Climate action first priority for Albanese as BECA supports bringing climate conference to Australia

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PM Anthony Albanese with US President Joe Biden, India’s PM Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida. (Facebook)

Newly sworn in Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has outlined his Labor Government’s commitment to tackling climate change in his first address from the Quad summit in Tokyo.

The summit has given Albanese his first opportunity to connect with US President Joe Biden, Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida and India’s PM Narendra Modi.

“The new Australian Government’s priorities align with the Quad agenda, taking action on climate change and building a stronger and more resilient Indo-Pacific region, through better economic security, better cybersecurity, better energy security and better environmental and health security,” Albanese said.

Albanese took the opportunity to confirm Australia will set a new target to reduce emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, putting the country on track for net zero by 2050.

“The region is looking to us to work with them and to lead by example,” he said.

“That’s why my Government will take ambitious action on climate change and increase our support to partners in the region as they work to address it, including with new finance. We will act in recognition that climate change is the main economic and security challenge for the island countries of the Pacific.”

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) welcomed Albanese’s commitment to climate action.

“We back the Prime Minister’s position to bid for and host a future UN Climate Conference in Australia, in partnership with our Pacific neighbours,” said BECA Chair Dr Leo Jago.

“We look forward to working with the new Labor Ministry once announced through a whole-of-government approach to unleash the benefits that business events offer the nation, including trade and investment, education and skills, research and innovation, commercialisation and productivity – while also driving the visitor economy.”

BECA said it looked forward to working with the new Labor government on business events industry recovery and growth over the next term.

“It is great to see Prime Minister Albanese demonstrate the importance of business events on day one by not only travelling to participate in the QUAD leaders’ strategic security meeting in Tokyo, but also reconfirming his election commitment to deliver an employment summit – bringing together unions and employer groups to resolve wages and productivity challenges,” Jago said.