Liberal backbencher Dave Sharma, a former diplomat, is an up-and-comer in his get together and one in every of its average voices.
Holding the progressive citizens of Wentworth, the place previously Malcolm Turnbull was the member and local weather change is a major situation, Sharma was amongst these Liberal MPs who pressed Scott Morrison on the 2050 goal earlier than Glasgow.
On this podcast Sharma discusses local weather coverage, the non secular discrimination laws, a nationwide integrity fee, voter ID, China, and the Liberal get together.
Requested whether or not the federal government ought to enhance its medium-term goal at subsequent years local weather convention – which the federal government will not be disposed to do – he argues for leaving choices open.
“I wouldn’t be ruling it out, however nor do I believe we essentially must be ruling it in. I believe we have to keep our choices.
“I believe we at all times must be aware of the place the worldwide setting is at on this, and that’s very a lot formed our angle in direction of adopting web zero by 2050.
“Australia has at all times been a rustic that doesn’t search to be an outlier on this planet. It seeks to maneuver with the foremost currents of world opinion and world developments.”
With the federal government’s non secular discrimination laws as a result of be launched subsequent week, Sharma says: “My concern is that what must be a defend solely doesn’t, will not be allowed to turn into a sword.
“Individuals must be protected in opposition to discrimination on the premise of their faith. However somebody’s faith or religion mustn’t give them a constructive proper to discriminate in opposition to different folks.”
On China, he’s inspired by the latest joint US-China assertion on local weather and this week’s talks between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping, and urges efforts to enhance Australia-China relations.
“We dwell in the identical area collectively. There’s a exceptional diploma of widespread pursuits that we share. We’re nicely built-in buying and selling and financial companions. It’s too vital a relationship [..] to not be striving day-after-day to make sure that it really works higher.”
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