Climate crusader backs PM’s chances in poll

Al GoreFormer US vice-president and climate crusader Al Gore has urged Australians not to write off Prime Minister Julia Gillard, suggesting that she still had time to turn around opinion poll results.

The outspoken advocate for action on climate change praised Ms Gillard’s “courage and vision” while questioning the merits of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s direct-action policy to cut carbon emissions.

Mr Gore’s comments came as Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury identified the carbon tax as a key issue hurting Labor in crucial election battlegrounds in western Sydney.

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