Tuesday, 14 August 2018
That the Senate:
(a) notes that parts of Australia have been drought declared for years, including, at present, the whole state of New South Wales;
(b) further notes the public commentary about the National Energy Guarantee and concerns that farmers might bear an increased burden to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their farming enterprises; and
(c) calls upon the Minister for the Environment and Energy, and other relevant ministers, to ensure that the National Energy Guarantee quarantines farmers from reducing such emissions for the foreseeable future.
While Labor supports this motion, we note that the National Energy Guarantee is a policy that applies to the National Electricity Market and does not directly cover the agricultural or other non-electricity sectors of the economy. Labor has a longstanding position of exempting Australian farmers from any emissions reduction mechanism applicable to non-electricity sectors of the economy while supporting the land sector to cut emissions and generate new income by taking advantage of opportunities to participate in growing carbon markets.