If I’m feeling battered, I wonder how the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission is feeling...Probably the most difficult day I’ve experienced in Senate Estimates, today, as I had to witness a fine person and exceptional lawyer, Professor Gillian Triggs, being relentlessly hounded by two government Senators, shamelessly assisted by the overwhelmingly partisan Chair of the committee. Senate committees can often be political but can also be a source of good information and strong cross-party work. For me, this was an absolute low point.
COP 20 has drawn to an close after an exhausting two weeks here in Lima. We have a document, the Lima Climate Action Plan, which has been agreed after last minute negotiations between the President of the COP and each of the negotiating blocs.
Friday was the longest day here at the climate talks in Peru with little collective progress being made. Hopefully the overnight negotiations and this morning's plenary meeting will bring results for our climate.