Australia's state environment ministers are refusing to agree to a joint statement on climate change until the federal minister comes up with a plan to tackle it.
Melissa Price met with her state counterparts in Canberra on Friday and asked them to endorse a statement for her to take to a climate meeting in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday.
They refused because the government has no plan to tackle the problem.
"What I had suggested was that we had an agreed statement that we would all work together to determine an action plan with respect to climate, with respect to things that we can do individually and collectively," Ms Price told reporters on Friday.
"Sadly that was not agreed. There was not an agreement on the words that I proposed, and no one proposed alternative words."
The Labor governments of Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT released a joint statement condemning the lack of action.
"The science is frightening, unequivocal and clear - we are running out of time," the statement said.
"Yet the response of successive Liberal prime ministers has been one of delusion and deliberate inaction.
"It is unacceptable that any action on climate change has again been left off the agenda at today's meeting."
The states demanded a boost to Australia's overall output of renewable energy, stronger energy efficiency targets, and action on emissions across all sectors.
"It is time for the federal government to stop 'noting' the science around the impacts of climate change, and actually step up and take action," Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said.
"It is unacceptable that there has been no progress on climate change by the federal government."
Ms Enoch said she asked Ms Price to come back to the next meeting with an action plan of how to respond to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report's findings about the dangers of 1.5 degree global warming.
"Unfortunately, the federal environment minister would not agree to undertake that important work," she said.