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FOR – Climate Change Bill 2022, Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 - Consideration in Detail - Sector-by-sector impact of policies

The majority voted in favour of an amendment introduced by Wentworth MP Allegra Spender (Independent), which means it passed and will now become part of the bill.

What does this amendment do?

Ms Spender explained that:

The bill, as drafted, would require the minister to make an annual statement to parliament about Australia's progress in reducing emissions, relevant international developments, the government's climate change policies and the effectiveness of the government's climate change policies.

My first change would require that the statement consider, sector by sector, the impact of policies. It is important that Australians can see the progress being made by each sector of the economy and understand where climate policies are effective and where they are not. [...]

My second change would require the statement to consider the effectiveness of the government's policies in general, rather than climate policy specifically. This is a subtle change but an important one. It will allow the minister, with advice from the Climate Change Authority, to consider the impact of the government's policies which may be making the emissions reduction task more difficult, such as fossil fuel subsidies. Transparency will help to inform the public debate and allow voters to take an informed view of the full cost of government policies.

Amendment text

(1) Clause 12, page 7 (line 16) to page 7 (line 18), omit paragraph (1)(d), substitute:

(d) the effectiveness of the Commonwealth's policies in contributing to the achievement of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and reducing emissions in the sectors covered by those policies.

An accidental rebel

Note that while Gippsland MP Darren Chester (Nationals) appears to have crossed the floor in this division - voting "Yes" against the majority of his party, which voted "No" - this was a mistake. He later explained that:

For the record, I inadvertently voted in a manner I did not intend to during an earlier division. I was engaged in a very lively discussion with the member for Lyons and I simply made a mistake. I fully support the coalition's position on the climate change bills and consequential amendments, and humbly apologise to my leadership team and my colleagues for my mistake and misadventure. I congratulate the member for Lyons for his engaging and quite distracting conversational skills. It was a matter of tactical brilliance by the member for Lyons!


Date and time: 11:44 AM on 2022-08-04
Allegra Spender's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 90
Total number of "no" votes: 54
Total number of abstentions: 7
Related bill: Climate Change Bill 2022

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