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Federal election 2022: Anthony Albanese highlights ‘stark contrasts’ in climate change policies

Anthony Albanese honed his attacks on the Government’s record on climate change and an anti-corruption watchdog in a campaign day which finally appeared to run smoother for the Opposition Leader.

The Labor leader visited the Far North Queensland seat of Leichhardt on Saturday, which is currently held by the Liberals by a margin of 4.2 per cent, holding a press conference in Cairns alongside shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers.

After a messy start to week one of the campaign following a blunder where he could not name the unemployment rate or the cash rate, Mr Albanese seem to get his groove back with the shadow treasurer by his side.

Mr Chalmers, considered one of Labor’s stronger media performers, brushed off reports in News Corp papers that there was internal division about how the campaign was being run, insisting the party was “absolutely” match fit.

Mr Chalmers (right) brushed off reports in News Corp papers that there was internal division about how the campaign was being run.
Camera IconMr Chalmers (right) brushed off reports in News Corp papers that there was internal division about how the campaign was being run. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

“I read the papers … and it is not my experience of this campaign. My experience is that all about Australia, there is an appetite for something better than this current government,” he said.

Attacking the Government on climate change, Mr Albanese claimed it was one of the areas where there was “stark contrasts” between the two parties.

“We know that there are still sceptics in the Coalition that don’t even believe that climate change is real, even though we know the natural disasters, floods, fires, cyclones are all not just anticipated to be more and more extreme — that is what has been happening in the last few years,” he said.

While both parties have committed to a net zero carbon emissions target by 2050, Labor has a more ambitious intermediate target, pledging to cut emissions 43 per cent by 2030. The Government has promised to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently labelled Australia a “hold-out” for refusing to lift the 2030 target and warned a 1.5C global warming limit required a 45 per cent global emissions reduction by 2030.

Eager to show a stark difference on policy, Mr Albanese also spoke on Labor’s promise to create new laws for a national anti-corruption commission by the end of this year. Mr Albanese said his proposed model would allow public hearings.

A model proposed by the Morrison Government has been criticised by legal experts because it would not allow public hearings or public findings.

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