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Car tous les mots comptent quand il s’agit de climat. Le principe même d’un paragraphe sur le sujet n’était pas acquis quelques jours avant l’ouverture du G20. Le premier ministre australien, Tony Abbott, hôte du sommet, était notamment fermement opposé à ce que cette question fasse partie des discussions.
While this focus was impressive, leaving specific reference to climate change off the agenda left Australia open to criticism from multiple quarters. Prime Minister Tony Abbott appeared to be wrong-footed by the surprise announcement of the U.S.-China emissions deal at APEC a few days before G20. This was then compounded by veiled criticism from U.S. President Barack Obama, who used a speech at the University of Queensland on Saturday to refer to the climate change threat facing Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef.
“measured against its potential day to day and its needs tomorrow, Australia is seriously under performing on the world’s stage.”
Australia, it is probably fair to say, has still not fully defined its international role, and in particular its role in the fast changing Asia-Pacific region.
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