Bishop on a collision course with Abbott’s climate sceptic courtiers

One would hardly describe the foreign minister as an enthusiastic backer of action on climate change, but from her international vantage point she must realise Abbott's ideological blindness must give way to pragmatic reality.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott described it as “socialism masquerading as environmentalism”, and “Bob Brown’s bank on an international scale”, but somehow that was all put to one side with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announcing - to applause - in Lima, Peru that Australia would contribute $200 million ($US166 million) to the World Bank Green Climate Fund. This fund is intended to assist poor nations around the globe to adapt to climate change and help them to decarbonise their energy supplies.

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