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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Singapore PM has a go at Howard's climate policies
There must be a great depth of feeling for the Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, normally circumspect, to take a passing shot at the ex-Prime Minister, John Howard for his climate change recalcitrance.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - who will meet Mr Rudd later today for bilateral talks - took a veiled swipe at former prime minister John Howard, as he described the challenge of dealing with global warming as a "long and difficult process".
"It will need political support from the populations of our countries, for we will face tough choices," Lee told the gathering.
"In Europe, climate change policy is already a major political priority.
"In Australia, public pressure forced former prime minister John Howard to change his government's stand after a severe decade-long drought.
"Even in the US, attitudes are shifting."
The island nation of Palau had praise for Australia's move to ratify Kyoto.
"I congratulate the new Australian Government and Prime Minister Rudd for seeing the light," President Tommy Remengesau jnr said.
"Let us hope that the United States will not be far behind."