Senate debates

Tuesday, 8 December 2020



12:01 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I seek leave to move a motion relating to the attendance of a minister, which has been circulated in the chamber.

Leave not granted.

Pursuant to contingent notice, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter—namely, a motion to provide that a motion to require the attendance of a minister may be moved immediately and determined without amendment.

On Thursday last week the Prime Minister told the parliament, in response to a question from Greens leader Adam Bandt, that Australia would be participating in the Climate Ambition Summit. He said, 'It will be a great opportunity to correct the mistruths that are often presented.' Yet last night, a story in The Guardian from Katherine Murphy and Adam Moreton saw diplomatic sources say:

There had been a debate among the co-hosts, including Britain … as to whether Morrison should be approved to speak at the summit given the widespread view that Australia is a laggard on climate commitments.

We then had a government source confirming that the final speaker list is a matter for the event hosts. It would make sense that the Australian government might not be given a speaking spot, because the criteria required three things: an increase on 2030 targets, an actual strategy to reduce net zero emissions, and new financial commitments to developing nations to manage climate risks. All the Prime Minister has done is promise not to cheat with a dodgy accounting trick, using carryover credits, and that doesn't fit the criteria. Our 2030 targets remain—


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