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Abbott: good news on climate, bad news on poll

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia is doing better at tackling climate change than many major economies.

In a message released on Sunday as politicians head back to Canberra after the winter recess, Mr Abbott said Australia is on track to meet and beat its Kyoto targets, cutting emissions by five per cent on 2000 levels – the equivalent of a 13 per cent reduction on 2005 levels.

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“On a per capita basis, this is a better performance than the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe,” he said.

Meanwhile, a new opinion poll shows the coalition remains behind in opinion polls and Tony Abbott is lagging behind Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister.

A ReachTEL poll conducted for Fairfax Media on Sunday finds Labor leading the government 53 per cent to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

Mr Shorten also leads Mr Abbott 58.5 per cent to 41.5 per cent as preferred prime minister.