Howard Bamsey and Kath Rowley argue that any failure to pay proper, high-level attention to the current international climate change negotiations raises several risks to the national interest. Strong, constructive engagement in those negotiations by Australia would serve climate change, economic and other national goals.
- The UN climate negotiations are of real consequence, and should be in the very top category of the government’s international priorities.
- Australia’s distinctive national circumstances mean it has to work harder than others to advance its interests.
- Ministerial leadership, a strong negotiating team, and active support for preparations for the Paris conference in December would return much-needed momentum to Australia’s negotiating effort.