The Australian Greens are calling for the release of a Climate Change Authority report recommending a carbon price, which the Authority decided to delay until after the election - a decision the Minister's Office said made it 'very happy'.
My question is to the minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis. Last night, the budget did not mention global warming once, not a peep. The Treasurer's speech completely ignored it. The budget papers ignored it. There was not a peep about the tens of thousands of jobs that come with the transition to a clean economy; not a peep about the tens of thousands of jobs that rely on a healthy Great Barrier Reef.
The Greens say Australia should be planning for a future without coal, not a future without our spectacular Great Barrier Reef, announcing a package of measures to revitalise both the reef and the national economy as the coal industry declines.
The Australian Greens have joined with over 90 Greens parties around the world in committing to implement the Paris Agreement, reached at the UN climate summit, to stabilise global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
The Australian Greens are today calling on the Labor, Liberal and National parties to work with them to clean up politics.
“Today I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to commit to not accepting donations from fossil fuel companies during this election campaign,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.
I rise to speak to today's matter of public importance.
There was a national sigh of relief when Tony Abbott was replaced by Malcolm Turnbull. Most Australians gave the new Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt. We were pleased to see the end of Tony Abbott's divisive politics. We hoped that it would mark a turning point on so many critical issues-issues like climate change, getting children out of detention and marriage equality-that we would finally be able to transition our economy and set ourselves up for those industries of the future-
The Greens say strong industry interest in Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) large-scale solar funding is yet more evidence the Liberal Government must dump its plan to abolish ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
"Industry is clearly keen to get out of old energy seize the exciting job-rich opportunities Australia's vast clean energy potential presents," Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Leader, said.
• Reference to a 1.5 degree limit will require countries to ratchet up targets
• Australia will now need to rapidly transition from coal to renewables
• Agreement to $100 billion in finance for developing countries to develop via low carbon economies
The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders that a framework agreement to tackle global warming has been reached in Paris, but urged the work has just begun towards averting the catastrophic impacts of global warming and transforming the global economy.