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Shadow Minister denies ALP is deeply divided on climate change.

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Friday, 13 January 2006


JULIAN ABBOTT:  The Greens say the Federal Opposition is internally riven over climate change. Natasha Simpson reports.


NATASHA SIMPSON:   There’s been a mixed response from Labor to yesterday’s Asia-Pacific Climate Partnership deal. The acting leader Jenny Macklin has condemned the lack of emission targets and environment spokesman Anthony Albanese says it can’t replace the Kyoto Protocol. But resources spokesman Martin Ferguson has given strong support to the partnership. He’s applauding its links with big business but denies Labor’s divided.


MARTIN FERGUSON:   There’s no split in the Labor Party. The debate about climate change is a very tough debate.


NATASHA SIMPSON:   Greens Senator Christine Milne says the Opposition is internally riven.


CHRISTINE MILNE:   Now we’ve got a situation where you’ve got ‘good cop, bad cop’ on the Labor Party on environment.


NATASHA SIMPSON:   The environment minister Ian Campbell says Labor is deeply divided on climate change.


Natasha Simpson, Parliament House, Canberra.