Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has dismissed suggestions the $15 billion free trade deal with Europe could be in jeopardy by Australia’s actions on climate change.
“Look at the track record, judge us not just by what we say, but what we do in terms of outcomes that are being achieved,” the minister told Sky Newson Sunday.
Senator Birmingham vowed the government will “fulfil our obligations” to the Paris Agreement following reports any deal would be dependent on meeting climate change targets.
He said the government was on track to “meet and exceed” the Paris commitments, despite calls from conservative MPs, led by former prime minister Tony Abbott, to abandon the agreement.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison assured reporters on Saturday the government’s Paris targets haven’t changed with the ouster of Malcolm Turnbull.
Australia will meet with the EU again in November for a second round of negotiations over the trade deal.