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Prime Minister backtracks when asked about climate change at church service

A political activist attempted to speak to Scott Morrison about climate change during a Good Friday service only to see the Prime Minister turn around and walk away.

Video on social media platform TikTok shows Mr Morrison being approached by activist Desiree Cai.

“Mr. Prime Minister, I am a young person, I worry about my future but every year the climate crisis is getting worse,” said the former president of the National Union of Students.

Mr Morrison then looks at the person filming and asks if she is taking a photo of him, Ms Cai and Liberal MP for Chisholm Gladys Liu, who is also listening.

“I’m happy to take a picture,” Mr. Morrison said.

The video shows the prime minister walking away as he is followed by Ms Cai, who says young people are facing precarious work and a climate crisis, and she would rather not be there on Good Friday, before the end of the video.

Journalists were not allowed into the Melbourne church where Mr Morrison was attending a Baptist service.

Ms. Cai is involved in a group called Tomorrow Movement, which is linked to the youth organization YOUNG Campaigns.

The topic of climate change has been largely spared from both main parties so far this federal election campaign, with Labor leader Anthony Albanese mentioning it during his press conference on Saturday.

Hot button problem

Labor pledges to cut emissions by 43% by 2030 as it targets net zero by 2050, with the Coalition hoping but not committing to a 30% cut in emissions from 2030 without policy change. The government has also committed to net zero by 2050.

It’s a burning question for the government as a swathe of independents take prime seats campaigning for more climate action.

Scientists have warned that neither side’s 2030 targets go far enough and a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change desperately warns nations to do more to keep the warning below 2C .

Australia has been branded “resistant” by UN Secretary-General António Guterres for its failure to take stronger action.