Why is Australia so quiet at Doha?

With Eastern European countries effectively sidelining the EU from a crucial debate over surplus carbon permits, all eyes are on the likes of Australia to provide leadership. But so far our silence has been deafening.

At the end of the first week of the Doha Climate Summit countries are entering into the final stages of negotiations on rules to deal with the 13 billion tonnes of surplus carbon permits left over from the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. With European Union members unable to reach a position on the topic, the spotlight has shifted to Australia as one country that is well placed to help broker a deal.


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