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Climate Change - Emission Reduction Strategy
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
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?
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
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