Senate debates

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Questions without Notice

Climate Change

2:19 pm

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party, Minister for Agriculture) Share this | Hansard source

Oh, Senator Di Natale—another cheap, dramatic point. You'd think you'd actually have some sensible questions here on policy, but no. I don't know how often I can say it: I accept the science of climate change. I am a cabinet minister in a government that takes climate change seriously. We have a $3.5 billion climate reduction fund. We have set an emissions reduction target of 26 per cent to 28 per cent on 2005 levels through the Paris agreement, and right across the economy we've got a suite of initiatives to ensure that we meet that target.

We're committed to taking strong action, because things are changing. Farmers are dealing with a changing and variable climate each and every day. You can see that their seasons are changing. When they may have done silage at the end of November in Gippsland, the timing has now been moved. Lambing seasons have changed et cetera. So their practices are changing on farms. (Time expired)

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