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Ban on Thermal Coal Mines
Type of vote: Motion (Amendment)
Moved by: Labor
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
|Labor, Ogilvie||Greens, Liberals|
The motion be amended as follows:
In Clause (3) after ‘climate breakdown’, by inserting ‘while ensuring a just transition for workers and communities’.
In Clause (4) after ‘clean energy island’, by inserting ‘with investments in wind energy and clean fuels like green hydrogen’.
Leave out clauses (5) and (6) and insert instead the following:
(5) Acknowledges existing coal mines in Tasmania have supported regional jobs for decades and still supply material to Goliath Cement at Railton and Norske Skog at Boyer.
(6) Commits to invest in new renewable energy technology including Hydrogen to create jobs in Tasmania and grow our economy.
(7) Agrees that no new coal mines should be permitted in productive agricultural land in Tasmania.
That the House:—
(1) Acknowledges thermal coal combustion is a key driver of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and rising global temperatures.
(2) Recognises the impact just 1.1 degrees of warming is having on Tasmania, including extreme floods, East Coast drought and marine heatwave, increased dry lightning storms and destructive bushfires, coastal erosion, biosecurity threats and ecosystem stress.
(3) Accepts the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels – such as coal – must end in order to limit warming and prevent climate breakdown.
(4) Agrees it is in Tasmania's best interest to be a climate positive, clean energy island.
(5) Notes Tasmania's natural, clean energy powered brand would be damaged by any new coal mines, and this brand damage would flow on to the agricultural and tourism sectors of the economy.
(6) Commits to a prohibition on new thermal coal mines in Tasmania.
Amendment - 16 Oct 2019 (Passed)
Amends the motion to oppose new coal mines only on productive agricultural land where it is not in the State’s best interests.