Fair weather friend? Ethics and Australia's approach to global climate change

McDonald, Matt (2005) Fair weather friend? Ethics and Australia's approach to global climate change. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51 2: 216-234. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.00371.x

Author McDonald, Matt
Title Fair weather friend? Ethics and Australia's approach to global climate change
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9522
Publication date 2005-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.00371.x
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 216
End page 234
Total pages 19
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract In this paper, I explore the Australian Government's approach to international cooperation regarding global climate change from its emergence as an international political issue in the late 1980s to the present. In particular, I reflect on the ethical assumptions underpinning Australia's approach, and the ethical arguments invoked to justify Australia's stance on climate change. I argue that Australia's position has regressed from support for the central ethical principles (here defined as distributive and retributive justice) underpinning the climate change regime to an ultimate rejection of these principles. This regression is concerning for what it tells us about the Howard Government's conception of ethical responsibility in global politics. Further, and in light of the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol in 2005, it is concerning given its potential to undermine meaningful international cooperation on a complex but pressing environmental issue.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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