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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Climate change is a global problem and it must have a global solution. Air moves around the world. Many countries fail to act because they are unsure how this issue will be dealt by other nations. Australia has an opportunity to set a standard which can act as a catalyst for the whole world to set a fare frame work which the world can follow. In understanding climate change we must remain ever vigilant and be aware of how Australia is part of the International community, and more importantly what the global community can do together to make the lives of all those that inhabit this planet more secure. Together we can achieve the extraordinary. President Obama has shown great leadership and encouraged all countries to act. Australia needs to do its fair share. In voting against the abolishment of the Climate change authority, Palmer United Senators will move an amendment to establish an Emissions Trading Scheme. This Scheme would only become effective once Australia's main trading partners also take action to establish such a scheme. This measure cannot be defined as a financial measure, it will have a carbon price zero rating and at a future time the government or parliament will have the ability to set the financial parameters of the scheme. These should be set based upon the actions of our leading trading partners China, USA the European Union, Japan and Korea. We need to ensure that the jobs and enterprises of all Australians can remain competitive. If this amendment is supported and passed by the government, the world will know that once they act they can be sure that Australia will respond in like terms. As John F Kennedy said many years ago, "For in the analysis, our most common link is that we all inhabit this one small planet, we all breathe the same air and we all cherish our children's futures and we are all mortal." When truth triumphs over injustice everyone is a winner and the inconvenient truth that we must face together. There can be no justification at any time for closing an enterprise when it is profitable and providing an income and jobs for Australia. This is more so when that enterprise is by its very ethics providing a better solution for the environment. Palmer United Senators will vote against the abolition of the clean energy finance corporation. The Prime Minister promised the Australian people prior to the last election that Australia would retain it renewal energy targets. Now, like many other promises, he seeks to break this one as well. Too many politicians make promises before elections only to break them after elections. Public service should be the highest calling. We have to hold our politicians to their word or our system of democracy and all that it stands for will break down. The Palmer United Party role in the Senate is to keep faith with the Australian people. We will therefore not support any change to the renewal energy targets before the next election. Listening is one of the most important things we can do. By listening we can learn from others and we can make changes before changes change us. I want to thank the Vice President for coming to Canberra today and I want to thank him for his discussions. As Australians, we must put the interests of our people before our own individual interests, in the interest of all people of the world, ahead of all else. As it’s been said, we all need to have an open mind. This is called for by the need for better mutual understanding and better mutual respect. An open mind will enable us to have an objective and realistic understanding of each other. We cannot only discover what divides us but what we have in common and what we can agree on. We have more in common in the common future that we share here on this planet than anything else. At least we can see to that our differences will not result in clashes or confrontations. An open mind will also enable us to be more appreciative and accommodative and supportive of each other in our concerns and priorities. Despite all the talk of climate change in the world, we are still in a developing world with such huge populations and still face very serious problems of unbalanced development, poverty, and environmental degradation. We seek a better world for Australia, for all its citizens of the world, so that one day man can be what he was meant to be, free and independent. I now would like to introduce Vice President Gore to make a few comments. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 13


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