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Climate Change - Emission Reduction Strategy

20 March 2019
Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr WOODRUFF question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

The United Nations has given us until 2030 to dramatically cut carbon 
emissions and stabilise our climate or risk the world warming more than 
1.5 degrees. Scientists are telling us in very clear language that the 
impacts on human survival of not doing this are dire. Your Premier's 
Address did not mention climate change once. 

This is a clear betrayal of all Tasmanians, especially the 8000 children 
who left school last Friday to tell you, the Premier of Tasmania, that we 
are in a climate emergency. They are demanding that you show leadership 
and courage and treat this as a crisis, but you did not mention climate 
change and you barely touched on the impact of the recent massive 
bushfires. 

Will you recognise that Tasmania, like every country on the planet, is in 
a climate emergency? Will you immediately focus your efforts to 
dramatically cut emissions across all sectors to keep carbon in the ground, 
to prepare communities for the ever-increasing extreme climate and to 
pivot our economy to a zero-carbon future?

 

ANSWER

Madam Speaker, I accept it is an important issue and worthy of scrutiny in 
this place. I am happy to advise members about what this Government is 
doing to deal with what is a serious issue that requires very local action, 
international action and, of course, a state response. We have in many 
respects been a leader in responding to climate change, not just in 
tackling climate change itself but also in advancing our renewable energy 
capabilities, which helps considerably. In climate science and research 
we have internationally renowned people working and assisting business, 
industry and government as well. 

The Australian Government has released its annual state and territory 
greenhouse gas inventories for the 2016 reporting period. The report 
showed Tasmania is the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve zero net 
emissions. The total emissions for 2016 were at minus-0.61 megatonnes of 
carbon dioxide equivalent, which is a 100 per cent decrease from the 1990 
baseline level. 

Greens members interjecting.

Mr HODGMAN - This is a matter of international significance which I hope 
you will take the opportunity to inform anyone about, including those 
passionate young Tasmanians, because I am sure when you speak to them you 
do not tell them that we are leading the world.

Our Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 sets the Tasmanian Government's 
agenda for action on climate change through to 2021. It is an important 
matter. It will be further discussed by the minister during the debate in 
response to my address yesterday. 

Our actions speak louder than words and we are making considerable 
progress. In fact there are 37 actions contained within Climate Action 21 
and they grouped into six priority areas: understanding our future 
climate; advancing our renewable energy capability; reducing our transport 
emissions; growing a climate-ready economy; building climate resilience; 
and supporting community action. 

We allocated $3 million in the 2017 -18 Budget to deliver a range of new 
initiatives to respond to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas 
emissions. Under Climate Action 21, actions focus on climate change 
research, improving energy efficiency, reducing transport emissions, 
supporting our local businesses and local government and communities to 
take action. There are a number of actions contained within that report 
which I draw to the member who asked the question. We are doing a lot to 
respond to an important issue worthy of being raised in this place. It is 
worthy of considerable public debate and discussion. I hope it is done on 
the basis of information and fact and looking at the record of what we are 
actually delivering.