Aaron Timms in the SMH:
The moment it became clear Labor had won last Saturday night, Kevin Rudd should have printed off the Kyoto Protocol and emailed a signed PDF copy to Al Gore.
Donald Rothwell, professor of international law at the Australian National University College of Law, said the normal method for ratifying treaties was not a speedy process and it was highly improbable it could be achieved by the end of the year …
“The simple act of ratifying Kyoto may create the first set of headaches for the new government,” Professor Rothwell said.
Climate-change campaigner Al Gore’s problems with getting access to an Australian prime minister are well and truly over.
“G’day, Kevin,” was the former US vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner’s greeting to Kevin Rudd when he telephoned the prime
minister-elect on Monday to congratulate him.
“Actually, I’ve taught Al how to say g’day. As you know, with some of our American friends it’s very hard to get it quite right,” Mr Rudd told reporters in Brisbane.
Rudd plans to “resume that conversation [at the UN climate change summit] in Bali over a strong cup of tea – or something stronger.” Something stronger? Sounds like another Scores fiasco is on the way. Dance, Al, dance! Rudd does have a point, though, about differences in American and Australian language. For example, US writer Patricia Cornwell recently described her marriage to another woman in these terms:
Finally, I feel rooted somewhere.
Full marks to the Australian subeditor at the UK Telegraph who used that in the headline.
(Via Andrew P.)