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LETTER

In a speech to the United Nations assembly in New York on Wednesday Donald Trump once again made world headlines — this time it was about the laughter at his boasting of his administration’s achievements.

Yet somehow he seems to have got away with his shameful non co-operation and undermining of the UN.

The Donald stated: “We withdrew from the Human Rights Council . . . will provide no support and recognition to the International Criminal Court . . . will not participate in the new Global Compact on Migration . . . . migration should not be governed by an international body . . . . We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism . . . (we) will always choose independence over global governance.”

He also made trade threats to China and did some sabre rattling at Iran. But the worst was his rejection of globalism, withdrawal of support for human rights, the criminal court and refugee migration.

This ties in with his earlier withdrawal from climate change commitments, and pouring his blessings on fracked oil/gas and coal.

Let’s also not forget the US history of defying the UN on military activities as well.

All this while the rest of the world struggles to deal with still-climbing greenhouse gas emissions, trying to avoid runaway climate change and mass extinction.

Over the ditch, Australia’s new prime minister Scott Morrison has declared a goal of not cutting emissions and not meeting Paris commitments.

Yesterday our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the UN assembly.

On behalf of New Zealand, she took the opposite stand to President Trump’s isolationist approach.

During her 15 minutes she spoke of the need for collective action, and pointed to climate change in particular.

“If my Pacific neighbours do not have the option of opting out of the effects of climate change, why should we be able to opt out of taking action to stop it?” she asked.

“We are all in this together.”

I have confidence that our Government’s unwavering commitment on this issue will make a meaningful difference.

Bob Hughes

In a speech to the United Nations assembly in New York on Wednesday Donald Trump once again made world headlines — this time it was about the laughter at his boasting of his administration’s achievements.

Yet somehow he seems to have got away with his shameful non co-operation and undermining of the UN.

The Donald stated: “We withdrew from the Human Rights Council . . . will provide no support and recognition to the International Criminal Court . . . will not participate in the new Global Compact on Migration . . . . migration should not be governed by an international body . . . . We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism . . . (we) will always choose independence over global governance.”

He also made trade threats to China and did some sabre rattling at Iran. But the worst was his rejection of globalism, withdrawal of support for human rights, the criminal court and refugee migration.

This ties in with his earlier withdrawal from climate change commitments, and pouring his blessings on fracked oil/gas and coal.

Let’s also not forget the US history of defying the UN on military activities as well.

All this while the rest of the world struggles to deal with still-climbing greenhouse gas emissions, trying to avoid runaway climate change and mass extinction.

Over the ditch, Australia’s new prime minister Scott Morrison has declared a goal of not cutting emissions and not meeting Paris commitments.

Yesterday our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the UN assembly.

On behalf of New Zealand, she took the opposite stand to President Trump’s isolationist approach.

During her 15 minutes she spoke of the need for collective action, and pointed to climate change in particular.

“If my Pacific neighbours do not have the option of opting out of the effects of climate change, why should we be able to opt out of taking action to stop it?” she asked.

“We are all in this together.”

I have confidence that our Government’s unwavering commitment on this issue will make a meaningful difference.

Bob Hughes

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A: We all know it isn't - 17 days ago
Q: If climate change is settled science why do you and your ilk keep on banging on about it?

Bob Hughes - 17 days ago
For, We all know it isn't. Brilliant, you have given me inspiration for my next column. Thanks.

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