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Crunch time for the report into
the Climate Change Bill

After six months, 6,500 written submissions and three days of public hearings, the government will soon have to confront the Climate Change Bill. In the coming weeks, a report detailing the Energy and Environment Committee’s response to the Bill will be presented to parliament. However, our constitution does not force the government to debate it, only to consider it. The government will only allow a debate and vote if they feel they have to.

If you support the introduction of climate legislation and a commitment to net zero to deliver meaningful climate action, email your representatives now before they decide, asking them to push for a debate and vote on the Bill. Remind them that if they don’t represent your views, your vote at the next election will go to someone who will.

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The impacts of Climate Change represent the greatest threat to our national security, our economy, our health and our environment. But if we implement an effective plan now, we can create a safe and prosperous future for ourselves and our children.
Zali Steggall, OAM MP

What is the Climate Act?

The Climate Act is a proposed law to ensure the long-term safety, security and prosperity of Australia by achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Zali Steggall OAM MP will table the Act to parliament on Monday November 9th 2020.

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How does the Australian Climate Act work?

Net Zero emissions by 2050

Net zero means we need to balance the carbon we put into the atmosphere with what we draw down through tree planting and soils – just like balancing a budget.

Risk Assessments and adaptation plans

To protect our communities, we need to assess the risks of rising temperatures, pandemics, worsening bushfires, cyclones and droughts, and implement plans that benefit our economic strength and recovery.

Technology readiness assessment

With regular reviews of existing and emerging technologies we can monitor and fast track opportunities to get to Net Zero.

Independent advisory commission

To guide our response to climate change, this body will conduct assessments, track progress, advise the government and report publicly.

For more information about how the Act works click here

How will the Climate Act help the Australian economy?

Jobs and Growth

The Climate Act will put in place plans to harness low emission technology and projects, triggering a sustainable jobs boom for all of Australia.

Lower cost energy

The Climate Act will help speed up our transition to low emissions technologies that are driving down energy prices.

Investment certainty

By putting plans in place for key industries the Climate Act will enable businesses to invest with certainty in new low emissions technologies.

Trade certainty

By legislating Net Zero, the Climate Act will tell our trading partners we are committed to reducing our emissions and will avoid carbon tariffs being imposed on our exports.

Following Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit in April, some major economies made a commitment to achieve net zero no later than 2050 including the US, Japan and South Korea.

By failing to implement climate legislation, Australia is being left behind. Not only are our trading partners likely to introduce carbon tariffs on our exports, Australia is missing out on global investment in renewables when we should be a world leader.

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Do you want to know more about Net Zero?

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The Lowy Institute
Annual poll of Australian adults on the topic of climate. Reflects 3,286 adults interviewed between 12-26th April 2021
The Lowy Institute
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International Energy Agency
An assessment of our energy situation including a 400 point roadmap to direct governments, businesses and citizens on how Paris can still be delivered.
International Energy Agency
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World Meteorological Organisation
Global data monitoring of land and sea temperatures, sea-level, sea ice/glacier melt and changes in precipitation patterns.
World Meteorological Organisation
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UN Development Programme and the University of Oxford
The largest ever survey of global public opinion on climate change with 1.2 million respondents from 50 countries.
UN Development Programme and the University of Oxford
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UN Environment Programme
The annual UNEP Emissions Gap Report reviews the gap between where greenhouse emissions are predicted to be in 2030 and where they should be to avoid the worst impacts of climate change
UN Environment Programme
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Deloitte Access Economics
Taking action to tackle climate change will grow the Australian economy and add jobs. But by doing nothing, our economy and number of jobs will decline.
Deloitte Access Economics
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McKinsey
Government spending on renewable energy and energy efficiency creates more jobs than spending on fossil fuels
McKinsey
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University of Melbourne
Developing clean economies while tackling climate change will deliver economic benefits.
University of Melbourne
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Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit
Most of the world’s leading economies have grown strongly in the past 25 years while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit
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Clean Energy Council
A clean recovery to jumpstart the economy and create 50,000 jobs.
Clean Energy Council
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Australian Energy Monitoring Organisation
By 2025 at times as much as 75% of energy could be provided by wind and solar.
Australian Energy Monitoring Organisation
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Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs expects clean technology to create between 15-20 million jobs worldwide
Goldman Sachs
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UN Race to Zero
Join the UN global campaign to rally leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery.
UN Race to Zero
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Climate Council
Government spending on renewables creates 50 more jobs per $10 million invested than spending on fossil fuels.
Climate Council
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Farmers for Climate Action
Proposed pillars of a national strategy for climate change and agriculture.
Farmers for Climate Action
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WWF
Australian renewable export COVID-19 recovery package.
WWF
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Australian Energy Monitoring System
The 2020 ISP provides an actionable roadmap for eastern Australia’s power system.
Australian Energy Monitoring System
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ClimateWorks
How technologies in each sector can achieve climate goals in Australia when rebuilding the economy to be resilient for the future.
ClimateWorks
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Beyond Zero Emissions
One million new, well-paying jobs, to help rebuild our economy after the coronavirus pandemic and secure a strong future for all Australians.
Beyond Zero Emissions
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