Tuesday, 15 October 2019
The minister can say as much as he likes, but Australians know—experts know—that our emissions are going up and we face a climate emergency. That is why today we stand on this side of the House to work together with whoever will be willing to work with us, to help make sure that we, in this time, in this place, do our bit as Australians, as part of a global community, to take action to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, to make sure that the next generation sees a world where climate change isn't the threat that we know it will be. This is not about politics. This is not about making points—one political party against another. This is about a time and a place to declare a climate emergency, to do our bit as Australians and as global citizens, and to tackle this international curse.