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STATE OF THE CLIMATE

November 13, 2020

Australians are feeling the impacts of climate change. They saw it and smelt it this past Summer during the devastating bushfires.
 
Australians can’t afford for Scott Morrison and his Government to keep sticking their heads in the sand when it comes to the risks we face.
 
The BOM/CSIRO State of the Climate report spells out clearly that we must prepare for more extreme weather events in the future.
 
Sadly, odds are Scott Morrison will ignore this report, just like he does every other climate report.
 
There are members of the Morrison Government, including Craig Kelly and Senator Rennick, who still don’t believe the climate science and question the authority of the BOM.
 
This is the latest in a series of warnings telling us La Niña conditions this summer mean we face above-average risk of cyclones and floods, especially in Northern Australia.
 
Despite these warnings, the Morrison Government still hasn’t spent a cent from its $4 billion Emergency Response Fund (ERF).
 
This unspent fund has been collecting dust for 18 months, when it could have been used to upgrade evacuation centres, fire breaks, flood levees and cyclone shelters across the country.
 
Scott Morrison is completely isolated on climate change. Federal Labor, every state and territory government, and Australia’s biggest businesses back net zero emissions by 2050.

We saw what happened last year when Scott Morrison failed to listen to warnings about the bushfires. They can’t let it happen again.

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