Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019; In Committee
Labor will be opposing the amendments moved by Senator Hanson-Young. As I indicated in my earlier remarks and my second reading contribution, our focus in dealing with this legislation has been on ensuring that any backdoor privatisation of assets—specifically in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia—was ruled out and also that workers affected by divestments had access to protections. The Greens' amendments are largely unrelated to this particular bill, and they have the potential to jeopardise some of the important agreements that Labor has arrived at in pursuing these interests of stopping privatisation and protecting workers.
Our commitment to climate action is unshakeable, and that is why last month in this place, with the support of my colleagues, I called upon the government to declare a climate emergency.