Federal MP and mining magnate Clive Palmer hopes to attract world leaders to a climate change summit he’s holding the day after the G20.
Clive Palmer will host a self-styled climate change conference at his Queensland resort the day after the G20 summit wraps up in Brisbane.
The mining magnate and Palmer United Party leader claims there are many world leaders who want to discuss climate change at the G20 in November but can’t because the issue isn’t on the agenda.
He’s hoping his counter conference on November 17 will fill the gap and attract a strong crowd to the Palmer Coolum Resort – famous for its dinosaur theme park.
“We’ll have international leaders from all over the world and the globe, talking about climate change,” he told ABC’s Q&A program on Monday.
The Abbott government has faced criticism in some quarters for not including climate change on the official G20 agenda, choosing instead to focus on economic growth, trade and job creation.
PUP will next week introduce a bill to the Senate calling for an emissions trading scheme to be set up in case Australia’s major trading partners adopt a similar scheme.
It’s unclear if Labor supports the proposal, while the government will almost certainly reject it.
“We have to realise that if we want to trade with other countries and they have an ETS, they won’t allow our products to enter unless we have a similar scheme,” he said.
Mr Palmer’s three senators and the Motoring Enthusiast Party’s Ricky Muir last month gave the government the crucial votes it needed to abolish carbon pricing in Australia.