Radio personality Alan Jones has delivered a scathing response to the New Zealand prime minister’s lecture to Australia about climate change.
Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday at a Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu that Australia had to “answer to the Pacific on climate” as she backed smaller island nations calling for immediate global bans on the construction of new coal-fired power plants and coal mines.
Ms Ardern urged for greater action on climate change and made a thinly-veiled criticism of Australia's defence of its rising greenhouse gas emissions.
"We will continue to say that New Zealand will do its bit and we have an expectation that everyone else will as well," she told reporters.
"Australia has to answer to the Pacific, that is a matter for them."
In response, 2BG radio host Alan Jones said Ms Ardern was a “complete clown” and suggested Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down her throat”.
“Here she is preaching on global warming and saying that we’ve got to do something about climate change,” he said on the Alan Jones Breakfast Show.
He then claimed Mr Morrison needed to hit back at his New Zealand counterpart with the facts.
“I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat,” Mr Jones said.
“She is a joke this woman, an absolute and utter lightweight.
“These people are an absolute joke and Jacinda Ardern is the biggest joke.”
New Zealand deputy prime minister Winston Peters has since backtracked on Ms Ardern’s comments.
He says it’s not the “proper picture” to think the region, or Ms Ardern, believe “Australians are somehow acting incorrectly”.
“There’s a big picture (where) we have to contemplate here and we’ve got to ensure that when we act in this big picture we act with consistency and integrity,” Mr Peters told ABC’s Radio National.
Mr Morrison on Wednesday said he was ready for the "tough conversations" with his Pacific family, while noting Australia's significant support in the region.
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