Senate debates

Monday, 7 December 2020

Matters of Urgency

Climate Change

5:16 pm

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

Those of us in this place who do believe in climate change want to see stronger action and a pathway to secure jobs to support communities that will be affected by this transition. We want to make sure that people have good, high-paying jobs and that they aren't concerned about what's going to happen to their community and their kids. We want to make sure we are able to support that. Where people work together, we can actually deliver a reasonable outcome. But, again, the political imperative of the Greens is to attack Labor electorates and make sure Labor is blamed for everything, instead of focusing wholly on the inadequacy of this government.

When we were last in government, emissions came down by more than 15 per cent. Under this government, in the last seven years, they've flatlined and have reduced by only one per cent. The Paris commitment from Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison is for a 26 per cent emissions cut by 2030.


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