Australian gov't urged to take action on climate change before election

13:56, July 12, 2010      

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A new survey showed Australian voters were desperate for political leadership on climate change, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) on Monday said.

Auspoll last Tuesday and Wednesday asked 1,500 Australians about climate change and the next federal election.

When asked who of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her opposition counterpart Tony Abbott they trusted more to deliver on the issues of pollution and climate change, 43 percent of respondents thought there was no difference between them.

That figure increased to 58 percent of undecided voters.

Forty-five percent of this group also said they would be more likely to vote Labor if Gillard promised to negotiate and deliver a pollution reduction scheme in the next year.

ACF chief executive Don Henry, who commissioned the survey, said the results proved that tackling climate change was still important to many Australians, even if politicians had abandoned the issue.

"The public is crying out for leadership and the issue is there for the politicians to pick up," Henry told Australian Associated Press.

"Whether it's the Greens, Labor or the coalition, whoever comes forward with action on the climate is going to be clearly rewarded in the polls."

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