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Workers ‘feeling abandoned’ by Labor’s climate change ‘ideological zealotry’

11 Nov 2020

Liberal MP Andrew Wallace says Labor’s climate change “Cold War” has deteriorated into “open conflict” after the fracas between former Opposition frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon and Labor Leader Anthony Albanese.

“The Labor Party’s Cold War on climate change has now turned into open conflict, and Joel Fitzgibbon has come out, he’s laid down the gauntlet to Anthony Albanese,” Mr Wallace told Sky News.

“What I’m hearing around my electorate and the places that I go to is that workers are feeling absolutely abandoned by the ideological zealotry of the Labor Party.

“The Labor Party of today is just a shadow of its former self, they don’t care about workers anymore, what they are absolutely focused on is one thing and one thing only – and that’s climate change ideals.”

When pressed if Labor’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050 was “ideological zealotry”, Mr Wallace said it was “the way they concentrate on that and nothing else”.

His remarks come after Mr Fitzgibbon, who was outspoken on energy and environmental policies, quit Shadow Cabinet on Tuesday.

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