Senate debates

Monday, 9 September 2019

Questions without Notice

Climate Change

2:27 pm

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to Senator McKenzie, the Minister for Agriculture, representing the minister for natural disaster and emergency management. This morning on Radio National the minister for natural disaster and emergency management, Minister Littleproud, was asked whether human-induced climate change was contributing to the unprecedented fires tearing apart Southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, and he said that it was, 'irrelevant'. Minister, do you agree with the 23 emergency services chiefs from all states and territories—who have over 600 years of collective experience and who put their lives on the line—who have pleaded with your government to deal with the escalating human-induced climate crisis? Or do you agree with Minister Littleproud, who has dismissed their concerns as 'irrelevant'?

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