Wednesday, 16 June 2021
That the Senate—
(a) notes the following resolutions of the G7 on 13 June 2021, that the group 'acknowledges their duty to safeguard the planet for future generations' by:
(i) more than halving their collective emissions from 2005 levels by 2030,
(ii) ending fossil fuel subsidies by 2025,
(iii) ending direct financial support to thermal coal generators by the end of this year,
(iv) achieving an overwhelmingly decarbonised power system in the 2030s, and
(v) increasing and improving climate finance for the developing world by 2025; and
(b) calls on the Australian Government to implement these commitments in Australia.
Ambition is important, but action and outcomes are ultimately what matter. Between 2005 and 2019 Australia reduced emissions faster than Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the US, faster than both the G20 average and the OECD average. We have the most solar per person of any country in the world, the highest rate of household solar in the world and the most wind and solar per person of any country outside of Europe. The Morrison government is committed to reducing our emissions in a way that preserves Australia's strengths by protecting our regional communities, our resources industry and our heavy industry. The government's practical, technology-driven approach is reducing emissions without imposing new costs on households, businesses or the economy.
One Nation opposes this motion. Under my cross-examination during its presentation CSIRO has admitted it has never said carbon dioxide from human activity is a danger. CSIRO later admitted that today's temperatures are not unprecedented. CSIRO then cited references that proved that the rate of temperature increase is not unprecedented. Former Obama science advisor Steve Coonan recently admitted, 'The warmest temperatures in the US have not risen in the past 50 years.' For more than 10 years the current Greens Senate leader has refused to debate the empirical data and refused to debate the corruption of climate science on which the Greens' call is based. There is no empirical scientific evidence for decarbonising and deindustrialising our nation, yet Greens leader Adam Bandt supports European Union tariffs and Korean levies for supposed climate inaction. Without evidence, the Greens' nightmare call on the government would hurt the poor, hurt our natural environment, hurt jobs and gut our economy.
The recent G7 meeting demonstrated again that Australia is an international laggard on climate action, but good climate policy and the jobs that come with it will only be delivered by a majority Labor government, and the Greens know this. It won't be delivered by stunt motions by the Greens party in this place, and Labor opposes the motion.