS, foreign interferometry, protection of critical infrastructure, and condemnation of human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Albanese has struggled to show his position as a moderate leader while moving away from the more radical and leftist elements of the political situation. In fact, Australian voters have been less responsive to recent announcements by Greens leader Adam Band.

In addition, Labor leaders have responded to Morrison’s criticism that ALP is vulnerable to China and defense issues, launching salvo with party records of defense spending reaching 1.56 percent of GDP and relations with Beijing. And keep the party cloudy.

In late February, New South Wales’ supreme anti-corruption body, the Independent Commission, engaged former MP Ernest Wong in “serious corruption” in an attempt to hide the source of A $ 100,000 (US $ 71,830). I officially admitted that I am doing it. The 2015 donation comes from billionaire Huang Xiangmo, linked to the controversial United Front.

Daniel Y. Ten


Daniel Y. Teng is based in Sydney. He focuses on national politics, including federal politics, COVID-19 response, and relations between Australia and China. Do you have a hint? Contact him at [email protected]