Kevin sets it up beautifully with the statement:
"I think the challenge here, Mike, is to, as Prime Minister, is to face the scientific facts, face the economic facts, which confront us,"
"This is already the world’s hottest and driest continent. We are therefore likely to be hit hardest and earliest by climate change. "
UPDATE: Claim repeated on the ABC, about two thirds of the way down here.
UPDATE II: Climate Minister Penny Wong is not so sure:
"As one of the hottest and driest continents on earth, Australia's economy and environment will be one of the hardest and fastest hit by climate change if we don't act now."