Mr Albanese was asked whether he was urging Mr Morrison to attend the conference during a radio interview with Jonesy and Amanda on Thursday morning.
Host Amanda Keller said, “it’s not often that a member of the royal family says, ‘You guys aren’t doing enough’”- in reference to Prince Charles’ comments – before quizzing the Labor leader on his thoughts on the government’s climate targets.
“Well, it’s pretty sad, isn’t it, when you have our national leader,” Mr Albanese said.
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“We have an important conference, before the climate conference there’s the G20, the world’s 20 largest economies are meeting in Rome, and then the climate change conference is probably the most important one that’s been held this decade.
“And of course, it’s not just about the environment, it’s about the future shaping of our economy, it’s about jobs, and everyone, every state and territory government, including the one here in New South Wales, recognises that we need to do more.”
The Opposition Leader said The Business Council of Australia is also calling for a much higher short-term target as well as net zero by 2050.
The National Farmers’ Federation, the banks and “everyone” except Mr Morrison are calling for action, Mr Albanese said, claiming the Prime Minister is waiting to see what Barnaby Joyce will let him do.
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“It would be tragic if Australia wasn’t represented at Glasgow,” Mr Albanese said.
“I’m sure Scott Morrison will go and I’m sure eventually they’ll weasel their way into saying ‘net zero by 2050’.
“But when they’re so reluctant to be dragged kicking and screaming there I think people will bear that in mind as well.”
BBC’s climate editor Justin Rowlatt this week told the Prince of Wales Mr Morrison “isn’t even certain that he could make it” to the United Nations Climate Change Conference at the end of the month.
“Is that what he says does he? Mmm,” Prince Charles replied.
“The point being that this is a last chance saloon, literally.
“Because if we don’t really take the decisions that are vital now, it’s going to be almost impossible to catch up.”
The Prince of Wales warned of a “catastrophic” impact if no action is taken, adding he was worried world leaders would “just talk” when they meet for the critical conference.
“It will be a disaster. I mean it will be catastrophic. It is already beginning to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather,” he said.
Mr Rowlatt also asked what Prince Charles would say to the Australian government who seems “reluctant to take on board the need to take really serious action on the issue”.
“You gently try to suggest that maybe there are other ways of doing things, otherwise in my case, you lot will accuse me of interfering,” Prince Charles said.

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