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  • 1. cCtQ From: mhbamett7@aol.c m To: Connaughton. Jam-Is-, St. Martin, Michele M.; Hannegan. Bryan J.; Peel, Ke ineth L.; Cauthen, Khary I.; Cohen, Ashley, CC: Subject: Fed: Questions ov r big climate change conference Date: Thursday, October 06, 2005 9:50:44 PM Attachments: Fed: Questions over big clina e change conference By Don Woolford AAP Newsfeed (Canberra) October 6, 2005 An international climate change s mmit, which the government announced with great fanfare wo ld be held in Adelaide in November, looks likely to be postponed. The BBC has reported that the m eting would take place in January at the earliest. A spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today dates were still being finalised, but refused to say if it could be later than November. "Senior ministers are committed, but coordinating their schedules is very difficult," she said.. Mr Downer announced the summ t at the ASEAN regional summit in Laos in July, as an alternative to the K oto process which the government rej ects. Adelaide, Mr Downer's home city, was to host the first meeting of a major group of nations, including the United States, China, Japan and India, committed to reducing gre nhouse gas! emissions through technology and voluntary partnerships. Greens Senator Christine Milne p rsued Environment Minister Ian Campbell about the fate of the meeting, which she said had been cancelled. Senator Campbell said Kyoto was not the answer to climate change and
  • 2. the new Australian-initiated proc ss was a maj~or way to address the problem. But he didn't answer directly wher asked if the Adelaide meeting had been postponed, saying no-one had asked for a postponement. Senator Milne said later Australia had committed an appalling confidence trick on the rest of the world over climate change. She said Mr Downer had said it would be the most significant meeting in Adelaide's history, with heavywei ht international delegations coming. "But it seems Mr Downer has fail d to attract anyone," she said. Senator !Milne said there'd be nc Adelaide meeting in November because nothing had been done. "It was a hastily cobbled-together announcement to disguise an agreement to export coal and ur nium to India and China," she said. She said the point of having it in November was to undermine a UN meeting in Montreal in December on the Kyoto process. The BBC quoted a senior official saying the meeting would not take place as scheduled and January was th earliest possible time.