Thursday, 30 March 2006
- That the Senate—
- the comments by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Mr Tony Blair, made in the House of Representatives on 27 March 2006, about the need for Australia to re-engage with global efforts to tackle climate change,
- that the UK has released a new climate change program setting out the UK agenda for action on climate change, including a stricter emissions cap on industry,
- that the Conservative Party in the UK has committed itself to emission targets for 2010, 2020 and 2050 and has said that targets ‘must be locked in through binding commitments, stretching decades into the future and reinforced by market-based emissions-trading mechanisms’, and
- that during the South Australian election campaign, the South Australian Liberal Party committed to a 60 per cent cut by 2050 and to reduce the state’s emissions by 20 per cent by 2020; and
- calls on the Government to follow the lead of the other conservative parties by setting emission abatement targets and putting a price on carbon in order to send the clear signal that industry and the financial sector need if they are to invest in the new technologies required.