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2010 federal election will be a referendum on global warming - Greens

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that, after the Copenhagen collapse, next year's federal election will be a referendum on global warming.

"The 2010 poll is shaping up as a vote for or against Australia taking a lead in fixing global warming below 1.5 degrees. That means a 2020 target of reducing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over 1990 levels and, in doing so, taking action for the rest of this threatened world to follow," Senator Brown said.

"Kevin Rudd's target range of 5-25 percent needs lifting to responsibly meet the need. Tony Abbott's got no effective target - so he is taxing everyone's patience. Where is his plan to tackle the polluters?"

Senator Brown said that a ‘leaders' debate' on climate change, as proposed by Tony Abbott, must include the Greens.

"Otherwise it will be missing an advocate for the position taken by the world's scientists including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change," Senator Brown said.

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