Yesterday Crikey received this press release from the offices of the PM and Foreign Minister:

The UNCCC? We’re pretty sure that’s not a thing.

As Giles Parkinson points out over at RenewEconomy, the body charged for the last two decades with bringing the countries of the world together to agree on a course of climate action is called the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC. “UN climate change conference” is a generic name given to that gathering happening in Lima this week — but there is no such body as the UNCCC.

As Parkinson writes:

“It may be a mere detail, but it says much about this government’s approach to climate change. Facts are not considered high value assets. Of more concern, though, is the decision announced in the same release to lock away the review of Australia’s post 2020 climate change targets within the PM’s office, in the same way that the review of the renewable energy target was hijacked by those close to Abbott earlier this year. Clearly, the PM’s office has little trust in the ministers responsible.”

Is it any wonder we’ve been named the world’s worst industrial country on climate action?

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