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things that were condemned around the world by by human rights groups he's an evangelical christian and a social conservative too bill shorten is a former unions boss he entered parliament in 2007 but he's most non really to australians for his role in bringing down 2 prime minister kevin rudd and then julia gill odd so he's had a bit of a struggle sort of at getting trust from verges people are suspicious of him and he's had a bit of an uphill battle to win them over you know everyone talking about all this political instability but australians are actually calling this the climate change alexion jared hang on we just want to have a look at what some of the voters are saying in australia about the climate. pretty hard about that on the. future for the. reason while i think greens of them i have an odd just because climate china is so concerning and i feel
like no one's really taking any serious action or making any serious moves or i'd be very bold label the greens mostly because where this is a time of change and environment these racial problems arise a really big one as well and they really are doing on doing what the government praties are diving off to do because it's our nose so clearly climate a big issue there in australia why now though why is this coming to the forefront now well i think because the strategy and seeing the effects of of climate change for example last year was the hottest year on record they've been fires and floods and droughts a drought that contributed scientists believe to the deaths of a 1000000 fish in this really critical agricultural river system there is a frustration among versions too that. successive governments have sort of tried and failed to put in place lasting climate policy. climate and energy policy is
really contentious and just rather it's been behind the downfall of 3 of these prime ministers and at the moment we have a prime minister who is really behind traditional energy sources he once hailed as a lump of coal you know remember the palm and and basically his government is sort of being taking business as usual approach to climate change it doesn't look like they're going to match their. obligations under the paris accord the labor opposition has had 6 years in opposition to sort of work out once what it wants to do and it's it's approaching climate change in a bit more of an ambitious in a business way and we talked about this earlier in australia voting is mandatory you have to vote i mean how does that work in the how do you just say hey you have to vote what was a system worked right so when your 18 you if you want to vote you can roll to vote and then basically after that time the electoral commission has you on record and
then you go to vote compulsorily every time after that and if you don't you get fined $20.00 this is for federal elections and that figure can go up to i think around $79.00 astray in dollars in state elections but you know it's kind of it's a kind of a fun day you know you go down to your local school inversion that's where the polling station is fun as a reset yeah it's kind of it's turned into this sort of like fun festival atmosphere they have there's usually always a barbecue going at the polling station you can have what's called a democracy sausage and yeah something like 96 7 percent of eligible voters are registered to vote and 90 percent of them do so this is a pretty high numbers i know you're in berlin but did you vote you got your vote that's right i went to the embassy here in berlin and voted yes quickly if a new prime minister is chosen what are the chances that they will actually stick around for a while this look i think pretty well. that report outlines some of the measures
that the major parties have taken to make sure these internal coups. start happening for example now labor will have to have 75 percent of its caucus members to vote on the change of leadership and i think the liberals is 70 percent so it doesn't require a simple majority anymore which means it will be harder to get rid of a leader and probably. things like we've seen over the last 10 years we'll you know stop being so regular ok maybe a calmer situation in australia reed thanks very much. well there is now less than a week to go until parliamentary elections here in the e.u. and just like in australia many voters say environmental concerns will decide how they vote in one recent study more than 3 quarters of people listed global warming as a key factor you policymakers are starting to pay attention but activists say there's
still a long way to go i want you to panic a blunt message to the european parliament from swedish activist gratitude and barrack the teenager has given the world a wake up call with her urgent appeal for climate action. the global youth movement she inspired has shifted the climate change debate forcing it both to the top of the news agenda and party campaigning ahead of the blocks parliamentary elections next week so what is the e.u. done so far to tackle the climate crisis. in march the european parliament voted to ban single use plastics starting in 2021 as part of sweeping legislation against plastic waste that pollutes beaches and oceans. it's agreed a near total ban on insecticides that have been linked to a dramatic drop in the numbers of wild bees honeybees and other color.
the e.u. parliament is pushing to put cleaner cars on europe's roads by 2030. and it wants to slash its greenhouse gases by 40 percent in the next 11 years some experts say that's not enough but right now it doesn't look like any single member state will be able to meet that target. reason enough for protesters across europe to keep pushing for faster climate action in brussels. arrival joining me now in studio tom he's a climate activist you're also an undergraduate students here in berlin right studying technical environmental protection. first of all thanks for joining us you're 20 years old right so this will be the 1st time you're actually eligible to vote and you elections you're taking a look at the field you're looking at these candidates and these parties i mean what do you see out there in terms of climb yeah as you can see in that record is that 40 percent is not enough so i can see no one is really taking action as it
would be necessary and scientists say a greater turn back in the european parliament listen to the scientists they are not so climate is a big theme but specific action. yes i don't see them. with what the e.u. is done it was on a report there has been some some progress some measures passed right yeah but i guess they really needed rebranding of that debate re talking about plastic and stuff but we have to talk about much more than that we have to do big change so cut down emissions and close that emission gap to 0 because we have like they say that it's a go and they don't do that action through yet. what would you like to see the e.u. do to to meet these goals to cut down on c o 2 any specific action you want to see this parliament take this new parliament you have for example like they say. that
emissions to 20 foot 50 that's not enough like we need to reset. 3305 so we need that net emissions less than that and the e.u. is saying we will reduce these emissions by 2050 yeah that's not enough or you know it's not ok. to see like specific actions which are comfortable to the $1.00 ft. says this degree growth so that would be much more than that 2050 is not enough. let's talk about the role of of students i mean you're part of of this friday's for future movement tell me about that what do you guys do every friday like restriking schools and university for example is there a yeah that's a we're all over the world and specially in jewelry pretty bit next friday is the
big next strike so yes you can see we will not strike if the repeat during enough what role do you think young people play in this is a protest movement how many weeks now of students been walking out of class in germany over like i mean it dad got big in january but this started in december so . you know the climate become friends with research and back of that we start striking and then it got big and 15th of march was a really big day for us so it's got to figure them what role do these kind of student protests play means you think that you had a role in in bringing climate change maybe more into the political arena here in europe yeah i guess it is that case if they say climate is the most important theme for germans right now so i get guests like fries for future as a big. their rule and that's. what is really sad they don't talk about
specific actions they just talk about like should we go to school or not so i guess we just we're on the way to go to the red it's may 24th there's another protest being planned and this will be on the day that the e.u. elections start right so what's going on there with the protests what are you planning . we want to be reasons because we need to keep. make the. election about climate and it's not about climate because there are no specific actions so just like keep the pressure high on the politico. different parties and so the next 5 years a really important force so that as the start to get the european union to do specific actions in the nights fyfe years yet we just stopped how much confidence
do you have in the european parliament in the e.u. itself to do what needs to be done to take the drastic steps to cut back on c.l. to emissions and to reach at the very minimum the limits that are prescribed and that these countries signed onto in the paris climate accord or how when. these politicians get it done. yeah i guess they do otherwise we would just like get home and just enjoy the party or something but we have like a small winder of doing something and the next 5 years a really important force so if they take action if they go out of coal for example if they just keep the goals really strict if they force member states then it would be possible but we need polluted sions who want to act now give a specific message for the politicians what would you tell them. i would listen to
the scientist they're the experts and if you stop talking about what we should do in 50 years talk start talking about what we want to do tomorrow or all right climate a big issue in the upcoming elections to climate activists and environmental protection thank you so much you're welcome. well the u.s. state of missouri has approved a sweeping bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy and almost alabama which earlier this week passed for strict if anti-abortion legislation socialist supporters say these laws violate roe v wade that's the landmark supreme court decision in 1073 that upheld a woman's right to an abortion in the u.s. they're trying to safeguard access to the procedure our correspondent helen humphrey travel to alabama to talk with people on both sides of the divide the on about misstate capital has become the latest front line in
a fight for reproductive rights that most pro-choice activists thought they had won in the 1970 s. inside this building republican governor k. i.v. signed the bill into law and now she has a battle on her hands she has the support of proponents like the lori mullins who runs the co pregnancy center in montgomery alabama offering baby items and parenting classes in an effort to dissuade women from seeking abortions like the bill itself she sees no exceptions even in the case of rape or incest if you believe that at conception it is a person then you have to believe that all life is sacred how i was conceived has should have no impact on the value of my life why would you protect lives. in say except yours yours is not the case of incest that is a really really difficult discussion to have it's never right there is no good
answer but at the same time the way the law is now we see it all the time if a child is being molested and she becomes pregnant at 13 or 14 or 15 the family takes her to have an abortion the only person who wins in that scenario is the person who was abusing her while proponents of the text want it to include few exceptions to see it potentially go all the way up to the supreme court and maybe even overturn roe v wade itself opponents of the bill accuse state lawmaker has of playing politics with women's bodies one of them is margo hartline dressed as a handmade the pro-choice activists protested on the steps of the state government as the bill was passed and my. personal stake in this is that i was for 3 years a victim of continuous sexual assaults and i did think that i was pregnant when i think about someone who might be in the situation that i was in and isn't able to.
escape from that you're stuck you're stuck with your rapist's baby and currently with her new 3 abortion clinics in the entire state choices already seem limited alongside her work as an activist mia raven also works in an abortion clinic her patients often find themselves in dangerous circumstances as an already difficult time tell me about harassment paint a picture for me about what a woman might face coming into the clinic where you work the minute she pulls into a driveway she's going to be read in by some protesters the minute she walks out of her car they're in a store screaming at her telling her that she doesn't need to be here and that she's still going to be a mother but she's going to be the mother of a dead murdered baby the. used to southern states trying to what they do. this is not an uncommon tactic they go after the providers especially the doctors
is another way to cut down access because abortion can really go all day long but if you can't access. you might as well not have that right. those rights are being challenged not just in alabama but across republican held states in the south the midwest which i'm looking at immunity conservative supremes court and hoping that now might be the time to roll back reproductive rights for good. that's it for the day but the conversation as always continues online you'll find us on twitter either at the news or you can follow me at carl aspen and don't forget you start the day we thank you now with the scene in taiwan as it celebrates a historic along the lines thing. i want is the 1st country to asia to do so.