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Clive Palmer to host ‘world climate change convention’ at his resort

By Daniel Hirst (The Guardian) - August 18, 2014

The Palmer United party leader, Clive Palmer, has announced plans to host an unofficial “world climate change convention” at his Sunshine Coast resort, but would not reveal who would attend.

The 17 November event will be held one day after the G20 meeting of world leaders in Brisbane, and just two weeks before a 12-day climate change conference in Lima, Peru, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Palmer’s event is scheduled to occur less than a month after another official UN event: a five-day climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

Amid calls for climate change to be added to the G20 agenda, Palmer suggested that “major international leaders” would be coming to his Palmer Coolum Resort “to draw attention to climate change, what can be done about it”.

“It will be held the day after the last day of the G20 in Brisbane and it will be keeping attention on the need to have a global emissions trading scheme,” Palmer said on Monday.

“Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be making announcements of the world leaders who will be coming to attend this conference just after the G20. That’s an exciting thing for the Sunshine Coast.”

Palmer provided no details about people likely to attend his event.

“Well, we’ll be having ex-presidents of other countries – I can’t tell you who they are because their own countries have got to announce them – former presidents and former heads of state of other countries,” he said.

“There’ll be some other eminent people, Nobel prize winners and others that’ll be coming here on climate change.”

Palmer’s senators voted in July to abolish the carbon pricing scheme legislated by the previous government. The abolished system was due to move to a floating-price emissions trading scheme next year.

The mining magnate appeared alongside the former US vice-president Al Gore at Parliament House in June to state his in-principle support for an emissions trading scheme, but argued Australia should not activate such a scheme until specific trading partners took similar action.