Senate debates

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Motions

Coalmines in the Galilee Basin

3:53 pm

Photo of Anthony ChisholmAnthony Chisholm (Queensland, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

Labor does not support this motion. We are the only party with a consistent, comprehensive and credible policy to take serious action on climate change. Labor's policy is focused on creating a clean energy economy as well as taking an active and constructive approach to international efforts to cut carbon pollution. Our policies are based on meeting a 45 per cent whole-of-economy emissions reduction target and achieving zero net emissions by 2050, in line with the Climate Change Authority's advice on Australia's fair-share contribution to keep warming below two degrees and in line with UN and International Energy Agency advice on what is needed to meet Paris accords. In regard to the mine approval, Labor stated yesterday that we believe that the early advice from the independent expert scientific committee needs to be updated to consider impacts on groundwater and water systems as well as the cumulative water-related impact of the proposal in the context of past, present and reasonably foreseeable actions. Labor is committed to action on climate change and environmental protection.

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