Australian foreign policy and the challenge of climate change

Climate change International relations Australia

In this paper for the 2007 Australasian Political Science Association conference Hayley Stevenson describes how Australia’s foreign policy-makers have re-framed the issue of climate change to evade the immense challenge posed by the original norms of climate governance to Australia’s foreign policy traditions. The diversion of attention away from historical emissions to future emissions and possible technological mitigation options, has temporarily reconciled the governance of climate change with Australia’s domestic conditions, albeit at the expense of international equity and long-term national sustainability.

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