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Climate Change Ignored in Cabinet Reshuffle

20 Mar 2018

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The world is getting hotter and extreme weather events are already impacting on Tasmania, yet the Premier has again decided not to reinstate the Climate Change portfolio.

In the last term of government, global warming impacts came home hard to Tasmania.

Devastating drought, bushfires and floods, major biosecurity challenges, rapidly warming East Coast waters, coastal erosion impacts on private property; these are all signs of accelerating climate change.

Without a dedicated climate change minister, there is no whole of government focus on climate action and adaptation responses are delayed. 

It is simply reckless not to make climate action a government priority.

This represents a missed opportunity to drive change and start delivering the green jobs of the future as the world transitions to a low carbon economy.

We will continue to listen to the climate and marine scientists, many of whom live and work in Tasmania and engage directly with communities facing climate disruption in the future.

The Greens took a substantial climate action plan to the last election, the only party to do so. 

The Greens will continue to represent Tasmanians who want tangible action on climate change.