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Climate Change Strike - Presence of Liberal Ministers

24 September 2019

 

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

At least 15 000 people gathered on Parliament Lawns last Friday, most of them young Tasmanians. There were climate strikes in towns and centres across the state. Every elected Green joined the strike at all three levels of government. We even saw some Labor members there, despite their party's love affair with coal and support for the Adani mine.

Young people out the front here last Friday were asking: where is the Premier? They are looking for leadership in this time of climate emergency. Do you support young people's fight for a safe climate? Where were you and all your ministers last Friday when thousands of Tasmanians took to the streets demanding climate action? Why did you not show the leadership young Tasmanians are rightfully demanding of you?

 

ANSWER

Madam Speaker, I thank the true leader of the opposition for her question. We acknowledge the significant interest in this issue and acknowledge that many young and old Tasmanians are concerned about climate change and what governments are doing to address it. We are a government that is more action than talk, which is not something the Leader of the Greens would say or could say. I had other commitments that day -

Ms O'Connor - Every one of your ministers too, apparently.

Mr HODGMAN - Our commitment to enhancing our Government's response to climate change and to enhancing Tasmania's capacity as the renewable energy state -

Mr Ferguson - I did.

Ms O'Connor - You went to the strike?

Madam SPEAKER - Order.

Mr HODGMAN - as well as all the actions, which I have outlined at length in this place under Climate Action 21. Our plan to practically deal with issues of climate change is a strong response to this issue. That will continue under this Government, which has achieved during our term net emissions in this state for the first time ever; that will be 100 per cent renewable by 2022; that will support practical measures for the non-government sector, but also government to reduce our emissions and ensure that Tasmania can continue to lead.

I was pleased to note the leadership shown by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the international stage in demanding more of China to do their fair share of reducing emissions as well.

Members interjecting.

Madam SPEAKER - Order.

Mr HODGMAN - Of course, the Commonwealth is doing a lot in that regard too.

Madam Speaker, we do respect that people have strong views. I ask the Leader of the Greens to be honest with the sort of people who attended the rally. Would the member be prepared to share with them all the things that our Government and our state have done to improve our responses to climate change?

Members interjecting.

Madam SPEAKER - Order, please.

Mr HODGMAN - No, the Leader of the Greens would rather be dishonest and mislead people for her own political purposes.

Ms O'CONNOR - Point of order, Madam Speaker. That is an offensive statement; I take offence. I have not been dishonest. I have not misled anyone. The question was, where were you last Friday when young people were looking for you?

Madam SPEAKER - I think that is out of order but I have allowed it on Hansard.