Monday, 26 November 2018
That the Senate—
(a) notes the Flinders University research published in Nature's Scientific Reports, which shows that 'climate change and human activity are dooming species at an unprecedented rate via a plethora of direct and indirect, often synergic, mechanisms';
(b) notes that climate change is, without a doubt, the biggest threat to life on our planet; and
(c) calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a serious climate and energy policy, with a plan to reduce carbon pollution and overhaul our environmental laws to protect life on earth.
Australia is playing its part in addressing the global problem of climate change. We have a comprehensive set of policies across the economy. The Liberal-National government is supporting threatened species through practical on-ground measures like the Emissions Reduction Fund, which is reducing emissions and delivering co-benefits including for threatened species, and through other programs like Regional Land Partnerships. Through the Threatened Species Commissioner, we have mobilised over $300 million for protecting threatened species since 2014.