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Greenpeace protests outside Australian Parliament

IANS  |  Canberra 

activists on Monday climbed flagpoles outside the Parliament House here to demand new Australian abandon his coal-loving ways and work on policies to fight climate change.

The activists unfurled a banner with an image of Morrison holding a piece of coal and the slogan "Get your hand off it", news reported.

In February, Morrison, then the of Australia, had walked into the Parliament, waving a lump of coal and urged his colleagues and the opposition not to be afraid.

"This is a PM who waved around a piece of coal gifted to him by the Minerals Council, who boasts a former of the as his chief of staff, who made a former mineral industry his Minister and whose is an anti-wind farm activist," said

She called Morrison's appointment as two weeks ago as a "coal coup" and claimed that he did not have a climate policy.

"These powerful groups have now managed to topple three sitting prime ministers and stopped the Minerals Resource Rent Tax which would have seen a fair share of revenue flow to all Australians instead of lining the pockets of a few billionaires," Rowe said.

A Labour party-led government had imposed a 30 per cent tax on extraordinary profits from coal and iron exploitation during the boom of 2012, which was abolished by the conservative government of two years later.

The protest also coincided with demonstration by a group of farmers who used the opportunity of the first day of the austral spring legislative sessions to demand urgent action against climate change.

has been steeped in political instability over the last decade owing to internal power struggles in the Liberal-National coalition and Labour governments.

and climate change have been at the heart of these disputes, including the departure of Morrison's predecessor, Liberal Malcolm Turnbull, who had advocated lowering emissions of polluting gases.



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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 16:54 IST