House debates

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Statements by Members

Climate Change

1:42 pm

Photo of Adam BandtAdam Bandt (Melbourne, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Time is up for more coal and gas. It's the leading cause of the climate crisis. We need to reduce emissions 75 per cent by 2030, but Liberal and Labor are taking us backwards. If you don't have a plan to phase out coal and gas, you don't have a plan to deal with the climate crisis. But, instead of phasing it out, Liberal and Labor want more coal and gas. They have plans for 116 new coal and gas mines. This burns our future, it burns our reputation, it endangers people with every extreme weather event, it affects our national security and it will wreck our economy. The Liberals' plan is a joke. The Nationals don't take it seriously, and neither will the voters of Kooyong, Higgins or Brisbane. But the Labor Party isn't taking the science seriously either, opening new coal and gas mines. But I know that the voters of Macnamara, Griffith and Richmond take our safe future seriously.

Liberal and Labor, you are using our money to ruin traditional owners' lands in the Beetaloo, giving public money, our money, to tax-dodging coal and gas corporations that send profits offshore. It's time to draw a line in the sand: no more coal and gas. So, before too many people lose their homes, their livelihoods or their culture, let's kick this terrible government out and put the Greens in balance of power so we can push the next government to act before it's too late. (Time expired)


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