Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023


Climate Change Authority

5:56 pm

Photo of David FawcettDavid Fawcett (SA, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

A message has been received from the House of Representatives forwarding a resolution agreed to by that House proposing the referral of a matter to the Climate Change Authority and requesting the concurrence of the Senate.

T he House of Representatives message read as follows—

Message no. 246, dated 6 September 2023—Proposed reference to the Climate Change Authority, and transmitting for the concurrence of the Senate the following resolution:


(1) the following matter be referred to the Climate Change Authority for review, in accordance with section 59(1)(a)(ii) of the Climate Change Authority Act 2011:

(a) the potential technology transition and emission pathways that best support Australia's transition to net zero emissions by 2050 for the following sectors:

(i) electricity and energy;

(ii) transport;

(iii) industry and waste;

(iv) agriculture and land;

(v) resources; and

(vi) built environment;

(2) the review must identify:

(a) existing and prospective opportunities to achieve emissions reductions;

(b) which technologies may be deployed in each sector to support emissions reductions;

(c) how public and private finance can support and align with these emission pathways;

(d) barriers to implementation, such as short-term or longer-term pressures on cost and supply chains and the pace of technology commercialisation;

(e) workforce matters, including skills and opportunities for women;

(f) any gaps in existing evidence and data; and

(g) any other relevant factors;

(3) the review must take into consideration:

(a) the principles for the Climate Change Authority set out in section 12 of the Climate Change Authority Act 2011, including the global goals in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement and boosting economic, employment and social benefits; and

(b) the range of emissions reductions achievable through the deployment of available and prospective technologies;

(4) the Climate Change Authority must give the report of the review to the Climate Change Minister, in accordance with section 60(1)(b) of the Climate Change Authority Act 2011, by 1 August 2024 to assist the Government in developing a national net zero by 2050 plan.

Photo of Carol BrownCarol Brown (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to have the message considered immediately.

Leave granted.

I move:

That the Senate concur with the resolution of the House of Representatives proposing the reference of a matter to the Climate Change Authority.

Question agreed to.