House debates

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

Questions without Notice

Albanese Government

2:39 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

It will be very difficult not to be relevant to that question, given that I think it was about the Voice and it was about energy and climate change. It was about a whole range of things and commitments. We committed, prior to the election, to having an energy policy.

A government member: Just one!

Just one! And we got one. We've got one with a net zero by 2050 target, with a 43 per cent reduction by 2030, with a safeguard mechanism system in place to drive down the emissions of the top emitters in an orderly way so that business can have certainty to invest.

We committed to re-engaging with the world on climate change. The visit from our friend the Prime Minister of Fiji is another reminder that, instead of being in the naughty corner, as Australia was, in the Pacific, in our region, when it comes to climate change, we are now constructive contributors when it comes to climate change.

We also of course committed to having a referendum when it comes to the constitutional recognition through a voice to parliament. We said we would do it, we did it, the Australian people had their say, and we accept that outcome, as we should in our democratic process.

But those opposite, of course, have a different position every single day. The opposition leader has been called out for the fact that he makes things up regularly, sometimes several times a day. David Crowe, in the Sydney Morning Herald, spoke about—


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