French President Emmanuel Macron singled out Australia’s new environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, to a global audience in Portugal, saying Australia was back in action on climate change.
Macron, who effectively told the world that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him about the submarine contract, warmly welcomed the ministers of the new Labor government.
Speaking in Lisbon at the UN Ocean Conference on Thursday, hours after attending the NATO summit in Madrid, Macron called on world leaders to enact protections for ocean life and conservation. under an international treaty.
At the side event to the conference, Plibersek was specifically invited to attend by Macron and sat in the front row.
“You’re back,” Macron said, addressing Plibersek, which drew applause from those in the room.
“Because we need you in the Indo-Pacific strategy and climate and oceans are part of the strategy for us,” Macron said.
After the event, he approached her and squeezed her hand in his.
“It’s great that Australia and France are working together again,” Plibersek said. The Sydney Morning Herald and Age.