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FOR – Climate Change Bill 2022, Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 - Consideration in Detail - More ambitious targets needed

The majority voted in favour of a motion to disagree with amendments introduced by Clark MP Andrew Wilkie (Independent), which means they failed.

What were the amendments?

Mr Wilkie explained that:

Firstly, we need much more ambitious targets because what we do this decade is obviously critically important to the success or failure of Australia's response to climate change. [...]

...With all this in mind, amendments (1) and (2) replace the weak targets that are currently in the bill with targets of a 75 per cent emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030 and a commitment to reach net zero by 2035 at the latest. These are science backed and equitable.

Secondly, Australia is one of the largest exporters of fossil fuels on the globe, and our own measuring and reduction of carbon emissions needs to reflect that. [...]

...That's why amendment (3) requires that Australia's scope 3 emissions—the emissions we export overseas—be included in the minister's annual climate change statements. This would ensure that the public cannot not be misled when it comes to Australia's huge contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and puts our fossil fuel exports front and centre.

Amendment text

(1) Clause 10, page 5 (line 10), omit "43%", substitute "75%".

(2) Clause 10, page 5 (line 16), omit "2050", substitute "2035, at the latest".

(3) Clause 12, page 7 (line 18), at the end of subclause (1), add:

; and (e) Australia's scope 3 emissions of greenhouse gas.


Date and time: 11:03 AM on 2022-08-04
Allegra Spender's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 127
Total number of "no" votes: 8
Total number of abstentions: 16
Related bill: Climate Change Bill 2022

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