ALP Releases Climate Change Policy

The ALP has released its climate change policy for the 2016 federal election.

The policy includes a commitment to 50% of electricity coming from renewable energy by 2030.

The Climate Change Action Plan includes a commitment to an emissions trading scheme but without a fixed price. The policy says: “Labor’s plan does not include a carbon tax or a fixed price on pollution.”

The policy booklets are shown below.

Email statement to supporters by Bill Shorten.

Shorten

Today I launched Labor’s plan to tackle the devastating consequences of climate change.
The cost of refusing to take real action on climate change will be shocking for Australia and our economy. It will hurt the economy, mean more pollution and less investment. The Labor Party I lead will not stand by and let that happen. [Read more…]


Barack Obama Highlights Climate Change In Speech At University Of Queensland

Ahead of the G20 meeting, President Barack Obama has placed climate change at the centre of a speech to students at the University of Queensland.

Obama

Obama told the gathering that no region had more at stake than the Asia-Pacific. He said climate change was causing more wildfires, flooding, extreme storms and rising seas. “The incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened,” he said.

Obama pledges $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to assist developing countries. “Let them leap frog some of the dirty industries that powered our development, go straight to a clean-energy economy that allows them to grow, create jobs and at the same time reduce their carbon pollution,” he said. [Read more…]


Prince Charles: We Must Act Now On Climate Change

Prince Charles has called for immediate action on climate change.

The Prince of Wales made the call in a message to the Climate Change Summit meeting in New York.

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Greens React To Repeal Of Carbon Tax

Following today’s repeal of the carbon tax, the Greens have reacted angrily to the decision.

This page provides a selection of audio and video items featuring the Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, and her deputy, Adam Bandt. [Read more…]


Labor Reacts To Repeal Of Carbon Tax With Commitment To Emissions Trading Scheme

Following today’s repeal of the carbon tax, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed the ALP to support an emissions trading scheme.

Shorten

Shorten told a press conference that Australia is taking a step backwards while the rest of the world is moving forward. He said “Labor believes climate change is real and we must take action”. [Read more…]


Carbon Tax Abolished; Senate Crossbenchers Back Government

The Senate voted today to abolish the carbon tax. Supported by the Senate crossbenchers, the upper house also brought to an end the emissions trading scheme legislated by the Gillard government.

Abbott-Hunt

The final vote was taken at 11.14am and passed by 39 votes to 32. The ALP and Greens senators opposed the repeal. With the independent Senator Nick Xenophon absent due to illness, the three Palmer United Party senators (Lazarus, Lambie and Wang), joined with Senators Muir, Leyonhjelm, Day and Madigan to kill the signature legislative achievement of the Gillard Labor government.

Media reports say the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, texted Prime Minister Tony Abbott after the vote with the words: “Factum Est”, Latin for “it has been done”. [Read more…]


As Defeat Looms, Christine Milne Speaks Against Repeal Of Carbon Tax

With the repeal of the Gillard government’s carbon tax and emissions trading scheme looming over the next couple of days, the Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, has described the move as “intergenerational theft”.

Milne

In a speech to the Senate tonight, Milne said parties were taking place around the parliament but the Liberals had misread the temperature: “Enjoy your celebrations: this is the last stand of the vanquished.” [Read more…]