Monday, 21 June 2021
That the Senate—
(i) the International Energy Agency has documented that to achieve net zero emissions requires, from the year 2021, ̔no new oil and gas fields approved for development',
(ii) the immense amounts of pollution that will be released from these gas fields that will blow Australia's carbon budget and ruin any hope of Australia doing its fair share to stop runaway global warming:
(A) Santos' Barossa gas field,
(B) Woodside's Scarborough gas field,
(C) Santos and Energy Australia's Narrabri gas field in the Pilliga, and
(D) Origin Energy, Santos, Empire Energy's Beetaloo Basin, and
(iii) that in the last nine years these gas companies, their owners and directors have donated at least $3,457,641 to the Liberal and National parties and $2,377,838 to the Labor Party for a total $5,835,469 in political donations; and
(b) calls on the Australian Government to stop taking donations from the companies behind these destructive projects that will turbocharge the breakdown of the world's climate system.
Australia has been a trusted energy supplier to our trading partners for decades and will continue to be under this government. The government will continue to support businesses and commercial sectors of the economy that are critical to our export wealth, our energy security, our economic prosperity and the employment of hundreds of thousands of Australians. Unilaterally withdrawing Australian production will not reduce global demand for those products and will harm Australia's economic interests and energy security and cost Australian jobs.
Although this motion has an element of truth, it's the Greens' contradictions of science and lack of integrity that ruins it. One Nation agrees that donations from the pharmaceutical, banking and energy industries seem to be distorting government policy. The millions of dollars in donations shame the Liberal, National and Labor parties for accepting that money. The public is rightly cynical about the Morrison government's multiple decisions that make no sense, including the current attacks on responsible lending laws, the billions spent on the largest vaccine trial in history and the continued loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in tax revenue that multinationals don't pay. This is what happens when the Morrison government accommodates a conga line of lobbyists trying to extract the maximum benefit from their political donations.
There are many honest and productive Australian energy companies working in the traditional, proven, reliable effective, cost-effective energy needed to keep the lights on when the Greens' unreliable and expensive wind and solar policies— (Time expired)
Labor will be opposing this motion. Again, if we actually deal with this part of the program, these are exactly the sorts of motions that have led to the reforms that we're seeking to implement. If the Greens want a debate about renewable energy, energy policy and donation reform then allow the chamber to debate it. Time and time again, they bring these motions to force a vote and then put it out on their social media. Everybody knows that if you want positive action on renewable energy or energy policy in general or donation reform you are going to need a Labor government. Don't bring motions that seek to divide when we should be working together in the interests of the country to make a difference and get a good energy policy and get donation reform.