Liberal Leadership Spat Risks Australian Climate Plan

  • Date: 30/11/09

Australian opposition head Malcolm Turnbull faces the second challenge to his Liberal Party leadership in seven days in a stand-off that threatens to derail the nation’s plan to control emissions blamed for global warming.

Party lawmakers will consider the leadership on Dec. 1, one day after the Senate reconvenes in a bid to pass climate-change legislation that missed a deadline yesterday. Liberal rebels opposing Turnbull’s support for the bill risk triggering an early election that they would lose badly if they block the law, the Australian reported today

“This is as much about the policy of supporting action on climate change as it is on Malcolm Turnbull,” Liberal Senator Gary Humphries said on Sky News. “Let’s be clear. If we knock off emission trading next week, we’ll be in an election by March at the latest.”

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