The Abbott Government has released an internationally embarrassing response to questions submitted by other countries ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.
Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said:
"Other countries, including the US and China, have asked very valid questions about the inadequacy of the Abbott Government's Direct Action program and lowly emissions reduction target.
"In response, the Abbott Government has come up with a whole lot of spin and hot air in an embarrassing attempt to cover up its shameful inaction on climate change.
"The response to one of China's questions about what impact the Emissions Reduction Fund will have, gives no confidence that even the pitiful 5 per cent target will be met.
"It also neglects to mention the Emissions Reduction Fund has so far only met one tenth of its 5 per cent target, despite spending 25 per cent of its budget.
"Time and again, Australia was asked how Direct Action would prevent a blowout in our emissions, and the government couldn't answer. The so-called ‘safeguard mechanism' isn't even written yet, and won't start until 1 July 2016.
"In previous international talks, Australia agreed to a 5 to 25 per cent emissions reduction target depending on international action.
"But in response to international questioning the Abbott Government makes it clear it won't budge beyond its pitiful 5 per cent to 2020.
"The Abbott Government is making a terrible name for itself internationally as a climate action wrecker, even though Australians want climate action and renewable energy," Senator Waters said.