"Kevin Rudd has called for solar panels to be made compulsory on all new
buildings and increased incentives to be offered to households that do
not yet have them as part of a “genuinely green recovery” from recession.
Speaking at an Australian National University event on Monday, the
former prime minister repeated his 2007 declaration that climate change
was the “great moral challenge of our time” and accused the Morrison
government of putting jobs and long-term living standards at risk by
failing to deal with the issue as promised under the Paris agreement.
Rudd said the government could have used the coronavirus pandemic as a
spur to accelerate the shift to becoming a zero emissions economy, but
had instead used it as an excuse to delay action further. It was
evidence Australia had become “the complacent country” on the issue
despite the experience of last summer’s catastrophic bushfires, he said.
“Besides the United States under [Donald] Trump and Brazil under [Jair]
Bolsonaro, we in Australia are the only major economy that does not take
the need for action on climate change seriously. Nor do we recognise the
economic opportunities that will come with that action. I would argue
this is bad company to keep,” Rudd said as part of his keynote address
at the Wilson Dialogue."
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