Updated: Jan 12, 2020
In a surprise move none of the pundits saw coming speaks up about climate change, vowing to take action, making this the number one issue of his political career.
“I’ve travelled across the entire country in recent weeks, seeing the devastation of the bush fires, speaking to countless Australians who’ve lost their homes, family, friends, livestock and even their livelihoods,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a packed news conference.
“The one clear message I heard time and again, which cannot be overstated, is the need for climate change to drive the political agenda moving forward, not the other way around.
“That means addressing climate change needs to be our highest priority and I am determined to ensure my government delivers exactly that!”
Morrison acknowledged he was initially slow to act on climate change when he took office, after inheriting decades of similar neglect around climate issues from successive governments that were warned of the risks as far back as the early 1980s.
“I don’t blame people for being angry, I’m angry too,” Morrison confirms. “But the difference is, as Prime Minister, I’m better placed than most to do something about this world-wide catastrophe.
“The buck stops with me and I take full responsibility for my government’s previous complacency. But that