Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Climate Change, Energy
I seek leave to move general business notices of motion Nos 1067 and 1068 together and for the motions to be determined without amendment or debate.
Leave not granted.
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notices of motion nos 1067 and 1068 being moved together immediately and determined without amendment or debate.
Question agreed to.
I move general business notices of motion Nos 1067 and 1068 together:
That the Senate—
(a) notes the push from international organisations to adopt net zero carbon emissions by 2050;
(i) nuclear energy is a mature technology used to deliver reliable electricity in many countries,
(ii) if the world is to achieve net zero all technologies need to be on the table - that is the only way to reduce emissions without costing jobs or increasing energy prices; solar and wind alone will not be enough, and
(iii) to remove the current prohibition on nuclear power generation would require widespread community support as well as bipartisan support; and
(c) calls on all senators to commit to a technology-neutral approach to reducing emissions which may include small modular reactors.
GENERAL BUSINESS NOTICE OF MOTION NO. 1068
That the Senate—
(i) the importance of energy security for ensuring the viability of Australian industry, including manufacturing,
(ii) the need to use a technologically neutral approach to securing our energy security,
(iii) the need to have all technologies on the table, including nuclear, and
(iv) that households can expect to be paying about $120 (or 9%) less for electricity in 2023 than they do today, due to the work of the Morrison-McCormack Government to bring on new energy generation and secure domestic gas supplies;
(b) commends the approach of the Morrison-McCormack Government to ensuring Australia continues to have cost effective, reliable power; and
(c) calls on all senators to acknowledge the need to ensure Australian businesses have access to an affordable, reliable power supply.