Labor welcomes any constructive effort to progress climate action and looks forward to continuing to engage with Zali Steggall about her Climate Change Bill.
For Zali Steggall’s Bill to be considered, Scott Morrison would need to allow a full debate in the Parliament.
When Labor moved a motion to declare a Climate Emergency last October, Scott Morrison wouldn’t allow the question to be debated at all.
Scott Morrison and his divided Government have never taken action on climate change seriously.
The latest official Government emissions data confirms Australia will not meet our Kyoto commitment to cut emissions by 5 per cent by 2020.
In fact, emissions reduction will amount to little more than a rounding error of 0.3 per cent, putting the lie to the Prime Minister’s claim that we are meeting and beating our international commitments.
The Government’s own data suggests emissions will come down during the next 10 years by only less than 5 per cent.
At that rate, it will take Australia 230 years to reach net zero emissions, rather than the 30 years scientists tell us is necessary.