Australian Greens leader calls for collaboration on climate policy

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-15 14:56:11|Editor: zh
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CANBERRA, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Australian Greens on Sunday called on the Labor Party to end their "fractious relationship" and work together on climate policy.

Richard Di Natale, the leader of the left-wing Greens, told Nine Entertainment newspapers that his party and the center-left Australian Labor Party must cooperate "to get climate policy on track" and defeat the governing Coalition.

He said that during his time as leader of the Greens he has tried to establish a "working relationship" with Labor on climate policy but has been rebuffed by incumbent Labor leader Anthony Albanese and his predecessor, Bill Shorten.

"There are many progressive voters who are frustrated with the lack of action on climate change and want to see a more cooperative relationship between the Greens and the Labor party," Di Natale said.

"I actually believe that we've got a very narrow window in which to act on climate change."

Under the leadership of Shorten Labor committed to a 50-percent renewable energy target by 2030.

Albanese has not detailed his own climate policy since he succeeded Shorten following May's general election but did earlier in December commit to supporting Australia's coal exports.

His commitment to the coal industry prompted Greens Member of Parliament (MP) Adam Bandt to suggest that Labor and the Coalition "value coal more than human life."

Responding to Di Natale, Labor climate change spokesman Mark Butler said that the party "will cooperate on climate change policy with any party of goodwill - it is critical to the future of our planet."