Coalition’s last-ditch attempt at climate policy a flop as community protests!

The Federal Coalition’s last-ditch attempt to hit the reset button on climate change has been a flop with several dozen community members appearing at a snap rally at the Prime Minister’s press conference in Melbourne this morning.

“The Coalition has failed to review the science and adopt measures that are commensurate with the scale and urgency of the climate crisis,” said Leigh Ewbank, FoE climate spokesperson.

“An Emissions Reduction Fund that fails to keep coal, oil, and gas in the ground is a hoax.”

Friends of the Earth says the Coalition’s record of undermining action on climate change is not easily forgotten by the community.

“If the Coalition wants to be taken seriously on climate change it would apologise to the Australian people for actively undermining action since it formed government in 2013,” said Leigh Ewbank.

“Scrapping the price on pollution and slashing the Renewable Energy Target are still fresh in people’s mind.”

“PM Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg brandishing a lump of coal on the floor of the Parliament is not easily forgotten.”

“Community members recall the moment Greg Hunt celebrated scrapping the carbon price and when Peter Dutton joked about sea level rise.”

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, PM Scott Morrison, and Minister Greg Hunt couldn't ignore the community's call for climate action in Melbourne (photos: Sarah McConnell).
Friends of the Earth says investing in climate solutions makes sense only once governments have a grip on the climate science and have set bold and ambitious targets with policies to achieve them.

“The federal government should be looking to states like Victoria where the policy architecture is in place,” said Leigh Ewbank.
At the weekend, Victoria celebrated the second anniversary of the state’s Climate Change Act which legislates a target of zero-net emissions by 2050 and establishes a process for accounting for the latest science and setting interim emissions targets every five years.

“The Federal government’s offering falls short of state leadership on climate change,” said Leigh Ewbank.

“Time is running out to avoid catastrophic climate change, and it will be front of mind for many voters this federal election.”


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  • Bernie Mccomb
    Other than shonky with carryover credits, in the 2000 baseline year, they include LULUCF but in 2019 they exclude it, which makes it much easier. Main LULUCF in Australia is land clearing NSW and QLD recently romping along at 400,000 hectares per year, more than one large farm per day. They have never converted this to how many megatons of extra emissions need to be compensated.

    Otherwise again, first heard from Greg Hunt and Minister Angus on ABC RN Breakfast yesterday, what’s really going to reduce emissions is population growth!! Believe it or not, Greg was originally telling us that “our 26 to 28% is actually 50% bigger than USA’s 26 to 28%”. His explanation was that IPCC rates emissions per capita, per head of population. By 2030, Australia is expected to have 50% growth in population, therefore our emissions per capita will be 50% less. Of course, you need twice as many people to get 50% reduction but Greg and Josh are Fulbright scholars or Rhodes scholars or both, so their authority always trumps inconvenient facts, 50% growth = 50% emission reduction, fair dinkum.

    Otherwise yet again, will they ever stop shifting baseline years? Northern European countries consistently refer to baseline 1990, when climate became an agenda item. For Australia, it’s switched to 2000 until 2020 and then 2005 until 2030. For DELWP in Victoria, with water corporations, baseline is 2017. As emissions have continued to increase, a later baseline year means target emission reductions are easier to beat. How can these clowns expect us to trust them?

  • Bernie Mccomb